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T kept public, oversight board in dark about Alewife problems

T kept public, oversight board in dark about Alewife problems

Lawmakers slam transit agency for poor job of communication

THE GENERAL MANAGER of the MBTA said on Monday that the problems with the parking garage at Alewife have been on the agency’s radar screen for close to a year, but members of the agency’s oversight board and legislative officials said they only learned about the issues when some concrete on the second level fell(...)

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More Alewife closures announced

More Alewife closures announced

Garage deemed safe but will close overnight, next weekend

MBTA OFFICIALS and an engineering consultant brought in over the weekend say the Alewife parking garage is safe for use this coming week, but the transit agency plans to bar parking at the facility overnight each day this week and all of Saturday and Sunday to continue making repairs and assessments. The announcement Sunday evening(...)

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T closing Alewife garage over weekend

T closing Alewife garage over weekend

More concrete problems surface; getting vehicles out a concern

THE MBTA SAID on Friday that it uncovered more problems with deteriorated concrete at its Alewife garage and plans to shut down the entire facility over the weekend “to allow for continued repairs and a comprehensive engineering assessment.” The transit agency said its priority on Friday would be for its engineering teams to ensure “a(...)

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T tries to patch up Alewife parking garage

T tries to patch up Alewife parking garage

Even with millions of dollars in repairs, ‘long-term plan’ still needed

THE MBTA ON THURSDAY announced what amounted to a three-phase plan to deal with ongoing structural and cosmetic problems at the Alewife parking garage after a patch of concrete fell from the roof of the second level on to a car. No one was injured when the concrete fell on Wednesday, but T officials said(...)

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Union lawsuit claims T payroll system error-riddled

Union lawsuit claims T payroll system error-riddled

Agency sees no widespread issues; Carmen say problems never get fixed

THE BOSTON CARMEN’S UNION is suing the MBTA, alleging that its payroll system is so poorly managed and so prone to errors that many employees have given up trying to recover money they are owed “because there is no reasonable prospect that the errors will be corrected.” In a class action lawsuit filed in Suffolk(...)

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Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Those who fear displacement don't see it that way

What do we think about when we think about transportation equity?    There is regional equity – the question whether every region in a state, or every neighborhood in a city, is equitably treated from a funding perspective. There is modal funding equity, which goes to whether public sector decision makers treat each mode fairly when it comes to the allocation(...)

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S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

Look to the roads – the Mansfield I-495 route

THE CURRENT PROCESS for South Coast Rail is on the wrong track. The current solution—an interim option which avoids sensitive environmental areas—doesn’t please the city it runs through (Middleboro), the one it misses (Taunton), or the communities at the end of the line, Fall River and New Bedford. The project also fails to offer riders(...)

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T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

Pilot to test whether off-peak toll discounts can ease congestion

STATE LAWMAKERS ON WEDNESDAY set aside $88 million for the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, $8 million more than Gov. Charlie Baker had recommended for fiscal 2019. The legislative budget also creates a task force to examine ways to improve the performance of the authorities, which provide bus service in regions outside Boston. Part of(...)

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T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

Keolis charts progress after 4 years on job

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS still need to work out how to pay for South Coast Rail and who should be in charge of the first phase of its construction, but on Monday they sounded as if the long-delayed project was a go. James Eng, the deputy rail administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, sought and(...)

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T official: We’re good on revenues right now

T official: We’re good on revenues right now

Capital spending ramping up dramatically at transit agency

THE MBTA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR said on Monday that the transit agency doesn’t need new revenues in the near term, but he said the situation could change in the future. “In the current fiscal year, on the operating side and the five-year capital investment program, we do not need more money. We’re fully funded. Longer term,(...)

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