James Aloisi

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Stories by James Aloisi

Lessons from the collapse of Bridj

Lessons from the collapse of Bridj

Quality counts, but transportation also requires subsidies

THE STARTUP MOBILITY COMPANY that tested the potential for innovation in the transportation sector announced on Sunday that it was shutting down effective immediately.  Bridj might have changed the face of mobility in Greater Boston with the power of its algorithms and its plush 14-seat vans, but there was a vast gulf between the promise(...)

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When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

When does reform end and revenue begin at the T?

At Pioneer, it’s always more reform – never revenue

SO THERE I WAS, enjoying a brisk late April morning and about to dig into the newspapers (and breakfast), when my iPhone beeped and up came CommonWealth’s Sunday Upload. My pavlovian response was to stop everything I was doing and read what was on offer on the Upload. Turns out it was the folks at(...)

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Have you gone on a pilgrimage?

Have you gone on a pilgrimage?

Everyone should set personal goals and try to reach them

Photographs from Jarrett Barrios’s Facebook page. HE’S IN A SELF-IMPOSED NEWS BLACKOUT so he won’t be reading this. At least not for a while. My friend Jarrett Barrios — a former Massachusetts state representative and senator, now CEO of the Los Angeles Region Red Cross — is walking the famous Camino de Santiago in northern(...)

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New Seaport garage makes sense

New Seaport garage makes sense

300 net new spaces in 1,500-space garage

THE NEWS THAT MASSPORT is moving forward with a planned 1,550-space parking garage in the Seaport District, and that the city wants to add another 550 spaces to its garage in the nearby Marine Industrial Park, unleashed some negativity on social media and elsewhere.  The negative reaction was no surprise to those of us who(...)

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Attack on DiMasi was irresponsible

Attack on DiMasi was irresponsible

Former speaker did not block progressive values

THERE ARE SOME THINGS I KNOW with certainty.  One of them is that former House speaker Sal DiMasi was a consistent and principled progressive.  Whether he was fighting for health care reform enabling all citizens to have access to health care, or fighting for marriage equality, or fighting against global warming by passing the Global(...)

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New T board needs to include municipalities

New T board needs to include municipalities

Cities, via nonresidential parking taxes, must have skin in the game

Second of two parts, first part is here. IN THE FIRST ARTICLE in this series, I wrote about the importance of addressing MBTA governance. A 2015 report from two highly respected transportation think tanks identified a number of reasons why the MBTA’s long-standing governance structure may not be optimal.  A governance structure that arises from(...)

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MBTA governance needs radical makeover

MBTA governance needs radical makeover

Municipalities need to play a much bigger role

First in a two-part series; second part is here. THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is properly in the process of developing a strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future. One element of that plan focuses on the governance of the transit agency, a long overdue and important discussion to(...)

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Debunking the Track 61 plan

Debunking the Track 61 plan

It is a solution in search of a problem

EFFECTIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION systems are those that excel at getting people to places they want to go. That may seem an obvious point but the two attributes that help make this happen – access and connectivity – are often overlooked or not fully realized. As a result, many people are regularly frustrated by a transit(...)

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