James Aloisi

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Stories by James Aloisi

US needs a mobility moonshot

US needs a mobility moonshot

Urban transit, transportation tech are key

Fourth in a series THERE WAS A BRIEF PERIOD, in muscular, post-war, auto-centric America, when the Democratic nominee for president would officially commence the general election campaign with a large rally in Detroit’s Cadillac Square on Labor Day weekend.  In 1960, as recounted by presidential campaign chronicler Theodore White, the “union men of Detroit’s assembly(...)

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Foreign policy context of Clinton-Trump race

Foreign policy context of Clinton-Trump race

Policy geek vs. the from-the-gut guy

Third of five parts. THE TWO MEN WHO SOUGHT the presidency in 1960 shared one important distinction: they were, respectively, the first nominees of each major political party born in the 20th Century.  Both Richard Nixon and John Kennedy were, in Kennedy’s inaugural words, “born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace . . . and unwilling to witness or(...)

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The evolution of the presidential campaign

The evolution of the presidential campaign

Aggressiveness is new, coarseness isn’t

THERE WAS A TIME when presidential candidates stayed home and left their campaigns to surrogates.  In his majestic history of the Civil War, Shelby Foote described the 1860 campaign as following in this tradition. “Lincoln himself did not campaign.  No presidential candidate ever had, such action being considered incommensurate with the dignity of the office.”(...)

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Sacrifice is out of style in politics

Sacrifice is out of style in politics

We are the generation from whom less is expected

First in a series. IN HIS FIRST INAUGURAL, Ronald Reagan observed “we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams . . . We have every right to dream heroic dreams.”  Twenty years earlier, the great 1960 contest between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon was centered not on limits but on possibilities.  Kennedy’s(...)

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Aloisi responds to Gonneville

Aloisi responds to Gonneville

Stands by T closing cost estimate

MBTA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER JEFF GONNEVILLE rightly takes pride in the work he and his fellow MBTA employees perform every day, keeping our aging public transportation moving as best they can. I have always and consistently applauded the men and women who drive buses, conduct trains, manage the operations center, and perform the countless other(...)

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Shutdown process costly for the T

Shutdown process costly for the T

Tab for well-meaning gesture may be $3.8m a year

IT BEGAN WITH A TWEET, sent in the early morning hours. James Jay, a TransitMatters advocate and transit enthusiast, tweeted: “One E-Line train is the reason the entire MBTA system sits idle for over 30 min.” That bit of information sparked a subsequent exploration by three TransitMatters advocates — Ari Ofsevit, Andy Monat, and Marc(...)

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Boneheaded transportation moves

Boneheaded transportation moves

Comments are so wacky, it must be August

AUGUST IS THAT MONTH when there isn’t an official federal or state holiday because so many people are assumed to be on vacation. This makes August a time when people can make remarkably bad decisions, or profoundly tone-deaf remarks, and hope no one notices, expecting that everyone is at the beach or having long languorous(...)

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VMT is the way to go

VMT is the way to go

No need to fear this tech-driven user fee

THE COMMONWEALTH IS ABOUT TO TAKE an important step toward making our state’s approach to transportation funding more stable, fair, and transparent.  The Legislature has included language in its recent transportation bond bill that directs the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to apply for federal funding support for a vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, pilot program. The federal FAST Act (the Fixing America’s Surface(...)

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