Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Extend the T’s Pacheco Law exemption

Extend the T’s Pacheco Law exemption

Let’s fix the MBTA once and for all

“Competition is a good thing,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve.  “It drives innovation; it drives productivity.”  That sums up the importance of extending the MBTA’s exemption from the Pacheco Law, the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law. A three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law was granted as part of the 2015 emergency legislation aimed at fixing the troubled MBTA. In an announcement that raises(...)

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We may be No. 1, but not in transportation

We may be No. 1, but not in transportation

Mass. ranks 45th in nation due to decay and delay

AFTER CRUNCHING MORE than 60 metrics, U.S. News & World Report and the consulting firm McKinsey recently declared Massachusetts the #1 state in the nation. Our Commonwealth’s success is built on the strength of our education system (ranked at #1), health care (#2), and overall economy (#5). All Massachusetts residents can take pride in this(...)

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Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

No plans for seeking extension at T, but doesn’t rule it out

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Wednesday that he has no current plans to seek a longer suspension of the Pacheco Law on behalf of the MBTA, but indicated his thinking could possibly change. “At this time, we’re not going to seek an extension,” he said. He noted, however, that a series of initiatives approved by(...)

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Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law

Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law

Pollack: No plan to seek extension of suspension

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is showing no signs it will push the Legislature for an extension of the MBTA’s three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law, which regulates how state agencies can privatize services. “At this time we are not planning to seek any changes in that,” said Stephanie Pollack, Baker’s secretary of transportation. “We have not(...)

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Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations

Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations

T, commuter rail operator will split any increase in revenue

THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR received the green light on Monday to launch a five-year campaign to cut down on fare evasion and increase ridership, with the $9 million-a-year cost slated to come from a revenue-sharing arrangement with the transit agency. The arrangement, approved by the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, could have a(...)

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MA transportation system is falling behind

MA transportation system is falling behind

Repair costs are rising as revenue continues to lag

ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, our infrastructure is in desperate need of modernization and expansion, from our roads to bridges, to trains and buses, to subway and rail stations, to bike paths and more. Investments in transportation can connect us to jobs, education, and healthcare, reduce the time we spend stuck in traffic or waiting for a(...)

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T expands Uber, Lyft paratransit options

T expands Uber, Lyft paratransit options

In test, customers offered more convenience at less cost

THE MBTA SAID ON TUESDAY it is expanding its paratransit relationship with the ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft in a bid to offer customers of The Ride more convenience and lower the T’s overall costs. The transit authority tested the concept over the last five months with 400 RIDE customers, who as a group took(...)

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Fixing the T is going to take a long time

Fixing the T is going to take a long time

Pollack said job could last 10 to 20 years

MBTA AND STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS made clear on Monday that fixing the T will be a long-term project that could take 10 to 20 years and won’t be finished by next year’s gubernatorial election. The comments came at a meeting of the T’s five-member Fiscal and Management Control Board as officials discussed how long the(...)

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Baker, Kraft push Foxborough commuter rail service

Baker, Kraft push Foxborough commuter rail service

Development potential cited, but only 110 new riders a day forecast

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION and officials representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pushed the MBTA’s oversight board on Monday to approve a pilot project extending weekday commuter rail service to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough that would attract an estimated 110 new riders a day. Members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board took no action(...)

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T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

Auburndale upgrade wastes money and doesn’t address rider needs

MUCH OF THE MBTA COMMUTER RAIL network is still not accessible for disabled passengers. But the current proposed solution to add accessibility to the Auburndale commuter rail station in Newton will potentially cost $11 million and make service worse both for riders who use that station, and for the many thousands of daily riders on(...)

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