Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Allege he sold Suboxone to an undercover detective.
Scot McDevitt, 22, of Lexington, was arrested earlier this week after allegedly selling Suboxone—a controlled Class B substance—to an undercover transit officer at the Quincy Center MBTA station. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday, May 21, while Transit Police were working undercover at the station, according to the Transit Police news site. In addition to the drugs McDevitt allegedly sold to the undercover officer, he was also reportedly in possession of additional Suboxone for sale and less than an ounce of marijuana, which he had stored in a cigarette box, MBTA Transit Police reported. McDevitt was expected to be arraigned on Wednesday in Quincy District court for distribution of a Class B substance and possession with intent…
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 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…
Tuesday, January 15, 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 …
Monday, December 31, 2012
The subway lines will run a modified schedule on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The MBTA has announced its New Year's Eve schedule. Some highlights include:
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Some offer complaints, kudos and ideas.
Remember the hue and cry early this year when the T proposed to cut road and rail service or raise rates for riders? Fares went up. So did ridership, across public transportation modes, according to Jonathan Davis, acting general manager and rail and transit administrator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which is part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). What do residents of the Commonwealth want in their public transportation system statewide? MassDOT, which oversees public transportation on roads, rails and tarmacs here, held a meeting at Medford's McGlynn Middle School Tuesday night, part of a series of “conversations” statewide, to hear ideas about the transportation system people want and what…
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 …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Heading into the city for the Thanksgiving holiday? If you're taking the T, make sure you check the schedule below.
The following information was provided by the MBTA. Check the MBTA website for details on different schedules and lines. Today, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Today, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Today, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Today, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Today, Nov. 21 Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 23 Check with each RIDE contractor for details on Thanksgiving service:
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The League of Women Voters First Friday Forum, scheduled for the second Friday in April due to a religious holiday, takes on transportation.
The following press release was provided by the League of Women Voters of Lexington. A variety of perspectives about transportation issues and opportunities in and around Lexington will be presented at the League of Women Voters' monthly forum which has been moved to the second Friday, April 13. What can be done about increasing traffic congestion on our streets? What are the differing transportation needs of students, their parents, seniors, commuters, and businesses? How will the proposed MBTA cuts affect bus service in Lexington and LexPress? How will the increasing price of gas affect transportation choices in the future? Panelists will include Rick Abrams of the Greenways Corridor Committee; Michelle Ciccolo of the Lexington …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The plan, effective July 1, includes a 23 percent rise in fares and a cut in service.
When the vote was heard, the room filled with the shouts of "Shame on You!" That was the initial public reaction on Thursday to the MBTA's approval of a plan that aims to boost fares 23 percent and cut service back to help rectify a $161 million deficit. MBTA board members approved the plan in a 4-1 vote, which would raise most subway fares by 30 cents, bus fares by 25 cents, and commuter rail fares by at least $1.25. The new fares are effective July 1. There's been a mix of reaction from Patch readers over the issue, even since the MBTA's first two proposals, which looked to increase fares by up to 43 percent and make drastic cuts to service on the commuter rail at night and on weekends. So, now that the new plan has been approved, what …