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T notes: Cautionary tale on the Green Line

T notes: Cautionary tale on the Green Line

Corporate sales, budget relief, assaults on T workers

THE GREEN LINE’S C and D LINES have been running with delays since January 18 because of a power outage traced by MBTA employees to hard-to-reach cables and conduits that date to the 1930s and 1940s. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s deputy general manager, said the power outage first occurred on Thursday, January 18, at 5:10(...)

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Keolis plays whack-a-mole

Keolis plays whack-a-mole

Even as commuter rail service improves, problems keep popping up

THE PERFORMANCE OF KEOLIS COMMUTER SERVICES is improving on a number of fronts, but there continue to be setbacks that make it appear the MBTA’s commuter rail operator is playing a game of whack-a-mole. Dan Grabauskas, a consultant hired by the T to oversee improvement at Keolis, reported to the Fiscal and Management Control Board(...)

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Free the ramp

Free the ramp

State should give Silver Line quicker tunnel access

I’VE BEEN WRITING for three years about the disadvantages of the Silver Line not using the Ted Williams Tunnel ramp that was designed for it, but it’s time to bring it up again. Ted Pyne recently wrote about the ramp in Commonwealth and he points out—much like I have—that using the ramp would actually save the T money in(...)

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T revenues growing from ads, real estate, parking

T revenues growing from ads, real estate, parking

Agency on track to reach $100m target by 2020

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY they are on track to reach their goal of $100 million in recurring, own-source revenue by 2020. The officials said they expect to bring in $77 million this fiscal year from advertising ($27.8 million), parking ($24.6 million), real estate ($17.2 million), and a handful of other revenue-generating initiatives ($6.9 million). The MBTA’s(...)

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Harvard increases support for West Station

Harvard increases support for West Station

Offers $8m for interim approach, $50m for complete facility

HARVARD UNIVERSITY put some additional financial muscle behind efforts to begin construction of a new transit station in the Allston-Brighton area earlier, offering the state $50 million toward a full multi-modal facility and as much as $8 million for a commuter rail stop on the Worcester Line that would serve as an interim solution. State(...)

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Kadish put in charge of transportation commission

Kadish put in charge of transportation commission

Will look at disruptive changes; new revenue on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS WITH AN EYE on the state’s transportation needs through the next two decades, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday created a special commission to try to understand how transportation options and demand could change by 2040 and how the state can be ready to adapt to those changes. The Commission on the Future(...)

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T notes: Privatization at bus garages off the table?

T notes: Privatization at bus garages off the table?

Still no contract details, but comments suggest union retained work

NO ONE IS RELEASING any details about the MBTA’s proposed multi-year contract with the union representing bus machinists, but it would appear the deal doesn’t include the privatization of any garages. The union has said all along that job security was its only focus, and top transportation officials on Monday praised T management for coming(...)

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T, machinists reach tentative agreement

T, machinists reach tentative agreement

Terms not disclosed; union opposed privatization of 3 garages

THE MBTA AND ITS MACHINISTS UNION said on Friday morning that they had negotiated the terms of a new multi-year collective bargaining agreement that presumably would forestall the transit agency’s plans to privatize bus repair garages. In a joint statement, the T and the International Association of Machinists Local 264 said they agreed not to(...)

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Silver Line is flawed – but fixable

Silver Line is flawed – but fixable

Improve existing system before adding shuttles, ferries, or gondolas

WITH THE 7.7 MILLION SQUARE FEET of development at Seaport Square approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency, and a multitude of other development projects filling in further and further from the waterfront, it has become abundantly clear that the current state of Seaport District transit is inadequate to handle present, let alone future,(...)

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