Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

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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Baker proposes new ride-hailing regs

Baker proposes new ride-hailing regs

Lyft concerned by data-collection provision

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday proposed a range of new regulations to prevent abuses of the Uber and Lyft ride-hailing platforms and to more precisely monitor how those on-demand travel services are being used. The legislation would require the tech giants that host the services to share reams of anonymized data about rides so that(...)

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Red Line ridership continues to lag

Red Line ridership continues to lag

Numbers improve a bit, particularly at Quincy stations

Red Line ridership continued to lag behind normal levels during the last week of June – the continuation of a trend that began after a train car derailed at the JFK/UMass station on June 11. The number of weekday tap-ins – people using Charlie Cards or tickets to pass through fare gates – remained below(...)

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Safety allegations raise control board issues

Safety allegations raise control board issues

Why did official’s firing never surface at public meetings?

THE MBTA’s FISCAL and Management Control Board is widely viewed as a government success story – five, unpaid gubernatorial appointees who have brought public scrutiny to the inner workings of the state’s troubled transit authority. But the allegations made by former MBTA chief safety officer Ronald W. Nickle suggest the board is far from perfect.(...)

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Lawmakers planning RMV oversight hearing this month

Lawmakers planning RMV oversight hearing this month

One of several probes focused on Baker transportation agencies

STATE LAWMAKERS WILL CONDUCT an oversight hearing later this month to look into problems at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, where administrative lapses delayed license suspensions for nearly 900 people. “Many senators from my chamber have come wanting more information. The chairs have spoken and they’ve made the decision to have this oversight hearing this(...)

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