Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Overlords of the MBTA

Overlords of the MBTA

A close-up look at the T's Fiscal and Management Control Board

Photographs by Michael Manning THE NAME JOSEPH AIELLO probably means nothing to most MBTA riders. But the first major snowstorm might change that.  Aiello is the chairman of the five-member MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board that has the job that has overwhelmed governors, transportation secretaries, and the system’s general managers for more than a(...)

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DeLeo backs north-south rail link

DeLeo backs north-south rail link

Speaker joins 150 lawmakers in coalition

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING IT WOULD BE A “TERRIBLE MISTAKE” for the state to embark upon an expansion of South Station at the expense of a rail tunnel linking that hub with North Station, a coalition led by former governor Michael Dukakis is working to ramp up advocacy for the rail link in an(...)

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T begins targeting absenteeism rate

T begins targeting absenteeism rate

2% of trips dropped; two-thirds due to operator absence

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOPING TO REDUCE ABSENTEEISM at the MBTA, transit officials have begun looking at the roots of the problem and making human resources hires. They are also considering bringing in an outside manager. From January through August of this year, the MBTA dropped 34,702 trips, or close to 2 percent of the(...)

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Baker cautious on North-South rail link

Baker cautious on North-South rail link

Governor doesn't buy key claim of Dukakis, Weld

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER told two of his predecessors on Wednesday that he and his staff would explore a proposed rail link between North and South Stations, but he appeared to reject one of their central arguments. Former governors Michael Dukakis and Bill Weld say the state has to deal with severe congestion at North and(...)

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Once again, MBTA maps out growing budget deficits

Once again, MBTA maps out growing budget deficits

Gap would hit $427 million in four years with costs outpacing revenues

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA HAS sketched out a growing deficit within its transit system that would balloon to $427 million in four years, as expenses far outpace growth in ridership and revenue. News of the looming budget deficits arrived two years after the Democrat-controlled Legislature attempted to finance transportation through a 3-cent gas(...)

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The Dukakis-Weld rail link

The Dukakis-Weld rail link

What’s their rationale for another Big Dig?

FORMER GOVERNORS Mike Dukakis and Bill Weld are heading up to Beacon Hill next week to put a rail link between North and South stations on Gov. Charlie Baker’s radar. Dukakis cooked up the Democrat-Republican collaboration, reaching out to Weld, who serves with him on the board of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Weld, of(...)

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MBTA's 'good repair' cost rises to $7.3b

MBTA’s ‘good repair’ cost rises to $7.3b

Number was $6.7b last winter, $3.1b in 2009

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE COST OF BRINGING the MBTA’s trains, stations, tracks and other assets into good working condition has only grown larger with closer scrutiny, rising to $7.3 billion, according to a presentation on Monday. That is $651 million larger than the $6.7 billion state-of-good-repair backlog Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack reported last winter.(...)

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T control board may hire Green Line consultant

T control board may hire Green Line consultant

Want outsider to trace the cause of spiraling costs

THE MBTA FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD’S lack of confidence in the transit agency’s ability to build the Green Line Extension to Somerville and West Medford plunged to new lows Tuesday as the board members signaled their interest in possibly recruiting an outside firm to analyze the current cost overruns and develop new project management(...)

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T spin on the Green Line Ext.

T spin on the Green Line Ext.

In June emails, official said 'nothing has changed'

I heard the cost of the Green Line Extension was spinning out of control in early June, but I had no proof and ended up not writing anything. That’s my bad. But my back-and-forth with the MBTA on the issue, all captured in emails, is nevertheless very revealing about the mindset of government officials, and(...)

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Stay the course on Green Line Ext.

Stay the course on Green Line Ext.

But streamline the project and install new managers

THE DISCLOSURE OF A BREATHTAKING potential billion-dollar cost overrun for the proposed Green Line Extension was unwelcome news.  Not only did it take everyone by surprise, it undermined confidence in the MBTA and threatened a project that under any and all circumstances would pass the test for a prudent and necessary expansion of the system.(...)

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