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Theoharides stirs outrage with Pike stance

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Stephanie Pollack got a big assist from one of her colleagues in Gov. Charlie Baker’s cabinet on Monday in making the case for a status quo solution to the rebuild of a deteriorating elevated section of the Massachusetts Turnpike on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Boston University and the Charles River. […]

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Pollack outlines yet another ‘throat’ option

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK on Monday proposed a modified rebuild of the existing Massachusetts Turnpike and other transportation infrastructure in the narrow 204-foot space between Boston University and the Charles River as a way of avoiding any incursion into the Charles River and speeding up construction of a new I-90 Allston interchange. Pollack’s proposal calls […]

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Avoiding a return to carmageddon

AS WE BEGIN THE JOURNEY to the “new normal,” post-COVID work environment, there is the strong likelihood that traffic congestion will be worse than before. With COVID leaving many with lingering doubts about the safety and health risks associated with public anything, including public transportation, many will turn to the private automobile as their transport […]

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T notes: Riders returning slowly to buses, subways

RIDERS ARE SLOWLY RETURNING to the MBTA’s buses and subways, and the transit authority is preparing to add more service starting next weekend to allow social distancing at the higher passenger levels. Steve Poftak, the T’s general manager, said bus passenger levels have risen 15 percent each week since the middle of May and subway […]

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MBTA approves 4-year Keolis extension

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Stephanie Pollack vowed in early 2017 that the MBTA’s $2.6 billion contract with Keolis Commuter Services would not be renewed when it expires in 2022, but on Monday the T oversight board unanimously approved a four-year extension along with some tweaks to the remaining two years on the existing deal. The contract extension […]