Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Don’t stop at Charles, extend Blue Line to Kendall

THE RED-BLUE CONNECTOR is back in the news, with the state funding a small study to examine whether the project might be feasible. When we last left it, the connector was tagged with a laughably-high price tag of $750 million for a deep bore tunnel, even though the existing Blue Line tracks extend west to(...)

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Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Boston mayor proposes increased penalties to raise $5 million for transportation needs

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH will unveil a $5 million plan to improve the city’s transportation system, ranging from repaving roads and sidewalks to creating dedicated bus lanes, and plans to hike parking violation fines to pay for the effort. Walsh plans to include the money in his fiscal 2019 budget to be unveiled Tuesday and(...)

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Canceled T bus trips on the rise

Canceled T bus trips on the rise

Two-thirds of MBTA drivers on FMLA

THE NUMBER OF CANCELED BUS TRIPS is rising at the MBTA primarily because of unscheduled absences taken by drivers. MBTA officials told members of the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that more than 2.5 percent of bus trips were canceled during the last three months of 2017, which was up almost 1.5 percentage(...)

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Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

They are a quick and easy solution that doesn't cost $100m

Second of two parts WHILE A GONDOLA WON’T FLY at South Station, there’s a simple solution to the mobility issues confronting the Seaport District and the basic infrastructure is already in place: buses. A bus may not be as sexy as a gondola, but it also won’t require a hulking station shadowing Congress Street, Dewey(...)

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T eyeing congestion pricing for parking

T eyeing congestion pricing for parking

Considers hiking rates at busy garages and lowering them elsewhere

THE MBTA APPEARS TO BE considering a form of congestion pricing for its parking garages. Congestion pricing has become a hot topic in transportation circles lately as advocates push for new ways of using tolls to influence driving behavior. On the Massachusetts Turnpike, for example, advocates are pushing for an increase in toll charges at(...)

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Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it

Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it

No room near South Station for the infrastructure needed

Unlike Elon Musk’s latest foray in to urban transportation, which involves several as yet non-existent technologies, the idea for a Summer Street gondola is something which at least has been built and operated successfully elsewhere. The principal features of gondola technology are pretty straightforward, offering an unremarkable combination of relatively slow, expensive, and low-capacity mobility.(...)

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T notes: New bridge to feature bus lane

T notes: New bridge to feature bus lane

No repeat of St. Patrick’s Day vandalism on commuter rail

THE STATE TRANSPORTATION BOARD approved a nearly $177 million contract on Monday to replace the rundown North Washington Street Bridge in Boston with a new span featuring four lanes for vehicles, a dedicated southbound lane for buses, bike lanes, and wider sidewalks. The bridge currently carries 44,000 vehicles a day between Charlestown and Boston’s North(...)

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DeLeo mostly mum on transit goals

DeLeo mostly mum on transit goals

In chamber speech, he largely ignores business group’s plea

THE GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE pressed for new user fees dedicated to transit and road improvement in a policy brief earlier this week, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo largely ignored the business group’s plea when he addressed the organization on Friday. DeLeo didn’t mention transportation in his speech to the group, and, in response(...)

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Boston chamber calls for road, transit revenues

Boston chamber calls for road, transit revenues

Says region at a standstill, favors dedicated user fees

WARNING THAT CONGESTION in and around Boston is bringing the city to a standstill, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called on state policymakers to come up with a long-term, reliable revenue source for building road and public transit infrastructure. “Rather than ad-hoc fare and gas tax increases, the state should develop a(...)

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Chandler backs more funding for RTAs

Chandler backs more funding for RTAs

But Baker says state has been 'pretty supportive'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS SUPPORTERS OF THE PUBLIC bus system in her hometown worry about a “death spiral” in services, Senate President Harriette Chandler said Monday the Senate’s budget will attempt to address the funding crunch for regional transit authorities. Chandler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday heard a presentation(...)

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