MBTA

Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Bustitutions aren’t the only option during shutdowns

Maybe commuter rail trains could operate as MBTA shuttles

THE MBTA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED that the Orange Line would be shut down on weekends between Ruggles and Forest Hills for much of this summer and into the fall. These shutdowns are the consequence of the long-overdue initiative to close the T’s $7.3 billion maintenance backlog. The work coming to the Orange Line now and in(...)

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T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

Idea contained in draft to-do list for 2040

Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story misstated the connection points for a possible pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines. The connection points are State Street and Downtown Crossing stations. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, as part of a draft to-do list for 2040, said they are considering building a pedestrian(...)

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Study: N-S Rail Link cost at least $12.3b

Study: N-S Rail Link cost at least $12.3b

Dukakis says numbers have 'no relation to reality'

THE PUSH FOR A RAIL LINK between North and South Stations was dealt a major setback Monday when a new state study indicated the construction cost would be at least $12.3 billion, more than twice as much as a more conservative plan to expand South Station to accommodate increased commuter rail traffic. The rail link(...)

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Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Impose a series of fees and use the funds for public transit

Second of two parts (First part can be found here.)  MASSACHUSETTS STATE AND MUNICIPAL DECISION MAKERS must push a reset button and develop a template for a more comprehensive and robust regulatory framework that will guide the operation of Transportation Network Company and autonomous vehicle business models. It’s a necessary first step in the process(...)

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Overhead wire shuts down Green Line

Overhead wire shuts down Green Line

Service on underground section halted for 2½ hours

UNDERGROUND SERVICE on the Green Line was suspended for 2½ hours Tuesday morning when an overhead wire between Arlington and Copley Stations sustained damage that knocked out the system. Thousands of riders spilled out of subway stations at about 8:20 a.m. and had to find other ways to get where they were going as service(...)

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TNCs existential threat to public transportation

TNCs existential threat to public transportation

Ride-hailing apps are a disruptive auto-centric technology

First of two parts ADVOCACY IS WHAT LIKE-MINDED people do, usually in an organized fashion, to effect change in the way government or public policy impacts their lives. Advocacy can take many forms and approaches, from energizing and activating people at the grassroots, to persuading decision makers at the grasstops, to knocking on doors in(...)

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T notes: Bus drivers not easy to hire

T notes: Bus drivers not easy to hire

Grumbling about the 111; no worries on West Station

THE MBTA APPEARS to be having difficulty recruiting new bus drivers and keeping existing ones healthy and on the job. Bonnie Haase, the T’s assistant general manager for human resources, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday that the transit agency is having problems recruiting bus drivers who can survive the testing and(...)

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Some transportation decisions put off until after election

Some transportation decisions put off until after election

It may be a coincidence, but delays seem to be piling up

It may be just a coincidence, but decisions on divisive transportation issues big and small seem to be getting put off until later this year – after the election. The biggest decision revolves around the design and configuration of the Massachusetts Turnpike and associated transportation infrastructure in the Allston-Brighton area. A deteriorating elevated section of(...)

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