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Enhancements for MBTA mTicketing System for Commuter Rail

The MBTA and Masabi, a leader in transit mobile ticketing and innovative fare collection, have agreed to a contract for Masabi to continue delivering mobile ticketing services across all MBTA Commuter Rail and Commuter Boat routes. The agreement will enhance the MBTA’s existing mobile-ticketing system, which is widely recognized as one of the transit industry’s most successful mobile-ticketing programs.

View the entire mTicketing System for Commuter Rail blog post.

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June 17, 2016

MBTA Commuter Rail Fare Revenue Grows Nearly 6%

Fare revenue on the MBTA Commuter Rail system has grown 5.8 percent in Fiscal Year 2016 to date when compared to Fiscal Year 2015.

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Commuter Rail is on track for record revenue in Fiscal Year 2016, currently forecast at $215 million. The nation’s sixth busiest commuter rail system has lines going as far south as Rhode Island, as far north as Newburyport, and as far west as Worcester and Fitchburg.

"We are committed to continuing to drive strong revenue growth on the Commuter Rail through enhanced fare collection efforts and use of the latest technology," said MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve.

Revenue for the month of May reached $17.8 million. Over the past 16 months, monthly Commuter Rail revenue has averaged $17.4 million.

Last year, 64 new conductors were hired to bolster fare collection efforts and reduce fare evasion. Plans to boost staffing and on-time performance were part of a service improvement agreement between the MBTA and Keolis, which was approved last year by the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board.

At the April 25th meeting of the FMCB, Keolis presented a new proposal for fare collection that it said would reduce fare evasion on the system while increasing revenue by up to $24 million annually. Under the Keolis proposal, the MBTA fare collection system would be updated to make it easier to buy tickets, but more difficult to evade fares.

MBTA Bus Operators Honored for Perfect Attendance in 2015

MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve was pleased to honor 17 bus operators who had perfect attendance in 2015.

Shortsleeve and Dolan

Among the group of 17 is operator Stephen Dolan, who has not missed a scheduled day of work in 13 years! Dolan typically operates buses on the Routes 504 and 558.

Shortsleeve delivered commendations to the operators at the MBTA Cabot bus facility in South Boston.

"It was great to meet with our hard-working bus operators today, and recognize the first of fifty-seven drivers who had perfect attendance last year," said MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve. "These dedicated professionals demonstrate their commitment to public service on a daily basis, and we greatly appreciate everything they do to help us deliver the best bus service we can."

The list below includes the names of the 17 operators honored today for perfect attendance. Forty additional operators with perfect attendance in 2015 will be recognized in the coming days and weeks.

James Gauthier, Eric Holman, Fred McAfee, Marcello Valentini, Vincent Hayes, Stephen Dolan, Anthony Johnson, Prosper Theork, Michael Tabb, Kent Deriggs, Antoinette Michel, Mitchell Frank, Sudny Pierre Louis, Tempsett Johnson, Anthony Griffin, Nathaniel Felder, and Thomas Sullivan

MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program Update

MassDOT has approved its 60th municipal Complete Streets Policy.

A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities. Unveiled by MassDOT on February 1st, the Complete Streets Funding Program provides cities and towns up to $50,000 for technical assistance to analyze their transportation network gaps, and up to $400,000 for construction to improve bicycle, pedestrian and transit mobility and accessibility at the local level.

Since the Program’s launch, MassDOT has trained over 80% of the state’s municipalities in complete streets design concepts and the funding program’s eligibility requirements. The Program requires municipality to pass a Complete Streets Policy and to develop a Prioritization Plan, or targeted investment strategy, identifying locations and infrastructure it would like to build to reduce network gaps and improve accommodation for all roadway users.

Within just four months of initiating the Program, 15 municipalities have requested the technical assistance available for developing their Prioritization Plans. Beverly is the first community to develop a Prioritization Plan, and utilized existing data and internal staff.

The program emphasizes improving access to transit and improving safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists. Some of the eligible projects include designated and separated bike lanes, on-street bike parking, bike parking at transit and other locations, roundabouts, traffic-calming measures, crosswalks, new sidewalks, sidewalk repairs, curb extensions, street lighting, transit shelters, transit-only lanes, and disability-compliant curb ramps.

Deadlines for Project applications are July 15 and September 15th.

Visit MassDOT Complete Streets for guidance and access to register.

Take the Focus40 Transit Priorities Survey!

We invite you to take the Focus40 Transit Priorities Survey, which was launched at the Focus40 kickoff event on May 24.

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The survey is available in:

If you have not already done so, please take the survey and share your thoughts on how the MBTA should prioritize different types of investments over the next 25 years for bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, ferry, and The RIDE.

Focus40 is the 25-year strategic vision for MBTA investments. This process is engaging customers - as well as elected officials, major employers and business leaders, academic institutions, the advocacy community, and other stakeholders – in the development of a financially responsible, long-term investment strategy that positions the MBTA to better serve the region of today, as well as the Greater Boston of 2040.

Please visit the project website for more information, and check back soon to view event materials and a summary of all the input we received at the kickoff. If you have any questions or comments, please contact MassDOT's Project Manager, Scott Hamwey, at 857-368-9800 or email at

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