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We need a RGGI for transportation

We need a RGGI for transportation

Cap emissions, sell credits, and invest to reduce congestion

AS WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY and the worldwide movement to protect our environment, it’s heartening that sustainability and an appreciation for clean air, water, and land have become mainstream values. We have come a long way from the first Earth Day in 1970, when, too often, environmental consequences were an afterthought. And while many hurdles(...)

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Time to reconsider S. Coast Rail phased plan

Time to reconsider S. Coast Rail phased plan

Current approach is too slow and offers too little bang for the buck

THE PATRICK AND BAKER ADMINISTRATIONS have been aligned in their support for South Coast Rail as the best approach to providing improved regional mobility to and from the South Coast region of Masssachusetts. Linking the great cities of New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton by rail to Boston would provide those and neighboring communities with(...)

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T notes: Baker confusion on Silver Line ramp access

T notes: Baker confusion on Silver Line ramp access

Update should improve subway arrival prediction times

THE PUSH FOR SILVER LINE ACCESS to a Seaport District ramp into the Ted Williams Tunnel took an odd turn this week when Gov. Charlie Baker was asked about the situation and appeared to have his facts wrong. The ramp in question is located in the Seaport District off the Massport haul road next to(...)

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Mass. needs to move much faster on electric buses

Mass. needs to move much faster on electric buses

$75m from VW settlement could accelerate transition

MASSACHUSETTS HAS AN AIR POLLUTION problem, specifically a diesel pollution problem. Our state has the highest health risk from diesel soot in New England. The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent rollback of automobile emission and efficiency standards will worsen air quality and significantly impact public health. Diesel exhaust pollution carries a cancer risk three times higher(...)

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Sanchez ups T appropriation by $27m

Sanchez ups T appropriation by $27m

But doesn’t back paying workers with capital funds

THE HOUSE’S BUDGET CHIEF on Wednesday rejected a provision sought by the MBTA and Gov. Charlie Baker that would have spared the transit authority from taking a $27 million hit on its operating budget, but he made up for it by increasing the T’s legislative appropriation by a corresponding amount. Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, the chair(...)

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Three officials part of attempt to change the T’s culture

Three officials part of attempt to change the T’s culture

Agency trying to shed its 'insular and slow-moving bureaucracy'

Photographs by Frank Curran WHEN BRIAN SHORTSLEEVE took over as chief administrator of the MBTA in August 2015, he wanted to shake things up. The former managing director at the Cambridge venture capital firm General Catalyst saw the T as “a very insular and slow-moving bureaucracy,” so over about 18 months he replaced about half(...)

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Debate over new T revenues coming

Debate over new T revenues coming

Advisory board urges land transfer tax, shifting ferry operations to Massport

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday unanimously approved a $2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year and indicated it would tackle the issue of whether the T needs a new source of revenue later this year, probably after the election. The issue of new revenues has been simmering for several years, but it appears(...)

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T, Keolis launch first-of-its kind ad campaign

T, Keolis launch first-of-its kind ad campaign

Trying to entice leisure travelers, reverse commuters on to trains

THE MBTA IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW, launching an advertising campaign to convince leisure travelers and people who live in Boston and work elsewhere to give commuter rail a try. Officials at the T and its commuter rail operator, Keolis, want to attract passengers to already existing train routes that currently have few riders. They say(...)

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Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Think bigger on Red-Blue connection

Don’t stop at Charles, extend Blue Line to Kendall

THE RED-BLUE CONNECTOR is back in the news, with the state funding a small study to examine whether the project might be feasible. When we last left it, the connector was tagged with a laughably-high price tag of $750 million for a deep bore tunnel, even though the existing Blue Line tracks extend west to(...)

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