• public transit June 23, 2022 3:31 pm

    Mass. Residents Favor Fare-Free Buses, Clean Transit, Poll Finds

    More than eight in 10 Massachusetts residents want the MBTA and the state’s regional transit authorities to offer discounted service for riders who earn the least, buoying supporters of the policy as state lawmakers weigh making another run at mandating low-income fare options. Fifty-six percent of Bay Staters surveyed in a MassINC Polling Group poll released Thursday said they strongly…

  • mbta June 16, 2022 4:38 pm

    Green Line B Branch to Close for 12 Days for Track Upgrades

    The MBTA’s Green Line B branch will close for 12 days starting Monday in order to upgrade the tracks and install new safety equipment, T officials announced Thursday. The closure starts Monday, June 20 and should end on Friday, July 1. It runs from the Kenmore station all the way out to the Boston College stop. Shuttle buses will replace…

  • mbta May 20, 2022 4:00 am

    MBTA Pulls All New Orange Line, Red Line Trains Out of Service

    The MBTA has pulled all of its new Orange Line and Red Line trains out of service once again after one of the trains had braking problems Thursday at the Wellington station in Medford, Massachusetts. MBTA officials said the issue, which disabled the train, never put riders or employees at risk and that the move was a proactive step to…

  • transportation May 16, 2022 3:39 pm

    MBTA ‘Welcomes' Federal Investigation, Report Expected by Late Summer

    A Federal Transit Administration review of the MBTA’s safety practices after several high profile incidents resulted in the death or injury of its riders is expected to be completed by late summer, officials said Monday. At Monday’s MBTA Safety, Health and Environment subcommittee meeting, members were given a brief update on the FTA’s Safety Management Inspection. MBTA Chief Safety...

  • mbta May 12, 2022 3:22 pm

    Group Details What Fed Probe of MBTA Could Mean, Including Fare Hikes, Service Cuts

    Warning that a long-term federal intervention at the MBTA could lead to fare hikes and service cuts, a transit advocacy group on Wednesday slammed the T’s board of directors for “lax oversight” and called on Beacon Hill to reimagine how Massachusetts funds the agency. The Federal Transit Administration plans to launch a nearly unprecedented safety inspection of the MBTA...

  • transportation May 10, 2022 10:07 pm

    MBTA's Safety Practices Under Federal Review After String of Injuries

    The Federal Transit Administration is reviewing the MBTA’s safety practices after several high profile incidents resulted in the death or injury of its riders. Just last week, federal investigators determined that a passenger door on a Boston subway car did not function properly when Robinson Lalin got his arm stuck in it and was dragged to his death last month....

  • mask mandate April 19, 2022 10:58 am

    Mask Mandates End for Some Public Transit in Mass.

    Masks are no longer required on planes, trains and rideshare services in Massachusetts after a federal judge in Florida struck down the mandate for methods of public transportation.

  • public transit April 5, 2022 11:35 pm

    Quincy Mayor ‘Not So Sure' on Fare-Free Buses

    Leaders in several cities and towns around the region have been placing calls to explore their own fare-free bus options since Boston officials launched a high-profile pilot program, but in Quincy, the top elected official does not share the same enthusiasm. “I think it needs more study,” Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch said Tuesday when asked if he supported Boston’s...

  • mbta March 24, 2022 5:41 pm

    The MBTA Is Making Changes to Some Fares – Here's What You Need to Know

    The MBTA on Thursday announced changes to some of its fares in an effort to improve flexibility and offer more options for reduced fare and low-income riders.

  • Boston February 9, 2022 11:37 pm

    Mayor Wu Announces 3 Free-Fare MBTA Bus Routes

    Boston Mayor Michelle Wu wants free bus service citywide. This is a step in that direction.

  • public transit May 2, 2021 7:33 pm

    Public Transit Hopes to Win Back Riders After Crushing Year

    As President Joe Biden urges more federal spending for public transportation, transit agencies decimated by COVID-19 are struggling to figure out how to win back passengers.

  • public transit December 27, 2020 4:48 pm

    Can Public Transportation Survive the Pandemic? Experts Warn of ‘Death Spiral'

    Passenger numbers on New York’s MTA and London’s Underground metro system initially crashed by around 95 percent, and have since recovered to only about one-third of last year’s levels. And while those numbers have rebounded, passenger numbers are likely to be lower in the near-to-medium term.

  • coronavirus December 10, 2020 8:03 pm

    Fears and Tension Mount for Commuters Still Heading to Work

    As the coronavirus rages across the U.S., grocery workers, health care professionals, university staffers, cleaning crews and others who don’t have the option to work from home must weigh safety against affordability when deciding how best to commute to their jobs

  • mbta November 19, 2020 5:35 pm

    MBTA Employees, Commuters Rally Against Proposed Service Cuts

    A group of MBTA employees and commuters were scheduled to hold a rolling rally outside the agency’s Boston headquarters on Thursday morning to speak out against proposed service cuts. The rally, organized by Public Transit Public Good, was in response to proposed service cuts the MBTA put forward earlier this month due to a decline in ridership and revenue...

  • mbta June 16, 2020 7:20 pm

    MBTA Sees More Riders, But Nowhere Near the Pre-Coronavirus Days

    MBTA ridership is creeping upward from record lows as Massachusetts businesses continue to open their doors to customers and their own employees, but overall public transit use remains far lighter than before the COVID-19 outbreak began. This week, T buses transported an average of 125,000 passengers per day, an increase from 90,000 per day during the shutdown’s peak, MBTA General…

  • mbta June 16, 2020 7:37 pm

    MBTA Careening Toward Another Fiscal Crisis: Report

    The MBTA faces “existential” long-term budget challenges as the pandemic’s impact on revenue exacerbates existing trends, a fiscal watchdog group warned in a new report. By fiscal year 2022, the T could have an operating budget deficit of more than $400 million, according to a new analysis released by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Spending and revenue patterns could reach the…

  • public transit April 29, 2020 12:18 pm

    Making Public Transport Safe Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

    In cities around the world, public transport systems are the key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies, yet everything from trains to buses to ferries to bicycles will have to be re-imagined for the coronavirus era. In Europe in particular, public transport is shaping up as a new front line in the battle to tame…

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