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MBTA may be planning more rail shutdowns
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MBTA may be planning more rail shutdowns
The MBTA is planning to double the amount of shuttle bus service in the next five years at a cost of tens of millions of dollars, with the possibility of another complete rail line shutdown in the works — and a transit advocate thinks the Red Line could be next to be taken offline.
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Connected contractor seeks to spin the T
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Connected contractor seeks to spin the T
Starting last Friday, the MBTA shut down the entire Orange Line for a month for maintenance and repair work. Riders were told two weeks in advance about the coming inconvenience; but a few months earlier, officials were ready to highlight the line along with the rest of the system as not just functional, but the best way to get around Boston for residents and commuters.
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Orange Line commuters adjust to changes
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Orange Line commuters adjust to changes
Roubbins Jamal LaMothe, who lives in Malden, knew he should practice his commute to Tufts Medical Center before Monday morning, the first weekday morning of the Orange Line’s complete 30-day shutdown. So he boarded a shuttle bus to Oak Grove Sunday night as he got back to Massachusetts from a trip to Indianapolis to catch a Colts preseason game.
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Disruptions begin with Orange Line shutdown
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Disruptions begin with Orange Line shutdown
Mayor Michelle Wu declared the shuttle bus service temporarily replacing the Orange Line mostly a victory on Monday, noting a few hiccups as the MBTA entered its 30-day shutdown of the line, during which the agency hopes to complete track work and other much-needed improvements.
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Opinion
Orange Line closure: We deserve answers
This is a giant disruption in Bostonians’ lives, and it hits in unfair ways, with Black, Brown, and immigrant Bostonians suffering the most. The T owes all of us some answers.
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Local News
MBTA spent millions with politically-connected PR firm
MBTA officials said Boathouse was tapped for a campaign to recruit bus riders and to support the agency’s “Take the T” marketing, which was designed to bring back passengers after the sharp drop in ridership brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those payments started up again after several months of high-profile crashes, derailments, malfunctions, and a death led to harsh criticism for the MBTA and Gov. Charlie Baker.
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MBTA riders need a low-income fare, not a new fee
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MBTA riders need a low-income fare, not a new fee
We need a low-income transit fare in Boston. However, new proposed changes to fare collection would lead us in the opposite direction — away from greater equity and towards a less accessible transportation system, harming the very riders that need it most.
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City to start planning for Blue Hill Ave. redesign
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City to start planning for Blue Hill Ave. redesign
Boston officials are planning to redesign a three-mile stretch of Blue Hill Avenue between Mattapan Square and Grove Hall. Planning will likely include center-running bus lanes.
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City, MBTA to expand free bus program
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City, MBTA to expand free bus program
Starting in March, riders on the 23 and 29 bus routes will be excused from paying fares as part of a two-year pilot program announced last week by Mayor Michelle Wu. The 28 bus, which is already operating fare-free, also will be part of the two-year pilot.
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Council approves expanded free bus routes
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Council approves expanded free bus routes
Multiple city bus lines will be fare-free next year as part of a pilot program by the City of Boston aimed at increasing ridership post-pandemic and creating economic opportunities for neighborhoods most impacted by the financial downturn of the last year and a half.
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Wu pushes for more fare-free bus lines
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Wu pushes for more fare-free bus lines
In her first full day in office, newly elected Mayor Michelle Wu requested the City Council appropriate $8 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to eliminate fares on three bus lines for a two-year period.
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Activists call for electric buses in Black community
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Activists call for electric buses in Black community
As organizations across the state are looking to shift practices and models to become more climate-friendly, the MBTA is planning a shift to a fully electric bus fleet. The agency proposes a fully electrified fleet by 2040, but some transit activists and state legislators say the shift should come sooner and should have a stronger focus on the communities most impacted by air pollution.
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