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

Senate Leaders Push Back On Baker Plan To Overhaul MBTA

May 12, 2015

There’s pushback on Beacon Hill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans to fix the troubled MBTA. The opposition speaks to a larger skepticism about the governor’s proposed T fix that was on full display at a five-hour hearing on Beacon Hill Monday.

Baker Urges Lawmakers To Approve MBTA Overhaul

May 11, 2015

The governor testified Monday before the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, which is considering a bill that Baker filed after a task force report pointed to a “pervasive organizational failure” at the MBTA.

Gov. Baker Names 5 Members To State Transportation Board

May 08, 2015
People wait to board a Red Line train at Porter Square MBTA station in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The move comes just weeks after the prior board agreed to step down, clearing the way for Baker to assume control of the transit system.

MBTA Commuter Rail Tests Out New Way To Count Passengers

May 06, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Once the MBTA is able to accurately count how many riders use the commuter rail, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack suggests Keolis could be penalized for failing to collect a certain percentage of fares.

Lawmakers Push MBTA Task Force For Specifics On Report

April 27, 2015

Lawmakers pressed task force members for data behind their conclusions about high absenteeism among T employees, failure to spend capital funds and the proposal to create a temporary MBTA control board.

Finally: Countdown Clocks Debut On Green Line

April 24, 2015
Newton Centre Station countdown clocks were unveiled at a ceremony Friday. (MBTA)

Countdown clocks were unveiled Friday at the Newton Centre and Newton Highlands stations on the D branch.

What Baker's MBTA Legislation Might Mean For Fares

April 24, 2015
People walk by the Green Line along Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, in this 2008 file photo. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Gov. Charlie Baker’s legislation to overhaul the MBTA focuses on a fiscal control board to oversee the transit system. But it also calls for lifting the cap on fare increases.

A Reminder, T Riders: The MBTA Is Free On Friday

April 23, 2015
People wait to board a Red Line train at Porter Square MBTA station in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The free rides — and discounted May passes — are a show of goodwill from the beleaguered transit system after riders endured massive service failures this winter.

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