Bruce Mohl

Editor, CommonWealth

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Stories by Bruce Mohl

Study prices out N-S Rail Link

Study prices out N-S Rail Link

Project ‘significantly more attractive’ than earlier understood

A RAIL LINK BETWEEN North and South Stations would cost between $3.8 billion and $5.9 billion to build, according to a data analysis conducted by a group of students and faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. The cost estimate, which is stated in 2025 dollars, is significantly below the roughly $8 billion figure floated in(...)

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MBTA adopts corporate mindset with GM pick

MBTA adopts corporate mindset with GM pick

Ramirez has strong business skills, no public sector or transit experience

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION adopted a very clear corporate mindset at the MBTA on Tuesday, hiring a general manager and CEO with strong business and turnaround skills but no public sector or transit experience. Luis Manuel Ramirez, 50, currently runs a Dallas-based consulting firm called TodoModo Group. He previously ran Global Power Equipment Corp., a design,(...)

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T board member hits absenteeism data

T board member hits absenteeism data

Lang: Many unscheduled absences are scheduled

A MEMBER OF THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board criticized agency officials on Monday  for presenting data on employee absenteeism in a way that made it appear union workers were irresponsibly taking days off. Brian Lang, who serves on the board and heads a union himself, bristled at a series of slides showing the(...)

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T approves 2 pilot service expansions

T approves 2 pilot service expansions

Buses will roll at 4 a.m. plus Foxborough commuter rail

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved two, year-long pilot projects expanding the transit authority’s operations – one that adds limited, early morning buses to help workers start into work in Boston as early as 4 a.m. and the other extending daily commuter rail service between South Station and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The Fiscal(...)

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Uber, Lyft gain market share at Logan

Uber, Lyft gain market share at Logan

Impact on taxis, public transit appears limited

A SIX-MONTH STUDY of traffic patterns at Logan International Airport generally confirms what earlier data suggested – that transportation network companies such as Uber, Lyft, and most recently Wingz are gaining market share but taxis and public transit are holding their own.  The data indicate the transportation network companies increased their share of the Logan passenger market from 12.5 percent in February(...)

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Northern Pass clears federal hurdle

Northern Pass clears federal hurdle

Environmental statement calls route ‘preferred alternative’

FEDERAL REGULATORS CLEARED THE WAY on Thursday for Eversource’s Northern Pass transmission project to receive one of the two permits necessary to begin construction of a line carrying hydroelectricity from Quebec to southern New Hampshire. The US Department of Energy issued a final environmental impact statement for Northern Pass, setting the stage for the award(...)

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MBTA rejects WiFi commuter rail proposal

MBTA rejects WiFi commuter rail proposal

Cites public safety concerns, license violations

FACING PUSHBACK FROM LOCAL COMMUNITIES on the North Shore, the MBTA on Thursday abruptly rejected a commuter rail WiFi proposal that called for the installation of 320 poles each more than 70 feet high. Steve Poftak, the T’s interim general manager, said in a letter to the CEO of the contractor, BAI Communications, that residents(...)

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Pricing hints on Hydro-Quebec power

Pricing hints on Hydro-Quebec power

Leaked Ontario contract indicates cost could be high

A LEAKED POWER CONTRACT between Hydro-Quebec and the province of Ontario may offer some insight into what kind of deal the utility is currently offering Massachusetts for hydro-electricity. The proposed contract, obtained by the French language publication La Presse, indicated Hydro-Quebec was offering Ontario a 20-year contract for 8 terawatt hours a year of electricity(...)

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Getting inside the T’s union talks

Getting inside the T’s union talks

Sticking point is privatization of 3 bus maintenance garages

IN APRIL, THE MBTA’S Fiscal and Management Control Board passed a budget that called for $8 million in savings from the authority’s bus maintenance operations during the current fiscal year, and $21 million in savings over the course of an entire year. Most of the board members favored what they called a hybrid approach to(...)

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Warren calls Baker detainer bill ‘un-American’

Warren calls Baker detainer bill ‘un-American’

Newton mayor says lack of due process rights is wrong

NEWTON MAYOR and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren doubled-down on his criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker’s ICE detainer legislation on Friday, calling the governor’s proposal “un-American.” Baker’s bill seeks to address a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that found police had no legal standing in Massachusetts to honor civil immigration detainer requests made by US Immigration(...)

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