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Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Those who fear displacement don't see it that way

What do we think about when we think about transportation equity?    There is regional equity – the question whether every region in a state, or every neighborhood in a city, is equitably treated from a funding perspective. There is modal funding equity, which goes to whether public sector decision makers treat each mode fairly when it comes to the allocation(...)

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S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

Look to the roads – the Mansfield I-495 route

THE CURRENT PROCESS for South Coast Rail is on the wrong track. The current solution—an interim option which avoids sensitive environmental areas—doesn’t please the city it runs through (Middleboro), the one it misses (Taunton), or the communities at the end of the line, Fall River and New Bedford. The project also fails to offer riders(...)

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T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

Pilot to test whether off-peak toll discounts can ease congestion

STATE LAWMAKERS ON WEDNESDAY set aside $88 million for the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, $8 million more than Gov. Charlie Baker had recommended for fiscal 2019. The legislative budget also creates a task force to examine ways to improve the performance of the authorities, which provide bus service in regions outside Boston. Part of(...)

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T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

Keolis charts progress after 4 years on job

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS still need to work out how to pay for South Coast Rail and who should be in charge of the first phase of its construction, but on Monday they sounded as if the long-delayed project was a go. James Eng, the deputy rail administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, sought and(...)

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T official: We’re good on revenues right now

T official: We’re good on revenues right now

Capital spending ramping up dramatically at transit agency

THE MBTA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR said on Monday that the transit agency doesn’t need new revenues in the near term, but he said the situation could change in the future. “In the current fiscal year, on the operating side and the five-year capital investment program, we do not need more money. We’re fully funded. Longer term,(...)

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T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

Mayor of Braintree says increases defy logic, aren’t fair

IN RESPONSE TO PUSHBACK from Quincy and Braintree elected officials, the MBTA on Monday announced it would hike parking rates on September 1 rather than August 1 and cut the size of the weekday price hike at the heavily used Braintree and Quincy Adams garages from $3 to $2. T officials said the revisions, apparently(...)

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Pollack: West Station ridership forecast may be off

Pollack: West Station ridership forecast may be off

Says she doesn’t like existing computer model, developing 2 others

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK believes the computer model the state uses to predict future transit ridership is unreliable, at least for projects like the proposed West Station in the Allston area of  Boston. In a recent presentation to a group of stakeholders involved with the planning process for a massive highway and transit project in(...)

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Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Brings in engineer who help overhaul Green Line extension project

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Thursday that the state will revisit many of the assumptions behind a massive highway and transit project planned for the Allston-Brighton area with the help of “fresh eyes,” including an independent team headed by the same engineer who spearheaded the overhaul of the Green Line extension to Medford and(...)

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Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates

Doing the math on T’s $6.5m hike in parking rates

Most of the new revenue to come from a handful of garages

MOST OF THE $6.5 MILLION in new parking revenue the MBTA is counting on to help balance the transit authority’s budget during the upcoming fiscal year budget would come from just a handful of garages, which may make it difficult to accede to political pressure to cut the size of planned increases at a couple(...)

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Baker, Walsh at odds on T funding

Baker, Walsh at odds on T funding

Determining the impact Uber and Lyft

Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may be good friends, but they don’t see eye to eye on the MBTA. Walsh said on CommonWealth’s Codcast this week that the T needs additional revenues, and he suggested a good place to start is with a bigger assessment on the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft.(...)

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