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MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working

MBTA: Our bus network isn’t working

Oversight board calls for ‘disruptive’ long-term changes

THE MBTA HAS CONCLUDED that its bus network, which handles more than a third of all of the trips provided by the agency, isn’t working. On-time performance overall is 65 percent, well below the not-so-ambitious target of 75 percent. Feedback gathered by T staff over the last year indicates bus service is not reliable, too(...)

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Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez

Judge dismisses 2d complaint against T’s Ramirez

But says allegations suggest he knowingly reported false information to Global Power shareholders

A FEDERAL JUDGE IN TEXAS dismissed a second shareholder complaint against MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez for issuing false and misleading financial reports during a previous job. The judge gave him a pass largely because the amount of money involved was so small that it would not have affected an investor’s decision to invest in(...)

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Strapped to the status quo express

Strapped to the status quo express

We can’t keep running away from the need for new revenue

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A PROBLEM talking candidly about its transportation revenue needs. This is not a new problem.  We have been in its grip for decades, and the result has been public policy based largely upon timidity, small and largely ineffective steps, and creative sound bites. Beginning in 1991, governors have often gone to great lengths(...)

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Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Keolis exec: T commuter rail shows progress

Ridership and revenue are up; on-time performance improving

WHETHER YOU LIVE in the Worcester area or the North Shore, in Walpole or Weymouth, we tend to have the same thing in mind when thinking about the MBTA’s commuter rail: going to work in Boston, with trains feeding into two urban hubs at North and South Stations. Many still prefer driving, but for a(...)

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T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel

T notes: Tight timeline for RTA panel

Red-Blue numbers don’t add up

STATE OFFICIALS ARE COUNTING on a yet-to-be-formed task force to develop performance metrics and best practices for the 15 regional transit authorities by November 1, less than a month-and-a-half away. The Legislature approved $88 million for the regional transit authorities in the fiscal 2019 budget. Of the total appropriation, $82 million is being distributed to(...)

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T officials promise Chelsea service improvements

T officials promise Chelsea service improvements

Agency to explore bus lanes, but fare reductions not considered

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they would explore ways to address delays on the MBTA’s third-busiest bus route, but they refused to even consider what many residents of Chelsea say they want – fare reductions. What to do about the Route 111 bus that carries more than 12,000 passengers a day came to a(...)

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What is the T’s Chelsea Plan?

What is the T’s Chelsea Plan?

City officials and FMCB’s Lang say it isn’t working

THE MBTA UNVEILED the “Chelsea Plan” in May to address lengthening commute times into Boston, but now the plan is coming under fire from a member of the Fiscal and Management Control Board who says it isn’t working. At last Monday’s meeting of the control board, Brian Lang said the Route 111 bus, which carries(...)

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A new Quincy

A new Quincy

Building boom looks to move city beyond its past without leaving it behind

QUINCY MAYOR THOMAS KOCH calls the MBTA’s Red Line the “spine” of his aging city. With four stops in North Quincy, Wollaston, Quincy Center, and Quincy Adams, the T’s Red Line allows residents to move around the city and connect with Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville to the north. These transit connections have long been the(...)

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Why a Red-Blue pedestrian link won’t work

Why a Red-Blue pedestrian link won’t work

Best approach is a transit tunnel between Bowdoin, Charles/MGH

THERE HAS BEEN a recent renewed advocacy push to bring attention to the Blue Line’s failure to provide the necessary connectivity any good rapid transit line must. This focus on the Blue Line – the system’s shortest rapid transit line, connecting Revere, East Boston, and Logan Airport to downtown Boston – coincides with the MBTA’s(...)

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MBTA theft estimate goes from $80,000 to $450,000

MBTA theft estimate goes from $80,000 to $450,000

Investigators used marked bills to track stolen bus fares

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE is now saying an MBTA employee stole $450,000 from bus fare collection boxes, more than five times as much as the $80,000 alleged in June. Stephen Fagerberg, a 55-year-old Dedham resident, was arrested in June as a result of an undercover operation that tracked marked bills placed in fare boxes on(...)

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