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Gov. Baker Asks Transportation Board To Resign

April 15, 2015

A task force convened by Baker to review the MBTA’s operations called for the transportation board to be replaced by a five-member fiscal control board.

MBTA Scaling Back Late-Night Service

April 15, 2015
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Late night weekend service will now run until 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 a.m., and five late-night bus routes will be eliminated.

4 Lingering Questions After Scathing MBTA Report

April 10, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A scathing report on the MBTA, released Wednesday, blasts the management of the beleaguered transit system and calls for widespread reforms — but there are still some lingering questions about the report’s findings.

Winterization Of MBTA Tracks Means Shuttle Buses This Summer

April 08, 2015

As T officials prepare to winterize Red and Orange line trackss, riders should expect shuttle buses along the above-ground routes this summer and fall.

Report Blasts MBTA Management, Calls For Fiscal Control Board

April 08, 2015
An out-of-service MBTA bus rolls through Somerville after several snowstorms in February. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

A panel appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker says the transit system is in “severe financial distress,” lacks a “viable maintenance plan,” and is “governed ineffectively.”

Task Force Sees ‘Excessive Absenteeism’ At MBTA

April 06, 2015

An excerpted draft of the governor’s MBTA task force report cited “excessive absenteeism” as an example of “weak” management at the transit agency.

Water Main Break Disrupts T Service In Brookline

April 04, 2015

A water main break in Brookline flooded train tracks and caused major delays on the D Branch of the Green Line Friday evening. MBTA officials said rail service was returning to normal Friday night.

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.

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