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 to upgrade the antiquated MBTA system.

The Governor’s transportation plan comes at an average cost of $1 billion more a year in taxes and fees. It includes big-ticket projects, such as a $1.8 billion commuter rail extension to Fall River and New Bedford known as the South Coast Rail.

James Stergios and Stephanie Pollack have been combing through the Governor’s transportation plan with professional eyes.

Stergios is the executive director of the Pioneer Institute, and Pollack is the associate director at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, which is part of the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition. Read More

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 he would seek. Past reports have identified an annual gap of roughly $1 billion between what the system needs and what the state raises and spends.

But his comments add to a growing sense of inevitability on Beacon Hill that residents will be asked to pay more to repair the state’s crumbling infrastructure and confront years of red ink.

Legislative leaders who previously embraced a policy of “reform before revenue” appear to be shifting from asking whether more money is needed to asking how to raise that money and where to spend it. Read More

Car-free commuting push pays off in Kendall Square

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | July 25, 2012

Doug Taylor used to get to work the way most Americans do, driving alone. Then he switched jobs to one of the many Kendall Square companies that offer financial incentives for employees to leave their cars at home. After trying the commuter rail, the 48-year-old Medford resident soon discovered he could pocket even more by biking.

Though Taylor had not owned a bicycle since high school, he now pedals 12 miles most days, taking the T occasionally, driving rarely.

“I enjoy the freedom of doing it and the exercise,” said Taylor, associate ­director since January of an economic research group at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. “Between riding the bike and the amount of walking I’ve done to and from [the T], I’ve actually lost 12 pounds.” Read More

MBTA Public Transportation Teach-In

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February 28th | 6:00 – 7:30pm | 325 Richards Hall |

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Hosted by Northeastern Students Against T Cuts
with sponsorship by the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

At the beginning of the year, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced two proposals to deal with an impending $185 million budge deficit for the next fiscal year. Organizers for Students Against T Cuts reached out to the Northeastern University School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy to hold this teach-in to better outline the background of the MBTA’s financial situation, the engineering behind our physical system, innovative solutions, and the impact of public transportation on the Greater Boston community.

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