Officials from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Monday that they are looking to eliminate riders' ability to use cash as payment on buses and trains in an effort to create a more user-friendly system. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA to eliminate cash payment option

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to eliminate cash payments for its services, MBTA spokesperson Jason Johnson stated Wednesday. Johnson wrote in an email that the MBTA’s goal is to update the payment system to align with the technology of the current generation. “The goal is to develop a system that would allow riders to pay with phones, contactless credit cards […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced his commitment to closing the gender wage gap on Monday in a gathering of 100 local businesses. ILLUSTRATION BY MAE DAVIS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh commits to closing gender wage gap

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined 100 local businesses Monday in his pledge to close the gender wage gap in the City of Boston, according to a Sunday press release. The release stated that the commitment is part of a pledge called the 100% Talent Compact, created by the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. The council, co-chaired by Evelyn Murphy and Cathy […]

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On Monday, the Baker-Polito Administration, along with union officials, announced they were successful in their efforts to keep Boston-area children safer through reforms within the Department of Children and Families. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Baker-Polito announce progress of Department of Children and Famillies

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced on Monday progress in reforms to the Department of Children and Families, according to a Monday press release. Baker explained in the release that even though progress has been made, the administration will continue to work to improve policies. “Last fall we pledged, with union leadership, to better support our […]

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority launched a “Performance Dashboard” website Monday that displays data concerning customer satisfaction and the accuracy of schedules among other aspects of the transit agency. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA launches new online Performance Dashboard

Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced Monday the launch of the new Performance Dashboard for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to a Monday press release. The Dashboard is an online portal that allows T riders to keep updated on the daily reliability levels of the four subway lines and 170 bus routes, creating a new […]

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Beginning July 1, those wishing to play fantasy sports must be at least 21 due to a new regulation issued Friday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. ILLUSTRATION BY BRITTANY CHANG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Attorney General Maura Healey announces fantasy sports regulations

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced stricter rules regarding the Daily Fantasy Sports industry on Friday, according to the updated regulations. Initially proposed in November 2015, Healey sought “to ensure that players are protected and that minors can’t access the sites” in her regulations, according to a Nov. 19 release. Minors, as defined in the updated regulations, are individuals under […]

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reached out to the public Friday for opinions on how the MBTA might improve the bus system after its recent Late-Night Service cut. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

MBTA invites public input on improving bus routes

  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is inviting the public to provide comment on options that would improve critical bus routes following the recent cancellation of Late-Night Service, according to a Monday press release. “The MBTA committed to considering mitigation options to change bus services to reduce frequent overcrowding, increase reliability and provide service to minority and/or low-income areas,” the […]

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As of this weekend, the “Pay your fare, it’s only fair” message that once played on all above-ground Green Line stops was suspended due to customer complaints. PHOTO BY ADRIANA DIAZ/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA suspends “pay your fare, it’s only fair” message

After numerous complaints from transit riders and Boston residents, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority suspended the pre-recorded announcement “pay your fare, it’s only fair” at the end of last week, according to MBTA Spokesperson Jason Johnson. The on-board announcement, which aimed to reduce the number of non-paying riders, received criticism from riders and residents in close proximity to T stations […]

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A survey released Wednesday found that despite the high number of insured Massachusetts residents, issues with the cost and access to health care persists. PHOTO BY MADI GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Health reform survey reveals insurance trends among Massachusetts residents

A Massachusetts health reform survey released Wednesday found that even though a high percentage of residents have health care, many have faced challenges with affordability and access to proper medical treatment, according to a Wednesday press release. The release stated that the Urban Institute and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation conducted the Massachusetts Health Reform Survey. According to […]

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A unanimous vote by the Boston City Council on Wednesday amended the city’s Fire Prevention Code, which would assure that buildings with sprinkler systems wouldn't use certain fire retardant furniture in light of new discoveries about the health risks. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston City Councilors modify Fire Prevention Codes

The Boston City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to modify the city’s Fire Prevention Codes, allowing public buildings equipped with sprinkler systems to purchase furniture that is not necessarily coated with flame retardant chemicals, according to a Wednesday press release. The measure, sponsored by City Councilor Josh Zakim, will protect people from the harmful chemicals, which are often found in furniture. The […]

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General Electric announced a deal Thursday with Procter and Gamble that would secure a 2.5-acre property across the Summer Street Bridge along Fort Point Channel. PHOTO BY BRITTANY CHANG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

General Electric announces location for new headquarters

General Electric announced plans Thursday to locate its new headquarters in South Boston’s Seaport District. The 2.5-acre property will be purchased from Procter and Gamble as a piece of P&G’s 44-acre site, according to a Thursday press release. GE will purchase two historic buildings at 5 and 6 Necco St., which will undergo renovations, as well as a parking lot […]

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