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MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

Move marks first time the agency has employed the power to skirt the Pacheco Law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE   THE MBTA PLANS to move its Transit Police dispatching function to the private vendor IXP Corporation, freeing up 15 officers to move to patrol as the T takes advantage of new abilities to outsource work. The $6.1 million contract would pay for three years of private dispatch, moving 15 officers(...)

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Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Allows 7% increase on any fare, pass every 2 years

The Massachusetts Senate both and House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendment to a proposed new cap on MBTA fare hikes on Thursday night. The Legislature had sent the governor a new fare cap of up to 7 percent every two years on any individual fare or pass. The governor’s amendment agreed to the 7 percent cap, but(...)

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Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Returns strict budget provision to Legislature

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER WANTS to give the MBTA a freer hand in raising fares, sending back to the Legislature a budgetary provision that would have imposed stricter limits on raising rider revenue. The budget provision is intended to limit fare hikes, allowing the T to increase the cost of any single(...)

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Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

State official: No site yet, but it could pay for itself

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ONE OF THE POTENTIAL FRUITS of General Electric’s deal to move to Boston – a full heliport – could be established in Boston and a state official on Monday said a temporary helistop could be set up as soon as September. The deal between the state, Boston and GE called for(...)

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MBTA board gives $15m lift to Keolis

MBTA board gives $15m lift to Keolis

Money-losing commuter rail operator to provide more services

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a series of maintenance, repair, and scheduling changes for commuter rail service that are expected to improve on-time performance and boost the income of the cash-strapped private contractor, Keolis Commuter Services, by about $15 million a year. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the proposals grew out of discussions(...)

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T  cash handling mismanaged, report says

T cash handling mismanaged, report says

Door to facility not alarmed or access-controlled

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MISMANAGEMENT OF THE MBTA’S cash handling operation in Charlestown left employees and assets vulnerable to intrusion, coercion, physical danger, and theft, according to a consultant’s review of the facility that handles nearly $200 million per year. Eager to reduce costs, contract for expertise and refocus the T’s operations more purely on(...)

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Build the Middleboro line now

Build the Middleboro line now

Business leader says cost less than $200m

THE FALL RIVER Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently testified before the Fiscal and Management Control Board at MassDOT in support of a Middleboro rail extension to Fall River and New Bedford. Development of a Middleboro rail extension is a realistic and pragmatic South Coast Rail alternative than the currently proposed Stoughton Route. Furthermore,(...)

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Carmen's union offers $24m savings plan

Carmen’s union offers $24m savings plan

Most of the money comes from new worker wage cuts

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A MAJOR LABOR GROUP representing MBTA workers proposed a plan on Monday that it said would net $24 million in savings over four years for the transportation authority as it seeks to eliminate its $80 million structural deficit in fiscal 2018. The proposal would add two years to the Boston Carmen’s(...)

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T scrambles to load new fare software

T scrambles to load new fare software

Limited memory on systems making process difficult

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FACING A FRIDAY DEADLINE, the MBTA and its software vendor are scrambling to load new fares into fare gates, vending machines, and systems on buses and trolleys. “We had some challenges last week in terms of replicating in the field what we’re doing in the test lab in Burlington. Something we’re(...)

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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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