Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

February 2020

MBTA officials say train derailments trending downward

FTA urges immediate T action in 4 safety areas

MBTA OFFICIALS said on Monday that the number of derailments has been trending downward over the last few years, falling by more than 50 percent since 2019. According to figures released at the safety, health, and environment subcommittee of the MBTA board of directors, the total number of derailments declined from 32 in 2019 to(...)

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MBTA nearing its day of reckoning

MBTA nearing its day of reckoning

As federal funds dry up, spending far exceeding revenue

A LITTLE OVER a year ago, US Rep. Stephen Lynch and the state’s congressional delegation hammered away at the MBTA for implementing a series of cuts designed to save money and bring service levels more in line with the COVID-reduced ridership. “That doesn’t work for us,” said Lynch, who insisted the T should use the(...)

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MassDOT setting aside $20m to help recruit engineers

MassDOT setting aside $20m to help recruit engineers

Package includes 10.3% salary increase, $5,000 signing bonuses

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ADD CIVIL ENGINEERS to the list of public-sector jobs in high demand these days. With Department of Transportation workers heading to the exits in larger numbers than usual, officials are poised to roll out a $20 million package of raises, bonuses, and other employee benefit tweaks aimed at recruiting and retaining(...)

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Transit Ambassadors complain about working conditions

Transit Ambassadors complain about working conditions

Cite stabbing of colleague, raise possibility of forming union

SOME OF THE MBTA’S Transit Ambassadors, the people in the red shirts who assist passengers at train stations, are not that thrilled with their working conditions and rumbling about forming a union. The roughly 200 ambassadors work for a third-party company called MyDatt Services of Nashville, which serves as a hiring agency for the T,(...)

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T looking closely at operator error on Green Line crash

T looking closely at operator error on Green Line crash

Anti-collision system due to be installed next year

MBTA GENERAL MANAGER Steve Poftak said there is no evidence that vehicle, signal, or track issues played any role in the collision Wednesday night of two Green Line trains at Government Center. Poftak on Thursday said the T is looking closely at the possibility of operator error, but he stressed that the investigation is still(...)

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East-West rail 'elephant in the room'

East-West rail ‘elephant in the room’

Lawmakers show little urgency on new rail authority

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A PASSENGER RAIL extension into western Massachusetts looms as one of the most impactful projects on the table now that Gov. Charlie Baker and federal officials have identified a “path forward” for it, but lawmakers still will not say what — if anything — they will do in the next two(...)

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Don't forget the poetry of public transit

Don’t forget the poetry of public transit

Each trip is a journey and a shared social experience

WHEN ACADEMICS and advocates talk about transit, they talk about the importance of things like access, agglomeration effects, sustainability, and mobility efficiency. It’s often through the lens of these attributes that planners make decisions about where and how to invest in transit and rail systems. They each can be measured, offering something tangible to support(...)

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Double decker buses skirting the rules

Double decker buses skirting the rules

'Special order' of former police commissioner should be suspended

BOSTON CONSISTENTLY ranks among the top 10 tourist destinations in the United States. From the Freedom Trail to Fenway Park to Faneuil Hall, the “Hub of the Universe” offers a cornucopia of experiences to travelers from near and far. For more than 40 years, guided tour operators have played a lead role in Boston’s tourism(...)

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MBTA board balks at $102m Transit Ambassador contract

MBTA board balks at $102m Transit Ambassador contract

Only one company submitted a bid to hire the 200 workers

AFTER SEVEN MONTHS of rubber-stamping nearly everything put before it, the MBTA board of directors this week balked, at least for a month, at approving a $102 million, five-year contract to hire 200 Transit Ambassadors. Transit Ambassadors are the MBTA’s greeters. Assigned to 68 station locations, they help customers needing directions, buying tickets, or finding(...)

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