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T trying to speed up Green Line trains

T trying to speed up Green Line trains

Also: Marathon ticket sales, strategic plan

THE MBTA IS WORKING ON WAYS to speed up service on the Green Line by coordinating traffic lights, consolidating stops, and using technology to prevent bottlenecks. T officials estimate they can shave roughly a minute off a trip on the B Line by coordinating traffic lights with the city of Boston so trains approaching surface(...)

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Mysterious malady plagues commuter rail wheels

Mysterious malady plagues commuter rail wheels

Keolis hasn’t met its coach target since mid-March

JUST AS THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL operator is starting to get a handle on its shortage of working locomotives, the company is facing a mysterious problem with the wheels on its passenger coaches. Since March 9, Keolis Commuter Services has been unable to meet daily requirements for passenger coach availability, racking up fines in the(...)

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New Seaport garage makes sense

New Seaport garage makes sense

300 net new spaces in 1,500-space garage

THE NEWS THAT MASSPORT is moving forward with a planned 1,550-space parking garage in the Seaport District, and that the city wants to add another 550 spaces to its garage in the nearby Marine Industrial Park, unleashed some negativity on social media and elsewhere.  The negative reaction was no surprise to those of us who(...)

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T board makes budget choices – in public

T board makes budget choices – in public

Calls for $5m in commuter rail cuts, softens privatization

AT A TIME WHEN MORE AND MORE of state government deliberations are taking place behind closed doors, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on Thursday debated and acted on a series of politically sensitive issues dealing with privatization, commuter rail, and paratransit service – and did so  in front of the press and public.(...)

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Downtown Crossing’s renaissance

For those wondering what the turnaround of Downtown Crossing means for the city of Boston, two stories this week in the Boston Globe and CommonWealth magazine provide some perspective. The Globe on Wednesday splashed a column by Thomas Farragher across its front page proclaiming that Downtown Crossing “is back in the show.” Farragher does a(...)

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The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

Why a life-long Democrat became one of Charlie Baker’s biggest backers

Photographs by Frank Curran STEPHANIE POLLACK AND Charlie Baker are the odd couple of Massachusetts politics. Pollack is short and Baker is tall. She’s a lifelong Democrat and he’s a lifelong Republican. She supported Deval Patrick in 2010; Baker was running against Patrick during that race. She’s a progressive with a history of pushing higher(...)

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T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year

T estimates GLX operating deficit at $23m a year

Lang pushes better-paying jobs; ‘urban explorers’ shut down Orange Line

THE MBTA PLANS TO SPEND $2.29 billion building the Green Line Extension into Somerville and Medford and another $23 million a year providing the new rail service. John Dalton, the T manager overseeing the Green Line Extension, said the operating costs on the new stretch of track from Lechmere into Somerville and Medford will be(...)

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T lays out ‘rescue plan’ for commuter rail

T lays out ‘rescue plan’ for commuter rail

Gonneville calls for crash program on locomotives

THE MBTA’S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER on Monday called for hiring outside contractors to return some of the transit agency’s broken-down commuter rail locomotives to service. Jeffrey Gonneville, who is heading a special task force to address a locomotive shortage, said he plans to hire outside firms to refurbish five locomotives over the next four weeks(...)

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T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals

T unveils controversial, last-minute cost-saving proposals

Alcohol ads, vague commuter rail cuts added to mix

THE MBTA’S PLAN TO BALANCE its operating budget next year without tapping any of a $187 million legislative appropriation was scrapped on Monday; the only question now is how much of the funding will be used. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board is slated to approve a fiscal 2018 budget on Thursday. T staff(...)

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Comm Ave bridge replacement scheduled

Comm Ave bridge replacement scheduled

Will cause disruptions to T, commuter rail, Turnpike service

STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED on Monday that they plan to replace the structurally deficient Commonwealth Avenue bridge in two phases this summer and next summer, causing disruptions to local car and MBTA travel as well as Turnpike, commuter rail , and Amtrak service. The first construction phase focused on half the bridge will run from July(...)

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