Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T’s director of parking leaves authority

T’s director of parking leaves authority

Agency officials refuse to discuss the departure

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING left the transit authority on Friday after just a little over a year on the job, raising concerns that oversight of one of the transit authority’s major sources of revenue is once again in turmoil. Sources say David J. Friend’s departure was related to the MBTA’s oversight of its contract(...)

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Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Eliminating payments on board buses, Green Line makes sense

A HIGHLY FUNCTIONING urban transit system is characterized by its speed, convenience, and reliability.  The Netherlands, a role model for efficient and sustainable mobility, has examples of this in abundance.  Go to places like Amsterdam or The Hague and you will have at your disposal multiple modal choices – trams, buses, and light rail –(...)

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State: No West Station until 2040

State: No West Station until 2040

Advocates say 20 years is too long to wait

A STATE TRANSPORTATION FILING prompted a chicken-and-egg debate on Friday about whether a new transit station should be constructed in conjunction with the new neighborhood Harvard University is building in Allston or whether the station can wait until 2040. In a mammoth filing with state environmental officials on the complex and sprawling project, the Department(...)

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Waiting on the T

Waiting on the T

Long lines and delays extend to agency’s CharlieCard store

THE MBTA HAS placed a high priority on customer service in recent months, but that apparently doesn’t extend to the agency’s CharlieCard store at the Downtown Crossing station, where the overflow of those waiting for reduced fare cards regularly spills out from inside the store onto the concourse. On any given day, there is typically(...)

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T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward?

T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward?

Control board puts Quincy Station project on hold

DESPITE STRONG OPPOSITION from the state’s Democratic political establishment, MBTA officials hinted on Monday that they plan to bring a proposal forward to outsource work at three bus maintenance garages. A discussion about the privatization initiative surfaced as members of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board were going over their schedule for future meetings.(...)

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Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs

Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs

Many stretches are old, require full replacement

THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD on Monday gave staff the green light to periodically shut down chunks of the Green Line to replace entire stretches of track, which will enable the repair work to be completed quickly and at less cost but at greater inconvenience for passengers. Eric Stoothoff, the T’s deputy chief(...)

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T outlines rosy future on subways

T outlines rosy future on subways

New trains, maintenance strategy to dramatically improve service, capacity

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY outlined a series of investments and maintenance strategies that should dramatically improve service for the transit authority’s subway riders over the next five years. Many of the steps were previously announced, but a presentation to the Fiscal and Management Control Board packaged them together in a way that showcased how riders(...)

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Sources: T to part ways with paratransit contractor

Sources: T to part ways with paratransit contractor

Consolidated call center, service problems remain concerns

THE MBTA IS STILL NOT SATISFIED with the performance of the private company overseeing its paratransit dispatch service, and sources say the authority is trying to figure out a way to sever ties and hire a new vendor. Global Contact Services was hired in 2016 to operate a centralized call and control center for the(...)

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Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Now supports ban on using handheld devices behind the wheel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A RISE IN FATAL ACCIDENTS caused by distracted driving and advances in technology prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support on Tuesday behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, giving a boost to an initiative debated for years by policy leaders and increasing pressure on the House to(...)

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T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

Shortsleeve breaks deadlock, measure passes 3-2

THE MBTA’s OVERSIGHT BOARD voted 3-2 on Monday to approve a 3.5-month test of alcohol advertising inside subway stations, on billboards, and at bus shelters. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board failed to approve a new alcohol advertising policy at its meeting last week, deadlocking on a 2-2 vote. The tie was broken on(...)

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