MBTA is ‘barely treading water’
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Public transportation is on the verge of an “existential crisis,” cities and towns that help fund the system warned, as the MBTA moves ahead with a budget plan that drains its reserves in the face of a looming deficit ..read more
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Political Notebook: Never-ending State Police problems | Transit beer summit? | Ranking Boston’s choices
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The woes of the Massachusetts State Police never seem to end, with the latest black eye coming at the high-profile murder trail of Karen Read, where a State Police investigator copped to making comments about the defendant that Gov. Maura Healey termed “disgusting ..read more
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Some MBTA board members call for more funding
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Harvard’s rail venture isn’t about transporting people; it’s about hauling dirt away that has been excavated during the construction of the university’s so-called Enterprise Research Campus ..read more
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South Coast Rail coming to New Bedford, but not with MBTA assessments
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Under state law, communities that are members of both the MBTA and a regional transportation authority can deduct their assessment by the regional transit authority from the assessment of the T. In New Bedford’s case, the city’s $1.4 million assessment by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority surpasses the MBTA assessment of $750,000, so New Bedford ..read more
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Uber, Lyft say they aren’t transportation companies, liken themselves to travel agents
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“I understand why there’s a kerfuffle because I’ve been in that position,” said Aloisi, a former transportation secretary himself under Gov. Deval Patrick. “It did remind me a little bit of me ..read more
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Political Notebook: Current and former transit chiefs on comeback trail
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The Senate budget proposes a big hike in funding for regional transit authorities, including money to eliminate fares, but a new report says the state needs to lay out clearer principles to RTA funding ..read more
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Beacon Park Yard back in operation
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Harvard’s rail venture isn’t about transporting people; it’s about hauling dirt away that has been excavated during the construction of the university’s so-called Enterprise Research Campus ..read more
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MBTA extends Keolis commuter rail contract again
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The House budget is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, but a sneak-preview released Tuesday morning suggests the chamber’s leaders want to pour $738 million into the MBTA and the regional transit authorities — $281 million from the state’s general fund and $457 million from money collected from a 4 percent surcharge on income above ..read more
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Senate budget plan makes community college free, eliminates RTA fares
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The former head of the Mass. Taxpayers Foundation told the MBTA board of directors on Thursday that a political coalition is needed to tackle the T’s problems, but the natural leader of such an effort, Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt, who stirred controversy with recent comments about ways to raise revenue, was conspicuously silent during the ..read more
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New tone for Healey transportation funding task force
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The task force met on Wednesday and several members, who asked not to be identified, indicated afterward that the group is no longer going to work on developing a transportation funding plan. Instead, they said, the group intends to focus on developing a “tool kit” that could be used by policymakers to develop a transportation ..read more
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