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.

Gov. Baker Unveils Legislation To Overhaul MBTA

April 22, 2015
A Green Line train runs along Commonwealth Avenue in late January to clear the tracks of snow. The MBTA's struggles this winter led to a proposed overhaul of the transit system. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The bill would create a fiscal control board to oversee MBTA operations and finances for the next three years.

Embattled State Transportation Board Members Agree To Resign

April 21, 2015
People wait to board a Red Line train at Porter Square MBTA station in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Gov. Baker asked the board to resign following the recommendation of a special advisory panel created to assess problems at the MBTA.

MBTA Planning To Drop Fares On Friday As A Goodwill Gesture

April 19, 2015

The free fares apply to all modes of transportation including trolleys, buses and commuter rail trains.

Spokesman: Transportation Board Members Will Likely Honor Baker’s Request They Resign

April 16, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker asked all board members except his transportation secretary to step aside, following a report that blasted the MBTA’s management.

WBUR Poll: Olympics Support Ticks Up, Halting Slide

April 16, 2015
John Fish, left, chairman of Boston 2024, answers a councilor's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Council on the city's bid to be awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, on March 6. Boston 2024's CEO Richard Davey, center, and chief architect David Manfredi look on. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Forty percent of registered voters in the Boston area support hosting the Olympics in 2024. That number is up from 36 percent support in March.

Gov. Baker Asks Transportation Board To Resign

April 15, 2015

A task force convened by Baker to review the MBTA’s operations called for the transportation board to be replaced by a five-member fiscal control board.

MBTA Scaling Back Late-Night Service

April 15, 2015

Late night weekend service will now run until 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 a.m., and five late-night bus routes will be eliminated.

4 Lingering Questions After Scathing MBTA Report

April 10, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives in early March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A scathing report on the MBTA, released Wednesday, blasts the management of the beleaguered transit system and calls for widespread reforms — but there are still some lingering questions about the report’s findings.

Winterization Of MBTA Tracks Means Shuttle Buses This Summer

April 08, 2015

As T officials prepare to winterize Red and Orange line trackss, riders should expect shuttle buses along the above-ground routes this summer and fall.

Report Blasts MBTA Management, Calls For Fiscal Control Board

April 08, 2015
An out-of-service MBTA bus rolls through Somerville after several snowstorms in February. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

A panel appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker says the transit system is in “severe financial distress,” lacks a “viable maintenance plan,” and is “governed ineffectively.”

Task Force Sees ‘Excessive Absenteeism’ At MBTA

April 06, 2015

An excerpted draft of the governor’s MBTA task force report cited “excessive absenteeism” as an example of “weak” management at the transit agency.

Water Main Break Disrupts T Service In Brookline

April 04, 2015

A water main break in Brookline flooded train tracks and caused major delays on the D Branch of the Green Line Friday evening. MBTA officials said rail service was returning to normal Friday night.

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