Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Wynn interested in buying Everett T facility

Wynn interested in buying Everett T facility

Las Vegas developer keen on acquiring property around casino

WYNN RESORTS IS INTERESTED in purchasing a massive MBTA repair facility adjacent to the Everett property where it is building a $2.4 billion hotel and casino, but so far has made no formal offer. Several sources confirmed Wynn and state transportation officials have kicked around the idea of the Las Vegas casino developer purchasing the(...)

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T notes: Agency nearing $1b capital spending target

T notes: Agency nearing $1b capital spending target

More repair projects mean more rider inconvenience

THE MBTA IS CLOSING IN on its goal of investing $1 billion a year in the transit system. Joanna Aalto, who oversees the T’s capital program, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that the agency spent $811 million in fiscal 2017, including $709 million addressing so-called state-of-good repair projects. The T is(...)

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Uncertain future makes T planning difficult

Uncertain future makes T planning difficult

Population growth and T ridership no longer in sync

THE MBTA SPENT MOST OF MONDAY struggling with what the future holds – on ridership, service expansion, and vehicle purchases and maintenance – and came away without a whole lot of clarity. For example, the MBTA’s current strategic plan calls for increasing the capacity of the transit system to accommodate more riders as the region’s(...)

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Three from the T

Three from the T

Blue Line in line for upgrade and other notes from MBTA board meeting

THE BLUE LINE is the poor neglected cousin of the MBTA’s system and many think that needs to change, Amazon or no Amazon. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s chief operating officer, told members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the line is the system’s “most consistent and reliable line” with some room to grow,(...)

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T budget deficit up

T budget deficit up

Fewer fares from disgruntled riders part of growing gap

MBTA OFFICIALS ARE eyeing a nearly 67 percent spike in the agency’s projected structural deficit, a hole caused by lower fare revenues from people avoiding what they view as the unreliable service and continued cost overruns by the agency’s paratransit service despite privatization. Michael Abramo, the T’s chief administrator, told members of the Fiscal and(...)

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Late night T proves costly

Late night T proves costly

Subsidy per rider is 10 times regular bus service

MBTA OFFICIALS MOVED a step closer to approving a pilot late night bus service to launch next summer, running from Mattapan to Revere, but members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board expressed serious reservations about the estimated subsidy for each trip, which would be nearly 10 times what the agency pays for a normal(...)

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T notes: Green Line ext. clears pricing hurdle

T notes: Green Line ext. clears pricing hurdle

Get ready for more traffic light coordination

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID they were relieved on Monday when they learned two of the three bidders on the Green Line extension could do the construction work within the transit agency’s affordability limit of $1.319 billion. “Now we know we have a project we can build with the revenues we have,” said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack,(...)

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T: Fare collection to be public-private partnership

T: Fare collection to be public-private partnership

Vendor will start to get paid once system up and running

THE MBTA IS PLANNING to build a new automated fare collection system using what officials are calling a public-private partnership. The new fare collection system, dubbed AFC 2.0, is expected to replace the existing CharlieCard and CharlieTicket and allow cashless-only payment using smart phones, bank cards, and possibly a new MBTA fare card. With fare(...)

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MBTA ridership on downward trend

MBTA ridership on downward trend

Officials say passengers taking fewer trips, shifting to alternatives

MBTA RIDERSHIP generally trended downward over the last three years, with officials saying the available evidence suggests a portion of the system’s riders are taking fewer trips on the T and replacing them with alternative modes of travel. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said she didn’t think riders were abandoning the T, just shifting to ride-sharing(...)

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Transportation notes: Rocky rollout at inspection stations

Transportation notes: Rocky rollout at inspection stations

Deveney said focus should have been on people, not equipment

STATE OFFICIALS ON MONDAY conceded that a new system for handing out automobile inspection stickers got off to a dismal start at the beginning of October because of a failure to provide enough technical support to the roughly 1,700 stations participating in the program. “While we provided the technology to the stations, they deserved a(...)

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