Transportation

The T is failing before our very eyes

The T is failing before our very eyes

Transit agency needs substantial new revenue to get the job done

IT WAS déjà vu all over again. Wednesday’s Red Line meltdown didn’t happen because of harsh winter weather.  Ironically, it happened during a gloriously warm day in February, a day when the one blessing of a failed subway system was that many people could walk to their destinations in relative comfort. This time the culprit(...)

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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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DOT notes: Big rail projects and small bridges

DOT notes: Big rail projects and small bridges

Officials also making efforts to coordinate projects to minimize disruptions

SOUTH COAST RAIL project officials said phasing in the new line by running it through Middleboro not only gets the service operating years ahead of time, it gives the line a head start on the full build-out without adding to the projected $3.2 billion cost. In a presentation Monday to a joint meeting of the(...)

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T eyes hikes for fares, parking fees

T eyes hikes for fares, parking fees

Transit system facing $111 million deficit to start FY2019

MBTA OFFICIALS CRACKED open the door to a fare hike and increases in parking fees by the beginning of next year as the cash-strapped agency, despite cuts and privatization efforts, continues to face a stubborn $111 million projected deficit to start the next fiscal year. T budget officials, at a meeting of the Fiscal and(...)

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We can tackle traffic congestion

We can tackle traffic congestion

To paraphrase Beyoncé, put a price on it

THE FACTS ARE IN and they aren’t pretty.  Metro Boston ranks in the top tier of regions suffering from severe, chronic traffic congestion. You knew that, didn’t you?  You’ve been stuck in that traffic, day after day, morning and evening after morning and evening. Or you’ve been on commuter rail from Worcester or Framingham, waving(...)

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Transportation commission won’t look at revenues, financing

Transportation commission won’t look at revenues, financing

Focus will be on envisioning the future, not paying for it

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S new commission on the future of transportation will try to envision how people will be moving around the region 10 to 20 years from now, but it won’t be looking at how to pay for the infrastructure needed to accomplish that. Steven Kadish, the chairman of the commission, said the group will(...)

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Baker, Trump budgets disappointing for transportation

Baker, Trump budgets disappointing for transportation

Level funding regional transit authorities amounts to a shameful budget cut

IF YOU THOUGHT we might have turned a corner generating political support for what most of the public appears to want – a more resilient, reliable, sustainable transportation network – you were wrong. At both the federal and state levels the rhetoric sounds good, but the reality leaves a lot to be desired. The Trump(...)

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Baker pushes phased S. Coast Rail

Baker pushes phased S. Coast Rail

Service would start late 2022, generate 3,220 daily one-way trips

FOLLOWING THROUGH ON A CAMPAIGN PROMISE, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday sought environmental approval for a phased approach to South Coast Rail that will allow service between Boston’s South Station and Fall River and New Bedford by late 2022. The original plan was to extend the Stoughton commuter rail line from its current endpoint at(...)

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