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Forget gondolas, turn Silver Line Green

Forget gondolas, turn Silver Line Green

We could also add bus rapid transit in Seaport

PERHAPS THIS WINTER’S SECOND 100-year flood will pour cold stormwater on the latest idea for fixing transportation in the Seaport District: running a gondola down Summer Street. Hopefully this idea will go in the dustbin alongside other schemes like running commuter rail along the defunct Track 61, or worse, through the existing Silver Line tunnel.(...)

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T notes: Paratransit costs run $16m over budget

T notes: Paratransit costs run $16m over budget

New early-morning buses being added; derailment’s cause still unknown

THE BOTCHED ROLLOUT of an MBTA initiative to better manage rides for passengers with disabilities will save the T only $1 million this fiscal year rather than the $17 million originally forecast, officials disclosed on Monday. It was one example of several initiatives that are yielding less cost-savings in fiscal 2018 than expected. “There were(...)

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T’S GM urges no fare hikes in January

T’S GM urges no fare hikes in January

But members of oversight board say it’s too early to rule them out

THE MBTA’s GENERAL MANAGER recommended on Monday that fares not be increased on January 1, but two members of the T’s oversight board said they weren’t ready to take hikes off the table yet because of the agency’s fluid budget situation. Even as T officials rolled out a series of options to increase revenues and(...)

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TransitMatters pushes ‘regional rail’

TransitMatters pushes ‘regional rail’

Would transform commuter rail into subway-like system

TRANSITMATTERS, a nonprofit known for delving into the nitty gritty of very specific transportation issues, went in a different direction on Tuesday, releasing a sweeping report calling for a multi-billion-dollar overhaul of the state’s commuter rail system over the course of a decade or more. Dubbed regional rail, the ambitious proposal calls for transforming a(...)

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T notes: Is Keolis starting to turn a corner?

T notes: Is Keolis starting to turn a corner?

Uber, Lyft big hit with paratransit riders; Silver Line speedup

THE TREND LINES for commuter rail service are moving in a positive direction aside from a major setback during the severe cold spell in early January. Commuter rail officials are systematically documenting what’s causing delays and working to address them line by line. Locomotive and coach availability is hitting acceptable levels. Revenue is trending upward(...)

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T director says new revenue not priority now

T director says new revenue not priority now

Poftak says executing on projects in pipeline is key

THE VICE CHAIRMAN of the MBTA’s oversight board said on Monday that the transit agency needs to execute on projects in the pipeline before considering whether new revenues are needed. Steven Poftak made his comments after a meeting of the Fiscal and Management Control Board where he and other directors discussed the Red Line train(...)

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Baker’s plea for patience on the T

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has spent three years whipping the MBTA into shape. Costs have been pared back and revenues have been increased — all so more money could be invested in long-range improvements. But as the race for governor starts to heat up, Baker finds himself asking riders for more patience, saying his administration(...)

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Derailment at Andrew Station snarls commute

Derailment at Andrew Station snarls commute

300 feet of electrified third rail damaged; service restored at 5:21 p.m.

A NORTHBOUND RED LINE TRAIN derailed Wednesday morning at 9:20 a.m. as it approached Andrew Station, damaging about 300 feet of the electrified third rail and severely disrupting the morning commute for thousands of riders. Passengers were shaken up but not injured. Service was restored at 5:21 p.m., but MBTA officials still weren’t sure what(...)

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The Codcast: Outsourcing works at other transit agencies

This week’s Codcast suggests Massachusetts has a lot of work to do when it comes to farming out government work to private contractors. The Legislature granted the MBTA a three-year exemption from the so-called Pacheco Law, which governs how public agencies can contract out work to private companies. But every time the T has tried(...)

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