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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 Tuesday morning. (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.

MBTA Considering Options To Compensate Riders For Snow Woes

March 03, 2015

MBTA Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Davis said those options include a week of free fares, which would cost the MBTA about $6 million.

Baker Seeks Nearly $65M Hike In State Subsidies For MBTA

March 03, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives Tuesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to seek a nearly $65 million increase in state subsidies for the Boston area’s beleaguered public transit system.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Commuter Rail Trains Were Late Last Month

March 02, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station last month. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA officials said the poor performance warranted the maximum fine allowed under Keolis’ contract, about $434,000. Keolis is disputing the fine, citing the unprecedented snowfall.

Mass. Transportation Officials Say They Need More Information To Fix MBTA

February 27, 2015

MBTA commuter rail service is expected to operate at about three-quarters capacity Friday morning, and it is not expected to return to full capacity for another month.

Sen. Chang-Diaz On MBTA Crisis: ‘I’m Hopeful We Will Not Fail To Act On This Moment’

February 26, 2015

State lawmakers on Thursday questioned transportation officials about the massive problems that have plagued the MBTA during the recent stretch of snowstorms.

Full Commuter Rail Service By March 30, Says Apologetic Keolis

February 26, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station on Friday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The under-fire operator of the commuter rail system has issued an apology for its poor performance, but said service might not be back fully until March 30.

DePaola Speaks On Challenges He’ll Face As Interim GM Of MBTA

February 26, 2015
MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Frank DePaola, the state highway administrator, has been named the MBTA’s interim general manager, taking the post in April when the current general manager, Beverly Scott, steps down.

‘Technical Issue’ Cited For False Commuter Rail Service Alerts

February 25, 2015
In this 2015 file photo, passengers wait at a commuter rail station in Framingham. (Bill Sikes/AP)

The erroneous alert warned commuters that service “was delayed until further notice.”

Photos: Bostonians Battle Winter Woes

February 20, 2015
Pauline Sheridan, 82, navigates a small winding path through a large snow bank in front of the Silver Slipper Restaurant at the intersection of Washington St and Malcolm X Blvd. Many people in Dudley Sq. complain the roads and sidewalks around Roxbury have not been cleared properly. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This week, WBUR reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka and WBUR photographer Jesse Costa took a look at how Bostonians across the city are coping with the historic winter weather. Here are pictures from their trips to Andrew Square, Dudley Square and Maverick Square.

Gov. Baker Creates Advisory Panel To ‘Diagnose’ MBTA Woes

February 20, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, far right, turns to Stephanie Pollack, state secretary of transportation, far left, at a news conference Friday, where he named a seven-member panel of experts in transportation, economic development and municipal planning to come up with a fix for the troubled MBTA. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Baker said the panel will look at T operations, finances and governance and will have until the end of March to deliver its recommendations.

Riders Feel Disruptions On Commuter Rail’s Fairmount Line

February 20, 2015
Passengers wait at the commuter rail train station Monday in Framingham, Mass. (Bill Sikes/AP)

On the Fairmount line — which serves Boston’s Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester and Hyde Park — the disruptions have led to about 20 fewer trips per day.

Potential Political Fallout Of MBTA Woes

February 20, 2015
Commuters wait for a MBTA bus in Central Square in Cambridge Thursday morning. (Zeninjor Enwemeka/WBUR)

Since Boston’s historic snowfall and the resulting MBTA meltdown, public opinion of the T has plummeted.

In Dudley Square, Business — And Snow Removal — Have ‘Been Real Slow’

February 19, 2015
People walk carefully Wednesday along Boston's Washington Street, where the sidewalks were not shoveled very well. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Weeks of winter weather has made navigating the streets in Dudley Square more like solving a puzzle, and the difficulty has siphoned off customers from local businesses.

How Beacon Hill Is Approaching The MBTA’s Woes

February 19, 2015
Commuters wait for buses at Dudley MBTA Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Globe reporter David Scharfenberg talks about Massachusetts legislators’ current ideas for fixing the MBTA’s aging transit system.

Mass. Businesses Increasingly Help Workers Manage Winter Commutes

February 19, 2015
Two businessmen share an umbrella while walking down Dartmouth Street in Copley Square during a snowstorm on Feb. 5. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As workers struggle to get in the office door following a series of severe snowstorms that crippled the city’s public transit system, some employers are trying to help take the strain off employees’ commutes.

MBTA Releases Service Restoration Timeline

February 18, 2015
The St. Paul Street stop on the Green Line's B branch was closed Tuesday after a weekend storm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The head of the T says the timeline released Wednesday for restoring the rest of the system is dependent on a number of factors, including weather.

In Southie’s Andrew Square, ‘Enough’s Enough’ With The Harsh Winter

February 18, 2015
Commuters get on the 16 bus to Forest Hills at Andrew Square station Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This week, we’re taking a look at how Bostonians are coping with the historic winter weather. First up: Andrew Square in South Boston.

WBUR Poll: Bostonians Believe Fixing MBTA Should Be A ‘Major Priority’ For Gov. Baker

February 18, 2015
The St. Paul Street stop on the Green Line's B branch was closed Tuesday after a weekend storm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

While only 5 percent of Boston area residents say Gov. Charlie Baker is most responsible for the T troubles, 81 percent of those polled say this ought to be a “major priority” for his administration going forward.

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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