As Summer Fades, The MBTA Prepares For Winter

September 18, 2015
Contractors place insulation stands below a section of new third rail on the Red Line (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

The MBTA repair crews are working aggressively — regularly shutting down parts of the Red and Orange Lines in order to better prepare them to handle large storms like those that crippled the system last winter.

Baker Expects ‘Full Answer’ On Green Line Extension By Thanksgiving

September 17, 2015
Passengers board an MBTA Green Line in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

The cost estimate of the long-promised trolley extension rose from roughly $2 billion last December to nearly $3 billion this spring — throwing the project into flux.

T Says Advertising Dollars On Rise In 2015

September 12, 2015
Passengers board an MBTA Green Line in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

The MBTA says advertising revenue so far in 2015 is running 26 percent higher than at this same time last year. However, the boost isn’t likely to make a huge difference in the T’s finances.

Gov. Baker Calls North-South Rail Link ‘Interesting,’ But Is Cautious About Costs

September 10, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks with reporters outside his office Wednesday, after discussing the North-South rail link with former Govs. Michael Dukakis and William Weld. (Steven Senne/AP)

Two ex-governors are championing the plan. But the current governor says his highest priority is to fix the MBTA.

Dukakis And Weld Push Baker On North-South Rail Link

September 09, 2015

Gov. Baker and the two former governors discussed the proposed underground rail link between North and South stations in an hour-long private meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Operator Of MBTA Commuter Rail Service Adds Staff

September 06, 2015

Keolis Commuter Services says 64 new workers will be added to trains by the end of the year.

MBTA’s Repair Backlog Climbs Above $7 Billion

August 31, 2015
Passengers board an MBTA Green Line in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Running and repairing the MBTA just got a lot more expensive.

Somerville Mayor Confident Green Line Extension Will Move Forward

August 25, 2015
Passengers board an MBTA Green Line in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Some Somerville residents, however, aren’t so optimistic that the state will absorb up to $1 billion in possible cost overruns.

Ballooning Cost Throws Future Of Green Line Extension Into Question

August 24, 2015
An MBTA Green Line train enters Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse costa/WBUR)

The cost set by the contractor for the first three stations is more than double the amount state and federal transit officials recently estimated, calling into question the full price tag of the new trolley line and whether the state can afford to build it.

MBTA Looking To Privatize Bus Routes

August 21, 2015
The MBTA says the buses and drivers currently on the routes targeted for privatization would be re-deployed to other areas of the system that need more service.(bradlee9119/Flickr)

The T says the buses and drivers currently on the routes targeted for privatization would be re-deployed to other areas of the system that need more service.

Boston Woman Files Civil Rights Suit Against MBTA Police

August 19, 2015

Mary Holmes, who is being represented in the suit by the ACLU, alleges two transit police officers beat and pepper-sprayed her when she tried to help a woman she says was being shoved by the officers.

MBTA, Keolis Create ‘Road Map’ To Implement Service Improvements

August 18, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The MBTA’s commuter rail provider has agreed to a number of items aimed at improving rail service for customers following last winter’s failures.

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.

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