Stephanie Pollack

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

The evolution of Stephanie Pollack

Why a life-long Democrat became one of Charlie Baker’s biggest backers

Photographs by Frank Curran STEPHANIE POLLACK AND Charlie Baker are the odd couple of Massachusetts politics. Pollack is short and Baker is tall. She’s a lifelong Democrat and he’s a lifelong Republican. She supported Deval Patrick in 2010; Baker was running against Patrick during that race. She’s a progressive with a history of pushing higher(...)

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Patriots set another record

Patriots set another record

T reports highest commuter rail ridership in history

SANDWICHED BY BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK winter storms, commuter rail officials had one more challenge to deal with last week: The highest one-day ridership in the history of the service with fans coming into Boston for the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade. MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shorstsleeve told an informal meeting of the oversight board on(...)

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The ghost of Stephanie Pollack

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack has plenty on her plate with trying to distribute a finite pot of money to deal with state’s aging transportation infrastructure as well as find the balance between her fiscally aware boss and a demanding public that wants it all without increased taxes or fares. But her biggest battle is with(...)

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Is the Green Line Ext. back on track — or not?

The Boston Globe’s headline was “State OK’s a cut-down Green Line extension.” The Boston Herald went with “Green light for $2.3 billion MBTA extension plan.” CommonWealth’s take was: “Boards give yellow light to Green Line Ext.” An OK, a green light, and a yellow light. Which is it? Each story was accurate, but the headlines(...)

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For Pollack and Beaton, past makes for awkward prologue

Where you stand depends on where you sit. That old adage is doubly true this morning when it comes to Gov. Charlie Baker’s cabinet. Two of his cabinet secretaries, Stephanie Pollack at transportation and Matthew Beaton at energy and environmental affairs, get attention in today’s Globe, with both toeing policy lines that put them at(...)

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Baker’s surprise transportation pick

Baker’s surprise transportation pick

Governor taps well-known transit advocate for transportation secretary

STEPHANIE POLLACK MAY know more about the MBTA than anyone alive. She’s been a dogged advocate for transit expansion. She opposed the repeal of gas tax indexing, believing the state needs a steady stream of new revenue to meet infrastructure needs. And she has lots of solid ideas for dealing with the state’s transportation problems. The(...)

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Pollack is solid and stunning choice

Pollack is solid and stunning choice

Baker pick says a lot about him

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S choice of Stephanie Pollack as his new Transportation Secretary is a solid and stunning choice.  Solid because everyone who knows Stephanie knows that she is smart, forward-looking, and fully engaged in thinking creatively about mobility issues. Stunning because, well, she works for the Dukakis Center. Labels aside, Stephanie brings the kind of(...)

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