By the numbers


The spike in ridership experienced by the MBTA since 2011, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. The report also says car ownership fell by 4 percent and miles driven declined by 2 percent during the same period in Boston […]

The Only Solution to the Traffic Mess: Cash

Daily Item

By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item If you think your commute is bad now, just wait a few years. That’s the verdict of a transportation study issued earlier this summer. Barry Bluestone, professor of public policy at Northeastern University, co-authored “State of the Built Environment,” a study that said an additional 117,000 commuters are expected […]

Housing, Education, Transportation Dominate Economic Outlook Talks


By  Laura Alix | Banker & Tradesman The Massachusetts economy is strong and vibrant, but the state needs serious investments in its infrastructure – and transportation in particular – to support projected growth in the years ahead. That was a major consensus to come out of a panel discussion last week among three regional chambers […]

Uber finds a transit void to fill at North Shore Community College


By Nicole Dungca | The Boston Globe PEABODY — It was just past 7:30 a.m. when Dania Matos stepped off the 465 bus at the North Shore Mall. She had gone as far as public transportation would take her, but her classes at North Shore Community College were still 5 miles away. Within minutes, the 22-year-old nursing […]

2016 State of the Built Environment Conference Highlights

Built Environment

By A Better City Over 250 policymakers, experts and other stakeholders gathered at the State of the Built Environment conference on June 7th to debate issues facing the Greater Boston region. The sessions were anchored by A Better City’s key focus areas and the first State of the Built Environment report was released at the […]

What 80,000 More Vehicles a Day Do to Boston Commute

Next City

By Erick Trickey | Next City Greater Boston’s already congested roads and transit stations will have to absorb over 100,000 more commuters by 2030, leading to “virtual gridlock,” predicts a sobering new study. The report, from business group A Better City, frames the challenges that come with growth, as one of America’s oldest cities reacts to […]

Warning bells for region’s transit future as needs, pressures increase

Bay State Banner

Jule Pattison-Gordon | Bay State Banner As researchers look to Greater Boston’s future, one thing they warn it could contain a whole lot more time waiting in traffic. The time to tackle Greater Boston’s transit future is now, before the region’s already-pressured transportation infrastructure becomes burdened with a swell of new commuters. That was a […]

Report Shows Growing Strain on Greater Boston’s Infrastructure


By Matt Juul | Boston Magazine If you thought your morning commute was already a mess, wait until 2030. A new report released on Tuesday by business group A Better City shows that Greater Boston will likely need vast improvements to its infrastructure in order to meet growing population and traffic demands. Conducted by researchers […]

Downtown View: Make No Little Plans


By Karen Cord Taylor | Hey, Bostonians. Can we stop complaining about the Big Dig? Yes, it cost almost $15 billion. Yes, it took 15 years to complete. (It was a big job, moving all those utility lines and keeping the cars running overhead.) It was also worth every penny we spent on it. It […]

New Report Projects 80,000 More Cars On Boston Roads By 2030

New Hampshire Public Radio

By New Hampshire Public Radio A significant increase in Boston’s population over the next fifteen years will put an inexorable burden on Boston’s suffocated roadways and inadequate public transport systems, necessitating a new transportation plan founded on “credibility and trust,” Rick Dimino, chief executive of A Better City, told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday. Dimino […]

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