Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Baker budget highlights

Baker budget highlights

Oks boost for regional transit authorities, nixes congestion pricing pilot

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Thursday reversed course and approved an $8 million funding increase for regional transit authorities but refused to support a pilot program to see if cutting tolls at off-peak times would entice enough drivers to shift their commutes to reduce traffic congestion at peak periods. The governor had initially recommended $80 million for(...)

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S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

Look to the roads – the Mansfield I-495 route

THE CURRENT PROCESS for South Coast Rail is on the wrong track. The current solution—an interim option which avoids sensitive environmental areas—doesn’t please the city it runs through (Middleboro), the one it misses (Taunton), or the communities at the end of the line, Fall River and New Bedford. The project also fails to offer riders(...)

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T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

Pilot to test whether off-peak toll discounts can ease congestion

STATE LAWMAKERS ON WEDNESDAY set aside $88 million for the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, $8 million more than Gov. Charlie Baker had recommended for fiscal 2019. The legislative budget also creates a task force to examine ways to improve the performance of the authorities, which provide bus service in regions outside Boston. Part of(...)

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T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

Keolis charts progress after 4 years on job

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS still need to work out how to pay for South Coast Rail and who should be in charge of the first phase of its construction, but on Monday they sounded as if the long-delayed project was a go. James Eng, the deputy rail administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, sought and(...)

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T official: We’re good on revenues right now

T official: We’re good on revenues right now

Capital spending ramping up dramatically at transit agency

THE MBTA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR said on Monday that the transit agency doesn’t need new revenues in the near term, but he said the situation could change in the future. “In the current fiscal year, on the operating side and the five-year capital investment program, we do not need more money. We’re fully funded. Longer term,(...)

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T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

Mayor of Braintree says increases defy logic, aren’t fair

IN RESPONSE TO PUSHBACK from Quincy and Braintree elected officials, the MBTA on Monday announced it would hike parking rates on September 1 rather than August 1 and cut the size of the weekday price hike at the heavily used Braintree and Quincy Adams garages from $3 to $2. T officials said the revisions, apparently(...)

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Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Brings in engineer who help overhaul Green Line extension project

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Thursday that the state will revisit many of the assumptions behind a massive highway and transit project planned for the Allston-Brighton area with the help of “fresh eyes,” including an independent team headed by the same engineer who spearheaded the overhaul of the Green Line extension to Medford and(...)

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Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates

Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates

Most of the new revenue to come from a handful of garages

MOST OF THE $6.5 MILLION in new parking revenue the MBTA is counting on to help balance the transit authority’s budget during the upcoming fiscal year budget would come from just a handful of garages, which may make it difficult to accede to political pressure to cut the size of planned increases at a couple(...)

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T notes: What’s causing bus ridership to fall?

T notes: What’s causing bus ridership to fall?

Officials indicate commuter rail ridership is increasing

A correction has been made to the final item in this story. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS seem divided on what’s causing bus ridership to fall and the best way to remedy it. According to MBTA estimates, bus ridership was off more than 6 percent over the last three years, a downturn that is in sync with(...)

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T backtracking on parking rate hike

T backtracking on parking rate hike

Reversal comes after complaints from Braintree’s mayor

MBTA OFFICIALS INDICATED on Monday that they are considering lowering some of the parking rate increases they approved just a week ago, at least for the heavily used Braintree and Quincy-Adams garages. The reversal came about after Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan complained to T officials about the lack of public notice and the unfairness of(...)

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