Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

MBTA releases video of Red Line derailment

MBTA releases video of Red Line derailment

Agency says service returning to normal on stretch of track

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA RELEASED video Friday of a June 11 Red Line derailment that officials say will continue to cause delays through most of the summer, the same day T officials said service on a stretch of track will return to normal two weeks earlier than expected. After being instructed by the(...)

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Baker bill seeks new rules for commercial drivers

Baker bill seeks new rules for commercial drivers

Proposed crackdown follows NH crash, ensuing scandal

JUST UNDER A MONTH after a truck crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Friday that he says would enhance safety by keeping dangerous commercial drivers off the road. The bill aims to accomplish that goal by increasing penalties for repeat bad drivers and requiring trucking businesses to sign(...)

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Riders give T worst marks yet in June performance review

Riders give T worst marks yet in June performance review

Satisfaction took a big hit after Red Line derailment

RIDERS’ OPINIONS OF the MBTA plummeted in June, perhaps unsurprisingly, as more than half of the respondents to the T’s regular survey were at least somewhat dissatisfied with the service overall. The June rating of 2.5 out of 5 is the lowest since that survey began in February 2016, and a striking dip from ratings(...)

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Walsh unloads on T

Walsh unloads on T

Mayor says system 'not currently a functional service'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH called Wednesday for the MBTA to invest about $9 million in running Red Line and commuter rail trains more frequently, slamming the system — wracked with ongoing delays after a derailment last month — as “not currently a functional service” for much of the city. His request,(...)

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Talk of new transportation revenues premature

Talk of new transportation revenues premature

Let’s first unleash support from the private sector

THE ROARING MASSACHUSETTS private economy is the envy of the nation.  For a second consecutive year, it has helped create a substantial state budget surplus—even while the rate of state spending continues to advance.  But CNBC recently lowered Massachusetts’ ranking in its annual Top States for Business from No. 8 to No. 14, with the(...)

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License suspensions now total 1,607 after RMV review

License suspensions now total 1,607 after RMV review

Agency failed to notify other states about violations by their drivers in Mass.

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES has not only been failing to review out-of-state violations by Massachusetts drivers, but has often failed to warn other states about infractions by their drivers in the Bay State. State officials said Friday that license suspensions here in Massachusetts stemming from a mishandled notification backlog had(...)

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Sometimes a Mr. Fix-it needs to get under the hood

Sometimes a Mr. Fix-it needs to get under the hood

More on that Baker visit to the Red Line derailment site

IT MUST HAVE BEEN A SIGHT. Gov. Charlie Baker, who has steadfastly refused to ride the MBTA as governor, was nevertheless there on a Red Line passenger platform about a week after the June 11 derailment and crash that has precipitated a summer full of delays. The governor wasn’t at JFK/UMass to catch a train,(...)

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House leaders parlay on transpo legislation

House leaders parlay on transpo legislation

Promise multi-pronged solution by end of the year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House Speaker Robert DeLeo met with the House chairs of the ways and means, revenue and transportation committees for about two hours Wednesday morning to sketch out the broad transportation financing package expected to get a vote in the House this fall. As congestion on the roads and unreliable service on(...)

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T cautious on biz-funded management initiative

T cautious on biz-funded management initiative

Novel program has provided training to 41 employees

DESPITE A DESPERATE NEED for management talent, the MBTA has moved very cautiously in taking advantage of a novel initiative spearheaded by several Massachusetts business groups offering money for training and recruitment efforts as well as loaned executives. The T has spent just over a third of the $365,000 provided by the business groups in the(...)

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