Pollack says she has no opinion on surtax to fund transportation

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By Andy Metzger | State House News Service Stephanie Pollack in 2013 urged lawmakers considering new revenue sources for transportation to consider a greater mix of funds. On Monday, as state transportation secretary, Pollack said she has no position nor opinion on one of the grandest proposals out there — a plan to reap nearly $2 […]

Making it that ‘final mile’ to work in suburbia

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By Emily Sweeney | Globe Staff Say you take the commuter rail to work in the suburbs west of Boston. After you step off the train, you need to find a ride to reach your office. Do you call a taxi? Request an Uber? Wait for a shuttle bus? Wait . . . is there a shuttle […]

Westborough: Transportation summit asks how to improve public transit

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By Brad Avery | Wicked Local Framingham  An economic development group Tuesday kicked around ideas on how cities and towns can collaborate on improving public transportation in central Massachusetts and Greater Boston. Comprised of economic development professionals from the region and the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the group Boroughs+ is focused on solving the “Last Mile” problem – […]

More countdown clocks come to MBTA Green Line

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By Alyssa Meyers, The Daily Free Press The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority began to activate additional arrival countdown clocks at Green Line stations throughout Boston this week. The signs at Copley and Arlington were unveiled Tuesday, the Inbound signs for Boylston and Park Street on Wednesday and the North Station, Haymarket, and Science Park Station signs […]

Dukakis And Weld To Baker: Dig Under Downtown To Link Rail System

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Beacon Hill’s past and present met at the State House Wednesday to discuss something that could dramatically change Boston’s future: a proposed tunnel under downtown that would connect North and South Stations and allow train travel through the city.

Dukakis, Weld agree on need for rail link

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They’re the ultimate political odd couple. One is a Democrat, the other a Republican, and while they fought bitterly back in their day, these former governors have set aside their differences to go on a quixotic quest.

Transportation transformation in Metrowest

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There’s a vision for downtown Framingham and it looks a little something like Somerville. Town Manager Bob Halpin hopes to make the area vibrant, but mostly convenient as a hub for the young workforce. None of that can happen, however, without a way to get around. Halpin is focused on transit-oriented development, or bringing amenities and apartments to an area with a train and bus system to boost the local economy. With the MetroWest and Milford area population aging, some say bringing in better transportation will be key to keeping MetroWest towns thriving, as Halpin hopes to do.

Presentation on Braintree’s future Wednesday night

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Barry Bluestone, a professor at Northeastern University, and Mayor Joseph Sullivan will share the findings of “Envision Braintree” at a community meeting Wednesday night.

“New website gathers data for transit geeks”

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Transit and urban planning wonks, rejoice: All the data on the neighborhoods around your favorite MBTA stations is now available online. A new website called tstation.info allows you to dig through the demographics surrounding transit stations, thanks to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy for Northeastern University. Tim Reardon, the assistant director of data services at the MAPC, said such data helps policymakers and developers make smart decisions.

Telecommuting won’t fix snow woes

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Bluestone argued that telecommuting has been oversold and listed an array of jobs that can’t be done from the kitchen table. “Doctors are not yet ready,” he said, “to do emergency surgery by computer.”

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