Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

MBTA signs lucrative ad contract

MBTA signs lucrative ad contract

Could collect $136m with no out-of-pocket cost

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD approved a new advertising contract on Monday that is expected to generate at least $136 million over the next five years with no cash outlay required by the transit authority. The contract with Outfront Media calls for the New York City company to install about 640 video screens throughout the transit(...)

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T offers plan to boost Red Line service

T offers plan to boost Red Line service

Would require the purchase of 116 more rail cars

MBTA OFFICIALS on Monday outlined a plan to dramatically improve service on the Red Line, but to execute the plan they said the existing procurement for new rail cars would have to be expanded to include the entire Red Line fleet. The transit agency has already ordered 134 new Red Line cars from CRCC, a(...)

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Aloisi responds to Gonneville

Aloisi responds to Gonneville

Stands by T closing cost estimate

MBTA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER JEFF GONNEVILLE rightly takes pride in the work he and his fellow MBTA employees perform every day, keeping our aging public transportation moving as best they can. I have always and consistently applauded the men and women who drive buses, conduct trains, manage the operations center, and perform the countless other(...)

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T official disputes shutdown cost estimate

T official disputes shutdown cost estimate

Says end-of-night wait trips cost $500,000 a year

The September 15 opinion piece by James Aloisi, the former Massachusetts secretary of transportation, exploring the end-of-day shutdown process of the MBTA, contains several factual errors and misrepresents much of the accomplishments which have been made in decreasing operating costs and improving service for customers of the MBTA. In particular, the claim that the MBTA(...)

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Shutdown process costly for the T

Shutdown process costly for the T

Tab for well-meaning gesture may be $3.8m a year

IT BEGAN WITH A TWEET, sent in the early morning hours. James Jay, a TransitMatters advocate and transit enthusiast, tweeted: “One E-Line train is the reason the entire MBTA system sits idle for over 30 min.” That bit of information sparked a subsequent exploration by three TransitMatters advocates — Ari Ofsevit, Andy Monat, and Marc(...)

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MBTA to double capital spending

MBTA to double capital spending

Authority plans to quicken bid process, tap unused funds

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they want to overhaul the process and change the culture at the agency to ramp up spending on capital projects after once again finishing the year without using all the funds available to address the aging equipment and infrastructure that breaks down and causes delays regardless of the season. “We believe we(...)

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T deficit cut to $86M

T deficit cut to $86M

Officials say shrinking gap trending in right direction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA FINISHED fiscal year 2016 with a structural deficit of $86 million, a roughly 28 percent decrease from the previous year in the difference between the transit agency’s revenues and expenses. MBTA Chief Financial Officer Michael Abramo told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board that the MBTA’s operating expenses(...)

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Union protests T privatizing

Union protests T privatizing

Workers blast Baker and board for refusing to discuss alternatives

HUNDREDS OF ORANGE-CLAD MBTA union workers and supporters crammed the Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting Monday to loudly — and, in some cases, profanely – protest the administration’s efforts to privatize agency services. “We think it is time we make our voice heard,” said Carmen’s Union President James O’Brien. “For months, we have attempted(...)

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T terminating parking contract early

T terminating parking contract early

Moving from flat fee to incentive-based deal

THE MBTA IS PREPARING to terminate early its contract with its existing parking lot operator and sign a new deal that is expected to grow the $40 million business and better align the contractor’s incentives with those of the T. The T’s existing contract with LAZ Parking is scheduled to run through the end of(...)

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Get Mass. transponder or face higher Turnpike charges

Get Mass. transponder or face higher Turnpike charges

Electronic tolling scheduled to start Oct. 28

This story was updated at 5:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., because of incorrect information supplied by state officials, it was corrected to say that drivers without transponders will be charged $11.70 for driving from Stockbridge to Boston. AS THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE shifts to electronic tolling, state officials are urging drivers to pick up and start(...)

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