Transit Board OKs MBTA Free Fare Day, Pass Discounts In May

March 11, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem earlier this month as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The board overseeing the MBTA has voted to offer free fares for one day and discounts for monthly pass holders in May as a way of compensating riders for massive weather-related breakdowns.

Watchdog Group: MBTA Needs More Than Just Marginal Reforms

March 11, 2015

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the MBTA’s dire state needs more than just marginal reforms.

Give Baker Short-Term Control Over ‘Broken’ MBTA, Report Finds

March 11, 2015
An out-of-service MBTA bus rolls through Somerville after several snowstorms in February. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Contracts for MBTA expansion projects should be suspended for the rest of the year and Gov. Charlie Baker should be given short-term control over the embattled transit agency until a more thorough rescue plan can be developed for the T, a prominent Boston think-tank recommends.

Former State Transportation Secretary Discusses MBTA

March 10, 2015

Fred Salvucci, who’s now a lecturer at the MIT Center for Transportation Studies, says the MBTA’s debt should be decoupled from the rest of its budget.

400 Million Rides: MBTA Ridership Hit A Record High In 2014

March 10, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station last month. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With increased rides on the subway and the commuter rail, the MBTA had a record 400.8 million trips last year — putting the transit system in line with a nationwide trend of greater public transportation use.

MassDOT Board Weighs Refunds For T Riders

March 08, 2015
Commuters wait for buses at Dudley MBTA Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA officials have floated several ideas to compensate passengers, ranging from a week of free fares on the system to rebates for monthly pass holders.

Keolis Plans To Put More Trains Back Into Service Monday

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

The company that runs the MBTA’s commuter rail says 15 trains that have been out of service in recent weeks should be back in operation on Monday.

Commuter Rail Operator Apologizes For Poor Performance This Snowy Winter

March 05, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis, the company that runs the MBTA’s commuter rail service, took out a full page ad in The Boston Globe on Thursday to issue a mea culpa to riders for its poor performance this winter.

MBTA Bus Driver Denies Assaulting Commuter

March 05, 2015

An MBTA bus driver charged with beating and kicking a 42-year-old man who had asked him for directions has been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

MBTA Considering Options To Compensate Riders For Snow Woes

March 03, 2015

MBTA Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Davis said those options include a week of free fares, which would cost the MBTA about $6 million.

Baker Seeks Nearly $65M Hike In State Subsidies For MBTA

March 03, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to seek a nearly $65 million increase in state subsidies for the Boston area’s beleaguered public transit system.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Commuter Rail Trains Were Late Last Month

March 02, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station last month. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA officials said the poor performance warranted the maximum fine allowed under Keolis’ contract, about $434,000. Keolis is disputing the fine, citing the unprecedented snowfall.

Mass. Transportation Officials Say They Need More Information To Fix MBTA

February 27, 2015

MBTA commuter rail service is expected to operate at about three-quarters capacity Friday morning, and it is not expected to return to full capacity for another month.

Sen. Chang-Diaz On MBTA Crisis: ‘I’m Hopeful We Will Not Fail To Act On This Moment’

February 26, 2015

State lawmakers on Thursday questioned transportation officials about the massive problems that have plagued the MBTA during the recent stretch of snowstorms.

Full Commuter Rail Service By March 30, Says Apologetic Keolis

February 26, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station on Friday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The under-fire operator of the commuter rail system has issued an apology for its poor performance, but said service might not be back fully until March 30.

DePaola Speaks On Challenges He’ll Face As Interim GM Of MBTA

February 26, 2015
MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Frank DePaola, the state highway administrator, has been named the MBTA’s interim general manager, taking the post in April when the current general manager, Beverly Scott, steps down.

‘Technical Issue’ Cited For False Commuter Rail Service Alerts

February 25, 2015
In this 2015 file photo, passengers wait at a commuter rail station in Framingham. (Bill Sikes/AP)

The erroneous alert warned commuters that service “was delayed until further notice.”

Photos: Bostonians Battle Winter Woes

February 20, 2015
Pauline Sheridan, 82, navigates a small winding path through a large snow bank in front of the Silver Slipper Restaurant at the intersection of Washington St and Malcolm X Blvd. Many people in Dudley Sq. complain the roads and sidewalks around Roxbury have not been cleared properly. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This week, WBUR reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka and WBUR photographer Jesse Costa took a look at how Bostonians across the city are coping with the historic winter weather. Here are pictures from their trips to Andrew Square, Dudley Square and Maverick Square.

Gov. Baker Creates Advisory Panel To ‘Diagnose’ MBTA Woes

February 20, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, far right, turns to Stephanie Pollack, state secretary of transportation, far left, at a news conference Friday, where he named a seven-member panel of experts in transportation, economic development and municipal planning to come up with a fix for the troubled MBTA. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Baker said the panel will look at T operations, finances and governance and will have until the end of March to deliver its recommendations.

Riders Feel Disruptions On Commuter Rail’s Fairmount Line

February 20, 2015
Passengers wait at the commuter rail train station Monday in Framingham, Mass. (Bill Sikes/AP)

On the Fairmount line — which serves Boston’s Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester and Hyde Park — the disruptions have led to about 20 fewer trips per day.

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