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Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Eliminating payments on board buses, Green Line makes sense

A HIGHLY FUNCTIONING urban transit system is characterized by its speed, convenience, and reliability.  The Netherlands, a role model for efficient and sustainable mobility, has examples of this in abundance.  Go to places like Amsterdam or The Hague and you will have at your disposal multiple modal choices – trams, buses, and light rail –(...)

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Waiting on the T

Waiting on the T

Long lines and delays extend to agency’s CharlieCard store

THE MBTA HAS placed a high priority on customer service in recent months, but that apparently doesn’t extend to the agency’s CharlieCard store at the Downtown Crossing station, where the overflow of those waiting for reduced fare cards regularly spills out from inside the store onto the concourse. On any given day, there is typically(...)

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T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward?

T notes: Privatization proposal moving forward?

Control board puts Quincy Station project on hold

DESPITE STRONG OPPOSITION from the state’s Democratic political establishment, MBTA officials hinted on Monday that they plan to bring a proposal forward to outsource work at three bus maintenance garages. A discussion about the privatization initiative surfaced as members of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board were going over their schedule for future meetings.(...)

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Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs

Green Line shutdowns coming for track repairs

Many stretches are old, require full replacement

THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD on Monday gave staff the green light to periodically shut down chunks of the Green Line to replace entire stretches of track, which will enable the repair work to be completed quickly and at less cost but at greater inconvenience for passengers. Eric Stoothoff, the T’s deputy chief(...)

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T outlines rosy future on subways

T outlines rosy future on subways

New trains, maintenance strategy to dramatically improve service, capacity

MBTA OFFICIALS ON MONDAY outlined a series of investments and maintenance strategies that should dramatically improve service for the transit authority’s subway riders over the next five years. Many of the steps were previously announced, but a presentation to the Fiscal and Management Control Board packaged them together in a way that showcased how riders(...)

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Sources: T to part ways with paratransit contractor

Sources: T to part ways with paratransit contractor

Consolidated call center, service problems remain concerns

THE MBTA IS STILL NOT SATISFIED with the performance of the private company overseeing its paratransit dispatch service, and sources say the authority is trying to figure out a way to sever ties and hire a new vendor. Global Contact Services was hired in 2016 to operate a centralized call and control center for the(...)

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T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

T notes: Board ends alcohol ad ban

Shortsleeve breaks deadlock, measure passes 3-2

THE MBTA’s OVERSIGHT BOARD voted 3-2 on Monday to approve a 3.5-month test of alcohol advertising inside subway stations, on billboards, and at bus shelters. The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board failed to approve a new alcohol advertising policy at its meeting last week, deadlocking on a 2-2 vote. The tie was broken on(...)

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MBTA adopts new tone with Keolis

MBTA adopts new tone with Keolis

Control board chief: Commuter rail not sustainable

DAN GRABAUSKAS, AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR brought in a couple months ago to serve as the MBTA’s executive director of commuter rail for a year, gave his first briefing to the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday. Grabauskas said his report, as well as others to come down the road, would strike a different tone(...)

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MBTA signs two big contracts

MBTA signs two big contracts

GM says deals ‘changing the narrative of the T’

MBTA OFFICIALS TOOK SOMETHING of a victory lap on Monday as they approved two major contracts with the potential to reshape the transit authority for years to come. The board voted unanimously to approve a $1.08 billion contract for a consortium of four companies to build a Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford and(...)

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