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Attract Amazon + fix the T

Attract Amazon + fix the T

Leverage new HQ to extend, connect Blue Line

WE BOTH HAD THE SAME THOUGHT as soon as we heard about Boston vying for Amazon’s new headquarters facility: Locate it at Suffolk Downs and leverage the opportunity to take a giant leap forward in improving local and regional mobility. Suffolk Downs on paper is an ideal site for a large campus complex: over 100(...)

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Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

Bus maintenance outsourcing makes sense

MBTA needs to adopt 21st century management practices

IT’S ALL BUT irresistible to characterize the MBTA’s efforts to contract out part of its bus maintenance operation as a union issue: Will bus maintenance continue to be performed by unionized T employees or will it be privatized? But focusing on that question misses the point. The proposal is really about bringing bus maintenance management and practices into the(...)

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T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

New website is here, plus fare and signals systems on the way

NEW MBTA GENERAL MANAGER LUIS RAMIREZ said he spent a lot of time traveling on buses and subways over the last week and came away convinced that most riders don’t think the T cares about them. At his first meeting of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Ramirez said he wants to change “the narrative(...)

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T, bus repair union negotiating again

T, bus repair union negotiating again

Lang, of oversight board, working both sides

MBTA OFFICIALS AND THE UNION representing workers at three bus maintenance garages facing privatization have entered into serious negotiations, with a member of the T’s oversight board working to bring both sides together. The T and the union, which had barely talked for months, have met three times in the last two weeks and are(...)

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Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

T: Performance slightly below what was expected

A PROGRAM RUN BY KEOLIS Commuter Services to refurbish older, out-of-service commuter rail locomotives is off to a bumpy start. Three locomotives have gone through the so-called UTEX program so far, and all three encountered problems that took them back out of service. Two of the locomotives, which came online in April and May, experienced problems(...)

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Giving T credit where credit is due

Giving T credit where credit is due

5 projects could be transformative for riders

THOSE OF US IN THE TRANSIT ADVOCACY community spend a lot of time, and rightfully so, identifying ways that the MBTA can improve its services.  There is much to be done, for example, to close the $7.3 billion state-of-good-repair gap in a reasonably prompt way.  Advocates for transit have a duty to point out areas(...)

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Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking,(...)

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Marching orders for the T’s new GM

Marching orders for the T’s new GM

Bonus tied to on-time performance, boosting capital spending

THE MBTA’S NEW GENERAL MANAGER will be paid a bonus of as much as 10 percent this fiscal year if he holds the line on operational spending, increases capital expenditures by 12 percent, hires a series of top administrators, and succeeds in boosting on-time performance of buses, subways, and commuter rail. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack(...)

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