MBTA unveils 23 percent fare hike; limited service cuts also proposed

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MBTA riders would pay an average of 23 percent more and most service cuts would be spared under a budget-balancing plan that will be announced this morning by the T, the state’s top transportation official said in an interview. The changes, to take effect July 1, are significantly less severe than the two proposals unveiled by the T in January …

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Amtrak’s vision for the northeast, Chafee says we must stop borrowing to pay for infrastructure, there are now more cars than people in the land of Thoreau, and more in today’s News & Notes.

News & Notes

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A Fall River to Cape Cod regional bike route, Athens, Greece a city without suburbs, RIDOT rolls the ball on charging for highway sign ads over to the General Assembly, and more in today’s News & Notes.

Robert Billington: Bringing the Blackstone Valley Bikeway to its completion

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Photo (cc) cho_kettie The following is by Robert Billington, Ed.D, President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. January 20, 2011 Let’s face it; Rhode Island’s bikeways bring lots of enjoyment to our residents. From South County to the Blackstone Valley, these paths connect our neighborhoods, improve our economy and draw visitors to explore our communities. They are safe, enjoyable and …

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Mass. Senate approves bill licensing 3 casinos [ProJo] The bill includes an ammendment allowing Fall River to develop a casino on 300 acres of land at the northern edge of the city. Here in Rhode Island, Gordon Fox is making noise about calling back the Assembly to override the Governor’s veto of a casino ballot question. Ximedica to expand HQ …

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Mass. buys more South Coast rail tracks [PBN] Gov. Patrick pledges to have rail service running between New Bedford/Fall River and Boston by 2016. The UnCaucus schedules a series of one-on-one coffees with the mayoral candidates Northeast Corridor High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Planning Eleven Northeast states from Maine to Maryland, with close support from Amtrak and the Coalition of …


In Transportation by Jef Nickerson11 Comments

Photo (cc) Daniel Case RIDOT is getting $1.2 million from the stimulus to study a third track at Kingston Station. The third track would provide a siding, allowing MBTA commuter rail trains to serve the station while highspeed Acela trains are able to move through without stopping. R.I. gets $1.2M for Kingston MBTA stop [PBN] Update: $1.2M to explore third …

Southcoast Photo Blog

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Photo from Southcoast Photo Blog I forgot how exactly I came across it, but I have been enjoying the new Southcoast Photo Blog. The blog is what it says, photos from the South Coast area of Massachusetts, New Bedford, Fall River, and environs. I don’t get to the South Coast often (ever), so it is nice to see some photos …

The Globe rides the T

In Transportation by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

The Boston Globe takes a look at the MBTA and it’s myriad array of service modes from bus to trolley to commuter rail to boat and more, and concludes that in part, this complexity contributes to high costs. As part of this report, there is a multimedia section looking at all the various modes. Reporter Noah Bierman and videographer Scott …

T to vote on RI rail link

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Photo (cc) Jim Frazier from Flickr The Globe reports that the MBTA is set to vote on service to T.F. Green and Wickford Junction. The T will pay the operating expenses for the service which will make the South Station to Warwick run in one hour and fifteen minutes. Rhode Island is spending $336 million to build the stations at …