What Andrew Cuomo Could Learn About Transit From Deval Patrick

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By Stephen Miller | StreetsBlog.org | February 27, 2013 As New Yorkers wait to find out if Governor Cuomo is even thinking about finding someone to chair the MTA, his lack of attention to transit stands in stark contrast to another northeastern governor – one who in the past six months not only named a new transit […]

Supporters of more transportation finance dollars examined campaigns in six cities

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By Michael Norton and Andy Metzger | State House News Service | February 5, 2013 Massachusetts taxpayers appear on the verge of being asked to invest substantially more for the state’s public transportation network and those doing the asking, mindful of potential pitfalls, have been preparing by studying similar campaigns in other states. As Patrick administration […]

Broadside: Mass. Gov.’s transportation plan

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NECN.com | January 23, 2013 (NECN) – Wednesday morning’s Green Line fire wasn’t just an inconvenience for MBTA riders – it was also an opportunity for Mass. Governor Deval Patrick to make a point about his new budget. The budget includes more than $1 billion in new transportation spending, some of which would be used […]

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 […]

Mass. has the vision to fix transportation

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By Michael S. Dukakis and Stephen P. Crosby | The Boston Globe | December 9, 2012 Four decades ago, the two of us were part of an extraordinary process that reinvented the way the state thinks about transportation and set the stage for an economic revival that we continue to enjoy today. That process was […]

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 […]

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