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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

MassDOT, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Boards Advance Green Line Extension Project Posted on May 10

MassDOT, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Boards Advance Green Line Extension Project

The MassDOT Board and MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board have approved a motion which advances the Green Line Extension Project and seeks FTA review and approval. Please check the Board Agendas and Reports online and review the full Green Line Extension Redesign Report which   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Boards Advance Green Line Extension Project

Ashland: Governor Baker Reviews MBTA Infrastructure Investments Progress Posted on Apr 28

Ashland: Governor Baker Reviews MBTA Infrastructure Investments Progress

Governor Charlie Baker today visited a Keolis work site in Ashland to review the progress on infrastructure upgrades the MBTA is making as part of a larger effort the MBTA, its Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) and leadership are making to improve service, access,   …Continue Reading Ashland: Governor Baker Reviews MBTA Infrastructure Investments Progress

MBTA: Worcester-Boston Nonstop Service Begins May 23 Posted on Apr 27

MBTA: Worcester-Boston Nonstop Service Begins May 23

For the first time ever, the MBTA will offer nonstop service between Worcester and Boston in less than an hour. The HeartToHub will operate twice daily—morning and evening—every weekday starting May 23, 2016. The added service to the Framingham/Worcester Line will depart Union Station at   …Continue Reading MBTA: Worcester-Boston Nonstop Service Begins May 23

MBTA Commuter Rail: Keolis Proposes New Fare Collection System to Reduce Fare Evasion Posted on Apr 27

MBTA Commuter Rail: Keolis Proposes New Fare Collection System to Reduce Fare Evasion

During this week’s MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, Keolis presented a new proposal for fare collection that would dramatically reduce fare evasion on the MBTA Commuter Rail system while increasing revenue by up to $24 million annually. Under the Keolis proposal, the MBTA fare   …Continue Reading MBTA Commuter Rail: Keolis Proposes New Fare Collection System to Reduce Fare Evasion

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Begin Monday Posted on Apr 22

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Begin Monday

MassDOT public meetings throughout the state to solicit input on the draft five-year, multi-billion dollar Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for long-term highway, aeronautics, rail and transit investments begin Monday, April 25, in Fitchburg. The meetings are scheduled through the month of May. This program makes   …Continue Reading MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Begin Monday

Arsenal Street Corridor Study Posted on Apr 20

Arsenal Street Corridor Study

MassDOT is working with Watertown officials, residents and business owners to study ways to improve travel through the Arsenal Street Corridor. Arsenal Street directly connects Watertown with neighboring communities, including Waltham, Cambridge, Newton and Boston. Recent developments have converted vacant and industrial parcels on Arsenal   …Continue Reading Arsenal Street Corridor Study

MBTA: New Commuter Rail Schedules Begin May 23 Posted on Apr 19

MBTA: New Commuter Rail Schedules Begin May 23

Following a robust public comment period, the MBTA has released new commuter rail schedules that will take effect on May 23. The changes are designed to improve performance and allow for greater schedule reliability. The changes will improve passengers’ experience through consistent arrival and departure   …Continue Reading MBTA: New Commuter Rail Schedules Begin May 23