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A White House official told WBUR that Beverly Scott “requested her nomination be withdrawn due to personal reasons related to her family.”

To Increase Revenue, MBTA Eyes Lifting Ban On Alcohol Ads

October 05, 2015
While no formal proposal has been put forward, Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told the T's control board Monday that allowing alcohol ads would help the agency as its seeks to double ad revenue in the next few years. (Steven Senne/AP)

While no formal proposal has been put forward, Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told the T’s control board Monday that allowing alcohol ads would help the agency as its seeks to double ad revenue in the next few years.

MBTA’s Workforce Policies ‘In A State Of Disrepair,’ Control Board Member Says

September 30, 2015
An MBTA Orange Line train. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Brian Lang blamed staffing problems — such as operator absences that lead to cancelled trips — on broken personnel policies and procedures that are unclear.

Baker Says MBTA Is ‘Far Better Prepared’ For This Winter

September 23, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday touted the MBTA's progress on its winter resiliency plan and said he believes the T is far better prepared for this winter than it was for last year. Pictured here, a Green Line train station was closed following a February snowstorm. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker says he believes the MBTA is “far better prepared” for this winter than it was last year.

MBTA Control Board’s 1st Report Paints ‘A Bleak Picture’

September 22, 2015
An Orange Line train pulls into Community College Station in Charlestown. The MBTA's operating expenses and debt service, a new report from the T's control board says, are growing at nearly three times the rate of revenue growth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The MBTA’s operating expenses and debt service, the report says, are growing at nearly three times the rate of revenue growth.

Boston Fire Officials: Man Killed After Becoming Pinned Under Train

September 22, 2015

The Boston Fire Department says a man is dead after he was hit and killed by a Red Line train at the JFK/UMass station on Monday afternoon.

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.

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