Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

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T board approves commuter rail vision

T board approves commuter rail vision

Calls for subway-like service on ‘most dense corridors’

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD unanimously approved five resolutions on Monday designed to start transforming the state’s commuter rail network into more of a subway-like system with electrified trains arriving every 15 to 20 minutes on the “most dense corridors.” The initial phase of what could be a decades-long process, according to the resolutions, would be(...)

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Biz officials: New transportation funds needed

Biz officials: New transportation funds needed

Baker’s stance unclear; ‘It’ll be a tough veto’

THE DERAILMENT on the Red Line in June may have been a turning point. After Gov. Charlie Baker visited the crash site, he decided it was time to accelerate repairs on the MBTA and greenlight more shutdowns of the system to speed up projects. The derailment also galvanized the debate over new transportation revenues –(...)

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T control board leans toward new revenue

T control board leans toward new revenue

Only 1 of 5 members says no new taxes needed

A MAJORITY OF THE FIVE members of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, all appointees of Gov. Charlie Baker, support the idea that the T needs more revenue. They express it in different ways and their charge to the Legislature as it prepares to take up transportation taxes differs from person to person. But(...)

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Charles R. advocates not on board with Soldier’s Field bypass

Charles R. advocates not on board with Soldier’s Field bypass

Claim that the idea has been well received not accurate

ON MONDAY, CommonWealth reported that although “[n]o one thought putting a structure out over the Charles would sit well with the river’s many enthusiasts, [ ] Mike O’Dowd, the project manager, says the idea has been well received by boating groups and others who regularly use the Charles.” O’Dowd  further said that “[t]here is no reason(...)

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Businesses weigh in on transpo taxes, fees

Businesses weigh in on transpo taxes, fees

Support for increases broad, but not unanimous

ON THE EVE of a long-anticipated legislative debate on transportation, most members of a coalition of Massachusetts businesses see a need for some form of new revenue, but there is little consensus on what taxes and fees should be increased and some organizations say no new funding is needed at all. Jim Rooney, president and(...)

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House leaders talk transpo taxes

House leaders talk transpo taxes

Chamber likely to take up bill in November

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE LEADERS ARE INCHING toward a proposal to raise new revenue “sourced from transportation for transportation” to invest in infrastructure and public transit, keeping their eye on the third full week of November as a deadline to take up a bill. House Speaker Robert DeLeo met for over 90 minutes on(...)

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Commuter rail group backs big expansion

Commuter rail group backs big expansion

Advisory panel urges broadest, most expensive option

This story was updated at 6 p.m. A 25-MEMBER ADVISORY GROUP that has been studying the future of commuter rail for the last 18 months presented a fairly united front to state transportation officials on Monday, calling for an electrified regional rail system that offers riders more frequent service throughout the day. T officials had(...)

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TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail

TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail

A roadmap of short and long-term initiatives for state officials

MASSACHUSETTS BENEFITS GREATLY from a legacy passenger rail network mostly built out in the late 19th century.  Thankfully, much of it was saved from the worst impulses of mid-20th century auto-centricism, which makes us a rarity among large metropolitan areas in the United States. It’s the kind of priceless infrastructure that you just couldn’t build(...)

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Pollster explores commuter rail survey

Pollster explores commuter rail survey

What does it mean?

Richard Parr, the research director of the MassINC Polling Group, said he was surprised at the strong support in a statewide, online poll for regional rail and a number of other ambitious transportation initiatives, including an underground rail link connecting North and South Stations. The most popular initiative was transitioning the commuter rail fleet from diesel to electric power.(...)

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