Countdown Clocks Come To MBTA’s Underground Green Line Stations

August 13, 2015
MBTA Administrator Brian Shortsleeve, left, and General Manager Frank DePaola unveil a new “countdown” sign at Kenmore station Thursday. (Courtesy MBTA)

The MBTA unveiled a new digital monitor at Kenmore station. Others are coming in the next weeks and months.

Mayors Of Braintree, Leominster Join MassDOT Board

August 04, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed a pair of mayors to the reconstituted board of directors for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Wynn Resorts Proposes To Subsidize MBTA Orange Line Service

July 31, 2015
Casino operator Steve Wynn speaks about his proposal for a gambling facility in Everett in late 2012. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’d be the first time that a private developer would subsidize T operations.

Baker Administration Names Leadership Team For MBTA

July 30, 2015
Brian Shortsleeve in 2010. (Steven Senne/AP/File)

Brian Shortsleeve, a one-time political director for Mitt Romney, will serve in the newly-created position of chief administrator.

Panel Tasked With MBTA Revamp Starts Work

July 21, 2015
An MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The management and fiscal control board did not take any action at the meeting, relying instead on nearly two hours of presentations transportation leaders.

Say Goodbye To The ‘Honor Box’ At MBTA Parking Lots

July 05, 2015

Starting Monday, commuters will no longer have the old-fashioned option of paying for parking at stations by folding up dollars bills and stuffing them into tiny slots.

Boston 2024 Calls For More Public Spending On MBTA’s Green, Red Lines

June 30, 2015
A rendering of the proposed Olympic Stadium, during the games (Boston 2024)

Boston 2024’s new, more detailed Olympic bid proposal reveals that taxpayers would need to help pay for transportation improvements needed to hold the games in the city. Projected costs include about $350 million to improve the Green Line so it can handle more three-car trains; an additional $105 million to move passengers more quickly through the Red Line; and another $100 million to improve the Broadway T Station.

Scaled-Back MBTA Late Night Service Begins This Weekend

June 26, 2015

Service will run until 2 a.m. instead of the current 2:30 a.m., the frequency of service will be reduced, and five late night bus routes will be eliminated.

Medford Man Gets 3 Years In Prison For Fake MBTA Pass Scam

June 23, 2015

A Medford man who distributed more than 3,000 counterfeit MBTA passes and deprived the transit agency of $225,000 in revenue has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Audit: Commuter Rail Operator Keolis Lost Nearly $10M In 2014

June 17, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The independent audit also reports that the MBTA’s commuter rail service is expected to lose even more money this year, the Globe reports. A company spokeswoman says Keolis has faced several challenges, including “poor maintenance” of trains from its predecessor.

Baker Proposes $83 Million In MBTA Upgrades To Avoid Another Winter Meltdown

June 04, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a "resiliency plan" for the MBTA that he hopes will help avoid a repeat of the winter's transit meltdown. Here, a Green Line stop on the B branch was closed after a February snowstorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Baker’s “resiliency plan” proposes several infrastructure, equipment and operations updates to improve transit service during severe weather.

Report: Union Vows Fight In MBTA Overhaul Efforts

May 28, 2015

The T’s largest employees union has vowed to sue the state, or petition the federal government to cut off millions of dollars in transit aid, if a key provision of Baker’s overhaul is approved by lawmakers.

Call For Higher MBTA Funding At Legislative Hearing

May 28, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA riders and advocates at a hearing were largely opposed to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to suspend $500 million in transportation funding over the next several years.

Mass. Senate OKs Fiscal Control Board For MBTA

May 22, 2015
People wait to board a Red Line train at Porter Square MBTA station in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Democrats and Republicans came together over a compromise to put the MBTA under the authority of financial control board for at least three years, but no more than five years.

House Speaker DeLeo Backs Creation Of MBTA Control Board

May 20, 2015

House Speaker Robert DeLeo delivered a major win for Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon, committing himself to the creation of a management control board to oversee the MBTA in the face of opposition from Senate leaders.

After Meeting MBTA Riders, Baker Urges Lawmakers To Act On His Proposed Reforms

May 18, 2015

Keeping up pressure on senators resistant to his MBTA reforms, Gov. Charlie Baker met with three transit riders Monday morning and used their experiences to pepper his calls for action.

At First Meeting, Pollack Stresses Transportation Board Is Separate From MBTA Control Panel

May 13, 2015

“What I and the governor do not expect you to be is a fiscal and management control board for the MBTA,” Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told the reconstituted state transportation board Wednesday.

Senate Budget Proposal Rejects 2 Key Provisions Of Baker’s MBTA Overhaul Plan

May 12, 2015

The Senate’s plan does not call for a temporary fiscal control board, a major part of the governor’s proposal. It also doesn’t suspend a union wage law that critics say drives up prices for contracting work for the MBTA.

Gov. Baker Names Final Member To State Transportation Board

May 12, 2015

The move gives Baker control of the panel that oversees operations at the MBTA, the RMV and other transportation departments.

Senate Budget Leaves Out MBTA Control Board

May 12, 2015

Senate leaders have unveiled a state budget proposal that appears to deal a setback to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan for overhauling the MBTA

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