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MBTA's progress on upgrades lagging:Absentee rates on track to increase

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is on pace to miss its yearly spending target for upgrades to vehicles, tracks, and other infrastructure, a key Baker administration initiative with broad implications on the system's performance.

The agency estimates it will spend about $675 million on "state of good repair" projects this fiscal year, falling well short of its $759 million goal despite a recent surge in investments, officials told the MBTA's fiscal control board at its weekly

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