MBTA fares will increase by between 4 and 7 percent on nearly all service options, according to a plan that state officials will present to the public.
Silvio Petraglia, chief procurement officer for the MBTA, on Monday upheld the decision to award the $2.68 billion contract to Keolis Commuter Services
The driver “failed to operate his trolley in compliance with speed and signal requirements,” a MBTA spokesperson said.
Sydely Gardner was fired in 2010 after failing to report an accident involving a pedestrian, but he was reinstated by an arbitrator.
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano called the inclusion of the project in the budget “an important step in securing the federal funding necessary” for the transit project.
Martha Coakley says the MBTA Retirement Board should be more transparent.
The five-year plan outlines how Massachusetts will spend its transportation funding through mid-2018. Critics say it fails to fund key projects like replacing MBTA buses.
MBTA workers and their unions say the transit agency’s fleet of new commuter rail cars is plagued with mechanical, engineering, and software problems.
Despite fare hikes and money from the state, the MBTA is on course for another multi-million-dollar deficit this fiscal year.
The MBTA says average weekday ridership set a record with more than 1.32 million passenger trips, a more than 4 percent jump over October 2012.
The $82.5 million project will create Silver Line stations at Eastern Avenue, Chelsea’s Box District, Downtown Chelsea, and the Mystic Mall.
MBTA officials say the raises outlined in the arbitrator’s decision would cost $62 million to $88 million, a sum that would put the transit agency in financial jeopardy.
The woman was trespassing on the tracks in a wooded area between the Prides Crossing and Montserrat stations at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when she was struck.