Transportation

Boston says it’s studying whether to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Boston says it’s studying whether to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Mayor had vowed to rebuild but now says no decision has been made

A SPOKESWOMAN FOR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement saying the city is doing a cost-benefit analysis on rebuilding the Long Island Bridge, which is a shift from the mayor’s earlier stance that the city would definitely rebuild the span. Walsh’s statement came in the wake of a CommonWealth story reporting that the mayor(...)

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Running the numbers on the Fairmount Line

Running the numbers on the Fairmount Line

Surveys say ridership is up but remains woefully low

A REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK by the Boston Foundation pegged weekday ridership on the Fairmount Line at 2,257 passengers in June 2016, which is about 15 percent higher than counts taken by Keolis Commuter Services at roughly the same time. The Fairmount Line travels between Readville and South Station through Mattapan and Dorchester. The Boston(...)

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Boston abandons Long Island Bridge

Boston abandons Long Island Bridge

Unclear what the city will do with the island and buildings

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh appears to be backing away from plans to rebuild the bridge to Long Island, partly because of opposition from the city of Quincy and partly because all the homeless and drug treatment services on the island have successfully been relocated to the mainland. The two-lane bridge was taken down in 2015(...)

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Tackling transportation in the suburbs

Tackling transportation in the suburbs

Public-private partnerships key in Newton and Needham

IF GREATER BOSTON HAS AN ACHILLES HEEL, it’s transportation. This was the number one issue when we launched the N2 Innovation District in Newton and Needham and it remains a major hurdle today. It’s also cited as a key impediment to growth in a recent MassEcon report about why companies locate to or within the(...)

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The inside story of No Boston Olympics

The inside story of No Boston Olympics

How a small band of smart, young Bostonians upended powerbrokers' dreams of Olympic glory

Two years ago Boston was in the midst of an epic showdown over whether to proceed with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. In January 2015, Boston was designated the US entry in the international sweepstakes, and the odds of the city landing the global spectacle seemed favorable, given that no US city(...)

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T trying to speed up Green Line trains

T trying to speed up Green Line trains

Also: Marathon ticket sales, strategic plan

THE MBTA IS WORKING ON WAYS to speed up service on the Green Line by coordinating traffic lights, consolidating stops, and using technology to prevent bottlenecks. T officials estimate they can shave roughly a minute off a trip on the B Line by coordinating traffic lights with the city of Boston so trains approaching surface(...)

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Mysterious malady plagues commuter rail wheels

Mysterious malady plagues commuter rail wheels

Keolis hasn’t met its coach target since mid-March

JUST AS THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL operator is starting to get a handle on its shortage of working locomotives, the company is facing a mysterious problem with the wheels on its passenger coaches. Since March 9, Keolis Commuter Services has been unable to meet daily requirements for passenger coach availability, racking up fines in the(...)

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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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The world isn’t as flat as we thought

The world isn’t as flat as we thought

Mobility is key to closing economic divide

LONG-TERM TRENDS WILL CHANGE the global economy, putting unique strains on both large cities and outlying areas. PwC has identified five megatrends actively shaping our world: rapid urbanization, technological breakthroughs, shifts in global economic power, demographic and social change, and climate change. These trends combine to create a geographic and economic divide—booming cities that produce(...)

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T board makes budget choices – in public

T board makes budget choices – in public

Calls for $5m in commuter rail cuts, softens privatization

AT A TIME WHEN MORE AND MORE of state government deliberations are taking place behind closed doors, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on Thursday debated and acted on a series of politically sensitive issues dealing with privatization, commuter rail, and paratransit service – and did so  in front of the press and public.(...)

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