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T invites enemy state into our midst

T invites enemy state into our midst

Chinese rail car maker could be Trojan Horse

WE ARE ALL WELL AWARE that foreign governments have been sponsoring an incredibly diverse series of cyber-attacks on our nation. Whether it is interfering with our elections, hacking into top-secret government files, or stealing the intellectual property of our companies, these governments are not our allies and should never be treated as such. Their goal(...)

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T notes: Another option tossed into Pike design mix

T notes: Another option tossed into Pike design mix

Cost of connecting Red, Blue Lines drops considerably

THE OPTIONS FOR REPLACING a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike running between the Charles River and Boston University appeared to shrink on Monday, but then expanded again as officials said they would consider the possibility of running trains and cars at ground level while elevating a bike and pedestrian path. The so-called viaduct section of(...)

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Temporary N. End-Charlestown bridge may reduce delays

Temporary N. End-Charlestown bridge may reduce delays

Officials say price tag remains same, construction time cut 6 months

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they plan to install a prefabricated, temporary bridge to minimize traffic delays while the heavily used North Washington Street Bridge between Charlestown and Boston’s North End is being rebuilt. Jonathan Gulliver, the state’s highway administrator, said the contractor overhauling the structurally deficient bridge came up with the idea as(...)

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Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Forum highlighted sharp differences in approach, philosophy

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez have a lot in common. Baker grew up in Needham and Gonzalez lives there now. Both ran health insurance companies and also took turns heading up the state’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance – Gonzalez under former governor Deval Patrick and Baker under former governor(...)

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T notes: Riders embracing early morning buses

T notes: Riders embracing early morning buses

New commuter rail platform in Worcester; big disruptions coming on D Line

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY the addition of early morning buses on 10 routes has increased ridership by more than 900 riders and reduced crowding. One example is the Route 455 bus from Lynn to Wonderland. Its first trip used to leave Lynn at 5 a.m. carrying an average of 51 passengers, with 12 of them standing.(...)

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Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements

Long wait for Red, Orange Line improvements

Final signals contract awarded, but major benefits unlikely until 2024

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday awarded the final major contract needed to complete an  overhaul of the Red and Orange Lines, but the milestone agreement was another reminder of how long it takes to implement change on the state’s transit system. The contract for new Red and Orange Lines cars was awarded in October(...)

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Gonzalez calls for Baker to fire MBTA general manager

Gonzalez calls for Baker to fire MBTA general manager

Challenger cites lawsuit against Texas company Ramirez ran

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE Jay Gonzalez said Gov. Charlie Baker should fire MBTA General Manger Luis Ramirez, citing a recent lawsuit against the Texas company he once led that charged Ramirez and other executives with issuing false and misleading financial reports. “A judge just found that Luis Ramirez knowingly mislead investors of the company he was(...)

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MBTA: “May Be Trains Arrive”

MBTA: “May Be Trains Arrive”

Keolis having issues even before really bad weather settles in

Perhaps it’s delay fatigue (as opposed to delayed fatigue), but the operators of the MBTA’s commuter rail had an awful, bad, terrible evening commute Tuesday in the warm drizzle of an early fall day that barely registered a blip on the news radar. The Download, as regular readers know, has a lead item that wraps(...)

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T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant

T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant

UMass Lowell pays half-price for commuter rail

THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday awarded $366 million in bus infrastructure grants to 107 projects in 50 states, including a $2.4 grant to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Massachusetts. The authority, which serves 24 cities and towns in western Massachusetts, plans to use the money to convert its 110-year-old bus maintenance garage into(...)

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