Transportation

Bikers don’t get everything they want on Longfellow

Bikers don’t get everything they want on Longfellow

RMV wait times remain long; trash piles up along roads

THE LONGFELLOW BRIDGE between Cambridge and Boston will open at the end of this month without a much wider bike lane sought by cyclists, but state officials said they would be willing to reconsider their decision if traffic on the bridge justifies a change. Bicyclists have been pressing state officials for last-minute changes to the(...)

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Why new Green Line approach makes sense

Why new Green Line approach makes sense

Will increase capacity, speed up service, and save money

FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS, the design of Green Line cars has been dictated by the Lechmere Inner Loop, a 42-foot radius curve that has required custom-designed vehicles ever since the T moved beyond World War II era trolleys. This custom design has shackled the T and all Green Line riders to trolley equipment that(...)

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T notes: Budget boosts RTA funding 10%

T notes: Budget boosts RTA funding 10%

Seeks plan for electrifying Providence, Fairmount commuter rail lines

THE SENATE WAYS AND MEANS BUDGET proposal for the coming fiscal year would give a 10 percent increase in funding to the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, which provide bus service to residents outside the MBTA service area. The budget plan would provide $88 million in funding, with $84 million allocated among the authorities using(...)

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West Station wrangling

West Station wrangling

Transit advocates say building the station now will influence future development

IT’S PLAYING OUT as a classic chicken and egg situation. State officials say calls for a commuter rail station in the area of Allston being developed by Harvard as a major life sciences research hub are premature. They want to leave room for a station at the site, but are eyeing a possible opening in(...)

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T notes: TransitMatters raises concerns on Newton proposal

T notes: TransitMatters raises concerns on Newton proposal

Study on Mattapan Line options due in 30-60 days

A TRANSIT ADVOCATE WARNED on Monday that the MBTA’s planned rebuild of three commuter rail stations in Newton would hinder the system’s ability to provide regional rail service in the future. At a meeting of the Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday, T officials said they planned to build new, handicap-accessible stations on the(...)

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The Codcast:  No bridges make good neighbors

The Codcast: No bridges make good neighbors

Mayor Thomas Koch sits down with CommonWealth Magazine to discuss rebuilding the Long Island Bridge

When disputes arise between communities bordering each other, the public proclamations are usually fairly muted and respectful. Then there’s the battle between Quincy and Boston over rebuilding the Long Island Bridge to connect to a planned addiction treatment and recovery campus. “Boston answers to a different set of rules,” said a fired-up Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch(...)

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Mayor Walsh, don’t ticket home care aides

Mayor Walsh, don’t ticket home care aides

Give them access to residential parking passes

CHANCES ARE THAT SOMEONE YOU KNOW either needs in-home care now, or will in the future. As the older adult population in Massachusetts continues to grow, many of our relatives, friends, and neighbors may find that they need extra support with daily activities in order to stay in their homes. The home care aide workforce(...)

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Walsh takes concrete step to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Walsh takes concrete step to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Quincy officials say they are unmoved by plans to minimize construction traffic

BOSTON OFFICIALS SAY they intend to go full speed ahead with rebuilding Long Island Bridge as a path to an addiction recovery center on the harbor island and claim their approach to construction will minimize heavy traffic through Quincy’s streets and mitigate that city’s concerns over public safety. Chris Osgood, Boston’s chief of streets, said(...)

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