Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The new system will provide more detailed service alert information via text and email.
The MBTA is rolling out an entirely new alerts system next month which includes changes from the details provided in alert messages to a visual website enhancement. Through the new system, which goes into effect June 4, users can opt to receive email or text alerts for a late bus or train or a service interruption, much like the old system. However, the new alerts “will be clearer and more detailed with additional information regarding specific trip times, service schedule changes, and distinct directional, branch and station communications,” according to anMBTA press statement released Thursday. MBTA Deputy Press Secretary Kelly Smith further explained the new system in an email to Patch: "It’s built around a core of GTFS data. GTFS, or …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Without additional funding, MBTA officials are forced to make difficult choices.
MBTA riders could see fares go up in the not-so-distant future if legislators don’t accept Gov. Deval Patrick’s ambitious funding plan. T General Manager Beverley Scott said Tuesday the T will likely hold off on spending $45 million for preventative maintenance and hike fairs to close a projected budget gap of $117 million, factoring in increased ridership and advertising this year, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Director of Strategic Initiatives for the MBTA Charles Planck said at a March 5 MBTA finance committee meeting that fare increases could go up 33 percent under the proposal, which means subway fares would move up from $2 to $2.60. Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey testified before the…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The following was submitted by the MBTA.
Saturday, January 26
Beginning, Friday, Feb. 8, at 12:10 a.m. (early Saturday morning), rehabilitation work begins on the Shawsheen River Bridges in Andover. This necessary work will require bussing of Outbound passengers between Reading and Haverhill and of Inbound passengers between Haverhill and Reading on a number of non-peak hour trains through Wednesday, Feb. 13. Weekday Track Outage Schedule, Monday, February 11th-Wednesday, February 13th Customers using service between Reading and Boston are not affected by this outage. Inbound - Passengers will be bussed on from Haverhill, Bradford, Lawrence, Andover, Ballardvale and North Wilmington directly to North Station: Train 214 (Depart Haverhill 9:05 a.m.) Train 218 (Depart Haverhill 10:00 a.m.) Train 220 (…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Three state senators want to create a control board for the MBTA.
Three state senators want the authority of the MBTA to rest in a control board made up mostly of individuals who do not live within the transit system's reach. State Senators Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, Gale Candaras, D-Wilbraham and James Welch, D-West Springfield, want to amend legislation aimed at resolving the T's financing woes to include a control board, according to a joint press release. The board would consist of the Secretary of Transportation, the Chairman of the MBTA's Board, and three individuals who do not reside within the MBTA service area appointed by the state's finance secretary, the release said. The board would have all the authority of the MBTA's board and advisory board, and would have the ability to amend budgets, …
Friday, February 17, 2012
The MBTA is proposing three scenarios that would result in higher fare prices and/or reduced service.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's recently-proposed cuts to service and increase in fare prices have created a bit of stir in the last few weeks. Due to the its $161 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2013, the MBTA has proposed two scenarios to help deal with the debt, both of which include elimination of several bus routes, all ferries, and commuter rail service after 10 p.m. and on weekends. The first scenario would comprise an increase in fares by 43 percent, while the second would include an increase in fares by 35 percent, but with drastic cuts to bus service. But the MBTA is now weighing a third option that would involve no service cuts, and fare increase would be less than with the MBTA's two current proposals…