Ari Ofsevit

Transportation and urban planning student/Member, MIT/TransitMatters

About Ari Ofsevit

Ari Ofsevit is a transportation planner with the Charles River TMA in Cambridge, which runs the EZRide Shuttle. He has won hackathons examining data from Hubway, late night MBTA service, and MassDOT real time highway traffic.

About Ari Ofsevit

Ari Ofsevit is a transportation planner with the Charles River TMA in Cambridge, which runs the EZRide Shuttle. He has won hackathons examining data from Hubway, late night MBTA service, and MassDOT real time highway traffic.

Stories by Ari Ofsevit

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

Look to the roads – the Mansfield I-495 route

THE CURRENT PROCESS for South Coast Rail is on the wrong track. The current solution—an interim option which avoids sensitive environmental areas—doesn’t please the city it runs through (Middleboro), the one it misses (Taunton), or the communities at the end of the line, Fall River and New Bedford. The project also fails to offer riders(...)

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MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

Current prices based on 1900s-era approach

EVERY DAY, more than 100,000 people ride the commuter rail in and around Boston, headed not just to work, but also to shop, spend time with family and friends, make medical appointments, and attend cultural or sporting events. Today more than ever, mobility across our growing region is fundamental for equitable access to jobs, healthcare,(...)

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Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Don’t stop at Charles, extend Blue Line to Kendall

THE RED-BLUE CONNECTOR is back in the news, with the state funding a small study to examine whether the project might be feasible. When we last left it, the connector was tagged with a laughably-high price tag of $750 million for a deep bore tunnel, even though the existing Blue Line tracks extend west to(...)

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Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

They are a quick and easy solution that doesn't cost $100m

Second of two parts WHILE A GONDOLA WON’T FLY at South Station, there’s a simple solution to the mobility issues confronting the Seaport District and the basic infrastructure is already in place: buses. A bus may not be as sexy as a gondola, but it also won’t require a hulking station shadowing Congress Street, Dewey(...)

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Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it

Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it

No room near South Station for the infrastructure needed

Unlike Elon Musk’s latest foray in to urban transportation, which involves several as yet non-existent technologies, the idea for a Summer Street gondola is something which at least has been built and operated successfully elsewhere. The principal features of gondola technology are pretty straightforward, offering an unremarkable combination of relatively slow, expensive, and low-capacity mobility.(...)

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Forget gondolas, turn Silver Line Green

Forget gondolas, turn Silver Line Green

We could also add bus rapid transit in Seaport

PERHAPS THIS WINTER’S SECOND 100-year flood will pour cold stormwater on the latest idea for fixing transportation in the Seaport District: running a gondola down Summer Street. Hopefully this idea will go in the dustbin alongside other schemes like running commuter rail along the defunct Track 61, or worse, through the existing Silver Line tunnel.(...)

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Free the ramp

Free the ramp

State should give Silver Line quicker tunnel access

I’VE BEEN WRITING for three years about the disadvantages of the Silver Line not using the Ted Williams Tunnel ramp that was designed for it, but it’s time to bring it up again. Ted Pyne recently wrote about the ramp in Commonwealth and he points out—much like I have—that using the ramp would actually save the T money in(...)

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Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Let’s improve existing service and help all passengers

DEAR GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO: We read with interest your call for express rail service from Providence to Boston. You are spot-on in thinking that improved rail connections regionally will be beneficial to the people, the economies, and the environments of our respective states. But rather than single express trains serving a few commuters, we respectfully(...)

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Take long view, build N-S Rail Link

Take long view, build N-S Rail Link

Don’t throw good money after bad S. Station expansion

DESPITE THE SORRY STATE of Greater Boston’s commuter rail system, it manages to function well enough to carry nearly half of the city’s suburban commuters to jobs and other destinations. This is less a testament to the efficiency of the rail network and more a reflection of the hours-long gridlock on the highway network every(...)

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Our plan for late-night MBTA service

Our plan for late-night MBTA service

Utilizing existing buses, T would run all night, every night

WE BELIEVE THERE is an affordable pathway toward establishment of a robust late-night transit service on the MBTA, building on the T’s existing early morning bus service. Our plan would not just offer service on Friday and Saturday nights, as the recently canceled late-night experiment did, but instead offer service all night, every night, and be geared primarily toward getting people to their late-night(...)

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