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Biking and driving on the streets of Boston

Cyclists are some of the most passionate advocates that the Bay State’s transportation sector has ever seen. Thanks to the pressure of bike advocates, bike lanes have been carved out along major thoroughfares such as metro Boston’s Massachusetts Avenue and major transportation projects like the Green Line Extension include considerations for cyclists. Yet the mix of(...)

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T control board taking control

Joseph Aiello, the chair of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, is understandably nervous.The estimated cost of bringing the T into a state of good repair just increased to $7.3 billion. The cost of the Green Line extension has ballooned $700 million to $1 billion more. And, even though the weather is beautiful now,(...)

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For Pollack and Beaton, past makes for awkward prologue

Where you stand depends on where you sit. That old adage is doubly true this morning when it comes to Gov. Charlie Baker’s cabinet. Two of his cabinet secretaries, Stephanie Pollack at transportation and Matthew Beaton at energy and environmental affairs, get attention in today’s Globe, with both toeing policy lines that put them at(...)

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Broadcast murder

Yesterday’s live broadcast of the execution of two unsuspecting Virginia television journalists was shocking, but in many ways simply represented the elevation to a new level of the digital era and violence. “The shooting and the horrifying images it produced marked a new chapter in the intersection of video, violence, and social media,” said the(...)

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Green Line extension could take a lot more green

Nearly 11 months ago, the federal government promised Massachusetts almost $1 billion to help the state extend the MBTA’s Green Line into Somerville and Medford. At the time, nearly everyone thought the long-delayed project was finally back on track. “The state is positioned to do its part, the federal government is positioned to do its(...)

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Raising a stink at Boston City Council

Resolved: There is no good time and it never looks good for elected officials to propose and vote on their own raises. But, really, doesn’t City Councilor Bill Linehan, in rejecting an 11 percent proposed pay hike from a mayoral commission, make it look worse by bemoaning the ability to afford bananas (about 60 cents a(...)

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Lobsters not on a roll

National Lobster Day is set for September 25 thanks to a group of New England senators who banded together to a co-sponsor the Senate-only resolution introduced by Sen. Angus King, the Maine Independent. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey were conspicuous by their absence among the group of lobster-state senators who signed onto King’s resolution. Perhaps that’s(...)

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