Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

  • mbta Jun 16

    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…

  • mbta Jun 16

    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…

  • COVID-19 May 9

    MBTA Repair Schedules Derailed by Coronavirus Pandemic

    Nearly two dozen MBTA projects, including high-profile components of a plan to speed repairs during more frequent system shutdowns, will be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While senior public transit officials say they are still exploring ways to accelerate work while ridership is at historically low levels, postponements on a significant chunk of projects range between one…

  • Governor Mar 3

    Orange Line Upgrade: New, More Spacious Cars Go Into Service

    New cars for Orange Line trains went into service Wednesday, in an expected boost for the embattled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Gov. Charlie Baker and MBTA officials held a press conference at Wellington station in Medford to launch the six new cars.

  • mbta Dec 10, 2019

    ‘Immediate Attention' Needed in MBTA's Approach to Safety, Panel Finds

    The public transportation system in metropolitan Boston needs to step up efforts to improve safety along its network of subways, buses and commuter rail trains. That’s the finding of a panel of transit experts hired in June by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s fiscal and management control board to review safety on the system after a series of subway...

  • MBTA Safety Recommendations Dec 9, 2019

    Panel Releases Recommendations to Improve MBTA Safety

    In a new report, transit experts say the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority needs to step up efforts to improve safety along its network of subways, commuter rail trains and buses.

  • Weather Dec 4, 2019

    MBTA Bus Slides, Crashes Into Chelsea Home Amid Slippery Conditions

    A bus to crashed into the brick steps of a home in Chelsea overnight, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The MBTA said the Route 111 bus was empty when it slid in the area of 13 Garfield Ave. and crashed into the front of the house. Authorities said the driver cited slippery road conditions as the cause of…

  • BOSTON Dec 2, 2019

    Here's How the Next Blast of Snow May Impact the MBTA on Tuesday

    Sunday’s night’s snowfall had only a minor impact on travel in Boston. But the next round of snow falling overnight is expected to have a far greater impact on Tuesday’s commute. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is already preparing for what could be a messy morning.

  • BOSTON Nov 16, 2019

    MBTA Red Line Weekend Closures Come Start, Part of Accelerated Improvement Plan

    Public transit commuters who depend on the MBTA Red Line may have their service disrupted on weekends for the next month as crews will shut down service from Broadway to Kendall/MIT for maintenance. The T announced weekend closings will begin Friday and end on Dec. 15, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend. Normal services will resume on Monday’s.

  • BOSTON Nov 14, 2019

    MBTA Announces Red Line Weekend Shutdowns Starting Nov. 15

    Red Line service between the Broadway and Kendall/MIT stations will be closing on weekends beginning this week, with shuttle buses replacing train service, the MBTA announced. The weekend closings will begin on Nov. 15 and end on Dec. 15, the MBTA said in a statement. Thanksgiving weekend will be the exception to this, with regular train service running from Nov....

  • injury Nov 14, 2019

    Video Shows Orange Line Construction Collision That Injured Worker

    Newly-released surveillance footage shows the moment two construction vehicles collided in an Orange Line tunnel last month in an incident that left a worker injured and caused headaches for commuters. The video released this week by the MBTA shows one vehicle sitting on the tracks when another rams it from behind, pushing it forward. Sparks fly, and a person can...

  • Kaitlin McKinley Becker Nov 10, 2019

    Communication Issue Causes Significant Delays for Commuter Rail Trains

    A communication issue with the MBTA is causing “significant delays” for Commuter Rail trains heading in and out of North Station, according to several tweets from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. At 5:40 p.m., the MBTA announced that shuttle buses were replacing Lowell line service between North Station and Lowell. At least the Fitchburg trains and Middleborough/Lakeville trains were operating...

  • Governor Nov 5, 2019

    MBTA Board Votes in Favor of Funding Better Commuter Rail Service

    The MBTA board voted Monday to back substantial investment in the Commuter Rail, calling for electrification of the system and more frequent service through the most dense corridors in a step that transportation advocates praised as historic. The Fiscal and Management Control Board unanimously voted to adopt resolutions that call for the T to develop a “Commuter Rail transformation office”...

  • Karla Rendon-Alvarez Oct 21, 2019

    Service Resumes on Orange Line After Messy Morning Commute

    Full service on the MBTA’s Orange Line has resumed after a messy morning commute. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority tweeted at 2:30 p.m. that work on the Orange Line has been completed and safely tested.

  • BOSTON Oct 21, 2019

    Pilot Program Offers MBTA Service From Foxborough to Boston

    An MBTA experiment aims to make a commute to Boston’s South Station from Foxborough easier as it rolls out a yearlong pilot program service on Monday. The first Commuter Rail train in the pilot departed from Foxborough to the Hub at 5:47 a.m. in what is the first of 20 daily weekday trips from the two Bay State destinations. Transportation...

  • Karla Rendon-Alvarez Oct 17, 2019

    ‘Severe Delays' on MBTA Commuter Rail After Powerful Storm

    MBTA Commuter Rail trains were experiencing “severe delays” after a powerful nor’easter slammed Massachusetts and other parts of New England overnight. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced most Commuter Rail lines would be delayed as crews dealt with wire issues, power outages, downed trees and flooding caused by the storm that moved in Wednesday night.

  • Massachusetts Sep 30, 2019

    Rowley Station Reopens After Police Investigate Pressure Cooker

    The MBTA’s Newburyport Line experienced delays Monday as police investigated a suspicious package at Rowley station. Authorities said the scene was clear and train service expected to resume after a bomb squad was deployed to investigate an “unattended package” on a bench Monday morning.

  • mbta Sep 16, 2019

    Red Line Train Derailment Caused by Faulty Axle: Officials

    MBTA officials said Monday that a June derailment on the Red Line was caused by a fractured axle, three months after the incident caused major delays. Officials said poor electrical connectivity between a ground brush and ground ring caused stray electrical arcing on the surface of the axle. Over time, this weakened the axle and led to the failure.

  • BOSTON Aug 29, 2019

    Grant Awarded to Upgrade Train Signaling System in Boston

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has received $41 million in federal funds to replace signaling infrastructure at Boston’s South Station so trains run on time. The Boston Globe reports the U.S. Department of Transportation funds will go toward updating Tower 1, modernizing the infrastructure and raising the computers to prevent water damage from flooding.

  • Massachusetts Aug 28, 2019

    Better Boston-Providence Rail Service Gets Governors' Endorsement

    The governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island are both behind a plan to bolster and speed up commuter rail service between Boston and Providence. The concept, while long pushed by Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, appeared to gain life Tuesday when she and Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said upgrading rail service between the capital cities was part of...

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