Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Unchoke the throat

Unchoke the throat

In Pike reconstruction, add boardwalk or extend shoreline

FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE for comments on the state’s billion-dollar plan to rebuild the Mass Pike through Allston. So far, most news has focused on the project’s billion-dollar price tag and the proposed West Station transit hub. But this massive project needs to be more than a highway and transit station – it should make a healthier(...)

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T notes: Cautionary tale on the Green Line

T notes: Cautionary tale on the Green Line

Corporate sales, budget relief, assaults on T workers

THE GREEN LINE’S C and D LINES have been running with delays since January 18 because of a power outage traced by MBTA employees to hard-to-reach cables and conduits that date to the 1930s and 1940s. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s deputy general manager, said the power outage first occurred on Thursday, January 18, at 5:10(...)

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Keolis plays whack-a-mole

Keolis plays whack-a-mole

Even as commuter rail service improves, problems keep popping up

THE PERFORMANCE OF KEOLIS COMMUTER SERVICES is improving on a number of fronts, but there continue to be setbacks that make it appear the MBTA’s commuter rail operator is playing a game of whack-a-mole. Dan Grabauskas, a consultant hired by the T to oversee improvement at Keolis, reported to the Fiscal and Management Control Board(...)

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Free the ramp

Free the ramp

State should give Silver Line quicker tunnel access

I’VE BEEN WRITING for three years about the disadvantages of the Silver Line not using the Ted Williams Tunnel ramp that was designed for it, but it’s time to bring it up again. Ted Pyne recently wrote about the ramp in Commonwealth and he points out—much like I have—that using the ramp would actually save the T money in(...)

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T revenues growing from ads, real estate, parking

T revenues growing from ads, real estate, parking

Agency on track to reach $100m target by 2020

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they are on track to reach their goal of $100 million in recurring, own-source revenue by 2020. The officials said they expect to bring in $77 million this fiscal year from advertising ($27.8 million), parking ($24.6 million), real estate ($17.2 million), and a handful of other revenue-generating initiatives ($6.9 million). The MBTA’s(...)

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Harvard increases support for West Station

Harvard increases support for West Station

Offers $8m for interim approach, $50m for complete facility

HARVARD UNIVERSITY put some additional financial muscle behind efforts to begin construction of a new transit station in the Allston-Brighton area earlier, offering the state $50 million toward a full multi-modal facility and as much as $8 million for a commuter rail stop on the Worcester Line that would serve as an interim solution. State(...)

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Kadish put in charge of transportation commission

Kadish put in charge of transportation commission

Will look at disruptive changes; new revenue on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS WITH AN EYE on the state’s transportation needs through the next two decades, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday created a special commission to try to understand how transportation options and demand could change by 2040 and how the state can be ready to adapt to those changes. The Commission on the Future(...)

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T notes: Privatization at bus garages off the table?

T notes: Privatization at bus garages off the table?

Still no contract details, but comments suggest union retained work

NO ONE IS RELEASING any details about the MBTA’s proposed multi-year contract with the union representing bus machinists, but it would appear the deal doesn’t include the privatization of any garages. The union has said all along that job security was its only focus, and top transportation officials on Monday praised T management for coming(...)

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Getting cars, bikers, and pedestrians to coexist

Getting cars, bikers, and pedestrians to coexist

Boston is rife with idiotic signalization and laws that go unenforced

BOSTON IS GROWING, and fast.  Highways and arterial roadways are commonly clogged not just during “rush hour,” but at all times of day, including weekends.  It used to be the practice at the Boston Redevelopment Authority to advise young planners that “traffic problems solve themselves,” because people will find another route when traffic on one(...)

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A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation

A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation

Equity, climate, and choice are keys to developing a workable plan for the future

TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY matters to everyone who commutes, travels, or runs errands on a daily basis, and these everyday trips create a sense that we are all experts on transportation. For creative problem solvers, every traffic jam, transit delay, confusing intersection, or missing bike lane connection provides an opportunity to brainstorm possible solutions. But what(...)

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