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Chinese Company Hopes MBTA Contract Will Be U.S. Launching Pad

October 22, 2014
(Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism via Flickr)

Over the objections of rival bidders and human rights advocates, a Chinese rail car manufacturer on Wednesday won a lucrative state contract to supply the MBTA with 284 new Red Line and Orange Line cars to be assembled in Springfield.

Chinese Company Could Build New Red And Orange Line Cars In Springfield

October 21, 2014
(Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism via Flickr)

A state-owned Chinese company is set to be awarded a $566.6 million contract to build 284 new MBTA subway cars. And it estimates its proposed Springfield manufacturing facility would create 250 new jobs.

Fairmount Line To Add Weekend Service, Maintain Lower Fares

October 16, 2014
In this 2011 file photo, a commuter train leaves the MBTA station in Andover. (AP)

Further into the future, the MBTA will add specialized rail cars that allow for more frequent service on weekends and during midday hours, when there is less demand.

Weekend Service Restored On 3 Commuter Rail Lines

October 08, 2014
In this 2011 file photo, a commuter train leaves the MBTA station in Andover. (AP)

Starting Dec. 27, Saturday and Sunday service will be restored to the Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush lines, while Saturday service only will be restored to the Needham line.

Prep Work Begins For Somerville Green Line Extension

September 29, 2014

Workers will begin removing contaminated soil and demolishing existing buildings at the Union Square site, which is set open in 2017.

MBTA To Receive $35M To Improve Storm Resistance

September 22, 2014

It’s part of a $3.6 billion federal project to aid public transportation systems damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Chelsea Silver Line Contract Awarded

September 17, 2014

State officials paved the way Wednesday for a new transit link between Boston and Chelsea, approving a $33.7 million contract for the first phase of the Silver Line extension.

App For That? Transportation Officials Review Ways To Boost MBTA Ridership

September 10, 2014

State officials are contemplating ways to boost ridership on the heels of steady fare increases in recent years.

Boston Lays Out Safety Plans For Students Taking MBTA To School

September 03, 2014

About 2,100 eighth graders will begin taking the T to school this year instead of buses as part of a cost-saving measure.

Opening Of Assembly Station On Orange Line Celebrated As ‘No Small Task’

September 02, 2014
Somerville Assembly Square

“The Assembly Station is now open,” said Mayor Joe Curtatone. “Those may seem like four small simple words, but getting to this station being built was no small or simple task.”

Assembly Square MBTA Station Opening Sept. 2

August 27, 2014
Somerville Assembly Square

Orange Line trains will begin stopping at the new Assembly station in Somerville with the start of service Tuesday morning.

New MBTA Station The Capstone Of Somerville’s Assembly Square Development

August 25, 2014

One of six new stations slated for Somerville in the next decade, the city is trying to take advantage of that development opportunity in a way that doesn’t sacrifice the community’s economic diversity.

Multiple Injuries When MBTA Bus, Car Collide

August 12, 2014

Authorities say 18 people were hurt in a collision between an MBTA bus and a car in Randolph, but none of the injuries appears serious.

Hoping For ‘No Drama,’ MBTA GM Introduces New Rail Operator

July 01, 2014

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said the contract with Keolis is very different from the previous agreement with MBCR and will focus on rider experience instead of just quantitative performance metrics.

MBTA Fares Will Increase Tuesday

June 30, 2014
An MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Beginning Tuesday, the price of bus and subway rides will rise by 10 cents, increasing to $1.60 and $2.10 respectively.

Report: Poor MBTA Planning Cost $11M, According To Audit

June 18, 2014

The state auditor’s report showed last-minute changes including extra stairways, larger elevators, and a new roof deck, cost much more than initial plans.

MBTA General Manager Discusses Cellphone Crackdown

June 17, 2014

MBTA operators can now be fired for possessing a cellphone while on duty. General Manager Beverly Scott says the policy will save “at least a life.”

CapeFLYER Ridership Up In First Weekend Of 2014

May 27, 2014
MBTA via Twitter

More than 1,000 riders used CapeFLYER train service between Boston and Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend.

MBTA Bus Driver Pleads Not Guilty In Crash

May 27, 2014
In a photo released by the Newton Fire Department, an MBTA bus hangs over the Mass Pike. (Courtesy)

The MBTA bus driver who crashed through a guardrail has pleaded not guilty to an obstruction of justice charge.

MBTA Bus Driver Had Phone In Hand, Police Say

May 20, 2014

The veteran drive told investigators that she was being bothered by allergies and a sneezing fit caused her to close her eyes, fall to the floor and lose control of the bus.

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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