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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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MBTA ridership rebounds, somewhat, from pandemic
A report released Friday by CommercialCafe, a commercial real estate blog, found that, in August, the number of people searching for directions on public transit in Boston was up 30% compared to before the start of the pandemic in January 2020.
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Report: MBTA faces fiscal cliff
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Report: MBTA faces fiscal cliff
A report released Sept. 16 outlines a grim future for the funding of the MBTA. Local transit advocates say they are not surprised but suggest this signals a moment for needed change.
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Janey rolls out free 28 bus pilot program
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Janey rolls out free 28 bus pilot program
Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced a pilot program Monday waiving fares on the 28 bus, which travels between Mattapan Square and Ruggles Street.
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Activists push for a regional approach to rail
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Activists push for a regional approach to rail
Regional rail has changed drastically over the last year, but its fares have not. Transit Matters, a Boston-based public transit advocacy group, introduced a Regional Rail Transformation Vision in 2019 that creates an opportunity for lower fares.
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A wish list for MBTA service improvements
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A wish list for MBTA service improvements
President Biden announced his $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a financially ambitious offering that targets transit among other sectors. Biden wants to bring $85 billion to existing public transit, which could provide opportunities for expansion and improvement of the T, the commuter rail and the bus system.
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Transit group presses MBTA to reverse cuts
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Transit group presses MBTA to reverse cuts
Acting Mayor Kim Janey joined a coalition of transit activists in calling on the MBTA board to reverse service cuts on train and bus routes they say are hampering the ability of workers to get to and from their jobs and slowing the region’s path to economic recovery.
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Gov’s MBTA cuts draw fire from elected officials
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Gov’s MBTA cuts draw fire from elected officials
Given that the MBTA is set to receive $250 million in federal aid from the new stimulus package, many are questioning if cuts are still necessary.
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Walsh, transit activists blast MBTA service cuts
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Walsh, transit activists blast MBTA service cuts
Mayor Martin Walsh and a group of transit activists held a press conference in front of government center Monday to denounce the MBTA’s proposed service cuts. Shortly after, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak announced at a board meeting his recommendation to defer the conversation on service reduction to a later meeting.
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Transit activists protest MBTA service cuts
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Transit activists protest MBTA service cuts
After losing the majority of its riders during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MBTA announced Nov. 9 extensive cuts to service on the T, commuter rail, ferry and buses. Starting January 2021 and continuing through the summer, they will roll back service times and specific lines, prioritizing what they call “essential lines” for communities that rely on public transportation.
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State begins construction on Columbus Ave. bus lane.
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State begins construction on Columbus Ave. bus lane.
The city broke ground on Columbus Avenue this week in a project that puts bus lanes in the center of the street and limits the amount of vehicular traffic. Though Boston is also working on several bike corridor projects, this one will not include bike lanes, and will remove some of the on-street parking.
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