Stephanie Pollack, associate director of the Dukakis Center, says cutting tax benefits to public transit users sends wrong message in the face of growing traffic congestion and other concerns.
IN THE continuing debate over no-parking housing in Boston, Stanley Spiegel’s Oct. 11 letter cites my research at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy but draws precisely the wrong conclusion from our work (“Even with nearby transit options, car keys will be jingling”). The research found that in half of neighborhoods newly served by transit, […]
Employment and appointments suffer By Javier Panzar | BOSTON GLOBE | JULY 10, 2013 Sixty-three-year-old Terrie Cherry, a primary care attendant, crisscrosses Worcester up to seven times a day on the local buses to reach her patients. She rides Route 6 in the morning, and if the bus is late, as it was twice […]
By Benjamin Swasey | WBUR.org| July 9, 2013 BOSTON — With limited quality public transportation, many low-income Latino residents across Massachusetts are reliant on cars, and it’s adversely affecting their finances and job choices, a new report (PDF) argues. The study — comprised of surveys conducted in East Boston, Lynn, Springfield and Worcester— finds that a majority of respondents rely, […]
Callahan Tunnel to close for three months By Martine Powers | Boston Globe | June 20, 2013 The Callahan Tunnel will close for construction for three months at the beginning of next year, capping a convergence of projects scheduled for early 2014 that some fear will create a perfect storm of gridlock. The 52-year-old tunnel, […]
Third time a charm for transportation plan?
Senate measure seeks compromise between House and Patrick
CommonWealth | GABRIELLE GURLEY | April 11, 2013
AFTER DAYS OF POSTURING from both sides, Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders may finally huddle mid-field to agree on a smaller transportation finance plan that whittles down operating gaps at MassDOT and the MBTA and provides some funding for capital investments, but holds the line on sizable tax increases.
Could the Senate plan provide common ground? CommonWealth | GABRIELLE GURLEY | April 11, 2013 THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE is preparing to vote on a transportation finance plan that is bigger than the $500 million House version Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to veto but still well below the $1 billion package the governor wanted. What’s unclear is whether the […]