Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

There's no getting around

There’s no getting around

Too many proposals in Boston restrict mobility without added value for the city

THE TERM “HIDING in plain sight” has meaning beyond the obvious.  Sometimes facts and realities that are part of our daily routine get overlooked, taken for granted, accepted as part of the norm, endured as intractable problems.  When that happens – when we accept and endure an unacceptable status quo – we enable bad decisionmaking that(...)

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South Coast Rail cost balloons $1b

South Coast Rail cost balloons $1b

Officials offer up alternative route as possibility

This story was updated at 7 p.m. on June 27. RUNNING RAIL SERVICE from South Station to New Bedford and Fall River will take five years longer and cost $1 billion more than previously projected, state transportation officials said on Monday. The South Coast Rail numbers were eerily similar to the MBTA’s announcement that the(...)

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Senate bill more Uber friendly

Senate bill more Uber friendly

Aside from new fee, status quo maintained

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE More than three months after the House passed legislation regulating ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft, Senate leaders on Thursday will release a new version of the bill that abandons restrictions on operation at Logan Airport and the South Boston convention center as well as state-run background checks of drivers. The(...)

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Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Secretary says 'we're putting it back on the table'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With a final decision far off, the chief advocate for building a train tunnel beneath downtown Boston and the skeptic from the Baker administration agreed on the next steps towards advancing that proposal. “I don’t think we’re disagreeing on much of anything at this point,” former governor Michael Dukakis told reporters(...)

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$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

Calls for new bicycle tracks along roadway

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TRANSPORTATION OVERSEERS on Monday gave the go-ahead for a $20.4 million reconstruction along Commonwealth Avenue between Brookline and Boston, which will include building cycle tracks along the roadway. About 35,000 vehicles travel the roadway every day, along with 27,000 passengers making use of four Green Line stops, and 30,000 pedestrians,(...)

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$14.8b transportation capital plan OK'd

$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

Emphasizes repair, modernization over expansion

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AMID CONCERNS about state borrowing levels, state transportation officials on Monday tacked on another roughly $500 million to the state’s five-year capital investment plan, approving a $14.8 billion outlay for highways, transit, and other priorities. The amended plan would send $55.7 million to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority for a new(...)

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T board approves ‘unique’ union contract

T board approves ‘unique’ union contract

Sources say agreement spawned internal fight

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a new contract with its largest management union, bringing to an end what some sources have described as an internal fight over T labor policy. The contract with Local 453, which represents about 400 of the T’s 600 union managers, covers the three-year period beginning July 1, 2015,(...)

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Baker says T has ‘significant climb’ ahead

Priorities are reliability, modernization, expansion

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS AT THE MBTA are moving the transit system “in the right direction,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday, but an “enormously significant climb” remains ahead. Speaking at a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation forum exploring the future needs of the state’s transportation infrastructure, Baker reiterated his call for a focus on the T’s(...)

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T outsources security at revenue facility

New firm, G4S, employed suspected Orlando murderer

STATE HOUSE NEWS FOLLOWING IDENTIFIED VULNERABILITIES at its Charlestown revenue facility, the MBTA shifted security from the MBTA Transit Police Department to the private firm G4S, which is in the news recently for employing the suspected Orlando mass-murderer. “We took immediate action after a consultant identified very, very serious security lapses that we believed were(...)

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Problems with privatization at T parking lots

Problems with privatization at T parking lots

LAZ Parking could be on the way out

MBTA OFFICIALS made the case on Monday for privatizing the agency’s warehouse and parts operations even as they continued to investigate what appears to be a major loss of money at parking lots managed by a private vendor who may be on the way out. Brian Shortsleeve, the T’s chief administrator, said the agency is continuing(...)

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