Tracking Transportation

Tracking Transportation

Keeping track of transportation

House passes transportation bill with minor tweaks

House passes transportation bill with minor tweaks

Measure has enough backing to override Baker vetoes

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE of Representatives approved a major tax bill Wednesday night that Democratic leaders say will generate more than half a billion dollars for transportation infrastructure by increasing taxes or fees on gasoline, corporations, ride-hailing services, and vehicle purchases by rental car companies. Lawmakers voted mostly along party lines in(...)

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February 2020

In transportation debate, don’t forget low-income fares

Lower prices would help address equity, public health

IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE to riders and elected officials alike that our public transit systems are in need of transformative change. But often lost in the conversation about fixing the MBTA and regional transit authorities is the burden of transit costs on people who already struggle to make ends meet. Our region has high poverty(...)

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Transpo answer: Regional ballot initiatives

Transpo answer: Regional ballot initiatives

Tackling issues locally offers major advantages

YEARS AGO, Denny Zane was stuck on a Red Line train that stalled over the frozen Charles River. Without thinking, he began to hum “people get ready, there’s a train a comin’.” The tune spread from one passenger to another, growing louder and louder until the entire car was chanting along. After a few years(...)

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Cooperation key to addressing region’s transportation voids

Cooperation key to addressing region’s transportation voids

Agencies should stop thinking in silos, share revenues and costs

CONGESTION IS A COMMON TOPIC of conversation these days in Eastern Massachusetts.  Frustration with the transportation system is at a level rarely seen.  Economic development officials are concerned that congestion will slow economic growth, and that some of the talent important to the Massachusetts economy will migrate to locales where the daily commute is less(...)

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Higher ride-hailing fees bad idea

Higher ride-hailing fees bad idea

Punitive tax increase makes Uber, Lyft scapegoats

THOSE OF US who live in Massachusetts can all agree that transportation across the state has been a major problem in need of serious solutions for a long time. Unfortunately, our state’s policymakers want to pass a significant tax increase on rideshare rides that would only hurt consumers and do little to meaningfully address our(...)

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Transportation notes: Whither the control board?

Transportation notes: Whither the control board?

House bill steers $6m a year to help taxis, livery firms

THE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD, scheduled to expire at the end of June, looks like it could turn into a political football on Beacon Hill. The House’s transportation funding legislation calls for at least a three-year extension of the existing five-member Fiscal and Management Control Board, complete with the requirement that it meet 36 times a(...)

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Coming T shutdowns present an opportunity

Coming T shutdowns present an opportunity

Use them to showcase bus rapid transit potential

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER recently announced several upcoming weekday shutdowns of MBTA lines, with the most dramatic shutdowns coming to the Green Line. This short-term pain, long-term gain approach – relying on replacement shuttle buses – streamlines repairs to bring better service to customers more quickly. Ask any rider who has taken shuttle buses during other(...)

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Don’t forget about our roads and bridges

Don’t forget about our roads and bridges

Baker’s bond bill good start, but $700m more needed

THE FRONT PAGES and television newscasts have dedicated much focus these last few years to the MBTA’s subway, trolley, and commuter rail lines. And rightly so, as public transportation by rail is vital to our state and its economy. But also vital to our state and our economy are the 72,000 lane miles of roadways(...)

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4 ideas for a transportation funding bill

4 ideas for a transportation funding bill

Pair gas tax, TCI; promote toll equity

MULTIPLE IDEAS are on the table for solving our transportation crisis of roadway congestion, underperforming transit, and the looming impacts of climate change. Key to Massachusetts’s future success will be a combination package that addresses the long-standing tensions between rural and urban districts; drivers currently paying highway tolls versus drivers on toll-free highways; and, of(...)

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Shuffle proposed for 4 of Boston’s parkways

Shuffle proposed for 4 of Boston’s parkways

Oversight would shift for Storrow Drive, Soldiers Field Road

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION wants to transfer four major parkways currently under the control of the Department of Conservation and Recreation over to the Department of Transportation. In an outside section of Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget proposal for fiscal 2021, Storrow Drive, Soldiers Field Road, Morrissey Boulevard, and Day Boulevard would be transferred to the Department(...)

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