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State Plan Means More T Buses Operating Beyond Useful Life, Foundation Says

May 24, 2016
According to the Conservation Law Foundation, by 2021 the number of MBTA buses operating beyond their useful life would climb from 642 to 908. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

According to the Conservation Law Foundation, by 2021 the number of buses operating beyond their useful life would climb from 642 to 908.

MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola To Retire

May 23, 2016
Frank DePaola, general manager of the MBTA, announced he will be retiring. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

DePaola, who will end his appointment on June 30, says he is battling cancer and needs more time to focus on his health.

Federal Transit Official Offers Boost To Redesigned Green Line Extension

May 20, 2016
An MBTA Green Line trolley on the overpass of Route 28 pulls into Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The scaled-back plans for the long-awaited project have received early support from a key federal transit official.

Somerville Mayor Says He’s ‘Optimistic’ Green Line Extension Project Will Move Forward

May 09, 2016

“I’m optimistic, because the value of the Green Line project, what it brings not just to Somerville and the corridor communities of Cambridge and Medford, but for the entire commonwealth,” Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said.

Scaled-Down Plan For The Green Line Extension Will Move Forward

May 09, 2016
An MBTA Green Line trolley on the overpass of Route 28 pulls into Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The proposed redesign would include simplified stations and bridges and cost $2.3 billion.

Somerville, Cambridge Plan To Deliver $75 Million With Hopes Of Advancing Green Line Project

May 05, 2016
An MBTA Green Line train enters Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Somerville is expected to contribute $50 million in “new financial participation,” and Cambridge is projected to make a contribution valued at $25 million.

Aloisi Proposes Using MBTA Buses To Revive Late-Night Service

May 03, 2016

Former state Transportation Secretary James Aloisi explains his proposed plan to utilize MBTA buses to revive late-night service in Boston.

A Ride On The MBTA With Transportation Secretary Pollack

April 29, 2016
Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack enters the turnstiles at the Government Center MBTA station on the Green Line during her commute to Newton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We ride the Green Line from Government Center to Newton with the transportation secretary.

Officials Estimate MBTA Loses Up To $42M A Year From Fare Evasion

April 25, 2016
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A March survey of commuter rail passengers found between 15 and 20 percent of customers weren’t paying the correct fare.

MBTA Wants To Be Able To Penalize Amtrak For System Failures

April 19, 2016
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train is seen in this 2015 file photo. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

State transportation officials and the MBTA say they want to be able to fine Amtrak for future service disruptions it causes on the commuter rail.

New MBTA Site Lets Commuters Better Track The T’s Daily Performance

March 28, 2016
The MBTA has rolled out a new data-driven web tool, mbtabackontrack.com, that allows users to check daily statistics on the T's performance. (Screenshot)

The interactive website allows users to track the daily on-time performance of the system’s buses and subway commuter rail lines.

MBTA’s Government Center Station Reopens After 2 Years Of Construction

March 21, 2016
The MBTA's Government Center station reopened Monday after two years of renovations. 
The new station has a 40-foot-high glass entryway (pictured here last month), elevators and remodeled platforms. The project cost $82 million and makes the station accessible for the first time. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

With new elevators and remodeled platforms, the renovated station is now fully accessible for the first time.

End Of Late-Night MBTA Service Sets Off Jockeying For Alternatives

March 18, 2016
With the elimination of the service, the MBTA is looking at ways to mitigate the impact on customers. Meanwhile, private companies are planning to step in and offer discounts to late-night riders. (learydotmark/Flickr)

With the elimination of the service, the MBTA is looking at ways to mitigate the impact on customers. Meanwhile, private companies are planning to step in and offer discounts to late-night riders.

With More Fare Hikes Coming, MBTA Eyes Partnerships For The Ride Service

March 15, 2016
Sarah Kaplan was born with cerebral palsy and is in a power wheelchair. The 32-year-old relies on The Ride to get around, including from her apartment in Lynn to her office in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Ride serves people with disabilities and the elderly. It’s an expensive service. The T and transit advocates are looking for ways to help some of the system’s most vulnerable riders — and help bring down costs.

MBTA Riders Sound Off On Fare Hikes, Calling Them ‘Unfair’

March 08, 2016
By July 1, passengers will be digging deeper into their wallets to ride the T as the MBTA control board voted unanimously Monday to raise fares by an average of 9.3 percent across the system. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Facing a $138 million budget deficit and a $7 billion maintenance backlog, the MBTA will ask riders to pay an average of 9.3 percent more, beginning this July.

‘They Don’t Make These Anymore’: Maintaining The MBTA’s 100-Year-Old Signals

March 07, 2016
Bulbs light up on the wall as MBTA wire person Mike Mason, 64, works on piece of relay equipment patented in 1913. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The MBTA plans to spend $70 million next fiscal year to update its aging signals — some of which are more than 100 years old.

MBTA Board OKs Fare Hikes Averaging 9.3 Percent

March 07, 2016
An MBTA Green Line train on Huntington Avenue heads underground. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The T says the hike will bring in approximately $42 million in revenue next year.

Operator Of Runaway Red Line Train Had Prior Safety Violations

March 01, 2016
An MBTA Red Line train heads toward Braintree Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR/File)

David Vazquez told investigators he tied down the train’s throttle, which acts as a brake when not in use, with a cord so he could put gloves on, and he forgot to release it when he exited the train to put it into bypass mode.

T’s Control Board Votes To End Late-Night Weekend Service Less Than 2 Years After Launch

March 01, 2016

After months on the chopping block, the MBTA’s late-night weekend service is now coming to an end. The T’s control board voted on Monday to halt the service by March 18.

MBTA Board Votes To End Late-Night Weekend Service By March 18

February 29, 2016
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The T says the service limits access for overnight maintenance work and is not cost effective.

New MBTA Chief: There’s Never Been More Focus On Fixing The T Than There Is Now

August 21, 2015
A Red Line train leaves South Station (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Brian Shortsleeve has a big job ahead of him. The businessman and former Marine was appointed as the MBTA’s new chief administrator last month.

An Investment In Public Transportation Is An Investment In The Future

September 24, 2013
Tech tax or not, we need a transportation system worthy of a 21st century economy. (MonotonousSarah/flickr)

Tech tax or not, we need a transportation system worthy of a 21st century economy.

Public Naming Rights — And Wrongs

August 01, 2012
(AP Photo)

Next stop, SpaghettiO’s station? The cash-strapped MBTA is considering selling naming rights for 11 stations. Not so fast, says Ed Fouhy.

All Quiet On The Commuter Rail

December 09, 2010
A T train leaving Park St. station (Chris Devers/Flickr)

The MBTA’s General Manager joins us to talk about the new quiet cars, catching fare evaders, and any of your questions.

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