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

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.

What Can Be Done To Improve The MBTA Right Now? Transportation Experts Weigh In

February 13, 2015
A Green Line trolley runs down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston last week. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The MBTA has struggled mightily amid a series of major snowstorms, leading to calls for something — anything — to be done to address the aged system’s long-standing problems. But, can anything be done now? Some experts say yes.

Speaker Vows Lawmakers Will Address MBTA Woes

February 11, 2015

House Speaker Robert DeLeo did not offer any specific proposals for the MBTA in his speech, but made clear that any solution would not involve new taxes or fees.

‘Dramatic Expression Of Critical Need': Ex-Transportation Secretary On MBTA Suspension

February 10, 2015

For some perspective on the challenges the MBTA is facing, former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary James Aloisi joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

MBTA’s Suspended Rail Service Snarls Commute

February 10, 2015

As workers tried to clear snow and ice from rail tracks and make repairs to equipment, the T offered only limited bus service and no rail service on Tuesday.

Baker Reluctant To Discuss Additional Transportation Financing

February 05, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker addresses the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After this week’s major MBTA woes, many say Boston’s aging system needs more money. But Baker doesn’t want to “automatically hit the revenue button.”

MBTA Extends Late-Night Weekend Service Through June

February 05, 2015
The Red Line at the Charles/MGH stop. (Eric Kilby/Flickr)

The one-year program was scheduled to end in March but is being extended to allow more time for public input before a decision is made on whether and how to keep the later weekend service hours in place.

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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