The Codcast

The Codcast: Bus lane: Everett just did it

Everett wanted to launch a dedicated bus lane, so Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. just did it in December 2016. No community meetings or endless analysis. DeMaria gave residents four days notice that the parking lane on a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway was going to be eliminated during the early morning hours and then put up(...)

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The Codcast: Is Charlie Baker beatable?

Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in America, looks like a lock for reelection, according to polls, pundits, and even lots of Democrats you talk to. But don’t count John Walsh as one of them. The former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party insists Baker can be defeated — and he says the governor’s team(...)

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Salvucci takes new tack on West Station

Salvucci takes new tack on West Station

Needed now to help relieve congestion on Turnpike

Transportation guru Fred Salvucci said on the Codcast that the proposed West Station is needed now to deal with congestion in Kenmore Square and the Seaport District, not future congestion caused by Harvard University’s creation of a new neighborhood in the Allston Landing area. Salvucci’s position is sharply at odds with the views of the(...)

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The Codcast: Salvucci takes new tack on West Station

Transportation guru Fred Salvucci said on the Codcast that the proposed West Station is needed now to deal with congestion in Kenmore Square and the Seaport District, not future congestion caused by Harvard University’s creation of a new neighborhood in the Allston Landing area. Salvucci’s position is sharply at odds with the views of the(...)

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The Codcast: Salvucci traces decline of T to Weld administration

Fred Salvucci, one of the state’s most influential transportation officials, traces the decline of the MBTA to the early years of the administration of former governor William Weld. Salvucci, who served 12 years as secretary of transportation under former governor Michael Dukakis and now teaches at MIT, said support for transit gained momentum after former(...)

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Warren, Brownsberger go at it on criminal justice bill

Warren, Brownsberger go at it on criminal justice bill

Drawing a line in the sand

The sweeping criminal justice bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed earlier this month received widespread, but not universal, praise as a welcome turn away from the tough-on-crime policies of the 1980s and ‘90s. One notable dissenting voice was that of Setti Warren, the former Newton mayor who is now one of three Democrats vying to(...)

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