James Aloisi

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New T board needs to include municipalities

New T board needs to include municipalities

Cities, via nonresidential parking taxes, must have skin in the game

Second of two parts, first part is here. IN THE FIRST ARTICLE in this series, I wrote about the importance of addressing MBTA governance. A 2015 report from two highly respected transportation think tanks identified a number of reasons why the MBTA’s long-standing governance structure may not be optimal.  A governance structure that arises from(...)

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MBTA governance needs radical makeover

MBTA governance needs radical makeover

Municipalities need to play a much bigger role

First in a two-part series; second part is here. THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is properly in the process of developing a strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future. One element of that plan focuses on the governance of the transit agency, a long overdue and important discussion to(...)

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Debunking the Track 61 plan

Debunking the Track 61 plan

It is a solution in search of a problem

EFFECTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION systems are those that excel at getting people to places they want to go. That may seem an obvious point but the two attributes that help make this happen – access and connectivity – are often overlooked or not fully realized. As a result, many people are regularly frustrated by a transit(...)

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Glass ceilings don’t always remain shattered

Glass ceilings don’t always remain shattered

Reflecting on the rise of women in major state transportation roles

MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, what we take for granted was not always so. In a time when it seems unremarkable that a woman is leading the Commonwealth’s Department of Transportation, it might be useful to remember that it was not very long ago when it was truly groundbreaking for governors and other political leaders to(...)

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US needs a mobility moonshot

US needs a mobility moonshot

Urban transit, transportation tech are key

Fourth in a series THERE WAS A BRIEF PERIOD, in muscular, post-war, auto-centric America, when the Democratic nominee for president would officially commence the general election campaign with a large rally in Detroit’s Cadillac Square on Labor Day weekend.  In 1960, as recounted by presidential campaign chronicler Theodore White, the “union men of Detroit’s assembly(...)

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Foreign policy context of Clinton-Trump race

Foreign policy context of Clinton-Trump race

Policy geek vs. the from-the-gut guy

Third of five parts. THE TWO MEN WHO SOUGHT the presidency in 1960 shared one important distinction: they were, respectively, the first nominees of each major political party born in the 20th Century.  Both Richard Nixon and John Kennedy were, in Kennedy’s inaugural words, “born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace . . . and unwilling to witness or(...)

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