Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail

TransitMatters: Our plan for regional rail

A roadmap of short and long-term initiatives for state officials

MASSACHUSETTS BENEFITS GREATLY from a legacy passenger rail network mostly built out in the late 19th century.  Thankfully, much of it was saved from the worst impulses of mid-20th century auto-centricism, which makes us a rarity among large metropolitan areas in the United States. It’s the kind of priceless infrastructure that you just couldn’t build(...)

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Pollster explores commuter rail survey

Pollster explores commuter rail survey

What does it mean?

Richard Parr, the research director of the MassINC Polling Group, said he was surprised at the strong support in a statewide, online poll for regional rail and a number of other ambitious transportation initiatives, including an underground rail link connecting North and South Stations. The most popular initiative was transitioning the commuter rail fleet from diesel to electric power.(...)

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Massport: New Uber/Lyft drop-offs will speed Logan travel

Massport: New Uber/Lyft drop-offs will speed Logan travel

Central pick-up opening Monday

THE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY staged a dry run on Wednesday to demonstrate how a centralized location for Uber and Lyft pickups and drop-offs will work at Logan International Airport. With the ambitious play to reduce airport congestion set to start phasing in on Monday, Massport conducted a mock drop-off and pickup in the newly renovated(...)

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What’s the plan?

What’s the plan?

We need a protocol for unexpected subway shutdowns

IT’S HAPPENED TWICE this year.  It will certainly happen again. A major incident shuts down a critical section of the inner urban subway system. In June it was the Red Line derailment, which caused havoc the morning of the incident. More recently, it was the Orange Line, which was out of operation through the entirety(...)

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T notes: Revenue discussion still percolating

T notes: Revenue discussion still percolating

Bus on-time performance hit; regional rail OK coming

THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PUBLIC have yet to hear from the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on whether new transportation revenues are needed, but two members who weighed in on the issue earlier this year say their viewpoint hasn’t changed. Brian Lang and Monica Tibbits-Nutt said after Monday’s meeting that they continue to believe(...)

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After Orange Line closure, more apologies from the T

After Orange Line closure, more apologies from the T

On safety, Poftak blames himself for focus on control board meetings

MBTA GENERAL MANAGER STEVE POFTAK apologized repeatedly for a construction accident that prevented weekend work on the Orange Line from wrapping up as planned Sunday evening, snarling Monday morning commutes on the Orange Line, the Green Line, and the T’s bus network. The T is in the midst of weekend shutdowns on the Orange Line(...)

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The case for 'Environmental Justice Corridor' train service

The case for ‘Environmental Justice Corridor’ train service

Lynn, Revere, Chelsea, and Everett deserve transit equity

FOR THOSE OF us who have long fought for transformative policies to bring the Massachusetts transportation system into the 21st century, the recent CommonWealth opinion piece by former transportation secretary Jim Aloisi and former Senate president Stan Rosenberg was music to our ears. As the elected officials who make up Lynn’s legislative delegation, we couldn’t(...)

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A caution on hiking ‘regressive’ gas tax

A caution on hiking ‘regressive’ gas tax

Report says any increase should be accompanied by measures to cushion blow

ADVOCATES HAVE LONG pointed to an increase in the state’s gas tax as a way to generate new revenue for transportation needs, often citing the much steeper increases in MBTA fares in recent years than in the state levy on fuel used by drivers. With the Legislature poised to consider new transportation revenue this fall,(...)

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New subway cars compromise our values

New subway cars compromise our values

We shouldn't be doing business with a country like China

I RIDE THE MBTA ORANGE LINE every single day. I’ve done so for the past 15 years. While I do get frustrated every so often with its service, it is still a reliable and affordable method of transportation for me and many other commuters in greater Boston. On top of that, it is also a(...)

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Lawmakers urged to try congestion pricing

Lawmakers urged to try congestion pricing

Sabadosa says approach not right solution for W. Mass.

CITING THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION’S WARNING that traffic is at a “tipping point,” lawmakers and advocates renewed calls Tuesday for Massachusetts to follow its peers and adjust roadway tolls at different times of day in an attempt to reduce congestion. A version of the system, referred to as congestion pricing, is already in place in nine(...)

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