Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Red Line ridership off 10% after derailment

Red Line ridership off 10% after derailment

During week after incident tap-ins were off 5.9 percent

RED LINE RIDERSHIP dropped roughly 10 percent the week a train derailed at the JFK/UMass Station and it only partially recovered the following week, according to the latest figures available. The number of so-called tap-ins on the Red Line – people using Charlie Cards or tickets to pass through the fare gates – typically hovers(...)

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Opportunity moment in transportation

Opportunity moment in transportation

Aloisi tweet storm: We need to move forward, not backward

1/ The death of Lee Iacocca is a metaphor for the passing of an auto centric era. This great corporate titan of auto-mobility embodied much of the false optimism & bravado that fueled a profoundly unsustainable approach to mobility. — Jim Aloisi (@JimAloisi) July 3, 2019 3/ In #mapoli an Administration that appears stuck in(...)

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Video: Pyrotechnics preceded June derailment

Video: Pyrotechnics preceded June derailment

Red Line lumbered on, car lurched, then crashed into sheds

A VIDEO OF the Red Line derailment on June 11 from the vantage point of the JFK/UMass Station shows the Braintree-bound train coming into view around a slight curve when a big flash occurs toward the rear of the train. It’s not clear in the grainy footage what caused the flash but the train doesn’t(...)

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Baker: RMV failed to do part of its job

Baker: RMV failed to do part of its job

Priority now is on the ‘back of the house’

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack took responsibility on Tuesday for the failure of the Registry of Motor Vehicles to process thousands of out-of-state violations by Massachusetts drivers, but the governor indicated Pollack still has his confidence and the problem will quickly be addressed. Baker and Pollack disclosed on Monday that the RMV(...)

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Baker feels the love on South Coast

Baker feels the love on South Coast

Rail service plan makes him a hero to the region

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, who has been facing heat for his oversight of the MBTA since a Red Line derailment June 11, traveled to the South Coast on Tuesday to bask in the adoration of a region thrilled he is finally bringing commuter rail service to them. At a ceremonial groundbreaking in Freetown, complete with a(...)

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RMV ignored out-of-state violation notices

RMV ignored out-of-state violation notices

After discovering them unopened for a year, state suspends 546 MA licenses

OFFICIALS LAST WEEK DISCOVERED a giant backlog of paperwork sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles about infractions committed by Massachusetts drivers in other states that had been sitting untouched for more than a year, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced on Monday. Among the unread messages from other states were more than 600 notifications about(...)

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Why Red Line commute is taking longer

Why Red Line commute is taking longer

Human workaround subbing for broken signals, switches

YOUR RED LINE COMMUTE is taking up to 20 minutes longer these days because a team of roughly 50 MBTA employees is filling in for automatic switches and signals severely damaged during a derailment June 11 at the JFK/UMass Station. The fairly expensive human workaround runs from Fields Corner to Broadway on the Ashmont branch(...)

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Wu and other pols seek to organize T riders

Wu and other pols seek to organize T riders

Call for more taxes and more bus-only lanes

BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR Michelle Wu had a captive audience Monday morning as she tried to mobilize a group of people who spend too much time stuck on MBTA platforms and trains. “I practically live on here,” said Carshena Berry who commutes almost the entire length of the Red Line from Ashmont to Davis and spoke(...)

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June 11, 2019

Crowded T cars can mean unwanted touching

Sex harassment should be part of MBTA's safety assessment

CROWDED SUBWAY CARS AND PLATFORMS can mean more than disruption for T riders. They have the potential to produce an environment ripe for sexual harassment. With a review panel now established to address derailments and other important safety concerns, it is imperative that the MBTA also renew its commitment to ensuring a safe public transit(...)

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Wieland gets nod for Massport CEO post

Wieland gets nod for Massport CEO post

Current port director tapped for top post

LISA WIELAND WAS selected to be the next chief executive of the Massachusetts Port Authority, taking over from the longtime stewardship of Tom Glynn, who retired last year. A divided Massport board of directors, which is almost entirely made up of Gov. Charlie Baker’s appointees, chose Wieland over the only other finalist, Brian Golden. John(...)

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