ANOTHER DAY in Massachusetts, another litany of transportation problems: packed subways in Boston; late commuter trains in the suburbs; clogged roadways, well, everywhere. Snarled traffic makes life miserable for residents, and, eventually, will threaten the state’s rebound from the recession.
eTOD Score is a pilot version of a “rating system” designed to identify neighborhoods and districts with built, social, and transit attributes that reduce driving, encourage higher transit ridership, and promote transit equity and accessibility. Unlike rating systems for individual TOD projects, this proposed eTOD Score rating system seeks to measure the capacity for equitable TOD within […]
Stephanie Pollack writes in Architecture Boston that with Governor Deval Patrick and the legislature committed to tackling comprehensive transportation finance reform in 2013, now is a perfect time to reflect on the lessons from the past when the attention of the Commonwealth’s residents and leaders was focused on transforming transportation planning and policy — and to remind […]
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?
Maintaining Diversity In America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Neighborhood Change
Americans are increasingly using transit and showing more interest in living in transit-rich neighborhoods (TRNs). For neighborhood and equity advocates however, the good news is tempered by a growing concern about gentrification and displacement that may be occurring in TRNs. Our report is based on research that was designed to address this dilemma. Download Full […]