GLX and Public Engagement

The Somerville and Medford communities that are most affected by the Green Line Extension recently submitted a letter to MassDOT Secretary Pollack on the importance of public engagement.  This letter, from the Somerville Transportation Equity PartnershipMedford Green Line Neighborhood AllianceFriends of the Community Path and Green Line Extension Working Group is shared as a guest blog.

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Cutting Transit Service Doesn't Save As Much As You Think

By Tony Dutzik. Originally posted at Frontier Group

Cuts to transit service are among the many options being considered by Gov. Charlie Baker’s Fiscal and Management Control Board as it attempts to restore the MBTA to fiscal and operational health. Late-night service, weekend commuter rail service, and service on up to 28 regular bus lines are all under the budgetary microscope.

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Letter to MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board

Prior to the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board report to the legislature in mid-December, our coalition has submitted a letter on the important issues that the FMCB is considering as it continues its vital oversight and leadership. We applaud the efforts of the Board and staff who support its work, which is providing unprecedented visibility and accountability for the region's largest transit agency as it works on many challenges in finances, operations and maintenance.  

Download our letter

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What's At Stake: How Decreasing Driving Miles in Massachusetts Will Save Lives, Money, Injuries, and the Environment

Driving costs us big – in gas, vehicle maintenance, road repairs, increased pollution, and decreased physical activity. But just how much do these costs add up to? What’s at Stake, a new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) and Transportation for Massachusetts, looks at just that.

Here’s the bottom line: if the Commonwealth promotes smart policies that reduce driving by just one percentage point below official projections, then we could save big – $20.1 billion to be exact. Read the full What's At Stake report and get all the facts.

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How Top Employers Are Getting People To Work

Transportation for Massachusetts recently helped to organize a roundtable presentation and discussion on innovative approaches to workforce transportation, in collaboration with coalition members MassCommute and the 495/MetroWest Partnership and our partners at Transportation for America.  

Attracting and retaining forward-looking companies, and tomorrow's workforce, will require the region to be smart about transportation solutions, competitive with other regions, and committed to the transportation needs of all workers.

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In a World of Driverless Cars, We'll Still Need Transit

By Tony Dutzik. Originally posted at Frontier Group

Driverless cars have the potential to bring great benefits – reducing the carnage on our roads and, if designed well and integrated into the transportation system properly, promoting energy efficiency and the efficient use of infrastructure.

But, in a world of driverless cars, will there still be room for transit? If we want our cities to be successful, vibrant hubs of commerce, living and culture, the answer will be “yes.”

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Complete Streets Funding Announced

Complete Streets are designed for everybody, and encourage walking, cycling and transit to coexist with cars and trucks. With a push from members of our coalition and from leaders in dozens of cities and towns, the state legislature in 2014 authorized a strong Complete Streets initiative.  After further discussion and review with many communities, MassDOT has announced a funding program to make this important concept a reality, supported by $12.5 million in the next two years.

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What Works: Low-cost ways to encourage walking, biking and transit

People today want good transportation choices, including transit, walking and cycling. But resources are often limited. To suggest solutions, Transportation for MassachusettsLivable Streets AllianceWalkBoston and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council published a new report, What Works: Low-cost ways to encourage walking, biking and transit. The report is available online and at the annual Moving Together conference in Boston on November 4, 2015.

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We need to build the Green Line Extension

The Green Line Extension (GLX) is a long-planned project that will provide transit service to tens of thousands of daily riders, with major benefits to the economy, environment, and congestion, and with substantial funding from the federal government. The debate should not be about whether to build GLX, but how. 

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Make your voice heard!

We thank MassDOT for asking for public comment on their upcoming capital plans, including transit, walking, biking, roads and bridges. The series of 16 Capital Conversations events are important to hearing directly from the people on what kind of mobility investments we need in the years to come.

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