Transportation

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

Look to the roads – the Mansfield I-495 route

THE CURRENT PROCESS for South Coast Rail is on the wrong track. The current solution—an interim option which avoids sensitive environmental areas—doesn’t please the city it runs through (Middleboro), the one it misses (Taunton), or the communities at the end of the line, Fall River and New Bedford. The project also fails to offer riders(...)

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T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

T notes: Lawmakers hike funding for regional transit authorities

Pilot to test whether off-peak toll discounts can ease congestion

STATE LAWMAKERS ON WEDNESDAY set aside $88 million for the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, $8 million more than Gov. Charlie Baker had recommended for fiscal 2019. The legislative budget also creates a task force to examine ways to improve the performance of the authorities, which provide bus service in regions outside Boston. Part of(...)

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Pollack: West Station ridership forecast may be off

Pollack: West Station ridership forecast may be off

Says she doesn’t like existing computer model, developing 2 others

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK believes the computer model the state uses to predict future transit ridership is unreliable, at least for projects like the proposed West Station in the Allston area of  Boston. In a recent presentation to a group of stakeholders involved with the planning process for a massive highway and transit project in(...)

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Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Pollack launches new reviews of Turnpike, West Station

Brings in engineer who help overhaul Green Line extension project

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY STEPHANIE POLLACK said on Thursday that the state will revisit many of the assumptions behind a massive highway and transit project planned for the Allston-Brighton area with the help of “fresh eyes,” including an independent team headed by the same engineer who spearheaded the overhaul of the Green Line extension to Medford and(...)

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For walkers, the last six inches are important

For walkers, the last six inches are important

Linking bus and walking networks critical to transit improvements

WALKBOSTON HAS BEEN TALKING about transit as the middle leg of a walking trip for many years. We understand that even the most avid walker or walking advocate knows that many trips are too long to make a single-mode-walk trip possible. Now, the transit and active transportation worlds have become more attuned to the facts(...)

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Putting a price on carbon gains momentum in Mass.

Putting a price on carbon gains momentum in Mass.

Senate approves legislation, National Grid lends its support

CLARIFICATION: The original version of this story twice likened putting a price on carbon to putting a tax on carbon, but a sponsor of the legislation said it is not a tax. To read his point of view click here. MASSACHUSETTS MOVED CLOSER to embracing an economy-wide price on carbon, as the Senate approved an(...)

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Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Regulatory reset needed on Uber, self-driving cars

Impose a series of fees and use the funds for public transit

Second of two parts (First part can be found here.)  MASSACHUSETTS STATE AND MUNICIPAL DECISION MAKERS must push a reset button and develop a template for a more comprehensive and robust regulatory framework that will guide the operation of Transportation Network Company and autonomous vehicle business models. It’s a necessary first step in the process(...)

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TNCs existential threat to public transportation

TNCs existential threat to public transportation

Ride-hailing apps are a disruptive auto-centric technology

First of two parts ADVOCACY IS WHAT LIKE-MINDED people do, usually in an organized fashion, to effect change in the way government or public policy impacts their lives. Advocacy can take many forms and approaches, from energizing and activating people at the grassroots, to persuading decision makers at the grasstops, to knocking on doors in(...)

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Some transportation decisions put off until after election

Some transportation decisions put off until after election

It may be a coincidence, but delays seem to be piling up

It may be just a coincidence, but decisions on divisive transportation issues big and small seem to be getting put off until later this year – after the election. The biggest decision revolves around the design and configuration of the Massachusetts Turnpike and associated transportation infrastructure in the Allston-Brighton area. A deteriorating elevated section of(...)

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Hey mayors, focus on transportation

Hey mayors, focus on transportation

Reprioritize the use of city streets away from private cars

TODAY, GLOBAL AND NATIONAL MAYORS will convene in Boston to advance shared solutions around climate change. By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Mayors will increasingly have more opportunity – and a deeper responsibility – to lead on climate change. Boston has been a leader in planning for(...)

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