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

Could feds pave way for new Mass. gas project?

Could feds pave way for new Mass. gas project?

Buzz builds on FERC priorities under Trump

 Environmental activists who oppose the construction of new natural gas pipeline capacity in New England are watching what’s going on at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington with growing concern.  The federal agency last week overruled a decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation denying a water quality permit for the construction of a connection between an existing pipeline and a natural(...)

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Walsh: Legalizing marijuana ‘huge mistake’

Walsh: Legalizing marijuana ‘huge mistake’

Mayor won’t block pot shops, but not welcoming them

SOME WIRES APPEAR TO BE CROSSED at Boston City Hall. One of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s top aides said at the end of last month that the mayor has changed his tune about pot, that the one-time opponent is now embracing the industry as an economic engine and comparing it to alcohol in its social(...)

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First the Greenway, now the waterway

First the Greenway, now the waterway

Walsh sees parks/levees along Fort Point Channel

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH wants to transform Fort Point Channel into a waterway lined with parks that would serve almost as levees during periods of storm surge. During an address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Walsh said he envisioned using fill to build slightly elevated parks up and down the length of the(...)

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T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

T notes: Ramirez says riders don’t think MBTA cares

New website is here, plus fare and signals systems on the way

NEW MBTA GENERAL MANAGER LUIS RAMIREZ said he spent a lot of time traveling on buses and subways over the last week and came away convinced that most riders don’t think the T cares about them. At his first meeting of the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, Ramirez said he wants to change “the narrative(...)

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T, bus repair union negotiating again

T, bus repair union negotiating again

Lang, of oversight board, working both sides

MBTA OFFICIALS AND THE UNION representing workers at three bus maintenance garages facing privatization have entered into serious negotiations, with a member of the T’s oversight board working to bring both sides together. The T and the union, which had barely talked for months, have met three times in the last two weeks and are(...)

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Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

Locomotive repairs off to bumpy start

T: Performance slightly below what was expected

A PROGRAM RUN BY KEOLIS Commuter Services to refurbish older, out-of-service commuter rail locomotives is off to a bumpy start. Three locomotives have gone through the so-called UTEX program so far, and all three encountered problems that took them back out of service. Two of the locomotives, which came online in April and May, experienced problems(...)

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Reliance on natural gas expected to grow

Reliance on natural gas expected to grow

Forecast comes as activists seek less use of fossil fuels

THE OPERATOR OF THE NEW ENGLAND power grid said on Thursday that demand for electricity will remain fairly flat over the next decade, but warned that the region will become more reliant on natural gas to meet its power needs. The grid operator, ISO-New England, said in its 2017 system plan that the region’s growing(...)

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Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking,(...)

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Marching orders for the T’s new GM

Marching orders for the T’s new GM

Bonus tied to on-time performance, boosting capital spending

THE MBTA’S NEW GENERAL MANAGER will be paid a bonus of as much as 10 percent this fiscal year if he holds the line on operational spending, increases capital expenditures by 12 percent, hires a series of top administrators, and succeeds in boosting on-time performance of buses, subways, and commuter rail. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack(...)

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T notebook: Another privatization initiative

T notebook: Another privatization initiative

IXP hired to run police dispatch at fixed price for 5 years

THE MBTA’s OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved another privatization initiative – outsourcing police dispatch services at the transit authority. The Fiscal and Management Control Board voted 3-0 to hire IXP Corp. of Princeton, New Jersey, to run police dispatch services at a cost of $970,000 a year for three years with an option to renew(...)

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