Transportation

Can we outsmart traffic and parking woes?

Can we outsmart traffic and parking woes?

Apps and congestion pricing latest attempts to aid drivers

There is only so much highway space available to accommodate the crush of cars commuting into and around Boston, just as there are only so many parking spaces in which to stash them once they’ve arrived. But that zero-sum game doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t ways to relieve both traffic and parking logjams. New apps(...)

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Can we outsmart traffic and parking woes?

There is only so much highway space available to accommodate the crush of cars commuting into and around Boston, just as there are only so many parking spaces in which to stash them once they’ve arrived. But that zero-sum game doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t ways to relieve both traffic and parking logjams. New apps(...)

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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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T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows

Keolis charts progress after 4 years on job

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS still need to work out how to pay for South Coast Rail and who should be in charge of the first phase of its construction, but on Monday they sounded as if the long-delayed project was a go. James Eng, the deputy rail administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, sought and(...)

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T official: We’re good on revenues right now

T official: We’re good on revenues right now

Capital spending ramping up dramatically at transit agency

THE MBTA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR said on Monday that the transit agency doesn’t need new revenues in the near term, but he said the situation could change in the future. “In the current fiscal year, on the operating side and the five-year capital investment program, we do not need more money. We’re fully funded. Longer term,(...)

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T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams

Mayor of Braintree says increases defy logic, aren’t fair

IN RESPONSE TO PUSHBACK from Quincy and Braintree elected officials, the MBTA on Monday announced it would hike parking rates on September 1 rather than August 1 and cut the size of the weekday price hike at the heavily used Braintree and Quincy Adams garages from $3 to $2. T officials said the revisions, apparently(...)

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Restarting the transportation funding debate

Restarting the transportation funding debate

With millionaire tax shot down, what else is under consideration?

WITH THE MILLIONAIRE TAX ballot question shot down by the Supreme Judicial Court, the debate over state transportation funding is slowly starting to shift gears on Beacon Hill. Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett, the House chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Transportation, said it’s time to start having a debate about alternative revenue measures. He(...)

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After surtax fail, Senator sees regional transpo taxes as “Great plan B”

After surtax fail, Senator sees regional transpo taxes as “Great plan B”

Would enable local communities to band together

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN ONE DOOR to transportation revenue closes, there’s an opportunity to try to open others, according to a Longmeadow Democrat who is making an eleventh hour push for local ballot initiatives to fund buses, highways and bike paths, an option available in most other states. The Supreme Judicial Court determined last(...)

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The Codcast: Business tackles transportation emissions

Alli Gold Roberts says the business community is a bigger supporter of addressing climate change than you might think. A senior manager for state policy at Ceres, which works with Fortune 500 companies and other business groups in addressing sustainability issues, Roberts said many businesses view climate change from a perspective of self-interest. Transportation, for(...)

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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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