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

T laying 2 cables along same route

T laying 2 cables along same route

WiFi contract generates lots of questions, few answers

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD raised a lot of questions on Monday about the planned installation of more than 300, 75-foot towers to improve WiFi and cell phone service on commuter rail trains, and learned accidentally that the T is simultaneously installing two sets of fiber optic cable along the same tracks. One T official told(...)

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T spending $2.2m on replacement bus service

T spending $2.2m on replacement bus service

High subsidies during weekend commuter rail shutdowns

THE MBTA SAID ON MONDAY it intends to spend roughly $2.2 million on heavily subsidized station-to-station bus service for commuter rail customers who are left without train rides on weekends during the installation of a crash prevention system. T officials said they originally planned not to offer the replacement bus service, but bowed to pressure(...)

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T commuter rail WiFi plan under fire

T commuter rail WiFi plan under fire

Andover residents up in arms about 75-foot poles

LOCAL OPPOSITION appears to be growing to the MBTA’s plan to install more than 300, 75-foot poles along the commuter rail system to provide WiFi service to people riding trains. The contract was initially announced in July 2014, during the administration of former governor Deval Patrick, and the full system was supposed to be operational(...)

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Baker taps MassDevelopment for $17.5m

Baker taps MassDevelopment for $17.5m

Money will be used to close FY17 budget shortfall

IT’S UNCLEAR whether it qualifies as a nip or a tuck, but the Baker administration is tapping an independent authority for $17.5 million to help balance this year’s budget. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the state’s economic development and financing authority, said the organization’s board voted  earlier this month to transfer the(...)

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Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change

Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change

‘We don’t have a lot of time and it takes us a long time to change’

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Tuesday that the mindset of the state bureaucracy needs to change and change fast if Massachusetts is going to have any chance of responding in a meaningful way to climate change. “We don’t have a lot of time and it takes us a long time to change,” she said.(...)

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New funding agreement for Greenway Conservancy

New funding agreement for Greenway Conservancy

State keeps money flowing; abutters, city to chip in

A NEW FUNDING AGREEMENT for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy was unveiled on Monday that requires a smaller amount of taxpayer money from the state along with new contributions from park abutters and the city of Boston. State officials had said they wanted to zero out their $2.3 million annual payment for Conservancy operations,(...)

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Paratransit advocates report call center problems

Paratransit advocates report call center problems

MBTA acknowledges 'issues' as part of consolidation effort

PARATRANSIT ADVOCATES said on Monday that the MBTA’s new centralized call center is off to a rocky start, and agency officials acknowledged some glitches as the service has been rolled out. The T is trying to consolidate three call centers into one, with the goal of saving an estimated $7 million a year in operating(...)

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Old locomotives getting $27m overhaul

Old locomotives getting $27m overhaul

Aiello: ‘Chasing old junk is not my cup of tea’

THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT Control Board voted on Monday to spend $26.9 million overhauling 10 commuter rail locomotives that are already about 30 years old. Joseph Aiello, chairman of the board, voted for the overhaul but with reservations about spending so much money on equipment that is already so old. “Chasing old junk is(...)

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Millionaire’s tax heads toward voters

Millionaire’s tax heads toward voters

Likely to be dominant political issue in Mass. next year

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE on Wednesday cleared the way for voters to decide whether to raise more than $2 billion in annual revenue through an income tax surcharge on people earning more than $1 million a year. Meeting in a rowdy joint session, the House and Senate voted 134-55 to put the constitutional amendment on the(...)

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