Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Stagger the fare increase on T passes

Stagger the fare increase on T passes

Two-stage hike would ease impact on riders, businesses

ON MONDAY, MARCH 7, the MBTA Fiscal Management & Control Board (FMCB) is scheduled to vote on a specific fare increase plan that would take effect this July.  The MBTA recently completed the public comment period on two specific fare increase proposals, one with a systemwide increase of 6.7 percent and the other with 9.7(...)

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Pike open-road tolling moving into place

Pike open-road tolling moving into place

Overhead gantries are going up, replacing booths

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Massachusetts drivers can expect to see a lot more technology on the roads later this year when the Department of Transportation begins to roll out its all-electronic tolling program and a new real-time traffic management system. The most immediately noticeable change, especially for anyone who travels the Massachusetts Turnpike, will be(...)

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Transit once again taking back seat to car

Transit once again taking back seat to car

Inequity in pretax benefits shows the disparity

How strong is the grip of auto-centric thinking in the “progressive” state of Massachusetts? Pretty strong.  Stronger, in fact, than you might think. In the state whose voters rejected increasing the state gas tax to keep up with inflation, we are about to once again increase MBTA fares. That is strong evidence of our auto-centric(...)

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T oversight board hears cons, pros on fare hike

Municipal-business coalition urges group to stay the course

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Public comments skewed heavily against fare hikes ahead of an MBTA control board discussion on proposals that would raise rider fares an average of either 6.7 percent or 9.7 percent. Out of 33 commenters who spoke on the fare hikes, 17 opposed the increases, while nine urged the Fiscal and Management(...)

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MBTA cancels late-night service

MBTA cancels late-night service

T official says program impeded efforts to repair tracks

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER NO DISCUSSION at Monday’s public meeting, the MBTA control board canceled extended-hours weekend service, authorizing the transit agency to terminate it by March 19. MBTA Assistant General Manager Charles Planck told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board that the extended hours, which began as a pilot in March 2014,(...)

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Time is not right for large T fare hike

Time is not right for large T fare hike

Any increase above 5% would show agency is tone-deaf

THE MBTA ASKED THE PUBLIC what it thinks of the agency’s proposal to raise overall transit fares by as much as 10 percent and the cost of some passes by as much as 23 percent. And the public has spoken: More than 2,000 people took the time to comment on the proposed fare hike online.(...)

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Backups help keep T buses on road

Backups help keep T buses on road

Consultant says T repair costs very high

THE MBTA SPENDS A LOT OF MONEY maintaining its aging buses, but the transit agency does a good job of keeping its fleet on the road, thanks in large part to a large group of contingency vehicles that can be rushed into service when a bus requires repairs, according to an analysis by a consultant.(...)

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T fare hike seems likely

T fare hike seems likely

Top official calls public opposition “modest”

ALL SIGNS ARE pointing to a fare increase at the T; the only question is how big it will be. The Fiscal Management and Control Board is scheduled to vote on a fare increase on March 7. Two options are on the table, one that would hike the system-wide average fare by 6.7 percent, bringing(...)

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MBTA reining in operating expenses

MBTA reining in operating expenses

Officials say FY16 increase will be lowest in 15 years

TOP MBTA OFFICIALS are forecasting that operating expenses at the transit authority will grow by less than 1 percent this fiscal year, the lowest rate of increase in at least 15 years. Operating expenses at the T have been increasing 5 percent a year on average over the last 15 years, but officials say they(...)

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Baker defends fare hike amid commuting chaos

Even with increase, governor says T price would be reasonable

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AMIDST ANOTHER DAY OF CHAOTIC COMMUTES for public transit riders, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday delivered a forceful defense of proposed MBTA fare hikes as he tried to empathize with the frustration of the riders struggling to navigate through cancelled commuter trains and overcrowded T cars. Amtrak, which operates the rails(...)

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