Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

Add homes at train stops, reduce traffic

Add homes at train stops, reduce traffic

Creating 253,000 new units could ease housing, congestion woes

HIGH HOME PRICES and soaring rents. Countless hours spent sitting in traffic. This is all par for the course for Massachusetts residents, but it doesn’t have to be. Allowing modest increases in how many homes we create near train and commuter rail stops could have a big impact. Currently, we’re not creating the number of(...)

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MassDOT contractor facing heat after fatal collision

MassDOT contractor facing heat after fatal collision

Firm’s employee involved in crash that killed 13-year-old

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION is starting the new year reviewing a contract it has with a highway safety company after one of the firm’s employees was allegedly driving drunk during a fatal collision. Gregory Goodsell was driving a Hi-Way Safety Systems pickup truck at 7 a.m. on Sunday when he allegedly drove through a red(...)

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The big squeeze at Big Dig 2

The big squeeze at Big Dig 2

One new idea calls for rail tunnel underneath the Charles River

THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE PROJECT that some are starting to call Big Dig 2 is struggling to squeeze 12 lanes, four railroad tracks, park land, a pedestrian path, and two bike lanes into a narrow 210-foot section of land between Boston University and the Charles River. Like a jigsaw puzzle, state officials keep moving the pieces(...)

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Keolis crews get more training on switches

Keolis crews get more training on switches

Instruction follows derailment on Worcester Line last week

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA AND KEOLIS will expand training programs for commuter rail personnel after an initial investigation determined that human error in switch usage caused a derailment on the Worcester Line last week. All train crews were given “special instruction” on rules governing manual switches following the incident, the MBTA announced Sunday(...)

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Subway ridership rebounding, but still lackluster

Subway ridership rebounding, but still lackluster

Survey of T riders finds 56% believe system is not reliable

RED LINE RIDERSHIP appears to be rebounding, with the number of average weekday trips now trending back to the same level it was prior to the June 11 derailment at the JFK/UMass Station. Customer satisfaction with the T is also starting to rebound, although it’s still not very high and remains well below historic levels.(...)

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What we should focus on in the rail debate

What we should focus on in the rail debate

Keys are congestion reduction, last-mile links, low or no fares

A correction has been added to this story. Congestion at rush hour:  That is the problem we should be trying to solve as we contemplate alternative rail and transit expansion programs.  At rush hour, rail and transit already carry a significant share of traffic and can likely capture a greater share, reducing congestion for those who continue(...)

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Theoharides: Sununu rejection of TCI no surprise

Theoharides: Sununu rejection of TCI no surprise

Granite State not essential to success, she says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S LEAD NEGOTIATOR on a multi-state pact to lower carbon emissions from vehicles said Thursday she was not surprised New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu withdrew his state from talks, as he slammed the program as a “financial boondoogle.” Energy Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said Thursday after testifying before the Senate Global(...)

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Groups slam temporary Charles River bridge

Groups slam temporary Charles River bridge

Fewer Turnpike lanes, closing Soldiers Field Rd called better options

This story was updated at 2 p.m. TO MAKE ROOM for a massive reconstruction of the Massachusetts Turnpike near Boston University, the Charles River Watershed Association said it would opt for shutting down Soldiers Field Road or merging it with I-90 instead of the state’s proposal to build a temporary bridge out into the Charles(...)

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Baker’s walk on the wild side

Baker’s walk on the wild side

Leads the charge for TCI and higher gas prices

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S all-in embrace of the transportation climate initiative is another step away from his shrinking Republican base and a tacit admission that the state needs more transit funding. The transportation climate initiative, or TCI, places a price on the carbon contained in gasoline and diesel fuels and requires wholesale distributors to pay allowances(...)

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TCI could up gas prices 5 to 17 cents a gallon in 2022

TCI could up gas prices 5 to 17 cents a gallon in 2022

Modeling shows costs and benefits of carbon pricing

OFFICIALS DEVELOPING A new regional approach to reducing tailpipe emissions on the East Coast are considering policies that would add between 5 cents and 17 cents to the cost of a gallon of gasoline, generating over $1 billion in the first year spread among all the participating states. No price is set in stone yet,(...)

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