Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T notes

T notes

Control Board takes action on contracts, real estate deals, etc.

MBTA Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said staff overtime and crime are both down at the T, and fare evasion citations are up 51 percent so far this year. In a presentation to the Fiscal Management and Control Board, Sullivan said overtime expenses through July 11 of this year totaled $3.3 million, down from $4.4 million(...)

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Union blasts Baker on armored car sunroofs

Union blasts Baker on armored car sunroofs

Governor stands by claim as a sign of bigger problems

MBTA WORKERS BLASTED Gov. Charlie Baker for asserting someone at the agency cut sun roofs into two armored cars which the union said were in the vehicles since they were delivered two decades ago and that the governor was using the anecdote to rationalize his push for privatization. “For the past several months, Governor Baker(...)

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No layoff clause angers T board

No layoff clause angers T board

Officials hush-hush about controversy

The folks at the MBTA are all about transparency these days, but on some issues they are as secretive as ever. One of those issues is the contract negotiations with the union representing about 400 of the T’s management level employees. Neither union nor T officials would discuss what happened, but sources say the original(...)

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Baker defends MBTA expansion efforts

Baker defends MBTA expansion efforts

T struggles with core services, but gov stands by S. Coast Rail

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday defended the MBTA’s pursuit of new commuter rail service to Fall River and New Bedford at a time when the agency is struggling to provide basic core services and its management ranks are stretched dangerously thin. After outlining what ails the T and his administration’s efforts to turn the authority(...)

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Baker: T in early stages of turnaround

Baker: T in early stages of turnaround

Warns process will take years and tons of work

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday said the MBTA is just beginning the second phase of a three-step turnaround, a process that could take years to complete. At a State House press conference, Baker read a lengthy statement that summarized the many problems uncovered at the T over the last year and his administration’s efforts to(...)

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Baker’s statement on the MBTA

Baker’s statement on the MBTA

The good, the bad, and the ugly

IT’S BEEN A YEAR since the Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA met for the first time.  We’ve all learned a lot, and done a lot.  But much more remains to be done. This story began about 18 months ago – 20 days after we took office.  For 30 days – from the(...)

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Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Legislature insists on a 7 percent limit on all MBTA increases

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE UNPERSUADED BY HIS arguments for greater flexibility in setting fares, lawmakers on Tuesday sent back to Gov. Charlie Baker legislation strictly capping MBTA fare increases at 7 percent every two years. Baker had removed the provision from the fiscal 2017 budget he signed, seeking to give MBTA management a freer hand(...)

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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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