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T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

Shortsleeve breaks deadlock, measure passes 3-2

THE MBTA’s OVERSIGHT BOARD voted 3-2 on Monday to approve a 3.5-month test of alcohol advertising inside subway stations, on billboards, and at bus shelters. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board failed to approve a new alcohol advertising policy at its meeting last week, deadlocking on a 2-2 vote. The tie was broken on(...)

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MBTA adopts new tone with Keolis

MBTA adopts new tone with Keolis

Control board chief: Commuter rail not sustainable

DAN GRABAUSKAS, AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR brought in a couple months ago to serve as the MBTA’s executive director of commuter rail for a year, gave his first briefing to the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday. Grabauskas said his report, as well as others to come down the road, would strike a different tone(...)

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MBTA signs two big contracts

MBTA signs two big contracts

GM says deals ‘changing the narrative of the T’

MBTA OFFICIALS TOOK SOMETHING of a victory lap on Monday as they approved two major contracts with the potential to reshape the transit authority for years to come. The board voted unanimously to approve a $1.08 billion contract for a consortium of four companies to build a Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford and(...)

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T overhauls fares for $723 million

T overhauls fares for $723 million

Officials unveil next gen pay system to reduce trip times, increase revenue collection

MBTA OFFICIALS WILL unveil the next generation of fare payment and collection which they say will reduce waits, increase efficiency, minimize the need for cash, and let riders use their own credit cards and cell phones to board trains and buses, all at a cost of more than $723 million over the next 13 years.(...)

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T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

Price to restart project comes in $237 million below estimate

THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than officials estimated. The winning bid by GLX Constructors, a group of four construction and engineering firms led by Fluor of Irving, Texas, was(...)

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T notes: Questions raised on shuttle buses

T notes: Questions raised on shuttle buses

Is the Green Line Ext. being extended?

OFFICIALS WITH THE Federal Transit Authority have raised questions about the handicap accessibility of Yankee buses being used to shuttle Red Line passengers between stations on weekends when work is being done on the Longfellow Bridge. The questions came up at a regular meeting between MBTA and federal officials and came in the wake of(...)

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T notes: Mass. may hire firm to pursue toll evaders

T notes: Mass. may hire firm to pursue toll evaders

Boston planning a dedicated bus lane

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS are considering hiring a debt collection firm to go after unpaid tolls and fines incurred by residents of Connecticut and a handful of other states. Stephen Collins, the state Transportation Department’s director of tolling, disclosed on Monday that Massachusetts was preparing to solicit bids from debt collectors during a presentation to the(...)

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State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike

State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike

Pollack: Roadway is structurally deficient but safe

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they are spending $800,000 a year to shore up a structurally deficient elevated portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston used by 145,000 motorists every day. The officials are eager to speed up the process of replacing the roadway before vehicle weight restrictions are necessary, but said they first(...)

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T oversight board at impasse on alcohol policy

T oversight board at impasse on alcohol policy

Vote is first deadlock since body was formed more than 2 years ago

THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD reached its first-ever impasse on Monday, deadlocking 2-2 on whether to resume accepting alcohol advertising on a limited basis at the transit authority. The T did away with alcohol advertising in 2012, but agency officials, struggling to raise additional revenue, sought to bring the ads back in a(...)

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Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Let’s improve existing service and help all passengers

DEAR GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO: We read with interest your call for express rail service from Providence to Boston. You are spot-on in thinking that improved rail connections regionally will be beneficial to the people, the economies, and the environments of our respective states. But rather than single express trains serving a few commuters, we respectfully(...)

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