Transportation

NYC, Boston view ride-hailing apps differently

NYC, Boston view ride-hailing apps differently

As Big Apple cracks down, Beantown puts issue on mute

NEW YORK CITY and Boston are night and day when it comes to ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft. New York is engaged in a fierce policy debate about the apps, amid fears they are contributing to crippling congestion and exploiting drivers. In Boston and at the MBTA, meanwhile, the issue is largely on(...)

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Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Those who fear displacement don't see it that way

What do we think about when we think about transportation equity?    There is regional equity – the question whether every region in a state, or every neighborhood in a city, is equitably treated from a funding perspective. There is modal funding equity, which goes to whether public sector decision makers treat each mode fairly when it comes to the allocation(...)

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Lyft testing subscription model

Lyft testing subscription model

App offering set number of rides for flat monthly price

LYFT IS TESTING subscription models across the country, offering customers a package of rides for a flat, discounted fee. The packages promote Lyft loyalty and some bear a resemblance to transit passes.  One customer in the Boston area received an email on July 23 inviting the recipient to try Lyft’s All-Access Plan, which offers 30 standard rides worth up to $15 apiece for(...)

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Baker budget highlights

Baker budget highlights

Oks boost for regional transit authorities, nixes congestion pricing pilot

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Thursday reversed course and approved an $8 million funding increase for regional transit authorities but refused to support a pilot program to see if cutting tolls at off-peak times would entice enough drivers to shift their commutes to reduce traffic congestion at peak periods. The governor had initially recommended $80 million for(...)

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Growing calls to tackle traffic’s toll

Growing calls to tackle traffic’s toll

Pioneer Institute leaders say Baker should OK pilot toll program

NEVER MIND THE Democratic Legislature or smart growth and transportation advocacy groups. Gov. Charlie Baker is now getting pressure to embrace a pilot program calling for variable-price tolling from the state’s leading conservative think tank. Baker has strongly signaled his dislike of a provision of the state budget sitting on his desk that calls for(...)

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Growing calls to tackle traffic’s toll

Never mind the Democratic Legislature or smart growth and transportation advocacy groups. Gov. Charlie Baker is now getting pressure to embrace a pilot program calling for variable-price tolling from the state’s leading conservative think tank. Baker has strongly signaled his dislike of a provision of the state budget sitting on his desk that calls for(...)

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Uber, Lyft expanding to bikes, scooters

Uber, Lyft expanding to bikes, scooters

Expanding their vision of ride-sharing

Uber and Lyft are expanding their vision of ride-sharing to include not just cars but bicycles, electric bicycles, and electric scooters. Uber jumped in first, adding the electric bikeshare company Jump to its app earlier this year in San Francisco and then acquiring the company outright in March for an estimated $100 million. Lyft earlier(...)

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The Codcast: Uber, Lyft expanding to bikes, scooters

Uber and Lyft are expanding their vision of ride-sharing to include not just cars but bicycles, electric bicycles, and electric scooters. Uber jumped in first, adding the electric bikeshare company Jump to its app earlier this year in San Francisco and then acquiring the company outright in March for an estimated $100 million. Lyft earlier(...)

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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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