Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

The lowly bus deserves a lot more attention

The lowly bus deserves a lot more attention

It’s an underappreciated, neglected part of our transportation system

EACH WEEKDAY in Greater Boston, more than 400,000 workers, students, shoppers, seniors, and visitors board an MBTA bus. Buses serve three times as many riders as the commuter rail. But despite their importance, buses remain an underappreciated and often neglected component of our region’s transportation system. The T’s own performance dashboard sets a meager on-time(...)

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Senators raise concerns on T fare increase

Senators raise concerns on T fare increase

Amendments on hearings, audits, and uncollected fares fail to pass

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE SENATORS slammed the MBTA’s rollout of proposed fare hikes on Thursday, arguing that outreach about the increases was insufficient and that it was unfair to raise prices when the transit authority is letting millions of dollars in existing fares go uncollected. The criticism, including jabs from Senate budget chief Michael(...)

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How to start dealing with congestion

How to start dealing with congestion

It’s time to put words and ideas into action – and quickly

HERE’S WHAT we know. Traffic congestion in metro Boston has grown, is worsening, and is now measured as the worst in the nation – worse even than Los Angeles. There is no strategy, no plan, to relieve this congestion in a meaningful way. Here’s what we know. Ridership on the MBTA Blue Line is skyrocketing,(...)

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Walsh wants to pilot 2 more dedicated bus lanes

Walsh wants to pilot 2 more dedicated bus lanes

Also plans to open pickup-dropoff zone for ride hailing apps

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH is launching two more dedicated bus lane pilots this year and plans to begin community discussions about a separate lane for buses along the length of Blue Hill Avenue. Aides to the mayor said he will announce a dedicated AM peak bus lane on Brighton Avenue in Allston and an all-day(...)

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Baker, T board members at odds on revenue strategy

Baker, T board members at odds on revenue strategy

Tibbits-Nutt: ‘We’ve just been kind of kicking the can’

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and several of his appointees to the MBTA oversight board appear to be at odds over whether a T fare increase should be accompanied by hikes in fees and charges on other forms of transportation. The issue first surfaced on Monday at a meeting of the Fiscal and Management Control Board, where(...)

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Will 2019 be a turning point for the T?

Will 2019 be a turning point for the T?

Report cites progress, but questions whether it will be visible to riders

THE MBTA IS MAKING PROGRESS toward achieving its strategic goals, but it’s unclear whether 2019 will be the self-proclaimed “turning point” when customers start to see tangible benefits from that effort, according to an accountability report issued Wednesday by three outside organizations. Officials from the three groups – the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the(...)

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T notes: Falling behind on own-source revenues

T notes: Falling behind on own-source revenues

Advertising, parking, real estate are under-performing

THE MBTA, which is seeking a 6.3 percent average fare increase, is failing to meet its goals for generating own-source revenue from advertising, parking, and real estate. During a revenue presentation to the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday, Evan Rowe, the T’s director of revenue, portrayed the agency’s so-called own-source revenue in a(...)

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T board wary of go-it-alone fare hike

T board wary of go-it-alone fare hike

Lang: Political leaders should ‘grow a little courage’ on transportation revenues

FACING PUSHBACK FROM THE PUBLIC  and transportation advocates on a proposed 6.3 percent average MBTA fare increase, some members of the transit agency’s oversight board signaled on Monday that they may not rubber-stamp the increase. Brian Lang, a director of the Fiscal and Management Control Board, said the T shouldn’t be raising its fares in(...)

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T notes: Blue Line an outlier on ridership

T notes: Blue Line an outlier on ridership

Board to discuss fare proposal next week

WHILE WEEKDAY RIDERSHIP has generally dropped on MBTA subway and bus routes, boardings on the Blue Line have been on an upswing, according to data presented by the T’s research director, Laurel Paget-Seekins, at Monday’s meeting of the agency’s Fiscal and Management Control Board. Joe Aiello, the board chairman, said it would be “interesting to(...)

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MBTA management and union square off over pension fund

MBTA management and union square off over pension fund

With $1.5B in the balance, lots at stake for workers and riders

THERE IS A chasm between how MBTA management views the agency’s pension fund and how the union that represents the biggest share of T workers sees the retirement account. The Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday spoke with one voice, raising the alarm about a pension system that board members said is worryingly underfunded.(...)

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