Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Transportation officials struggle with the downturn

Transportation officials struggle with the downturn

Ridership way off at the T; toll revenues could fall $38m

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS are starting to do financial and workforce contingency planning in case the drastic falloff in MBTA ridership and toll revenue in response to the coronavirus outbreak continues for an extended period of time. The numbers are way down and most transportation officials expect them to dip even more with Monday’s order by(...)

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MBTA ridership continues to plummet

MBTA ridership continues to plummet

Subway down 72% on Tuesday; buses off 50%

THE MBTA estimated 106,000 people rode the subway system on Tuesday, which is about a fifth of the normal passenger level. Bus ridership was also off, with an estimated 198,000 passengers on Monday, down about 50 percent from normal levels. As the coronavirus prompts more and more people to stay in their homes, the T(...)

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MBTA ridership plummets, service being reduced

MBTA ridership plummets, service being reduced

Subway ridership off an estimated 48 percent on Friday

WITH RIDERSHIP PLUMMETING, the MBTA said it would reduce most subway and bus service to Saturday levels and eliminate ferries starting on Tuesday. “These changes are being made based on guidance from public health professionals and have been developed according to several criteria that seek to protect the health and safety of MBTA employees and(...)

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New T rail cars built on backs of children

New T rail cars built on backs of children

Mica in vehicles mined in Madagascar by child laborers

AS CO-CHAIR of the MBTA Caucus, I would like to share and expand on concerns readers may not be fully aware of involving CRRC, the Chinese state-owned enterprise that is manufacturing new rail cars for use by the T. CRRC claims to operate in accord with the highest standards for manufacturing and Buy America rules,(...)

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T forgot raises for top 2 officials

T forgot raises for top 2 officials

A bonus for General Manager Poftak being discussed

THE MBTA FAILED to give its top two officials pay raises they were owed and no one, including the officials themselves, noticed the error until a reporter asked about them. Under the three-year contract General Manager Steve Poftak signed with the T in January 2019, he received a starting salary of $320,000 and automatic raises(...)

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Track info to disappear 1 minute before departure

Track info to disappear 1 minute before departure

Measure seen as way to improve passenger safety

SOUTH STATION commuters who leave themselves little time to get to their platforms may soon need to change their habits or risk missing their trains altogether. Starting on March 18, display boards inside South Station will remove track information for trains one minute before their scheduled departures. Any passenger who arrives within that range will(...)

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TCI: Meager benefits, high costs

TCI: Meager benefits, high costs

Beacon Hill Institute study flags concerns

THE TRANSPORTATION AND CLIMATE INITIATIVE (TCI) bills itself as a regional collaboration designed to improve transportation, develop clean energy sources, and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. To accomplish these goals, TCI proposes implementing a regional “cap and trade” scheme whereby a cap, established by individual states in collaboration with regional authorities, would be(...)

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2019

T notes: Boston congestion ranked worst in US again

Study recommends income-based commuter rail fares

FOR THE SECOND YEAR in a row, Boston was ranked the most congested urban area in the United States by the transportation analytics firm INRIX. The company, which relies on data gathered from a variety of sources, including smartphones and GPS devices, said Bostonians spend 149 hours a year sitting in congestion, primarily at rush(...)

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T budget raises sustainability questions

T budget raises sustainability questions

Amendment envisions means-tested fares in FY2022

A KEY MEMBER of the MBTA’s oversight board raised concerns on Monday that spending at the authority is rising at an unsustainable pace. Brian Shortsleeve, a member of the Fiscal and Management Control Board who previously served as general manager of the T, pointed out during a presentation on the upcoming fiscal year’s budget that(...)

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House OKs $18b transportation bond bill

House OKs $18b transportation bond bill

Senate leaders target May for vote on revenue package

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DAY AFTER VOTING to raise taxes and fees by as much as $600 million per year, the Massachusetts House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a roughly $18 billion bond bill authorizing spending on transportation projects and infrastructure over 10 years. Before adopting the bill on a 150-1 vote, the House without(...)

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