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MBTA Ending Several Contracts Associated With Green Line Extension Project

December 10, 2015
Passengers board an MBTA Green Line in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

The agency is also restructuring the team of T employees overseeing the project, including appointing a new interim project manager.

‘Operator Error’ Investigated After Red Line Train Traveled Without One

December 10, 2015
An MBTA Red Line train barrels down the tracks on its way to Braintree Station on Thursday morning, after another train left the station without an operator. The T is investigating. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state transportation secretary called the incident “an unacceptable breach of our responsibility to keep our riders safe.”

Axing Green Line Extension Still On The Table, Pollack Says

December 09, 2015
The tracks along the corridor for the proposed Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford already serve commuter rail and Amtrak trains. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

State officials are also considering design changes in order to cut costs so the project can move forward — including a proposal to nix the proposed Union Square station in Somerville.

Baker Is Confident The MBTA Is Ready For Winter

December 02, 2015
MBTA Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Gonneville shows Gov. Charlie Baker the T's refurbished snow removal equipment at the agency's emergency training center in South Boston. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

After last winter’s transit meltdown, the T has spent $85 million to purchase and upgrade equipment used to remove snow from tracks.

MBTA's Green Line Extension Project Plagued With Problems From The Outset, Firm Says

December 01, 2015
The MBTA's failure to follow best practices on a new contracting process was a large factor in driving up the cost the Green Line extension project, consultants told state transportation officials on Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

The MBTA’s failures in a new contracting process largely drove up the cost of the Green Line extension project, consultants told state transportation officials on Monday.

Following Rider Complaints, MBTA Delays New Commuter Rail Schedules

November 24, 2015
Originally set to go into effect Dec. 14, the agency will now release new proposed schedule changes in December, along with plans for "extensive public engagement." (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Originally set to go into effect Dec. 14, the agency will now release new proposed schedule changes in December, along with plans for “extensive public engagement.”

MBTA Board Bans All Political Issue Ads

November 23, 2015
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The unanimous voice vote followed a raucous public comment period at Monday’s meeting.

MBTA Budget Gap Threatens ‘Extraordinarily Inefficient’ Late Night Service

November 18, 2015
The transit agency's control board is looking for ways to close a projected budget shortfall and several board members aren't pleased with how the T's late night service is performing. (learydotmark/Flickr)

The transit agency’s control board is looking for ways to close a projected budget shortfall and several board members aren’t pleased with how the T’s late night service is performing.

After Removing ‘Dubious’ Votes, MBTA Announces New Train Car Designs

November 12, 2015
Exterior design chosen for the Orange Line. (Courtesy MBTA)

The new tally shows about 25,000 people voted in the online survey to pick exterior designs for new Red, Green and Orange Line cars. Initially it was believed over 177,000 had participated.

MBTA Announces New Subway Designs, Then Pulls Back Due To Evidence Of ‘Irregular Voting’

November 10, 2015
Exterior design chosen for the Red Line. (Courtesy MBTA)

A spokesman said the T needs “sufficient time to look into evidence of some irregular voting patterns.”

Partnership Between MBTA’s The Ride And Uber Coming For Paratransit Passengers

November 10, 2015

“The main obstacle there is making sure there are enough accessible vehicles,” a state transportation official said.

Survey: Boston Millennials Say MBTA Is ‘Very Important’ Factor In Where They Live And Work

November 09, 2015
People wait to board a Red Line train at Porter Square MBTA station in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Greater Boston young professionals say access to public transit is the most important factor in where they choose to live and work.

Recollections Of MBTA Fare Cap Negotiations Differ

November 05, 2015
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Activists and key senators maintain that the 2013 tax law was meant to cap fare hikes at 5 percent every two years, while a key House chairman and the Baker administration say it clearly caps fare hikes at 10 percent every two years.

Is It 5 Percent Over 24 Months, Or 10 Percent? Dispute Emerges Over Cap On MBTA Fare Hikes

November 03, 2015
Public transportation advocates say a 2013 law intended to cap fare increases at 5 percent every two years, but state transportation officials say the way the law is written makes it clear the limit is 10 percent. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Public transportation advocates say a 2013 law intended to cap fare increases at 5 percent every two years, but state transportation officials say the way the law is written makes it clear the limit is 10 percent.

With Fare Hikes On The Table, Here’s How Much Your Ride Costs The MBTA

October 22, 2015
On average the MBTA spent about $2.07 to subsidize each of the 395 million rides passengers took during the 2015 budget year — but that figure varies dramatically depending on the mode of service. (AP File Photo)

On average the MBTA spent about $2.07 to subsidize each of the 395 million rides passengers took during the 2015 budget year — but the subsidy varies dramatically depending on the mode of service.

Cost Overruns Likely To Delay MBTA’s Green Line Extension Project

October 21, 2015
A Green Line trolley pulls into the Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said while some parts of the project continue to move forward, others have been halted and are unlikely to start back up again before spring 2016.

MBTA Asks Public To Choose Look Of New Trains

October 20, 2015
The three options for the new Red Line cars' exterior design. (Courtesy MBTA)

The MBTA says the contest recognizes how important customers are to the transit system. You could view and vote for your favorite option online through Nov. 3.

MBTA Announces Nonstop Commuter Rail Trips Between Worcester And Boston

October 07, 2015
Beginning in May, the MBTA will add one nonstop train trip from Worcester to Boston during the peak morning weekday commute, with one nonstop train returning back out to Worcester each evening. (AP)

Beginning in May, the MBTA will add one nonstop train trip from Worcester to Boston during the peak morning weekday commute, with one nonstop train returning back out to Worcester each evening.

Opponents Come Out Against Possible Reversal Of Alcohol Ad Ban On MBTA

October 06, 2015

The wife of a former governor is joining Boston’s mayor to condemn the idea of bringing alcohol advertising back to the MBTA.

Former MBTA GM Withdraws From Consideration For NTSB Post

October 06, 2015
Then-MBTA GM Beverly Scott in February (Courtesy of WCVB-TV)

A White House official told WBUR that Beverly Scott “requested her nomination be withdrawn due to personal reasons related to her family.”

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