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MBTA Says No Extra Rail Cars For This Year’s Midnight Marathon Bike Ride

March 04, 2014
Midnight marathon cyclist Chris Nolan waits by his bike before the 2013 Midnight Bike Ride begins. (Nate Goldman/WBUR)

The MBTA announced that no extra commuter rail cars will be added to accommodate the hundreds of riders trying to get from South Station to Hopkinton for 26.2 mile ride to the finish line — a service the transportation agency has provided in the past.

Obama Budget Includes Money For Green Line Extension

March 04, 2014

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.

Coakley Weighing Options If T Retirement Board Doesn’t Adopt Reforms

February 25, 2014

Martha Coakley says the MBTA Retirement Board should be more transparent.

After Delay, Government Center Station To Close In March For 2 Years

February 12, 2014
A rendering of the proposed Government Center station entrance. Construction will close the station to passengers for two years. (Courtesy of the MBTA)

The Government Center MBTA station will close for two years on March 22 for a $90 million construction project to overhaul the century-old station.

Mass. Holds Hearings On $12B Transportation Spending Plan

January 30, 2014

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.

Report: MBTA’s New Rail Cars Experiencing Problems

January 29, 2014

MBTA workers and their unions say the transit agency’s fleet of new commuter rail cars is plagued with mechanical, engineering, and software problems.

MBTA Blames $25M Deficit On Arbitrator’s Award To Union

December 04, 2013

Despite fare hikes and money from the state, the MBTA is on course for another multi-million-dollar deficit this fiscal year.

MBTA To Pilot Late-Night Weekend Service In 2014

December 03, 2013
(learydotmark/Flickr)

Starting this spring, the MBTA will operate all subway lines and 15 of its most popular bus routes until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

MBTA Ridership Hits Record High

December 02, 2013

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.

MBTA To Extend Silver Line To East Boston, Chelsea

October 30, 2013

The $82.5 million project will create Silver Line stations at Eastern Avenue, Chelsea’s Box District, Downtown Chelsea, and the Mystic Mall.

MBTA, Union Sue Over Arbitrator’s Pay Award

October 04, 2013

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.

Woman Struck, Killed By Commuter Rail Train In Beverly

October 02, 2013

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.

With $393M Contract, State Invests Heavily In Green Line Extension

September 26, 2013
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The contract will fund the construction of three new Green Line stations in Cambridge and Somerville.

MBTA Launches Safety Campaign With Rap Video

September 04, 2013
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“The Safety Bounce” encourages children who use the MBTA to get to school to be safe and courteous.

MBTA Scolded Over Hiring Discrimination Record

August 20, 2013

MBTA risks losing $275 million in federal funds for noncompliance with hiring laws.

MBTA Releases Long-Closed Pension Data

August 09, 2013

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.

Mass. Lawmakers Unveil Compromise Transportation Bill

June 26, 2013

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.

MBTA To Open 2 New Stations, Lower Fares On Fairmount Line

June 24, 2013

On July 1, the MBTA will open two new stations in Dorchester and bring fares in line with those paid by subway passengers.

Report: MBTA Bus Maintenance Costs Are Excessive

June 19, 2013

A study found the MBTA’s average bus maintenance cost of $3.76 per mile was the fourth highest out of 379 transit agencies.

Attacks On MBTA Bus Drivers Are On The Rise

June 10, 2013
Spitting is the most common type of attack on MBTA bus drivers, accounting for 40 percent of attacks. (bradlee9119/Flickr)

There have been 50 assaults this year so far. Spitting is the most frequent, accounting for 40 percent of the attacks on bus drivers.

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