Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

LAZ surprised at MBTA theft lawsuit

LAZ surprised at MBTA theft lawsuit

Statement says firm will accept its 'share' of responsibility

What follows is a statement issued Friday by Jeff Karp, president and co-founder of LAZ Parking, which was sued on Thursday by the MBTA. Here is the CommonWealth story on the lawsuit. We were surprised and disappointed to receive the MBTA’s lawsuit yesterday.  Since the potential theft by former employees was discovered several months ago we have(...)

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T sues LAZ, its former parking lot operator

T sues LAZ, its former parking lot operator

Agency seeks millions allegedly stolen, plus penalties

THE MBTA SUED its former private parking lot operator on Thursday, seeking the recovery of millions of dollars allegedly stolen by the firm’s employees over a three-year period. If the suit is successful, the T says its contract with LAZ Parking Ltd. requires the firm to pay the T twice the amount stolen plus additional(...)

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Lessons from the collapse of Bridj

Lessons from the collapse of Bridj

Quality counts, but transportation also requires subsidies

THE STARTUP MOBILITY COMPANY that tested the potential for innovation in the transportation sector announced on Sunday that it was shutting down effective immediately.  Bridj might have changed the face of mobility in Greater Boston with the power of its algorithms and its plush 14-seat vans, but there was a vast gulf between the promise(...)

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MBTA misses capital spending mark

MBTA misses capital spending mark

Also: A little zip; private-public partnership in Kendall

THE MBTA, WHICH has struggled to spend money to bring the system up to a state of good repair, will increase expenditures on capital projects to update the system but will still fall tens of millions short in meeting its target of $750 million. Joanna Aalto, head of the T’s capital program oversight, said the(...)

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T sees spike in reported injuries

T sees spike in reported injuries

More workers claim being hurt on the job as attendance policy is tightened

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID on Monday the number of on-the-job injuries among transportation operators soared during the first three months of the year as the transit authority tried to reduce the level of absenteeism among employees. Janice Brochu, chief of human resources for the MBTA, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the number of(...)

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When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

At Pioneer, it’s always more reform – never revenue

SO THERE I WAS, enjoying a brisk late April morning and about to dig into the newspapers (and breakfast), when my iPhone beeped and up came CommonWealth’s Sunday Upload. My pavlovian response was to stop everything I was doing and read what was on offer on the Upload. Turns out it was the folks at(...)

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Congressional delegation should butt out

Congressional delegation should butt out

Focus on T’s retirement fund, not privatization efforts

HERE’S ONE THAT COULD BE A JOKE, except it actually happened.  Every member of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation recently thought it would be a good idea to sign a misguided letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack urging them to avoid saving money and improving service quality at the MBTA. The letter(...)

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Running the numbers on the Fairmount Line

Running the numbers on the Fairmount Line

Surveys say ridership is up but remains woefully low

A REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK by the Boston Foundation pegged weekday ridership on the Fairmount Line at 2,257 passengers in June 2016, which is about 15 percent higher than counts taken by Keolis Commuter Services at roughly the same time. The Fairmount Line travels between Readville and South Station through Mattapan and Dorchester. The Boston(...)

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Tackling transportation in the suburbs

Tackling transportation in the suburbs

Public-private partnerships key in Newton and Needham

IF GREATER BOSTON HAS AN ACHILLES HEEL, it’s transportation. This was the number one issue when we launched the N2 Innovation District in Newton and Needham and it remains a major hurdle today. It’s also cited as a key impediment to growth in a recent MassEcon report about why companies locate to or within the(...)

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T trying to speed up Green Line trains

T trying to speed up Green Line trains

Also: Marathon ticket sales, strategic plan

THE MBTA IS WORKING ON WAYS to speed up service on the Green Line by coordinating traffic lights, consolidating stops, and using technology to prevent bottlenecks. T officials estimate they can shave roughly a minute off a trip on the B Line by coordinating traffic lights with the city of Boston so trains approaching surface(...)

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