State’s short-term fix won’t solve MBTA’s ails

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By Renée Loth | The Boston Globe | Opinion Column | June 23, 2012

Does Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey have the toughest job in state government? Smart and upbeat after nearly a year in the post, Davey still says it’s the best job. But the 39-year-old manager is confronting probably the greatest gap between public expectations and available resources of any service the state provides today. And he represents two warring constituencies — highway drivers and transit commuters — who are blind to their common interests.

Surging MBTA ridership could overwhelm system, report warns

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | June 14, 2012 By the end of the decade, Boston’s subways could grow so packed that trains would roll past waiting commuters, unable to accommodate more riders, a new report from a leading land-use think tank warns. Surging T ridership and booming construction around transit stations, the […]

The Trouble with Mass Transit

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By Bruce Gellerman

Living on Earth – PRI’s Environmental Newsmagazine | June 15, 2012

Business is booming for mass transit but for some cities it could be the end of the line. Host Bruce Gellerman find’s Boston public transportation facing fare hikes and service cuts. The Dukakis Center’s Stephanie Pollack was one of the two interviewed by Gellerman.

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Mass. economy to grow slowly

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By Megan Woolhouse, Globe Staff | The Boston Globe | June 1, 2012 The Massachusetts economy, which weathered the recession and its aftermath better than the nation’s, will grow at a slow to moderate pace through 2016, according to a forecast by the New England Economic Partnership. Employment will expand steadily over the next few […]

Massachusetts life sciences initiative brings fewer jobs than expected

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By Robert Weisman | The Boston Globe | June 14, 2012 Four years after Governor Deval Patrick signed a $1 billion initiative designed to boost the Massachusetts life sciences industry, the program has brought new companies and jobs to the state – but not as many jobs as originally anticipated. While the governor said in […]

Hub and Spoke: Core Transit Congestion and the Future of Transit and Development in Greater Boston

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Stephanie Pollack | June 2012

Far less publicized than the recent bad news about the financial crisis at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has been some very good news: ridership is up. These additional riders, however, are filling the MBTA’s rush hour trains and straining the aging system’s capacity. This success brings with it even greater financial challenges: how will the MBTA serve its growing ridership?

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A Future for Public Unions? Part II

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Barry Bluestone | boston.com | June 11, 2012 Nearly three years ago, the Boston Globe published an OpEd I had written about public sector unions.  In that piece, I asked whether these unions would suffer the same fate of lost membership and diminished political clout to which my old union, the UAW, had succumbed. What happened in Wisconsin, San Diego, […]

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