U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano called the inclusion of the project in the budget “an important step in securing the federal funding necessary” for the transit project.
Martha Coakley says the MBTA Retirement Board should be more transparent.
The five-year plan outlines how Massachusetts will spend its transportation funding through mid-2018. Critics say it fails to fund key projects like replacing MBTA buses.
MBTA workers and their unions say the transit agency’s fleet of new commuter rail cars is plagued with mechanical, engineering, and software problems.
Despite fare hikes and money from the state, the MBTA is on course for another multi-million-dollar deficit this fiscal year.
The MBTA says average weekday ridership set a record with more than 1.32 million passenger trips, a more than 4 percent jump over October 2012.
The $82.5 million project will create Silver Line stations at Eastern Avenue, Chelsea’s Box District, Downtown Chelsea, and the Mystic Mall.
MBTA officials say the raises outlined in the arbitrator’s decision would cost $62 million to $88 million, a sum that would put the transit agency in financial jeopardy.
The woman was trespassing on the tracks in a wooded area between the Prides Crossing and Montserrat stations at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when she was struck.
MBTA risks losing $275 million in federal funds for noncompliance with hiring laws.
More than one-third of the transit agency’s former employees getting pensions retired before the age of 55 and more than a thousand started collecting pensions in their 40s.
According to lawmakers, the measure would close a projected $118 million deficit facing the MBTA, heading off any need for further fare hikes or service cuts on the transit system.
On July 1, the MBTA will open two new stations in Dorchester and bring fares in line with those paid by subway passengers.
A study found the MBTA’s average bus maintenance cost of $3.76 per mile was the fourth highest out of 379 transit agencies.