Patrick Proposes Expanding Rail Service; Revenue Options Listed

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By Fred Thys | WBUR | January 14, 2013 BOSTON — With the release of a long-awaited transportation financing report (PDF) on Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick is proposing to expand rail service across the state. Patrick is endorsing a plan by the state Department of Transportation that would fund rail service from Pittsfield to New […]

Patrick vows new funds for roads, rail

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | January 4, 2013 Governor Deval Patrick said Friday that he will unveil a proposal later this month to raise the necessary money through taxes or fees to fix the state’s financially beleaguered transportation network. Patrick declined to say how he would raise the money or how much […]

Racial Disparity Among Boston Commuters

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By Boston Public Radio Staff | WGBH News | November 26, 2012 Click HERE to listen. If you use the MBTA to commute to work, you know it can take a very long time to travel just a few miles. But, if you’re black, chances are your commute on the MBTA is longer than your […]

Wide racial gap exists on speed of Boston-area commutes

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Disparity particularly bad on buses, averaging 80 minutes more per week By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 24, 2012 At the end of a recent community meeting on the state transportation system, a grandmotherly woman with a lyrical Caribbean accent strode up to the top transportation official in Massachusetts, dispensing with pleasantries. “Let […]

Roadmap to a sustainable transportation system

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By Greg St. Martin | Northeastern News | November 21, 2012 Stephanie Pol­lack, asso­ciate director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy in Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, noted a decades-long shift in public thinking about the envi­ron­mental impact of energy con­sump­tion. Now, she said, a sim­ilar move­ment must be directed toward sus­tain­able transportation. […]

MBTA, highway system face vast budget deficits

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Budget analysis examines only operational costs By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 20, 2012 Just months after the MBTA raised fares, the T faces a $130 million deficit for the next budget year, according to an analysis released Monday by a regional think tank. But that daunting financial gap is eclipsed by […]

Patrick poised to call for transportation tax hike

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | November 16, 2012 Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about a transportation system in a crisis so severe that it carried a shortfall of nearly $1 billion a year, Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem with a plan that […]

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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