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Some transportation decisions put off until after election

Some transportation decisions put off until after election

It may be a coincidence, but delays seem to be piling up

It may be just a coincidence, but decisions on divisive transportation issues big and small seem to be getting put off until later this year – after the election. The biggest decision revolves around the design and configuration of the Massachusetts Turnpike and associated transportation infrastructure in the Allston-Brighton area. A deteriorating elevated section of(...)

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T notes: Uber, Lyft keep growing at the T

T notes: Uber, Lyft keep growing at the T

North-South Rail Link study coming this month

THE MBTA’S PARATRANSIT PARTNERSHIP with Uber and Lyft is continuing to grow at a fairly rapid pace. Ben Schutzman, the T’s director of innovation and the overseer of the RIDE, the agency’s paratransit service, said the number of customers signed up to use the ride-hailing apps is growing 6 percent a month while the number(...)

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MBTA takes a run at overnight service

MBTA takes a run at overnight service

Pilot will use buses only, target low-income workers

THE MBTA, which scrubbed its previous incarnation of late-night service in March 2016, is trying again, but this time using a cautious, incremental approach that will rely exclusively on buses and target employees working odd-hour shifts at the airport, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and other businesses that work through the night. The T’s Fiscal and Management(...)

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Salvucci traces decline of T to Weld administration

Salvucci traces decline of T to Weld administration

Says Republican governor’s team was ‘schizophrenic’ on transit

Fred Salvucci, one of the state’s most influential transportation officials, traces the decline of the MBTA to the early years of the administration of former governor William Weld. Salvucci, who served 12 years as secretary of transportation under former governor Michael Dukakis and now teaches at MIT, said support for transit gained momentum after former(...)

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The Codcast: Salvucci traces decline of T to Weld administration

Fred Salvucci, one of the state’s most influential transportation officials, traces the decline of the MBTA to the early years of the administration of former governor William Weld. Salvucci, who served 12 years as secretary of transportation under former governor Michael Dukakis and now teaches at MIT, said support for transit gained momentum after former(...)

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Mattapan trolley report delayed again

Mattapan trolley report delayed again

MBTA puts off release until end of year

A CONSULTANT’S REPORT on what to do with the MBTA’s Mattapan trolley line has been delayed again, pushed back until the end of this year. Jeffrey Gonneville, the T’s chief operating officer, told the Fiscal and Management Control Board earlier this month that the report would be finished by early June or July. On Wednesday,(...)

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Bus renaissance underway?

Bus renaissance underway?

New service, dedicated lanes, synchronized lights all part of effort

Buses aren’t as sexy as new Orange Line cars or the extension of the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. But they are a lot cheaper to buy and much easier to operate. Which is why a bus renaissance of sorts is happening – a series of initiatives that hold the promise of changing the(...)

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MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

Current prices based on 1900s-era approach

EVERY DAY, more than 100,000 people ride the commuter rail in and around Boston, headed not just to work, but also to shop, spend time with family and friends, make medical appointments, and attend cultural or sporting events. Today more than ever, mobility across our growing region is fundamental for equitable access to jobs, healthcare,(...)

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‘A surprisingly good idea’ from the T

‘A surprisingly good idea’ from the T

New, flat weekend fare offers lots of opportunities

THE MBTA may finally be starting to get it. After years and years of running weekend commuter rail trains that very few people ride, the T this week decided to do something about it. The Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to offer a special fare this summer that allows passengers to take as many(...)

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