Transportation

We can tackle traffic congestion

We can tackle traffic congestion

To paraphrase Beyoncé, put a price on it

THE FACTS ARE IN and they aren’t pretty.  Metro Boston ranks in the top tier of regions suffering from severe, chronic traffic congestion. You knew that, didn’t you?  You’ve been stuck in that traffic, day after day, morning and evening after morning and evening. Or you’ve been on commuter rail from Worcester or Framingham, waving(...)

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Transportation commission won’t look at revenues, financing

Transportation commission won’t look at revenues, financing

Focus will be on envisioning the future, not paying for it

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S new commission on the future of transportation will try to envision how people will be moving around the region 10 to 20 years from now, but it won’t be looking at how to pay for the infrastructure needed to accomplish that. Steven Kadish, the chairman of the commission, said the group will(...)

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Baker, Trump budgets disappointing for transportation

Baker, Trump budgets disappointing for transportation

Level funding regional transit authorities amounts to a shameful budget cut

IF YOU THOUGHT we might have turned a corner generating political support for what most of the public appears to want – a more resilient, reliable, sustainable transportation network – you were wrong. At both the federal and state levels the rhetoric sounds good, but the reality leaves a lot to be desired. The Trump(...)

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T notes: Pay-to-play on transportation projects

T notes: Pay-to-play on transportation projects

Mattapan trolleys: Money pit or wise investment?

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS say they will increasingly look to third parties to financially support expansion initiatives. A policy memo released on Monday at the Fiscal and Management Control Board meeting said the state will look to municipalities, institutions, private entities, land owners, and others to contribute resources to support expansion projects that benefit them. “Under(...)

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Unchoke the throat

Unchoke the throat

In Pike reconstruction, add boardwalk or extend shoreline

FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE for comments on the state’s billion-dollar plan to rebuild the Mass Pike through Allston. So far, most news has focused on the project’s billion-dollar price tag and the proposed West Station transit hub. But this massive project needs to be more than a highway and transit station – it should make a healthier(...)

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Free the ramp

Free the ramp

State should give Silver Line quicker tunnel access

I’VE BEEN WRITING for three years about the disadvantages of the Silver Line not using the Ted Williams Tunnel ramp that was designed for it, but it’s time to bring it up again. Ted Pyne recently wrote about the ramp in Commonwealth and he points out—much like I have—that using the ramp would actually save the T money in(...)

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Harvard increases support for West Station

Harvard increases support for West Station

Offers $8m for interim approach, $50m for complete facility

HARVARD UNIVERSITY put some additional financial muscle behind efforts to begin construction of a new transit station in the Allston-Brighton area earlier, offering the state $50 million toward a full multi-modal facility and as much as $8 million for a commuter rail stop on the Worcester Line that would serve as an interim solution. State(...)

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Kadish put in charge of transportation commission

Kadish put in charge of transportation commission

Will look at disruptive changes; new revenue on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS WITH AN EYE on the state’s transportation needs through the next two decades, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday created a special commission to try to understand how transportation options and demand could change by 2040 and how the state can be ready to adapt to those changes. The Commission on the Future(...)

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Getting cars, bikers, and pedestrians to coexist

Getting cars, bikers, and pedestrians to coexist

Boston is rife with idiotic signalization and laws that go unenforced

BOSTON IS GROWING, and fast.  Highways and arterial roadways are commonly clogged not just during “rush hour,” but at all times of day, including weekends.  It used to be the practice at the Boston Redevelopment Authority to advise young planners that “traffic problems solve themselves,” because people will find another route when traffic on one(...)

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A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation

A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation

Equity, climate, and choice are keys to developing a workable plan for the future

TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY matters to everyone who commutes, travels, or runs errands on a daily basis, and these everyday trips create a sense that we are all experts on transportation. For creative problem solvers, every traffic jam, transit delay, confusing intersection, or missing bike lane connection provides an opportunity to brainstorm possible solutions. But what(...)

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