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.
Among other measures, T officials are asking the Legislature to toughen the penalties for assaulting transit workers.
The governor in his state budget request has called for a net tax increase of $1.9 billion to pay for transportation and education improvements.
The company’s contract with the MBTA expires on June 30, but officials have indicated they will not be able to complete the procurement process for a new contract by that time.
MBTA GM Beverly Scott said Wednesday’s Green Line incident demonstrated transit workers’ pluck and the need to invest in the transit system.
In a letter obtained by The Boston Globe, officials expressed deep frustration, declaring that “this seriously troubled procurement is at a point of crisis.”
Official estimates show the state could need up to $1 billion a year in new revenue to meet highway and mass transit needs.
Beverly Scott, who began her new job Monday, talks about the job ahead.
Beverly Scott takes over the MBTA after five years at the helm of the transit system in Atlanta.
State officials say they are working with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority on the service, which would operate on weekends only.
The state plans to begin work renovating bridges and underpasses that will be a part of a project bringing the trolley through Somerville to Medford.
The MBTA subway driver fired for crashing into another trolley has worked a second public sector job for 26 years.