Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

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Poftak says he is stepping down at T on Jan. 3

Poftak says he is stepping down at T on Jan. 3

General manager shouldered much of blame for safety issues

STEVE POFTAK, the embattled general manager of the MBTA who shouldered much of the blame for recent safety incidents at the transit authority, announced on Tuesday that he will resign his post on January 3, two days before the next governor takes office. Poftak’s departure, while expected, accelerates the timetable for the next governor to(...)

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Key lawmaker calls for restructuring MBTA

Key lawmaker calls for restructuring MBTA

Suggests narrowing focus to just bus, subway

TO JUMP-START a discussion about the future of the MBTA, the House chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee is calling for a fairly radical restructuring of the transit authority to narrow its responsibilities. Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett said the intense focus on safety issues at the MBTA and the upcoming change in gubernatorial administrations(...)

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T notes: Low-income fares back on agenda

T notes: Low-income fares back on agenda

$79m cost to relocate commuter rail safety function underground

MBTA OFFICIALS presented new, lower cost estimates for introducing low-income fares on Thursday, but it was unclear when or if the T board will move ahead with the proposal. At a meeting of the MBTA board, T staff estimated the cost of cutting fares in half on all transportation modes for riders earning less than(...)

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MBTA unveils redesigned bus redesign

MBTA unveils redesigned bus redesign

Overhaul of route system will take 5 years to implement

THE MBTA on Thursday unveiled a redesign of its initial redesign of its bus network, incorporating feedback from 20,000 commenters and changing 85 of the 133 routes in the original proposal. Testifying before the MBTA board, T officials said the latest plan expands service by 25 percent and doubles from 15 to 30 the number(...)

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LaHood: T’s Poftak on right track with safety until COVID hit

LaHood: T’s Poftak on right track with safety until COVID hit

Former US transportation secretary makes safety culture recommendations

A correction has been made to this story. STEVE POFTAK, the MBTA’s beleaguered general manager, received some praise on Tuesday from former US transportation secretary Ray LaHood and Sen. Brendan Crighton, the co-chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee. LaHood headed a panel that releases a report in December 2019 that was highly critical of the(...)

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Boston, businesses to pay for employee bus, subway rides

Boston, businesses to pay for employee bus, subway rides

New 2-year pilot with MBTA patterned after MIT initiative launched in 2016

EMPLOYEES WORKING for the city of Boston, Google, Sanofi, and retailers at Assembly Row in Somerville will be able to ride the MBTA subways and buses for free under a two-year pilot program paid for by the employers. The new initiative, announced on Monday, is an extension of an existing program run by MIT that(...)

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MBTA problems not affecting Baker popularity

MBTA problems not affecting Baker popularity

Poll indicates governor not held responsible

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S popularity is not being affected by the ongoing problems at the MBTA, according to a new poll. The survey of 987 likely voters indicates 67 percent view Baker favorably, much higher than President Biden (49 percent) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey (44 percent). Specifically on transportation, Baker gets pretty high marks.(...)

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Cracked welds delay new N. Washington St. Bridge a year

Cracked welds delay new N. Washington St. Bridge a year

State officials say new span will not open until 2025

COMPLETION OF A NEW North Washington Bridge in Boston will take at least a year longer than expected because of mysterious cracks that developed in welds at steel connection points. Jonathan Gulliver, the Massachusetts highway commissioner, said the tiny cracks were first discovered by state inspectors about a year ago. Works was halted and an(...)

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MBTA: What went wrong and how to fix it

MBTA: What went wrong and how to fix it

T Advisory Board picks the minds of a bunch of experts

THE MBTA Advisory Board, the group representing cities and towns in the transit authority’s service area, held a series of fascinating panel discussions on Tuesday on the future of the MBTA. What follows is a Q&A explainer based on those presentations. Q: Let’s start with funding. Everyone seems to agree the T is underfunded. How(...)

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New airport terminal coming in New Bedford

New airport terminal coming in New Bedford

State approves funding for new control tower, too

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SOUTH COAST leaders say state transportation officials have made a “commitment” for design and project funding for a new airport terminal and control tower at New Bedford Regional Airport. Mayor Jon Mitchell and Rep. William Straus, co-chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, hosted a visit to the airport in June with(...)

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