Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

T to seek comment on 2 fare options

T to seek comment on 2 fare options

Base prices would rise 5% or 10%, most passes would go up more

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD voted unanimously on Monday to seek public comment on two proposals that would raise base fares by either 5 or 10 percent while increasing the price of many popular T passes by greater amounts. Under the two proposals, the Charlie Card single-ride subway fare would rise from $2.10 to either $2.20(...)

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T leaders say fares can go up 10%

Officials review new ways to assess charges

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS MBTA LEADERS CONSIDER FARE INCREASES of as much as 10 percent starting July 1 and the potential for fares based on ability to pay, a top official suggested new ways to modernize fare collection. MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve said the T should move toward an “open payment system” where(...)

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T maintenance worker paid $315,000

T maintenance worker paid $315,000

Official says employee worked 2,600 hours of overtime

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HIGHEST-PAID MBTA EMPLOYEE has been paid about $315,000 so far in 2015, working 4,455 hours, MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday. That worker, who is a maintenance of way employee, receives a base salary of $85,000 and worked about 2,600 hours(...)

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‘Twas the night before …

‘Twas the night before …

Taking poetic license with the MBTA

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS And I jumped out of bed With visions of runaway trains In my head.   My dreams, once sullied by Goblins and witches Now were made scary by Levers and switches.   Jolted awake, I roamed the dark house, Disturbing the cat who was Stalking a mouse.   “Sorry,” said(...)

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GLX: It’s not just about transportation

GLX: It’s not just about transportation

Green Line extension is also about economic development, quality of life

I GUESS EVERY ORGANIZATION needs a mission statement.  So in 2010, the senior staff of the newly created MassDOT was taking a crack at it, one day, around the secretary’s conference table.  One long-serving transportation bureaucrat suggested that the mission should be:  To run the best transportation system in the country.  Others at the table(...)

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MBTA dumps Green Line contractors

MBTA dumps Green Line contractors

Agency plans shakeup of its own project team

THE MBTA ON THURSDAY CANCELED THE CONTRACTS of the four major firms working on the Green Line extension and announced it was also going to shake up its own internal project management team. The decision was made after the MassDOT board and the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board went into executive session on Wednesday(...)

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Red Line train goes 4 stops without operator

Red Line train goes 4 stops without operator

Pollack: 'We failed our passengers today'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A 51-year-old Red Line motorman who saw his train exiting Braintree Station without anyone at the controls early Thursday morning quickly alerted MBTA personnel at the station, officials told reporters. Operating in what’s known as “bypass mode” to move beyond a faulty signal, the train did not have its collision avoidance(...)

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State begins pruning Green Line extension

State begins pruning Green Line extension

Project described as most expensive in country on per-mile basis

STATE OFFICIALS TURNED TO OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS on Wednesday for help in deciding whether they should build the Green Line extension to Somerville and also ordered the MBTA not to approve any more spending on the project over the next three months without their approval. One of the consultants characterized the Green Line extension in a(...)

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A tale of two transit systems

Means-tested T fares could be disastrous

OUR FUTURE, ROBERT KENNEDY ONCE SAID, lies beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control.  This was an optimistic view of our ability to anticipate (rather than predict) the future, and act decisively upon it.  Anticipating the future – understanding trends, changing paradigms and preferences, shifting demographics – is easier to do(...)

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T refuses to release Green Line report

T refuses to release Green Line report

Says document is ‘attorney-client privileged’

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS are refusing to release a consultant’s report on what went wrong with a contract for the Green Line extension to Somerville, saying the document “was prepared under direction of counsel and is attorney-client privileged.” The consultant, Berkeley Research Group, concluded the MBTA’s contractor “worked the system” to its advantage and the state(...)

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