WBUR – Snowy Commute Raises Questions, Complaints Across Boston Area

December 18, 2013

Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director of Research at the Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy, moderated a discussion about winter weather and transportation in Boston between Sacha Pfeiffer and Anthony Brooks on Radio Boston. Pfeiffer says our transportation systems are to blame, and Brooks claims it’s simply winter weather slowing down the city.

Here’s a recording of the debate: http://radioboston.wbur.org/2013/12/18/snow-aftermath.

Steve Roche, of Walpole, Mass., shovels snow Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (Steven Senne/AP)

Steve Roche, of Walpole, Mass., shovels snow Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (Steven Senne/AP)

Tonight’s commute home is almost guaranteed to be better than last night’s. Yesterday’s snow storm lasted through the evening commute, snarling traffic across the Greater Boston area.

Many of you were stuck in cars inching along snowy roadways or diverted because of accidents or waiting in the cold for MBTA trains and buses — some of which never came.

So when we got to work this morning, the Radio Boston crew compared notes about how many hours it took us all to get home. And that turned into a lively debate — maybe even a little feisty — over whether slow commutes are just what happens during New England storms, which is co-hostAnthony Brooks‘ point of view. Or whether our transportation system failed us last night, as co-hostSacha Pfeiffer believes.

So Sacha and Anthony invited a transportation expert to the Radio Boston studio to tell them which co-host is more correct.


Stephanie Pollack, associate director of research at the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

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