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

Checking in on T control board at halfway point

Checking in on T control board at halfway point

FMCB adopts a collegial approach to oversight

  THE MBTA’s FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is halfway through its five-year term, which seems like a good time to review its progress so far.  The law creating the control board said the five-member group was needed to ensure that the transit authority embraces transparency and accountability, strives for organizational and fiscal stability, and earns the trust of the public.   The MBTA has(...)

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T notes: Agency cuts bus maintenance costs on its own

T notes: Agency cuts bus maintenance costs on its own

Spending falls 16% without privatization

MBTA OFFICIALS, who have been considering privatization of three bus maintenance garages to cut costs, say they reduced spending on bus repairs by 16 percent over a four-month period through management initiatives using existing T workers. A presentation by MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez on Monday said the T spent $36.3 million on bus maintenance(...)

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Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station

Pollack defends 2040 date for West Station

Raises concerns about riders, funding, and layover space for trains

AMID STRONG PUSHBACK from neighborhood activists and others, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack on Monday defended the Baker administration’s decision to put off until at least 2040 the construction of a new transit station serving an emerging neighborhood being developed by Harvard University in Allston. Pollack, at a joint meeting of the boards overseeing the T(...)

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US Atty: Joyce ran office as ‘criminal enterprise’

US Atty: Joyce ran office as ‘criminal enterprise’

Former lawmaker accused of peddling influence for cash

FORMER STATE SEN. BRIAN JOYCE was arrested Friday and indicted for engaging in multiple influence-peddling schemes which netted him up to $1 million in fees that he went to elaborate lengths to conceal. FBI officials, who have been investigating Joyce for two years, said they arrested the former lawmaker before dawn at his home in(...)

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MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray

MBTA parking contract said to be in disarray

T’s ex-parking director gives private operator F+, claims costs are rising

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING resigned last week after distributing a 30-page statement detailing how the agency’s parking contractor is not living up to the terms of its contract and how T management is refusing to step in to correct the problems. David Friend said in his statement that he submitted his involuntary resignation after(...)

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Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

Baker tries to kickstart energy storage business

$20m in grants awarded for 26 projects using mostly lithium ion batteries

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION on Thursday handed out $20 million in energy storage grants, an attempt to kickstart an industry that holds promise in reducing peak electricity demand and increasing the reliability of intermittent forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar. Most of the projects revolve around storing electricity when it is cheap (off-peak)(...)

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Barr funds 3 bus rapid transit pilots

Barr funds 3 bus rapid transit pilots

Dedicated bus lanes, synchronized signals part of effort

THE BARR FOUNDATION awarded three $100,000 grants for pilot bus rapid transit projects scheduled to run next year in Arlington, Everett, and Cambridge and Watertown. In Arlington, the MBTA and the municipality plan to run a one-month pilot on the busy No. 77 bus route along Massachusetts Avenue that would test a dedicated lane for(...)

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Maine utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost

Maine utility: Our hydro project has lowest cost

Claim is latest in very public battle over MA clean energy procurement

IN THE PUBLIC JOCKEYING for a multibillion-dollar clean energy contract with Massachusetts, Central Maine Power on Wednesday said its project would deliver the largest amount of hydroelectricity from Quebec at the lowest cost. Sara Burns, president and CEO of Central Maine Power, said her company will deliver electricity from the Quebec border into the New(...)

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T notes: Blue Line only major peak concern

T notes: Blue Line only major peak concern

New subway cars: ‘They’re coming, they’re coming’

WITH THE EXCEPTION of the Blue Line, MBTA officials on Monday forecasted that the transit system’s subway lines should be able to absorb sharply higher numbers of riders at peak travel periods through 2040. The forecast assumed the introduction of all-new Red and Orange Line cars over the next six years, a wide assortment of(...)

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T targets poor reliability of buses

T targets poor reliability of buses

Overall, vehicles meet reliability standards 65% of the time

MBTA OFFICIALS RELEASED FIGURES on Monday indicating the agency’s bus system, which carries up to 450,000 people on a typical weekday, is unreliable a large amount of the time and needs significant redesign and investment to upgrade performance. Using data from October, officials told the Fiscal and Management Control Board that the bus system is(...)

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