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The big worry

The big worry

Transit ridership is declining as ride-hailing apps gain steam

Illustration by Peter Horjus ONCE A MONTH, the MBTA’s Laurel Paget-Seekins jumps on a conference call with her counterparts at half a dozen transit agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, DC. They are all worried about the same thing.  Why are fewer people boarding their buses and trains(...)

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T notes: Control board wants to streamline meetings

T notes: Control board wants to streamline meetings

Mattapan Line struggling; bus maintenance decision due soon

AT ITS 188th MEETING on Monday, the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board began exploring ways to streamline meetings and reduce time demands on the transit authority’s staff. The control board meeting on Monday lasted 2.5 hours with a fairly short agenda, but it’s not uncommon for meetings to run four to six hours. Top management(...)

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MBTA praised for cold-weather performance

MBTA praised for cold-weather performance

Commuter rail under fire; Baker rival gives Keolis failing grade

THE STATE’S TOP TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL on Monday gave the MBTA’s subway and bus operations high grades for rebounding in the wake of last Thursday’s winter storm, but said commuter rail service did not meet expectations. “The goal obviously is to get back as quickly as possible to running the services our riders need and deserve.(...)

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Transportation commission slow to form

Transportation commission slow to form

Baker aides say nothing to report 3 months after call for board

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that Gov. Charlie Baker would sign an executive order “in the coming weeks” creating a new commission to review transportation needs and how the state could fund them. More than three months later, as Massachusetts braces for a blizzard and commuters wonder whether they(...)

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West Station vs. Boston Landing 

West Station vs. Boston Landing 

New Balance station doing much better than expected 

SOMETHING SEEMS AMISS with the state’s ridership numbers for the proposed West Station in Allston. The draft environmental impact report for the Allston Interchange forecasts 250 daily commuter riders and 2,900 bus riders when the station opens in 2040. But a host of people, most of whom want West Station built much sooner, are saying(...)

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T notes: Bus lanes do save time

T notes: Bus lanes do save time

Big changes may be coming on the Green Line

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY said initial results from two experiments in Boston and Somerville showed dedicated bus lanes could dramatically cut route times. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s deputy general manager, said a one-day test on December 12 of a dedicated bus lane on Washington Street between Roslindale Square and the Forest Hills T station showed(...)

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More hurdles for bus maintenance outsourcing

More hurdles for bus maintenance outsourcing

Internal reforms showing promise, past privatization efforts struggling

THE MBTA’S POLITICALLY CONTROVERSIAL PLAN to outsource three bus maintenance garages encountered more obstacles on Monday as the agency grappled with negative fallout from two past privatization efforts and learned internal reforms at some garages appear to be yielding significant savings and improved operations. The T put out a request for proposals to operate three(...)

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Worcester Line performance improves dramatically

Worcester Line performance improves dramatically

Grabauskas credits new MBTA-Keolis partnership in addressing delays

T OFFICIALS SAY A NEW APPROACH to dealing with commuter rail delays improved performance dramatically on the Worcester Line, which in November had its best month in terms of on-time performance in almost three years. The high performance on the line continued into the first two weeks of December. Dan Grabauskas, a consultant brought in(...)

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