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MBTA Chief Beverly Scott

A commuter train passes crossing gates as it leaves the MBTA station in Andover, Mass. (AP)

A commuter train passes crossing gates as it leaves the MBTA station in Andover, Mass. (AP)

We’ll talk with MBTA General Manager and CEO Beverly Scott about the city’s mass transit system, the new contract for commuter rail and the future of the T.

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Beverly Scott, MBTA general manager and chief executive officer.

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Boston Magazine “During their first meeting of the year—and after roughly two hours of public testimony that teetered on the line of general support, and blatant contempt—the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to award a contract to French company Keolis, allowing them to take over operations of the MBTA’s Commuter Rail system.”

Boston Globe “The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of directors backed her up, awarding a nearly $3 billion contract to an outsider challenging a hometown favorite. That happens rarely in Massachusetts, and it’s probably no coincidence that it happened under the leadership of another outsider like Scott. She’s the first African-American woman to head the T and a newcomer to the Bay State political stage.”


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  • J__o__h__n

    What is being done to address the impact of the increased ridership on the Silver line due to development? From 4:45 to after 5:00 full bus after full bus passes by Court House station. It is especially bad during inclement weather.

    • J__o__h__n

      This question should have been asked. It concerns the transportation needs of a rapidly growing section of the city that the T is not keeping up with. Instead we got a question about no pants day.

  • J__o__h__n

    The subway used to have clear concise announcements. Now instead of the automated announcements, the drivers make overly long announcements containing more info than daily commuters need. They don’t during off peak hours. They are often indiscernible. Non-automated announcements are a step backwards.

  • J__o__h__n

    It is good news that the Green line is going to replace cars. While they need to be handicapped accessible, I hope that they aren’t poorly designed with internal stairs and fewer seats like the last new cars. They are difficult to ride in while standing.

  • Dorian

    What’s the status of relocating the temporary Arborway Busyard? Can it be relocated to American Legion? This is valuable land sitting right next to a major transit hub which could be developed.

    Is there any serious consideration being given to extending the orange line one stop into Roslindale? There is an existing ROW for a spur, 5 of the 9 bus lines that run through the square could possibly terminate there – thus reducing load on the congested Forest Hills and drastically reducing time for many users during rush hour (all modes – along washington street and those who pass through the Forest hills area), and it would have a tremendous economic benefit for the neighborhood. I think this was a missed opportunity with the recent casey arborway project and it seems to be completely missing from the 5 year capital plan.

    • jenuphoto

      i second the first part. a JP resident has made a proposal that describes in depth
      how the arborway yard could move to American legion highway with huge $
      savings for the MBTA: http://bit.ly/1cfnCmX
      Ms. Scott, please take a
      look at this.

  • I use the T

    11:20 am Today, Jan 13: Very loud argument in the Harvard Sq station, outside the turnstiles. The “N” word could be heard several times, with expletives, also the word knife.

    In the Fall, I saw several mice in the Harvard Sq bus tunnel.

    What is being done about vehicles parked illegally, and hazardously, in T bus stops? This is a contestant problem on the #72, #75 routes.

  • I use the T

    Very heated argument today at 11:20 am. The N word heard several times with expletives, also the word knife. Harvard Sq downstairs plaza outside the turnstiles.

    What is being done about illegal and hazardous parking in T bus stops? This is a constant problem on the #72 Huron bus in Cambridge. Illegal parkers are not the least bit deterred, suggest increasing ticketing.

    Saw several mice in Harvard Sq bus tunnel last Fall.

  • jenuphoto

    how about asking future developers in the very hot seaport district to contribute funds to a real extension of the T into that difficult-to-access-without-a-car area (instead of the very disjointed and inefficient fake ‘Silverline’ bus?

  • J__o__h__n

    If the MBTA can’t provide adequate current service, what business does it have expanding? Community job junkets to Colorado and new projects are of less interest to riders.

  • J__o__h__n

    So the one improvement that the T plans to do is to charge people more during commuting hours? We need to encourage people to take the T instead of driving, not gauge them.

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