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Beaton OKs South Coast rail phase one

Beaton OKs South Coast rail phase one

Says service would attract 1,600 riders by 2030

THE STATE’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIAL on Monday gave the green light to a project that would phase in rail service from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River, with the first phase launching in 2022. Matthew Beaton, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, issued his decision shortly after 5 p.m., clearing the way(...)

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Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

Buses, not gondolas, are the answer

They are a quick and easy solution that doesn't cost $100m

Second of two parts WHILE A GONDOLA WON’T FLY at South Station, there’s a simple solution to the mobility issues confronting the Seaport District and the basic infrastructure is already in place: buses. A bus may not be as sexy as a gondola, but it also won’t require a hulking station shadowing Congress Street, Dewey(...)

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T eyeing congestion pricing for parking

T eyeing congestion pricing for parking

Considers hiking rates at busy garages and lowering them elsewhere

THE MBTA APPEARS TO BE considering a form of congestion pricing for its parking garages. Congestion pricing has become a hot topic in transportation circles lately as advocates push for new ways of using tolls to influence driving behavior. On the Massachusetts Turnpike, for example, advocates are pushing for an increase in toll charges at(...)

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The Codcast: Time to talk about buses

We spend a lot of time talking about gondolas and autonomous vehicles, but not enough time talking about buses. Yeah, buses. A report issued this month by the Livable Streets Alliance said the MBTA bus system is being stifled by congestion on Boston streets. It noted congestion along just seven miles of the city’s roadways is(...)

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T notes: New bridge to feature bus lane

T notes: New bridge to feature bus lane

No repeat of St. Patrick’s Day vandalism on commuter rail

THE STATE TRANSPORTATION BOARD approved a nearly $177 million contract on Monday to replace the rundown North Washington Street Bridge in Boston with a new span featuring four lanes for vehicles, a dedicated southbound lane for buses, bike lanes, and wider sidewalks. The bridge currently carries 44,000 vehicles a day between Charlestown and Boston’s North(...)

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DeLeo mostly mum on transit goals

DeLeo mostly mum on transit goals

In chamber speech, he largely ignores business group’s plea

THE GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE pressed for new user fees dedicated to transit and road improvement in a policy brief earlier this week, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo largely ignored the business group’s plea when he addressed the organization on Friday. DeLeo didn’t mention transportation in his speech to the group, and, in response(...)

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T notes: New Silver Line service launches April 21

T notes: New Silver Line service launches April 21

Bus will allow 1-seat trips between Chelsea and S. Station

THE FIRST MAJOR SERVICE EXPANSION at the MBTA since 2007 – an extension of Silver Line bus service (which currently  runs between South Station and Logan Airport) to East Boston and Chelsea  – is set to launch April 21. The so-called SL3 bus will offer a one-seat ride from Chelsea and parts of East Boston(...)

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