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MBTA’s Government Center Station To Reopen March 26

February 02, 2016
The MBTA's new Government Center Station, pictured here on Feb. 3, is set to re-open March 26 after a two-year renovation project. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The century-old station was closed for nearly two years for a $90 million renovation primarily aimed at bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MBTA Riders Blast Proposed Increase In Pass Prices As ‘Inequitable’

February 01, 2016
Commuters board the #28 Mattapan Station bus at Dudley Square MBTA station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA riders and transportation advocates railed against proposed fare hikes Monday. Of particular concern was how much the cost of passes would rise — some by more than 20 percent under the two proposals the T is considering.

Riders Knock MBTA Fare Hikes, Service Levels At Hearing In Lynn

January 26, 2016
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Monday was the first hearing on proposals aimed at securing another $33.2 million to $49.4 million from riders throughout the system.

After Severe Morning Delays, MBTA Officials Detail The State Of The Red Line

January 25, 2016
During Monday's MBTA control board hearing, board members were briefed on the state of the Red Line -- the T's busiest. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

MBTA officials said the delays were the result of weekend work to replace some of the Red Line track that runs on the Longfellow Bridge.

Officials Suggest Major Changes In Store For Green Line Extension Project

January 20, 2016
An MBTA Green Line train heads into a tunnel on Huntington Avenue. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Cost-cutting on the over-budget Green Line Extension project should be “on the side of brutal” and stakeholders “need to wrap their arms around that reality,” the chairman of the MBTA’s control board said Wedn

MBTA Hears From Public About Proposal To Cut Late-Night Service

January 19, 2016
As the T looks for ways to close a projected $242 million budget gap for next fiscal year, its late-night weekend service, which it calls "unsustainable," is on the chopping block. (learydotmark/Flickr)

As the T looks for ways to close a projected $242 million budget gap for next fiscal year, its late-night weekend service, which it calls “unsustainable,” is on the chopping block.

2 Shot At Maverick Station In East Boston

January 19, 2016

The incident caused severe delays on the Blue Line.

MBTA Update: Decision On Green Line Extension Likely This Spring, A Bit Of Good Budget News

January 11, 2016
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The T is also eyeing a retirement incentive program aimed at reducing its workforce, and plans to publish biweekly absenteeism stats beginning later this month.

MBTA Sets Public Meetings To Talk Fares, Late-Night Service And Commuter Rail Schedules

January 08, 2016
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The T will also collect public comment in writing, via email and online through Feb. 12.

Under New Proposals, MBTA Fares Could Increase By Up To 10 Percent

January 04, 2016
One option the MBTA's control board is considering would increase fares by an average 6.71 percent across the system, while the second option would increase fares by an average 9.77 percent. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Under two proposals released Monday, actual fare increases would vary widely depending on what mode you use and whether you pay by trip or with a pass.

Fed Review Faults MBTA For Inadequate Maintenance Plan

December 30, 2015
The Federal Transit Administration's triennial review said the MBTA lacked a comprehensive maintenance plan. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Federal Transit Administration’s triennial review said the MBTA lacked a “comprehensive and overall maintenance plan for Heavy and Light Rail Transit.”

Gov. Baker On The Budget, The MBTA And Why He Worries ‘A Lot’ About DCF

December 24, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, who's ending his first year as governor, is seen in his State House "working office" -- a space covered with family photos and personal memorabilia. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“The Bella Bond thing, that is about as big a tragedy as anything I think we faced this year,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in year-end conversation.

Examining The MBTA’s 2015 Winter Woes, As The Agency Assures It’s Ready This Season

December 23, 2015

The T says it’s better prepared to handle the extreme weather that caused widespread delays throughout the public transportation system last year and led to a public outcry for fixes.

Operator Of Runaway Train No Longer An MBTA Employee

December 16, 2015
An MBTA Red Line train heads toward Braintree Station Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The MBTA operator at the center of the investigation into a runaway Red Line train no longer works for the transit agency, officials revealed Wednesday.

AP Source: MBTA GM Expected To Fire Operator Of Driverless Train

December 15, 2015
An MBTA Red Line train heads toward Braintree Station Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The recommendation came after a disciplinary hearing attended by the driver, David Vazquez. Vazquez’s lawyer said the 53-year-old feels terrible about what happened.

Residents Express Frustration Over MBTA Green Line Extension Project Delays

December 15, 2015

MBTA officials are trying to find ways to cut costs for the Green Line Extension, which is planned to go from Cambridge into Somerville and Medford.

Officials ‘Reluctant’ To Drive More Money Into Green Line Extension

December 14, 2015
An MBTA Green Line train enters Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Those holding the purse strings for the state said they would be reluctant to contribute additional Massachusetts taxpayer dollars for the increased project cost.

As MBTA Investigates Runaway Red Line Train, 2 Workers Recognized For Stopping It

December 14, 2015
The two workers are being awarded for their actions to shut down an MBTA Red Line train running on the tracks without an operator, in what the state transportation secretary called "an unacceptable breach of our responsibility to keep riders safe." (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

T workers Mark McNeill and Ainsley Saunders received a “governor’s citation” for their work to safely stop the operator-less train.

Investigation Of Runaway Train Incident Focusing On Several Apparent Mistakes Made By Operator

December 11, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker and state transportation officials are trying to figure out how a Red Line train was able to leave Braintree Station Thursday morning with about 50 passengers on board and no operator.

Gov. Baker: ‘Multiple Safety Procedures’ Not Followed On Operator-Less Red Line Train

December 11, 2015
An MBTA Red Line train heads toward Braintree Station Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“We are confident that this is an isolated incident that a single individual made multiple errors,” Gov. Charlie Baker said.

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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