Saturday, April 6, 2013
Should the state forge ahead with Gov. Deval Patrick's bold plan to invest now? Or should it follow the Legislature leadership's proposal to address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives?
Massachusetts legislators this week answered Gov. Deval Patrick's ambitious plan to raise $1.9 billion for transportation and education with a $500 million plan of their own, which says the governor is asking for too much, too soon as the Bay State shakes off the effects of the Great Recession. Who's right? Should the state forge ahead in a bold plan to invest now? Or should it cautiously address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives? While Patrick's plan includes funding for both the state transportation system and increased education funding from preschool through college, House and Senate lawmakers eschew new revenue for education, focusing solely on closing the transportation budget gap over the next five years. The …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Authorities expect to be clear from the scene soon.
Commuter rail trains to and from the Acton stations are experiencing 45-60 delays due to a "police investigation," according to the MBTA Transit Police blog. According to the MBTA Police, a train on Fitchburg-South Acton line struck and killed a male tresspasser near mile marker 24 at around 3:55 p.m. Transit Police are investigating the incident. The man was described as being about 20-25 years-old and was struck by an inbound train. Specifically, trains 468 inbound and 467 outbound are delayed. First responders should be clear form the scene soon, according to an MBTA spokesman. Police in Concord confimed the incident occurred in Acton, and police in Acton deferred comment to transit officials.
Friday, March 22, 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…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Trains should resume by Monday, according to MBTA.com.
Updated 10:48 a.m. Looking to take the Green Line or the commuter rail in Newton? Well, you may want to keep shoveling out that car (or call a cab). As crews continue to dig out from the blizzard, MBTA service in Newton will remain suspended Sunday. Starting at 2 p.m., limited subway and bus service will run on the Red, Orange and Blue lines between Orient Heights and Government Center, and the Green Line between Kenmore and Lechmere, according to MBTA.com/weather. Limited bus service will also operate on the 1, 23, 28, 39, and Silver Line Washington Street only. Customers are encouraged to stay home and "use service sparingly," if possible, the website said. Commuter rail routes will remain suspended through Sunday. The MBTA weather …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan, which outlines the state’s budgetary needs over the course of the next 10 years and beyond.
With infrastructure in need of repairs and the major city transit system steeped in billions of dollars of debt, the state may need to increase revenue from car registrations, licence renewals, taxes and tolls. The Board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released its 21st Century Transportation Plan Monday, which calls for a $13 billion overall investment in state transportations systems over the next decade. The breakdown is as follows, according to a statement associated with the plan released by Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey: To raise the necessary funds these recommendations will include an increase in the gas tax, payroll tax, sales tax or income tax; a new green fee on vehicle registrations; a …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick plans to ask lawmakers to raises taxes to make up for the shortfall in Massachusetts' transportation system. What options should they consider — and what is off the table?
Would you be willing to pay more at the pump, have a tracking system on your car that taxes you by the mile, or see tolls on state highways? Those are just some of the possibilities looming as Massachusetts looks to erase the state's transportation system's deficit. The Boston Globe reported that Gov. Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to raise taxes in order to pay for a transportation system—from the MBTA to roads and bridges—that continues to operate in the red. The administration will present a specific proposal by Jan. 7. One option is raising the gas tax, a route Patrick sought in 2009 only to be rebuffed by the legislature. Patrick sought a 19-cent hike, while business groups endorsed a 25-cent increase. Ultimately, the state Senate …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The commuter rail derailment that took place in Belmont around 8:30 a.m. on the Fitchburg/South Acton line will not impact the afternoon train schedule as the disabled train will be removed from the tracks by noon.
An outbound MBTA commuter rail train derailed in Belmont around 8:24 a.m., a when the axle of one of the commuter cars failed. The Fitchburg bound train had just left the Belmont station in Belmont Center when the derailment occurred. About 30 passengers were on the train at the time, however no one was injured. The riders were safely removed from the train.
Monday, July 2, 2012
It will cost more to ride the T starting this weekend — and some routes will have decreased service.
he MBTA's fare increases began yesterday. They're being imposed — along with service cuts — to close the transit agency's $160 million budget gap. Those service cuts also begin Sunday. There are other changes, like an increase in the surcharge for getting your Commuter Rail ticket on the train (if the station where you board has ticket machines). THE RIDE will add a more expensive $5 zone starting Oct. 1. For a complete list of changes taking place on the MBTA system, visit this T link or check out the PDFs attached to this post. The cuts do not apply to services with the Lowell Regional Transit Authority's #15 bus line, which has four stops in Westford. Here's a look at the new costs:
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
This message was sent to Acton Patch by Tom Halkin, Mills & Company – On Behalf of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Managers from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (who operates the commuter rail system for the MBTA) will be available to answer rider questions/concerns tomorrow morning at the South Acton Commuter Rail station from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Information about the South Acton Train Station makeover.
The information below was provided by the Chair of the South Action Train Station Advisory Committee (SATSAC), David Martin: What’s going on with the train station? What kind of station is being put into South Acton? How did this design get chosen? Will the construction disrupt train operations? Will the changes to the line and the station affect the schedule? What about the station parking deck that was being planned? What about the station parking situation then? Is the station going to connect with the Assabet River Rail Trail? Are there other impacts? What is the current schedule for all of this?