Transportation

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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Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads

Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads

Massive long-term investments needed to meet challenges

THERE IS A DEEPENING LEVEL of discomfort permeating business and government leaders in Massachusetts today. The economy is strong; unemployment is low; cranes dot the skyline over greater Boston, with new luxury housing and office towers expanding this historic landscape. But we all know that something is missing from this picture. The “under toad” (See(...)

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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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Ride-hailing apps rule at Logan

Ride-hailing apps rule at Logan

Lyft, Uber now preferred way to get to and from airport

RIDE-HAILING APPS such as Uber and Lyft are now the leading way passengers get to and from Logan International Airport, an indication of how rapidly their popularity is growing. According to statistics compiled by the Massachusetts Port Authority, the ride-hailing apps have gone from handling 11 percent of pickups and dropoffs in 2016 to 21.4(...)

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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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Moulton, Baker to meet on N-S Rail Link

Moulton, Baker to meet on N-S Rail Link

Connecting the north and south halves of the state's commuter rail system could promote economic development

US Rep. Seth Moulton indicated his push for a rail link between North and South stations in Boston is picking up some momentum. He told a small group of business executives in Salem that he is meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday to talk about the rail link and he hinted that a “private(...)

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Moulton, Baker to meet on N-S Rail Link

US Rep. Seth Moulton indicated his push for a rail link between North and South stations in Boston is picking up some momentum. He told a small group of business executives in Salem that he is meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday to talk about the rail link and he hinted that a “private(...)

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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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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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