A top MBTA official remains unsatisfied with the bus fleet performance, slamming the on-time rates Monday as “abysmal” after raising similar concerns several times in recent months.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday evening questioned whether the $50 million for the MBTA hung up in a legislative dispute would be put toward safety as he used a damning report released on the safety culture at the transit agency as a opportunity to make his case for new revenue.
The MBTA for years failed to conduct key maintenance and inspections, apply industry-wide safety standards or ensure accountability on its core transit, an independent panel concluded in a report released Monday.
Last week’s disheartening string of breakdowns on the Orange Line offered a rude reminder that, despite lots of hard work over the last five years, we’re still a long way off from a fully functional transit system.
Did you drive to work in Greater Boston this morning? Congratulations: You took one of the most expensive such trips in the country.
It’s not clear all Gov. Charlie Baker’s fellow governors are on board with his regional approach to taxing cars’ carbon emissions, putting a big chunk of future transportation funding in doubt.
With just days remaining until the legislature recesses until 2020, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Thursday he’s decided to push back his timeline for a hotly anticipated debate over new revenue for transportation until next year.
A consensus is emerging: More revenue is needed to improve our infrastructure, but also should be designed to influence behavior with an overarching goal of getting cars off the road and increasing the use of public transit.
The MBTA’s board on Monday voted to back substantial investment in the commuter rail system, outlining support for electrifying the system and running more frequent service through the most dense corridors.
Two elected officials and two transportation advocates who studied potential commuter rail changes endorsed a $28.9 billion plan on Monday to transform the system, setting up a key decision for the MBTA – and the legislature that would foot the bill – on how to proceed.
The lackluster reliability of MBTA buses, particularly those on smaller local routes, drew sharp criticism by one T oversight board member Monday who described the system’s performance as “beyond unacceptable.”
Transit access has for some years meant Greater Boston home sellers and commercial landlords alike could demand a premium for their property, but a new study from the National Association of Realtors has quantified just how much as the area’s roadways began their slow descent into sclerosis.
The MBTA should add a significant number of new employees and streamline its complicated hiring and procurement practices if the transit authority wants to take full advantage of a growing capital budget, Pioneer Center researchers suggested.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s and leading legislators remain divided on transportation funding priorities following a hearing Tuesday on Baker’s proposed $18 billion transportation bonding bill, which would send just under $6 billion to capital projects on the MBTA and commuter rail systems.
Their specific requests varied, but the roughly half-dozen mayors and state lawmakers who addressed the MBTA’s oversight board Monday all echoed a common theme: that expanding service and connectivity on the commuter rail will bring significant benefits for the riding public, regardless of costs.
The Massachusetts economy and population both continue to grow, but our underperforming transportation system is a major risk to our economic future. To fix this, we need a high-quality, appropriately priced, modern approach to commuter rail service.
The coalition of eastern states developing a program to drive down carbon emissions from transportation has decided to focus on motor gasoline and on-road diesel, two sources of pollution that account for over 80 percent of carbon emissions in the region.
While many MBTA riders will likely throw their phone, computer or newspaper across the room when they read this, may this publication suggest June’s Red Line derailment was just the lucky break the state needed?
Three and a half months after a Red Line train veered off the rails, dealt significant damage to signal infrastructure and incurred millions in costs, the MBTA announced Wednesday that full service has resumed across the entire network.
A survey of Boston-area biotech workers shows almost two-thirds say they would change jobs to get a better commute and four out of five think state leaders are asleep at the switch on transportation.