Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T overtime, unscheduled absences declining

T overtime, unscheduled absences declining

Many dropped trips due to shortage of workers

MBTA OFFICIALS reported on Monday they are having success reducing overtime and unscheduled absences by employees. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrative officer, said the authority is on track to cut overtime expenditures by 25 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. He said overtime averaged $119,000 a day during the first(...)

Read More »

House passes ride-sharing legislation

House passes ride-sharing legislation

Taxi industry and Uber, Lyft voice complaints about bill

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Despite concerns raised by both taxi drivers and the newer app-based ride companies competing with them for passengers, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill establishing a regulatory structure for the ride-for-hire industry. The legislation, which now moves to the Senate, creates a state division to oversee transportation network(...)

Read More »

Claims on T retirement fund 'lack merit'

Claims on T retirement fund ‘lack merit’

Forensic accounting firm says allegations of inaccuracies 'unfounded'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A forensic accounting firm hired by the MBTA Retirement Fund in the wake of a report alleging significant inaccuracies in the fund’s financial reporting has concluded that the allegations are “unfounded” and “lack merit.” The FTI Consulting report was assembled by a team of accountants and actuaries in recent months after(...)

Read More »

T hikes fares despite angry takeover

T hikes fares despite angry takeover

Officials slightly lower increases for The Ride, seniors, students, bus users

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD ON MONDAY approved a fare increase of more than 9 percent starting July 1 despite angry, vocal protests that disrupted the hearing and forced board members to shout into microphones to have their voices and their votes heard. By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board passed the(...)

Read More »

Uber offers temporary $5 late-night fare

Uber offers temporary $5 late-night fare

Company says service will make T transition easier

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Uber plans to offer its pool car service at reduced fares on early-morning weekend hours to help people “transition” out of extended-hours MBTA weekend service, which is set to end March 19. Chris Taylor, general manager of Uber in Boston, announced the temporary discounted service at a meeting of the MBTA(...)

Read More »

T board to unveil new online dashboard

T board to unveil new online dashboard

Officials say pay for senior execs ‘noncompetitive’

THE FIVE MEMBERS of the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board on Monday briefed state lawmakers on their progress, offering a glimpse of a new online dashboard that will chart system performance, promising significant capital investments over the coming years, and warning that the transit agency’s compensation for senior executives “is simply noncompetitive.” The new(...)

Read More »

Don’t regulate Uber out of existence

Don’t regulate Uber out of existence

Ride-sharing firms reduce drunk driving

EVERYONE LIKES TO HAVE OPTIONS. Massachusetts certainly has plenty of them. Hundreds of colleges and universities, some of the best sports teams in the country, and countless lively bars and restaurants. As residents and visitors alike enjoy all the Commonwealth has to offer, we need to be extra vigilant against the dangers of drunk driving(...)

Read More »

House bill: No fingerprinting for Uber drivers

House bill: No fingerprinting for Uber drivers

Pickups at Logan would continue to be prohibited

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DRIVERS FOR RIDE-FOR-HIRE SERVICES such as Uber would have to undergo a two-step background check process, but would not be required to submit to fingerprinting under a bill prepared by House leaders to regulate the growing industry. Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, the House chair of the Financial Services Committee, on Friday released a(...)

Read More »

Walsh backs MBTA fare hike

Walsh backs MBTA fare hike

Boston's mayor says the T needs the money

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH A VOTE ON FARE HIKES expected Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday gave general support to the idea of charging riders more for MBTA service. “Fare hikes are never positive. They’re never popular, but the MBTA needs money. And that’s the bottom line,” Walsh told reporters before heading into(...)

Read More »

Stagger the fare increase on T passes

Stagger the fare increase on T passes

Two-stage hike would ease impact on riders, businesses

ON MONDAY, MARCH 7, the MBTA Fiscal Management & Control Board (FMCB) is scheduled to vote on a specific fare increase plan that would take effect this July.  The MBTA recently completed the public comment period on two specific fare increase proposals, one with a systemwide increase of 6.7 percent and the other with 9.7(...)

Read More »