Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Polito promises transportation commission

Polito promises transportation commission

Focus, and whether revenues will be on table, are unclear

LT. GOV. KARYN POLITO said the administration intends to follow the advice of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and sign an executive order creating a commission to examine the state’s transportation needs and develop a plan to pay for them. Polito made the announcement at an event Wednesday hosted by the Taxpayers Foundation. Two Baker administration(...)

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Business groups giving MBTA $500,000

Business groups giving MBTA $500,000

Head of CEO group says 7 organizations have pledged money

A COALITION OF BUSINESS GROUPS plans to give the MBTA $500,000 on Monday to help pay for initiatives to recruit, train, and retrain workers. MBTA officials announced a series of human resource initiatives on Monday that they hoped to launch with the help of a prominent business group, but they gave no indication of how(...)

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Study raises transportation concerns, punts on solution

Study raises transportation concerns, punts on solution

Funding shortfall seen as people buy fewer cars, less gas

THE MASSACHUSETTS TAXPAYERS FOUNDATION released a report on Tuesday raising concerns about the state’s ability to maintain and improve its transportation infrastructure, but called for another study of the issues involved rather than more revenues or other steps to address the problem. The study, portrayed as an update of a 2007 Transportation Finance Commission report,(...)

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T notes: RIDE call center consolidation delayed again

T notes: RIDE call center consolidation delayed again

Green Line trains speeding up slowly

THE MBTA ON MONDAY said it is once again postponing the consolidation of all of its paratransit call centers under one roof, saying the company in charge of the operation is still not ready to absorb the last facility. The T has merged two call centers under a contract with Global Contract Services, which is(...)

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T develops wish list for biz group funding

T develops wish list for biz group funding

10-20% performance bonuses part of hiring, retention initiative

MBTA OFFICIALS, looking to one of the state’s business groups for help in hiring and retaining staff, unveiled a wish list of initiatives on Monday that could end up costing between $750,000 and $1 million a year depending on participation. The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, a group of high-powered CEOs from some of the state’s top(...)

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Attract Amazon + fix the T

Attract Amazon + fix the T

Leverage new HQ to extend, connect Blue Line

WE BOTH HAD THE SAME THOUGHT as soon as we heard about Boston vying for Amazon’s new headquarters facility: Locate it at Suffolk Downs and leverage the opportunity to take a giant leap forward in improving local and regional mobility. Suffolk Downs on paper is an ideal site for a large campus complex: over 100(...)

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Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

MBTA needs to adopt 21st century management practices

IT’S ALL BUT irresistible to characterize the MBTA’s efforts to contract out part of its bus maintenance operation as a union issue: Will bus maintenance continue to be performed by unionized T employees or will it be privatized? But focusing on that question misses the point. The proposal is really about bringing bus maintenance management and practices into the(...)

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T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

New website is here, plus fare and signals systems on the way

NEW MBTA GENERAL MANAGER LUIS RAMIREZ said he spent a lot of time traveling on buses and subways over the last week and came away convinced that most riders don’t think the T cares about them. At his first meeting of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Ramirez said he wants to change “the narrative(...)

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T, bus repair union negotiating again

T, bus repair union negotiating again

Lang, of oversight board, working both sides

MBTA OFFICIALS AND THE UNION representing workers at three bus maintenance garages facing privatization have entered into serious negotiations, with a member of the T’s oversight board working to bring both sides together. The T and the union, which had barely talked for months, have met three times in the last two weeks and are(...)

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Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

T: Performance slightly below what was expected

A PROGRAM RUN BY KEOLIS Commuter Services to refurbish older, out-of-service commuter rail locomotives is off to a bumpy start. Three locomotives have gone through the so-called UTEX program so far, and all three encountered problems that took them back out of service. Two of the locomotives, which came online in April and May, experienced problems(...)

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