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Old January 9th, 2016, 05:05 AM   #521
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Old January 26th, 2016, 09:24 PM   #522
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Countdown clocks have been installed on the Green Line.



source: http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...uFK/story.html
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Old January 26th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #523
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Construction of new MBTA entrance to Government Center station at City Hall Plaza

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Old January 30th, 2016, 04:35 PM   #524
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Interesting read about racist MBTA bus drivers...

http://milesonthembta.blogspot.com/2...s-fun-and.html
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Old January 30th, 2016, 05:29 PM   #525
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A blog is not really a reliable source of information though...

let me quote a sentence from the blog

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Old February 2nd, 2016, 06:26 PM   #526
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A renovated commuter rail station (South Acton station on the Fitchburg Line) opened over the weekend.

Here are photos from the facebook account of the local member of Congress:











https://www.facebook.com/RepTsongas/...type=3&theater
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 08:57 PM   #527
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Government Center T station to reopen March 26

http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...9sK/story.html

Boston’s shuttered Government Center transit station will reopen March 26 after undergoing renovations for nearly two years, a T official said in an interview posted online.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager Frank DePaola revealed the reopening date in an interview with the news program Comcast Newsmakers, which was posted online on Monday.

DePaola described Government Center as “a good example” of the kind of construction project the MBTA hopes to take on. He made the comments at about the 4:00 point in the video below:



Since closing for renovations in March 2014, the MBTA had said the project was scheduled for completion sometime in the spring of 2016. The project has remained on schedule throughout construction, but a specific opening date had not yet been announced.

The station provides the only direct connection between the T’s Green and Blue lines. Its closure has created a two-year-long commuting headache for people who rely on that link.

“The crews have worked extraordinarily hard to ensure that the T’s pledge to re-open the station in two years is fulfilled,” DePaola said in a statement Tuesday. “The MBTA is very excited about opening a completely rebuilt station that will be accessible to people of all abilities.”

The project will be completed on budget, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

Government Center’s $82 million renovation has focused on adding wheelchair accessibility, improving the station’s platforms and adding a new, glass aboveground entrance to the station.

“We feel that even though there was an inconvenience for having that station unavailable for that period of time, it allowed us to get the station done in a relatively short schedule where we would have been in there for several more years if we had to do it and keep access to our passengers,” DePaola told Comcast Newsmakers.

Construction crews had to replace glass panels for the new entrance in 2014 because of a sealant issue, but it did not come at the expense of the MBTA or delay the project. The construction project also made news when workers found old, bizarre, ghoulish costumes buried underground just before Halloween.
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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:14 AM   #528
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Government Center station in early February:












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Old February 14th, 2016, 09:11 AM   #529
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It took them 2 years to renovate an existing station. Whole lines are built in that time period. Once again the MBTA proves it is a disgrace.

Did anyone catch the proposals of a fare hike too? lol you can't make this up.
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It was a renovation to add elevators, escalators, and restore or replace large parts of a station that is more than 100 years old I don't know what is surprising about it taking 2 years that seems like a reasonable amount of time considering they were dealing with such an old tunnel and station and they were attempting to restore some of the historic elements that had been covered over in previous renovations such as the Scollay sign. It isn't possible to meet both the restoration/ preservation as well as the modernization overhaul objectives any quicker than they went as far as I can tell. I would actually use this as an example of a well managed project that overall had a good final product.
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Old February 14th, 2016, 10:52 PM   #531
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I disagree. Even though it is an extensive renovation, it shouldn't have taken more than 12-15 months. MBTA is notorious for working slow (ahem unions).
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Old February 15th, 2016, 01:06 AM   #532
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2 years that seems like a reasonable amount of time
In the NorthEastern US? Yes. Most anywhere else? No.

Probably the best one can hope form up here given the strength of the Union and the convoluted nature of the regulations but that doesn't mean it's REASONABLE, only that the very nature of the beast up here is unreasonable.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 11:30 PM   #533
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The MBTA keeps falling apart.

Body panels are falling off the Orange Line trains.



http://www.bostonherald.com/news/loc...e_train_panels
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There are also plans to add an early-morning outbound train from North Station arriving Fitchburg by 8am.

http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com...itchburg-train

The article doesn't mention the Wachusett extension, which is expected to go into service in fall 2016.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 03:00 AM   #535
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Old February 26th, 2016, 05:10 PM   #536
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Boston shouldn’t derail Mattapan trolley

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

BOSTON ALREADY HAS what many large cities have spent millions of dollars trying to create: a streetcar serving an otherwise transit-starved area. So there’s considerable irony that just as Washington, D.C., prepares its long-awaited streetcar for opening, and as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio proposes a new 16-mile streetcar line in Brooklyn and Queens, MBTA administrators and the T fiscal control board has raised the possibility of eliminating the Mattapan trolley. It’s not a decision that the board should make without a full consideration of the long-term lost opportunities.

The control board, charged with whipping the T’s finances into shape, put the 2.5-mile Ashmont-to-Mattapan line on the chopping block because maintaining its fleet of ancient trolleys likely costs more than replacement buses would. It’s an attractive target: T workers have to make some parts for the World War II-era trolleys by hand at their Everett shops. Only about 5,000 riders use the trolleys every day, less than the ridership on some bus lines. The control board’s job is to ask tough questions, and whether the Mattapan line has a future is certainly a conversation that needs to happen.

“There’s vehicles running on the Mattapan line that were procured in 1946,” said Steve Poftak, one of the control board members. “The notion of running them for another 15-30 years is not practical. I’m concerned that they are very expensive to run, and the MBTA needs to take a look at all its operations and figure out how it can operate sustainably and reliably. There’s a limit to the amount of subsidy we can put in.”

The T could clearly save money by ditching the trolleys, paving over the tracks, and running buses along the right-of-way instead (exactly how much money is one of the questions the control board will need to answer before making any decisions). But that may well be a short-sighted way to frame the question. Board members should give some thought to why New York, Salt Lake City, Washington, Portland, Tucson, and other US cities have commited to streetcar lines, despite what sometimes seem like unfavorable economics. What those cities have concluded is that streetcars make communities more attractive and liveable in ways that buses don’t. One need only walk down the H Street corridor in Northeast Washington, where the streetcar is due to start running on Saturday, to see how much the neighborhood has already changed.

Those new streetcar lines generally went hand-in-hand with rezoning efforts, which contributed to their success. That’s a process that’s never really been launched around the Mattapan line stations in Boston, because the line was already there. But it’s an idea worth exploring. Tim McCarthy, the city councilor who represents Mattapan Square and supports the trolley, touted the area as a possible anchor for transit-oriented development. Those development opportunities would be lost if the trolley goes.

The profits from more development wouldn’t accrue to the T’s bottom line, and a hard-nosed board might decide to ax the trolley anyway. That just underscores the need to link transit funding to development. Measures under consideration on Beacon Hill would provide a way for the T to realize some upside when its services create growth. But at least in the case of the Mattapan line, the T will feel the economic ripple effects anyway. The agency is currently trying to sell its real estate next to the Mattapan station. It’s hard to see how taking away the neighborhood’s signature transit amenity would make the T’s 2.5-acre parcel more valuable. If anything, by ending the trolley, the T could be shooting itself in the foot.

Given the age of the equipment, it was only a matter of time before the T called the question of the Mattapan line’s future. The board is only doing its job by considering its options. Now that that discussion is here, though, the goal should be to get the most out of a unique asset that the region would miss if it were gone. “Once you pull up those tracks, you’re going to regret it,” says McCarthy. Indeed, the T and the city should be recommitting to the Mattapan line, not allowing it to fade away.
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Woonsocket54, I have a little request for you. Next time, when you'll quote news, do only first two paragraphs of article. Do not quote whole article
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OK. Sounds good.
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The arrogance and incompetence of the MBTA is appaling and just reached new heights, a new anti-record!

1. Late night service will be cancelled in 2 weeks
2. Fare hike proposals of 5-10% and believe me, these bastards will get it

No words again and again
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Well, considering the beyond-desperate financial circumstances the MBTA is perpetually in, the fare hike makes sense.

At this point though, the combination of destitution and mismanagement makes me wonder if there's anything like receivership for public entities. It's really getting beyond pathetic, and is doing serious damage to the city.
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