Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T board wants all-night service proposal vetted

T board wants all-night service proposal vetted

Wants analysis before approving late-night mitigation

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday put on hold a plan to add additional bus routes to mitigate the cancellation of late-night service until a more sweeping proposal for all-night bus service can be vetted. The T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board was intrigued enough by a proposal put forth on March 30 in CommonWealth(...)

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Should we smoot the subways?

Should we smoot the subways?

Can our geeky side make waiting on the T more pleasant?

Recent debates about whose subway is worse, Boston or DC, got me thinking about Moscow’s subway.  Moscow’s metro stations are palaces for the people, actual palaces. They are filled with marble, mosaics, statues, chandeliers, and even stained glass. You ride the steep escalator deep underground and emerge in a space as grand as a gilded(...)

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T: Service cuts still an option

T: Service cuts still an option

Despite fare hike, authority keeps squeezing spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA, which recently voted to raise fares and made significant headway on its structural deficit this year, could look to service cuts in fiscal 2017 when it tries to bridge the remainder of its projected $80 million gap, a top T official said Thursday. The transportation authority is counting on(...)

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T discovers parking fee discrepancies

T discovers parking fee discrepancies

Agency allows private operator to handle the problem

THE MBTA SAID IN A STATEMENT that it has uncovered discrepancies in parking fees collected at the North Quincy Red Line Station, and asked the private operator of the parking facility to provide a full accounting. The discrepancies surfaced more than a month ago, but T officials released the statement on Tuesday after inquiries from(...)

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T approves N. Quincy real estate deal

T approves N. Quincy real estate deal

Rejects test of daily commuter service to Cape Cod

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a transit-oriented development deal in North Quincy and rejected as too expensive a proposal to test daily commuter rail service to Cape Cod. The real estate deal calls for the T to lease its 850-spot surface parking lot adjacent to the North Quincy station to Bozzuto/Atlantic to build(...)

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Our plan for late-night MBTA service

Our plan for late-night MBTA service

Utilizing existing buses, T would run all night, every night

WE BELIEVE THERE is an affordable pathway toward establishment of a robust late-night transit service on the MBTA, building on the T’s existing early morning bus service. Our plan would not just offer service on Friday and Saturday nights, as the recently canceled late-night experiment did, but instead offer service all night, every night, and be geared primarily toward getting people to their late-night(...)

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We need some Frank Sargent political courage

The status quo mobility network is failing

We can learn from our history. Forty-six years ago the Republican governor of Massachusetts, Frank Sargent, made a valiant effort to change the course of Massachusetts’s transportation policy. It was in many ways an act of defiance against conventional wisdom, a break from old policies that were increasingly harmful to quality of life, a move(...)

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T eager to shift to cashless fares

T eager to shift to cashless fares

Riders would pay with phones, credit cards, and new Charlie Cards

THE MBTA IS MOVING AGGRESSIVELY to install a largely cashless fare system that would allow riders to pay with their phones, credit cards, or newly designed Charlie cards and allow the T to customize fares, speed the boarding of passengers, and dispense with aging, expensive fare boxes on trolleys and buses. The T’s chief technology(...)

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New Government Center T stop opens

New Government Center T stop opens

Despite glass issue, project done on time, under budget

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OPENING ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME to the public Monday afternoon, the rebuilt Government Center MBTA station is newly accessible to people in wheelchairs, capping off a program that made 80 stations on the MBTA accessible to people with disabilities. For two years the Blue and Green line connection at(...)

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DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

More than 80 percent of funds would be split between transit and rail, roads and bridges

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION department would devote 80 percent of its more than $14.3 billion capital dollars to system improvement and modernization with roughly equal investments in transit and rail as would be spent on roads and bridges, under a plan presented Wednesday. “It’s focused on improving the reliability of the existing(...)

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