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Old June 5th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #201
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Passengers taking Silver Line buses from Logan Airport will ride for free starting Wednesday, a move that also means free transfers to the subway system at South Station and appears to make Logan the first major airport to provide free public transportation for travelers heading downtown.

The Massachusetts Port Authority will underwrite the roughly $100,000 a month needed to subsidize the 90-day pilot project, part of an effort to promote public transportation that includes the recent installation of countdown clocks to demystify Silver Line arrivals.

Neither the American Public Transportation Association nor Airports Council International knew of another US airport that provides free transit for air travelers heading to a downtown spokeswomen for the organizations, which represent transit agencies and airport operators, said Monday.

A 2010 survey found that 70 percent of travelers to Logan arrived in their own cars, drove rental cars, or were dropped off by car or taxi, with the rest coming by bus, van, subway, ferry, charter, or courtesy shuttle, according to the Port Authority, which wants to shave the percentage to 65.

The Silver Line debuted between South Station, the Seaport, and Logan seven years ago. It takes 15 minutes or less, depending on the time of day, to go from South Station to Terminal A and from Terminal E again to South Station - and nearly as long in between terminals.

In its first months, it attracted roughly 1,000 departing travelers a day at Logan, a figure that has tripled, though Silver Line ridership is equal only to about half of Blue Line subway ridership from Airport Station, which requires a free connecting bus to reach the terminals. Familiarity with that free shuttle is one more reason some are surprised by the request to pay when boarding the Silver Line.

Massachusetts Port Authority currently keeps about three-quarters of airport Silver Line fares under an agreement in which it paid for the buses, while the T paid to construct the tunnels. Forgoing those fares and making up the difference to the MBTA for 90 days will cost Massport roughly $300,000, depending on ridership. (The figure is less than the number of travelers multiplied by the fare, because some carry unlimited monthly MBTA passes).

In considering whether to extend the pilot beyond August, officials will evaluate its effect on the Silver Line’s popularity and speed between the terminals.
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Old June 5th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #202
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A 2010 survey found that 70 percent of travelers to Logan arrived in their own cars, drove rental cars, or were dropped off by car or taxi, with the rest coming by bus, van, subway, ferry, charter, or courtesy shuttle, according to the Port Authority, which wants to shave the percentage to 65.
Why are they citing this statistic? This would only be relevant if they were to make the Silver Line free airport-bound. There will still be a fare in that direction.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #203
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Seems like a money loss. Add to that, the fact that the T has to pay Massport to be able to run the Silver Line to Logan Airport in the first place.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #204
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Seems like a money loss. Add to that, the fact that the T has to pay Massport to be able to run the Silver Line to Logan Airport in the first place.
While technically true, the T comes out ahead.
Each year, MBTA pays Massport all revenue received from pax boarding SL at BOS (~$1.1 mil) and Massport pays for the operation and maintenance of 8 trolleybuses ($2 mil). So the T comes out ahead.

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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #205
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Old June 20th, 2012, 06:12 AM   #206
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Looks like the State bailout of the T passed. It will now move on the the Senate. This bailout has been long in the work. I support it, because Massachusetts is legally obligated to fund transit anyway (despite weaseling their way out of doing so for the past few years).

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BOSTON—The state Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal to replace the MBTA's governing board with a new five-member control board that would oversee the finances of the ailing transit system for at least the next three years.

The plan, offered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as an amendment to a bailout bill for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, was defeated on a voice vote. The Senate later approved the bailout on a 26-9 vote.
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 03:49 AM   #207
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Mbta bus system stinks for the northshore. There should be something like the silver line
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 03:56 AM   #208
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Mbta bus system stinks for the northshore. There should be something like the silver line
Talk about lowered expectations. But then again, we are talking about the T here.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 04:19 AM   #209
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are any plan to development the green linse ? because is very busy and the green line train are small

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Old July 6th, 2012, 04:24 AM   #210
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I've just hit Boston today, and rode on the green also... they should rebuild it into real metro line and not just the tram line...
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I've just hit Boston today, and rode on the green also... they should rebuild it into real metro line and not just the tram line...
Can't , that would cost a billion or more...what they should do and are not doing for some reason is upgrading the line , replacing the signals and smaller trams with larger trams...
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Old July 6th, 2012, 06:44 AM   #212
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are any plan to development the green linse ? because is very busy and the green line train are small
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If you wish to call the half-assed extension being opened in 2020 (at the earliest ) development. Then yes, the Green Line has plans for 'development'.

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I've just hit Boston today, and rode on the green also... they should rebuild it into real metro line and not just the tram line...
They should have done that in the 1930s. But the T is not an agency that turns shoulds into wills (or even maybe-we'll-look-into-its).

Though things may change with the recently-introduced fare hike.

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But the T is not an agency that turns shoulds into wills (or even maybe-we'll-look-into-its).

Though things may change with the recently-introduced fare hike.
Really? Are they thinking of diverting operating funds into the capital budget?
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Old July 6th, 2012, 04:46 PM   #214
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Really? Are they thinking of diverting operating funds into the capital budget?
I was being sarcastic.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 12:54 AM   #215
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Rail replacement on the Green Line B Branch in the Allston district (from MBTA flickr account)

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MBTA ridership hits new record, toping 400 million rides in 2012
07/31/2012 11:08 AM

By Melissa M. Werthmann, Globe Correspondent

Ridership topped 400 million rides in the 2012 fiscal year for the first time in the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s history.

The announcement comes in the wake of MBTA fare hikes that took place July 1.

Average weekday ridership grew by 5.7 percent and averaged more than 1.3 million passenger trips per weekday for the the entire fiscal year, MBTA spokesman Joseph Pesaturo said in a statement.

Ridership on all MBTA modes increased: Buses by 5.9 percent, subway lines by 5.2 percent, and trolleys by 8 percent, Pesaturo said.

He said that the total annual ridership — single one-way trips — for the 2012 fiscal year was 400,185,000.

Average weekday ridership for June was 1.5 percent greater than during June of last year, marking the 17th consecutive month of ridership growth, Pesaturo said.

MBTA general manager Jonathan Davis attributed the figures to “the state’s continued economic growth, lower unemployment rates, the availability of real-time information for bus and train customers, and an overall improvement in MBTA service reliability.”

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at [email protected].
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July 31, 2012 12:16 PM

The MBTA expects to increase the number of weekday train trips between Boston and Worcester this fall, soon after the state closes on a $50 million deal with railroad company CSX Corp. to buy 21 miles of commuter rail track along the Framingham-Worcester line, officials said.

A total of seven weekday roundtrips are set to be added to the current 13 trips made between Boston and Worcester, according to T spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

Three of the new trips are expected to launch soon after the final deed transfer from the deal with CSX is made, he said. The transfer, expected to happen in October, will grant ownership of the tracks to the state’s transportation department and control to the MBTA.

Within a few months after the transfer, at least two more trips will be added, including one that would run on an “express” scheduled to and from Worcester, Pesaturo said.

The remaining trips are expected to roll out sometime in 2013, after the T receives new bi-level coaches that are currently being manufactured, he said.

The plan to reach a total of 20 round trips between Massachusetts’ two largest cities will double the number the T offered just before the state reached an agreement with CSX in September 2009 to buy the tracks for $50 million, one part of a larger deal.

The agreement calls for CSX operations at Beacon Park rail yard in Allston to be relocated to expanded facilities in Westborough and Worcester.

CSX spokesman Robert Sullivan said company operations are expected to begin moving from the Allston site in the fall.

The 80-acre rail yard next to the Massachusetts Turnpike will then come under the control of Harvard University, which has no immediate plans to develop the property, according to university spokeswoman Lauren Marshall.

“Several steps need to be taken before easements would be removed and development could be considered – including the restructuring of CSX functions in the area and environmental assessments of the property,” she said in an e-mail.

In the 2009 agreement with CSX, the state agreed to pay another $50 million to buy: a secondary line that runs from Allston, through Cambridge and into East Boston; other tracks and the West First Street Yard in South Boston; and the New Bedford-Fall River line as part of the South Coast Rail project, which Pesaturo said is undergoing environmental review.

And the state and CSX agreed to spend $79 million to raise bridges and lower tracks between Interstate 495 and the New York State line to allow for double-stacked cargo trains.

That project is due for completion by the end of September, Pesaturo said.

“The original schedule identified several years ago was for the beginning of September,” he said in an e-mail. “This is a truly remarkable undertaking considering the dozens of bridges that needed to be addressed.”

When the state reached the agreement with CSX three years ago, the Framingham-Worcester line was considered among the least reliable in the commuter rail network because CSX operated the route primarily for its freight trains.

But, since the agreement was signed, improvements to passenger service have been made, including the addition three additional train trips between Boston and Worcester.

“The Worcester line has improved considerably over the past couple of years and is performing much better,” Pesaturo said.

Once the state and T assume full control over the tracks, more upgrades will be made and commuter rail schedules will be revamped, he said. The state will be able to more efficiently plan when to run freight trains and when to run passenger trains on the line.

“The deal between MassDOT and CSX is vital to increasing train service for Central and Metrowest residents who can access the Framingham-Worcester line,” Pesaturo said.

He said the focus so far has been on increasing weekday service along that commuter rail line, but that officials plan to explore ways to increase weekend service, too.

The Worcester-Framingham line currently ends at South Station.

Through the deal with CSX, the T will gain the ability to reroute Boston-bound trains to North Station, but Pesaturo said there are no plans to do that.

He said a service study the completed last year showed greater demand for service to South Station. The T plans to periodically reevaluate the level of demand for service to North Station.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at [email protected].
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