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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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T notes: Vehicle maintenance costs down except on Green Line

T notes: Vehicle maintenance costs down except on Green Line

Repairs begin on Alewife parking garage

MBTA OFFICIALS SAY say they reduced maintenance costs for buses and subways over the course of the last fiscal year, but not for Green Line cars. The officials said bus maintenance costs have fallen from $4.05 per mile in July 2017 to $3.34 per mile in June 2018, generating savings of about $13 million. Subway(...)

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Lang accuses T of ignoring Chelsea concerns

Lang accuses T of ignoring Chelsea concerns

Control board member says 111 bus delays need fixing

ONE MEMBER OF THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board demanded on Monday that the agency explain how it’s going to address chronic delays of a heavily used bus route connecting Chelsea  and downtown Boston. Brian Lang asked for a presentation at the control board’s September 17 meeting, saying he was concerned that residents of(...)

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Blue Line needs urgent attention

Blue Line needs urgent attention

Current vision for the subway line borders on fantasy

THE MBTA’s BLUE LINE is on the brink. Generally known as the best of the system’s subway services (largely because of its relatively newer, reliable, Siemens subway cars), the Blue Line is increasingly failing to provide riders with the transit service they need and deserve.  And prospects are that things will soon be getting worse.(...)

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MBTA extends $10 weekend fare

MBTA extends $10 weekend fare

Nearly 82,000 tickets were sold over 13 weekends

THE MBTA SOLD nearly 82,000 of its $10 weekend commuter rail fares this summer and now plans to extend the deal into early December. T officials said they were extending the experimental fare through the weekend of December 9 to better gauge its impact on revenues and ridership. The officials said service disruptions over the(...)

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T pares back Alewife rate hike by $1

T pares back Alewife rate hike by $1

With construction, weekday rates will now rise from $7 to $9

THE MBTA SAID IT IS PARING BACK by $1 the proposed weekday parking rate increase set to take effect next week at its Alewife garage in light of major repairs that are set to begin there next month. The last-minute change of heart threw a wrench in the T’s new parking strategy, made it harder(...)

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Accounting maneuvers, one-time gains helped balance T budget

Accounting maneuvers, one-time gains helped balance T budget

T denies using gimmicks, but one advocate says numbers don’t pencil out

WITH GOV. CHARLIE BAKER running for reelection, the MBTA balanced its budget for the first time in a decade by using a series of accounting maneuvers and one-time revenue gains. The T had expected to tap a legislative appropriation for $30 million to cover its fiscal 2018 costs, but the transit agency announced earlier this(...)

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Keolis hit with $8.2m in fines in FY18

Keolis hit with $8.2m in fines in FY18

Close to 1 of every 10 train runs incurred some penalty

THE MBTA ASSESSED record-level fines on its commuter rail operator in fiscal 2018, but Keolis Commuter Services said the penalties are not as severe as they appear because the company is running a lot more trains than it has in the past and fines have increased with inflation. Keolis paid $8.2 million in fines, mostly(...)

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Baker makes case for long-term investments in T

Baker makes case for long-term investments in T

Says agency is finally spending money allocated for repairs

COMING UNDER FIRE for aging, crumbling infrastructure at the MBTA, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday trumpeted his administration’s long-term investments in public transit and the promise of better service once new trains and tracks come online over the next several years. Speaking at the unveiling of a mockup of a new Red Line car on(...)

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MBTA balances costs, revenues for first time in a decade

MBTA balances costs, revenues for first time in a decade

Wages, benefits drop by $10m; Keolis hit with $10m in penalties

THE MBTA REVEALED on Monday that its revenues during the year ending June 30 were enough to cover the transit agency’s operating expenses and debt service, the first time that has happened in a decade. Michael Abramo, the T’s chief administrator, said the balanced budget represented a major accomplishment for the transit agency. He said(...)

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