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Keolis Tells Lawmakers About This Winter’s Commuter Rail Service Issues

April 01, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis’ Deputy General Manager Franck Dubourdieu told lawmakers that during a typical winter, about 20 commuter rail trains’ motors will be replaced. This winter, the company lost 67 motors.

Union Chief Blasts MBTA Management Of Commuter Rail

March 31, 2015

The commuter rail system’s ability to fight back against the winter storms was hampered by a “dysfunctional” management system, Thomas Murray told lawmakers Tuesday.

MBTA Lays Out Plan For Future Snow Service

March 31, 2015
The MBTA is laying out a plan to avid a total shutdown of service next winter. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Next winter, instead of trying to keep everything running only to shut everything down, the MBTA will follow limited schedules during snow emergencies.

MBTA Getting Advice From ‘Peer’ Cities

March 30, 2015

The MBTA’s interim GM told a legislative hearing Monday that the T received a number of helpful suggestions that could be used during extreme weather events in the future.

MBTA Commuter Rail Gets Back To Full Service

March 30, 2015

Keolis Commuter Services says every line is expected to be running at full service for the Monday morning commute.

Oversight Hearing To Examine Winter Transportation Woes

March 29, 2015
New England's harsh winter crippled the MBTA this year. (Bill Sikes/AP)

The snow is melting and public transportation is returning to full service. But the investigations into the massive breakdowns that plagued the MBTA during a record-setting stretch of winter weather are continuing.

63 Trips Being Restored To MBTA Commuter Rail Services

March 23, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem earlier this month as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis Commuter Services says the extra 63 trips will be added on most lines starting Monday and are part of an effort to restore full service by the end of March.

Support For Boston Olympics Falls Further, WBUR Poll Finds

March 19, 2015
John Fish, chair of Boston 2024, heads back to his seat after addressing a public forum last month about Boston's 2024 Olympics bid. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Just 36 percent of Boston area voters now support the idea, down from 44 percent in February and 51 percent in January.

State Lawmakers Ride The Commuter Rail — And Get Crowded, Delayed Trains

March 19, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In an effort to better understand the challenges — and headaches — faced by public transit riders this winter, dozens of state lawmakers rode the MBTA and the commuter rail Thursday morning.

For 1st Time Since Jan. 22, MBTA Has All Subway Cars In Service

March 19, 2015
A Green Line trolley runs down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

After two months of being hampered by brutal winter weather, the MBTA says all four subway lines had the regular number of cars operating Thursday morning.

More Commuter Rail Trains Returning Monday

March 12, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem earlier this month as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis says it plans to reinstate 42 train trips Monday, bringing the system back to 75 percent of its regular weekday schedule.

Transit Board OKs MBTA Free Fare Day, Pass Discounts In May

March 11, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem earlier this month as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The board overseeing the MBTA has voted to offer free fares for one day and discounts for monthly pass holders in May as a way of compensating riders for massive weather-related breakdowns.

Watchdog Group: MBTA Needs More Than Just Marginal Reforms

March 11, 2015

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the MBTA’s dire state needs more than just marginal reforms.

Give Baker Short-Term Control Over ‘Broken’ MBTA, Report Finds

March 11, 2015
An out-of-service MBTA bus rolls through Somerville after several snowstorms in February. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Contracts for MBTA expansion projects should be suspended for the rest of the year and Gov. Charlie Baker should be given short-term control over the embattled transit agency until a more thorough rescue plan can be developed for the T, a prominent Boston think-tank recommends.

Former State Transportation Secretary Discusses MBTA

March 10, 2015

Fred Salvucci, who’s now a lecturer at the MIT Center for Transportation Studies, says the MBTA’s debt should be decoupled from the rest of its budget.

400 Million Rides: MBTA Ridership Hit A Record High In 2014

March 10, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station last month. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With increased rides on the subway and the commuter rail, the MBTA had a record 400.8 million trips last year — putting the transit system in line with a nationwide trend of greater public transportation use.

MassDOT Board Weighs Refunds For T Riders

March 08, 2015
Commuters wait for buses at Dudley MBTA Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA officials have floated several ideas to compensate passengers, ranging from a week of free fares on the system to rebates for monthly pass holders.

Keolis Plans To Put More Trains Back Into Service Monday

March 06, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The company that runs the MBTA’s commuter rail says 15 trains that have been out of service in recent weeks should be back in operation on Monday.

Commuter Rail Operator Apologizes For Poor Performance This Snowy Winter

March 05, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis, the company that runs the MBTA’s commuter rail service, took out a full page ad in The Boston Globe on Thursday to issue a mea culpa to riders for its poor performance this winter.

MBTA Bus Driver Denies Assaulting Commuter

March 05, 2015

An MBTA bus driver charged with beating and kicking a 42-year-old man who had asked him for directions has been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

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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