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Baker (still) flying high

It’s great to be on top. Just ask Gov. Charlie Baker. The Republican governor has maintained his No. 1 ranking in the latest Morning Consult poll showing America’s Most and Least Popular Governors. Baker clocks in with a 71 percent approval rating, with just 17 of state voters disapproving of his performance. His steady popularity(...)

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Joe Kennedy lends support to T workers’ anti-privatization effort

Joe Kennedy lends support to T workers’ anti-privatization effort

Union rallies in Quincy, kicks-off public education campaign

MBTA UNION WORKERS rallied against privatization efforts Monday morning at a bus maintenance garage in Quincy, where US Rep. Joseph Kennedy spoke in support of the mechanics’ fight against outsourcing the work done at the T’s maintenance garages. “The men and women that are here today are just asking to negotiate. They’re not asking for(...)

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MBTA WiFi project put on 30-day hold

MBTA WiFi project put on 30-day hold

Agency will gather feedback on commuter rail initiative

THE MBTA SAID ON FRIDAY that it is putting its $140 million commuter rail WiFi project on hold for 30 days while it gathers feedback from customers, residents, and appointed and elected officials. “There will be no construction of poles or other infrastructure during this review,” the T said in a statement. The project has(...)

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Free bump on the Fairmount

Free bump on the Fairmount

Ridership rises during free period, falls back afterward

Even two weeks of free rides on the Fairmount Line didn’t boost traffic that much, but they did expose more people to the least-used line on the MBTA’s commuter rail system. The Fairmount Line, which connects South Station and Readville via Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Mattapan, has by far the worst ridership of any of(...)

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RIDE call center operator fined $100,000

RIDE call center operator fined $100,000

Penalty equals 20% of its monthly fee

THE MBTA FINED the operator of its paratransit call center $100,000 in May for a series of contract violations that resulted in poor service for customers. The fines equaled about a fifth of the firm’s fees that month for running the call center. Ben Schutzman, the T’s director of transportation innovation, mentioned the fines against(...)

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T takes go-slow approach on alcohol ads

T takes go-slow approach on alcohol ads

Aiello: ‘Let’s not let this be about money”

WARY OF OFFENDING the public, the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board on Monday directed the agency’s staff to redraft an alcohol advertising proposal to reduce exposure to young transit riders. “My suggestion would be to step back a little bit and think long-term and maybe not be driven by a revenue yield,” said Joseph(...)

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T laying 2 cables along same route

T laying 2 cables along same route

WiFi contract generates lots of questions, few answers

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD raised a lot of questions on Monday about the planned installation of more than 300, 75-foot towers to improve WiFi and cell phone service on commuter rail trains, and learned accidentally that the T is simultaneously installing two sets of fiber optic cable along the same tracks. One T official told(...)

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T spending $2.2m on replacement bus service

T spending $2.2m on replacement bus service

High subsidies during weekend commuter rail shutdowns

THE MBTA SAID ON MONDAY it intends to spend roughly $2.2 million on heavily subsidized station-to-station bus service for commuter rail customers who are left without train rides on weekends during the installation of a crash prevention system. T officials said they originally planned not to offer the replacement bus service, but bowed to pressure(...)

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T commuter rail WiFi plan under fire

T commuter rail WiFi plan under fire

Andover residents up in arms about 75-foot poles

LOCAL OPPOSITION appears to be growing to the MBTA’s plan to install more than 300, 75-foot poles along the commuter rail system to provide WiFi service to people riding trains. The contract was initially announced in July 2014, during the administration of former governor Deval Patrick, and the full system was supposed to be operational(...)

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