Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Keolis loses $29.3m in first year

Keolis loses $29.3m in first year

French parent company is covering commuter rail losses

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The international firm that runs commuter rail trains in and out of Boston racked up $29.3 million in losses over the first year of its long-term contract, requiring its French parent company to subsidize its Massachusetts operations. According to state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Keolis Commuter Services likely failed to fully(...)

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The wars at the T have to stop

The wars at the T have to stop

Put riders first with reform and revenue

THE CARMEN’S UNION NEEDS A LITTLE HELP with public relations. When the MBTA pitches a softball and you not only swing and miss but also hit the batboy in the face, you need to think about whether you need some help connecting the bat to the ball. This is pretty much what happened recently when(...)

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Governor proposes $200 million in roads funding

Governor proposes $200 million in roads funding

State would need to find room under debt ceiling

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THREE DAYS AFTER saying he would file a multiyear local road funding bill, Gov. Charlie Baker submitted a one-year, $200 million borrowing bill that includes $50 million for a five-year small bridge program. With the state on track to hit its debt limit of $21.735 billion in fiscal 2017, the administration(...)

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T board cautious on privatization

T board cautious on privatization

‘If we’re going to do it, we need to do it right’

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Wednesday cautiously began exploring the privatization of some of the agency’s non-core services, prompting a forceful response from union officials who emphasized the dramatic impact these efforts could have on long-time T employees and their families. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrator, said a request for information from private companies(...)

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T oversight chief favors fare hike

T oversight chief favors fare hike

Light turnout so far at public hearings

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD said on Wednesday that he believes the underlying arguments for a fare increase remain valid. He made his comment after hearing a top agency official say the two fare hike proposals the T is considering are attracting a light turnout so far at public hearings. Brian Shortsleeve, the(...)

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Baker seeks to redevelop state parcel

Baker seeks to redevelop state parcel

Works with Walsh on parcel near Chinatown

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PLANNING TO MOVE STATE HIGHWAY OFFICES from their perch above Boston’s Big Dig, city and state officials want to develop a large area at the edge of Chinatown, they announced Tuesday. The move is a high-profile example of an effort by Gov. Charlie Baker to convert state-owned land into housing and(...)

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A 10% fare hike for the T is too much

Anything above 5% is a social inequity

AS THE BITTER COLD has returned to the streets of Boston, I have been driven into the warmth of the T more than once on my bike commute home from the hospital. The scene there is familiar – workers weary at the end of the day, parents with children swaddled in snow pants, young adults(...)

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All aboard

All aboard

How crowded is too crowded for MBTA passengers?

WHEN IS ENOUGH enough when it comes to crowded trains? For about 20 percent of those who ride the MBTA, apparently there is nothing that will stop them from trying to squeeze onto a packed subway car. As transit officials try to come up with some metrics to increase rider satisfaction, focusing more on customers’(...)

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More thoughts on the Seaport District

More thoughts on the Seaport District

Relieving congestion by adding capacity doesn’t work

MY RECENT THOUGHT PIECE on how to address the growing mobility mess in the Seaport/Innovation/Fort Point Channel District (the District) triggered a fair amount of reaction, and prompted me to consider adding these additional thoughts to what has become a fairly robust civic debate.  Much of that debate has been centered on the future of(...)

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T ridership: Flat or flying high?

T ridership: Flat or flying high?

T, Frontier Group have different takes; Red Line up

NO ONE CAN SEEM TO AGREE whether the glass is half full or half empty when it comes to MBTA ridership. In its annual report, the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board described ridership as flat over the last 15 years while operating expenses were galloping upward at a rate of 5 percent per year.(...)

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