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Category Archives: Transportation

MBTA expands ride-sharing pilot program for those with disabilities Posted on Mar 1

MBTA expands ride-sharing pilot program for those with disabilities

On Tuesday, Governor Baker and MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve celebrated the 10,000th ride of the MBTA/RIDE pilot with Uber and Lyft. They welcomed pilot user Joshua Boissoneau to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, his place of work, where he routinely uses the pilot program to get   …Continue Reading MBTA expands ride-sharing pilot program for those with disabilities

Lt. Governor Polito talks small bridges, best practices, and partnerships in Western Massachusetts Posted on Feb 22

Lt. Governor Polito talks small bridges, best practices, and partnerships in Western Massachusetts

  Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito took a trip out to Berkshire County on Thursday to meet up with local officials to discuss issues and upcoming plans for the western region of the Commonwealth. The trip included a tour of small businesses in Pittsfield, MA, the   …Continue Reading Lt. Governor Polito talks small bridges, best practices, and partnerships in Western Massachusetts

In Brief: Health Connector’s record enrollment, Justice Elspeth Cypher nominated to SJC, MBTA passes snow test Posted on Feb 10

In Brief: Health Connector's record enrollment, Justice Elspeth Cypher nominated to SJC, MBTA passes snow test

Governor Baker marks Health Connector’s record enrollment and strong customer service On Monday, Governor Baker visited the Health Connector team as they announced the results of The Connector’s recent Open Enrollment period that ended last week. The Connector successfully managed the highest enrollment totals of the   …Continue Reading In Brief: Health Connector’s record enrollment, Justice Elspeth Cypher nominated to SJC, MBTA passes snow test

Governor Baker, MBTA launch innovative program to enlist Uber, Lyft to better serve paratransit customers Posted on Sep 16

Governor Baker, MBTA launch innovative program to enlist Uber, Lyft to better serve paratransit customers

On the campus of the Perkins School for the Blind, Governor Baker, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA managers launched a first-of-its-kind innovative pilot program with ride-share companies Uber and Lyft to save costs and deliver more options for on-demand service to customers of the   …Continue Reading Governor Baker, MBTA launch innovative program to enlist Uber, Lyft to better serve paratransit customers

Governor Baker takes inventory on the reforms, progress and future of the MBTA Posted on Jul 25

Governor Baker takes inventory on the reforms, progress and future of the MBTA

It’s been a year since Governor Baker acted, with the support of the Legislature, to create the Fiscal and Management Control Board for the MBTA following the system meltdown during the snowstorms of February 2015. During remarks to members of the media, Governor Baker summed   …Continue Reading Governor Baker takes inventory on the reforms, progress and future of the MBTA

Governor Baker authorizes $200 million for roadway construction projects Posted on Apr 15

Governor Baker authorizes $200 million for roadway construction projects

On Thursday, April 14, Governor Charlie Baker authorized $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities across the Commonwealth as construction season approaches. These projects will include roadway improvements as well as bridge projects and landscaping. “Fulfilling the state’s commitment to support municipalities and   …Continue Reading Governor Baker authorizes $200 million for roadway construction projects

Prepping the MBTA for Next Winter Posted on Sep 24

Prepping the MBTA for Next Winter

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Governor Charlie Baker, MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola and Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve visited an MBTA staging facility in Dorchester to review and discuss the progress of ongoing winter resiliency efforts. The team discussed among other topics the implementation of new   …Continue Reading Prepping the MBTA for Next Winter

Reforming the MBTA, Planning for Next Winter Posted on Jun 5

Reforming the MBTA, Planning for Next Winter

The unrelenting snow of this past winter revealed significant problems in our public transportation system, and our legislation “An Act for a Reliable, Sustainable MBTA” includes several reforms to address more overarching issues that have left Massachusetts without the world-class public transportation system it deserves.   …Continue Reading Reforming the MBTA, Planning for Next Winter

Giving the People a Reliable and Affordable MBTA Posted on May 12

Giving the People a Reliable and Affordable MBTA

The MBTA is a major part of our circulatory system. It pumps life throughout our neighborhoods, our cities, and our towns. It carries us back and forth to work, to school, to the hospital, to our parks, to our restaurants and theaters, to our main   …Continue Reading Giving the People a Reliable and Affordable MBTA