Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

How do we avoid a transportation relapse?

How do we avoid a transportation relapse?

We need to restore confidence in public transit

FOR MANY US CITIES, the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic provided a remarkable if temporary glimpse of an urban environment with dramatically less car travel and air pollution. On social media, photos emerged, from typically traffic-choked Boston to smoggy Los Angeles, of open roads and clear blue skies. While the reason for this change(...)

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T eliminating plastic-paper/cash price differential

T eliminating plastic-paper/cash price differential

Bus ridership forecast to hit 50% of pre-COVID levels in Sept.

THE MBTA SAID on Wednesday that starting September 1 it plans to eliminate the significant price differential between those who pay their fares with rechargeable plastic CharlieCards and those who pay with cash or paper CharlieTickets. The premium for using cash or paper is high. Currently, someone boarding a bus and paying with a paper(...)

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2019

Salvaging an unsatisfying legislative session on transportation

5 recommendations for the House-Senate conference committee

THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE the year for the Massachusetts Legislature to deliver a major overhaul of the state’s transportation system. The stars had begun to align in early March when the House passed a pair of bills that raised revenue and authorized key transportation projects across the Commonwealth. Then came coronavirus, economic calamity, and(...)

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T control board to remain largely intact

T control board to remain largely intact

Aiello: Priority is planning for uncertain future

THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD will remain largely intact going forward, as four of the five members, including chair Joseph Aiello, have decided to stay on for the coming year. Aiello, who had previously indicated he intended to step down, said his immediate priority is helping the T plan for a very uncertain(...)

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Pandemic demands rethinking costly Transportation Climate Initiative

Pandemic demands rethinking costly Transportation Climate Initiative

Major shift in commuting patterns weakens Baker administration case

        COMMUTES ONCE MEASURED in miles, hours and aggravation have changed to steps, minutes, and tranquility for those who continue to work from home post-pandemic. This is good news for many workers and families, as well as for the environment. From a work-life balance perspective, many have cheered their improved productivity, reduced(...)

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2019

What happened to the transportation revenue bill?  

Senate scuttles major House tax priority amid pandemic 

LESS THAN FIVE months ago, frustrated drivers and transit riders saw a glimmer of hope that a major infusion of cash might soon be on its way to shore up the state’s ailing transportation system. The Massachusetts House – typically the Legislature’s more conservative body on taxes – unveiled a $600 million transportation revenue bill.   While the future of the bill was always uncertain(...)

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Don't let pandemic stifle bold transportation policy

Don’t let pandemic stifle bold transportation policy

Going small would be ‘historic missed opportunity’

WE ARE IN a crisis, with little apparent prospect of advancing toward a better future. It’s not COVID-19 I’m talking about, not directly. But all things converge, and the state legislative response to our chronic, undebatable transportation crisis – a crisis that impacts the quality of the air we breathe, the mobility fairness and responsiveness(...)

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2019

Senate to tackle transportation with borrowing, not taxes

Boncore says COVID-19 has shifted debate on revenue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE SENATE WILL NOT take up a House-approved, half billion-dollar package of transportation tax and fee increases this lawmaking session, instead focusing attention on an omnibus borrowing bill that the Senate’s Transportation Committee chairman believes can be fully funded without new revenues. Sen. Joe Boncore, who like House Speaker Robert DeLeo(...)

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Senate pushed to pass transpo revenue package

Senate pushed to pass transpo revenue package

House lawmakers, advocates pressure senators to act

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE, widely considered a bastion of liberalism on Beacon Hill, suddenly finds itself being pushed and prodded by all sorts of progressive groups to follow the lead of the more business-friendly House and raise taxes and fees to support transportation. The House passed a more than $500 million tax and fee package to(...)

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