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MBTA Commuter Rail Fare Revenue Grows Nearly 6% Posted on Jun 15

MBTA Commuter Rail Fare Revenue Grows Nearly 6%

Fare revenue on the MBTA Commuter Rail system has grown 5.8 percent in Fiscal Year 2016 to date when compared to Fiscal Year 2015. Commuter Rail is on track for record revenue in Fiscal Year 2016, currently forecast at $215 million. The nation’s sixth busiest   …Continue Reading MBTA Commuter Rail Fare Revenue Grows Nearly 6%

Take the Focus40 Transit Priorities Survey! Posted on Jun 10

Take the Focus40 Transit Priorities Survey!

We invite you to take the Focus40 Transit Priorities Survey, which was launched at the Focus40 kickoff event on May 24. If you have not already done so, please take the survey and share your thoughts on how the MBTA should prioritize different types of   …Continue Reading Take the Focus40 Transit Priorities Survey!

South Station Expansion Community Meetings Posted on Jun 6

South Station Expansion Community Meetings

MassDOT’s South Station Expansion Project team will submit a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the project early this summer.  As part of the process, two community meetings are scheduled in neighborhoods near proposed midday layover facilities as follows: Tuesday, June 7, 6pm, Boston Police   …Continue Reading South Station Expansion Community Meetings

Massachusetts State Rail Plan Update Public Meeting Set Posted on Jun 3

Massachusetts State Rail Plan Update Public Meeting Set

MassDOT is holding a public meeting to discuss efforts to update the State Rail Plan. The meeting is scheduled as follows: Tuesday, June 14, 4-6pm,  Union Station, 2 Washington Square, 2nd Floor, Worcester The meeting will include an overview of the update process, summary of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts State Rail Plan Update Public Meeting Set

Longfellow Bridge Spring 2016 Progress Posted on Jun 1

Longfellow Bridge Spring 2016 Progress

MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Project continues to show progress in Spring 2016.  Structural steel beams are now set to support the future concrete decking and inbound MBTA Red Line tracks at Span 1 on the Boston end of the bridge. In late July 2016, contractors expect   …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge Spring 2016 Progress

MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Milestone Reached Posted on May 19

MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Milestone Reached

MassDOT’s Complete Streets Funding Program has reached a milestone, with 100 municipalities registered to participate! The Complete Streets Funding Program launched on February 1, 2016. In addition to reaching the 100 participant milestone, 46 municipalities have passed Complete Streets Policies, a primary requirement to be   …Continue Reading MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Milestone Reached

MBTA Acts to Reduce Environmental Impact, Prepare for Climate Change Posted on May 17

MBTA Acts to Reduce Environmental Impact, Prepare for Climate Change

The MBTA’s environmental planning effort has reduced energy and water usage, and made the T a leader in the use of alternative energy and efforts to reduce environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency. An update on the policy was presented before the MBTA Fiscal &   …Continue Reading MBTA Acts to Reduce Environmental Impact, Prepare for Climate Change

MBTA: Overtime, Absenteeism Rates Continue Decline Posted on May 16

MBTA: Overtime, Absenteeism Rates Continue Decline

The MBTA continues to drive down overtime costs. Daily operating overtime expense for the first four months of 2016 was down nearly 45 percent compared to the same period last year, and rates of absenteeism and dropped trips have also seen significant declines, according to   …Continue Reading MBTA: Overtime, Absenteeism Rates Continue Decline

Focus40 Kickoff: A Night to Focus on the T’s Future Posted on May 13

Focus40 Kickoff: A Night to Focus on the T’s Future

What will Greater Boston look like in the year 2040? How will climate change, new technologies, demographic trends and new mobility choices shape our transportation system? Join Secretary Of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jay Ash and an interactive panel on   …Continue Reading Focus40 Kickoff: A Night to Focus on the T’s Future

“Like New” Commuter Rail Engine With MassDOT Logo Joins Fleet Posted on May 11

“Like New” Commuter Rail Engine With MassDOT Logo Joins Fleet

Say hello to this “like new” addition to the MBTA Commuter Rail fleet, the first locomotive in MassDOT colors and logo! The 29 year old locomotive has been overhauled with a brand new engine, its major components rebuilt following engine failure in 2014. While a   …Continue Reading “Like New” Commuter Rail Engine With MassDOT Logo Joins Fleet