Transportation

T overhauls fares for $723 million

T overhauls fares for $723 million

Officials unveil next gen pay system to reduce trip times, increase revenue collection

MBTA OFFICIALS WILL unveil the next generation of fare payment and collection which they say will reduce waits, increase efficiency, minimize the need for cash, and let riders use their own credit cards and cell phones to board trains and buses, all at a cost of more than $723 million over the next 13 years.(...)

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T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

Price to restart project comes in $237 million below estimate

THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than officials estimated. The winning bid by GLX Constructors, a group of four construction and engineering firms led by Fluor of Irving, Texas, was(...)

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Walsh’s transportation to-do list

Walsh’s transportation to-do list

It’s a unique moment to address the city’s inequities

In the aftermath of a massive general election victory by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – and recognizing the political capital that goes along with that – it seems a good time to assess the opportunities for meaningful progress on a number of initiatives that have the potential to set Boston and the region on an irrevocable path toward a(...)

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T notes: Mass. may hire firm to pursue toll evaders

T notes: Mass. may hire firm to pursue toll evaders

Boston planning a dedicated bus lane

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS are considering hiring a debt collection firm to go after unpaid tolls and fines incurred by residents of Connecticut and a handful of other states. Stephen Collins, the state Transportation Department’s director of tolling, disclosed on Monday that Massachusetts was preparing to solicit bids from debt collectors during a presentation to the(...)

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State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike

State spending $800,000/year shoring up Pike

Pollack: Roadway is structurally deficient but safe

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS said on Monday they are spending $800,000 a year to shore up a structurally deficient elevated portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston used by 145,000 motorists every day. The officials are eager to speed up the process of replacing the roadway before vehicle weight restrictions are necessary, but said they first(...)

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After 11 months, unpaid tolls hit $32m

After 11 months, unpaid tolls hit $32m

Amount owed includes $14.3m in late fees

DRIVERS WITHOUT E-ZPASS transponders racked up $32 million in unpaid tolls and late fees during the first 11 months of all-electronic tolling on all toll roads in Massachusetts. The $32 million consists of $16.6 million in actual tolls, $14.3 million in late fees, and $1.1 million in administrative fees accrued for the period from November(...)

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The Codcast: Subsidizing congestion

Everyone knows about traffic congestion in Boston. It’s why we’re often late for meetings. It’s why sightseeing firms are paring back their tours because the tourists are spending too much time sitting in traffic. And it’s why many Boston officials are worried Amazon will take a pass on the city — traffic is just too(...)

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T notes: Green Line ext. clears pricing hurdle

T notes: Green Line ext. clears pricing hurdle

Get ready for more traffic light coordination

MBTA OFFICIALS SAID they were relieved on Monday when they learned two of the three bidders on the Green Line extension could do the construction work within the transit agency’s affordability limit of $1.319 billion. “Now we know we have a project we can build with the revenues we have,” said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack,(...)

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T: Fare collection to be public-private partnership

T: Fare collection to be public-private partnership

Vendor will start to get paid once system up and running

THE MBTA IS PLANNING to build a new automated fare collection system using what officials are calling a public-private partnership. The new fare collection system, dubbed AFC 2.0, is expected to replace the existing CharlieCard and CharlieTicket and allow cashless-only payment using smart phones, bank cards, and possibly a new MBTA fare card. With fare(...)

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MBTA ridership on downward trend

MBTA ridership on downward trend

Officials say passengers taking fewer trips, shifting to alternatives

MBTA RIDERSHIP generally trended downward over the last three years, with officials saying the available evidence suggests a portion of the system’s riders are taking fewer trips on the T and replacing them with alternative modes of travel. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said she didn’t think riders were abandoning the T, just shifting to ride-sharing(...)

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