MBTA calls its service-reduction plan “Forging Ahead,” which “Reduces service frequency, Preserves more access and hours of operation, and Avoids some service changes that would have required customers switch modes.”

MBTA Board Softens Blow, But Service Cuts Still Coming

Transit riders throughout the country are facing severe service cuts, as ridership and revenue remain low, and state and local governments face severe financial woes. Earlier this month, Railway Age reported that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, known locally as the “T”) announced a lengthy litany of services to be slashed. The Fiscal & Management Control Board (FMCB), which is acting as the Board for the Boston agency these days, has now finalized and approved the cuts by a 3-2 vote.

MBTA South Coast Rail Project Advances

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has announced the lowest bidder for a $403 million contract for work on the Middleborough Secondary & New Bedford Main Line (MS/NBML) section of its South Coast Rail project. South Coast Rail Constructors, a consortium of Littleton, Mass.-based Middlesex Corporation and Los Angeles-based Tutor Perini, was identified by MBTA as the lowest bidder and is expected to be awarded the contract for the commuter rail extension.

Keolis Receives APTA Nod for MBTA Sustainability Work

Keolis Commuter Services, the MBTA’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, earned the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Gold Sustainability Award for its commitment to and organizational enhancements focused on environmentally friendly business practices. Keolis is the first private commuter rail operator in the United States to earn the APTA Gold Sustainability Award.

MBTA Gives Electrification Go-Ahead

The feelings were electric. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board used one unanimous vote to clear the way for electrification of the state’s commuter rail system. The move will create better service to many communities in the state, MBTA said.