Transportation

Baker (still) flying high

It’s great to be on top. Just ask Gov. Charlie Baker. The Republican governor has maintained his No. 1 ranking in the latest Morning Consult poll showing America’s Most and Least Popular Governors. Baker clocks in with a 71 percent approval rating, with just 17 of state voters disapproving of his performance. His steady popularity(...)

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Public transportation is investment in Springfield’s future

Public transportation is investment in Springfield’s future

A study of high-speed rail service to Boston should be in the mix

FORGIVE US  FOR opening old wounds, but it was just two years ago this spring that our state was crippled with foot after foot of snow. There was perhaps no more striking example of how dependent our economy is on reliable transportation. One economic analysis reported that Massachusetts lost $1 billion in wages and profits(...)

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T spending $2.2m on replacement bus service

T spending $2.2m on replacement bus service

High subsidies during weekend commuter rail shutdowns

THE MBTA SAID ON MONDAY it intends to spend roughly $2.2 million on heavily subsidized station-to-station bus service for commuter rail customers who are left without train rides on weekends during the installation of a crash prevention system. T officials said they originally planned not to offer the replacement bus service, but bowed to pressure(...)

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Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change

Pollack: Faster pace needed on climate change

‘We don’t have a lot of time and it takes us a long time to change’

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Tuesday that the mindset of the state bureaucracy needs to change and change fast if Massachusetts is going to have any chance of responding in a meaningful way to climate change. “We don’t have a lot of time and it takes us a long time to change,” she said.(...)

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Using the web to improve accessibility

Using the web to improve accessibility

TransitScreen is piloting technology in Cambridge

Transportation in cities is changing rapidly as new technology-enabled mobility options such as bike-sharing, car-sharing, and ride-sharing emerge. Our mission at TransitScreen is to make information about these proliferating public and private mobility choices accessible to everyone – regardless of their age, language, or social status – allowing them to save time and money while(...)

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$41,000 goes uncollected at T parking garage

$41,000 goes uncollected at T parking garage

Vendor reimburses agency; officials blame computer setting

THE MBTA SAID an incorrect computer setting at its Haymarket parking garage resulted in nearly $41,000 in credit card transactions going uncollected over 14 days in late May and early June. T officials say their parking lot operator, Republic Parking System of Chattanooga, Tennessee, ate the $40,900 loss and reimbursed the transit authority for the(...)

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Uber, Lyft changing traffic patterns at Logan

Uber, Lyft changing traffic patterns at Logan

More passengers choosing to be chauffered

RIDE-SHARING SERVICES appear to be changing traffic patterns at Logan International Airport, boosting the number of people paying for chauffeured services while causing a slight drop in the use of private cars, rental cars, and public transportation. Data compiled by the Massachusetts Port Authority indicate the number of people using ride-share services, taxis, and limos(...)

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We must learn from Seaport District failures

We must learn from Seaport District failures

The next tests come at Allston Landing, Suffolk Downs

THEY WERE GATHERED in the spectacular replica of the US Senate chamber at the Edward Kennedy Institute, a panel of local thought leaders discussing how Boston’s past might inform Boston’s future.  The discussion, organized under the auspices of Imagine Boston 2030, drew a large crowd because among its panel members were legends of the city’s(...)

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The Codcast: Add parking, cut emissions

The Massachusetts Port Authority believes the best way to reduce emissions at Logan International Airport is to add 5,000 parking spaces. It sounds counterintuitive, but Massport CEO Tom Glynn makes the case on this week’s Codcast that more parking spaces will mean fewer people getting dropped off by friends, taxis, Ubers, and limousines. Those types(...)

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The Codcast: Ride-sharing regs redux

After several years of fits and stops, the Legislature finally passed a bill last summer that would  regulate transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft with an eye on safety for passengers. While lawmakers gave the Department of Public Utilities a pretty big canvas to paint their regulations on, they mandated a few set-in-stone parameters(...)

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