A letter to MBTA General Manager Poftak from 24 organizations, including T4MA
June 24, 2020: Thank you to your entire team at the MBTA for your hard work and quick response during this COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. The MBTA has proven itself as a critical lifeline, allowing essential workers to get to their jobs and enabling thousands of people to access health care, get to the grocery store, and carry out other necessary tasks. The MBTA has always been essential to keeping Massachusetts running; that is true now more than ever.continue
Transportation for Massachusetts has awarded the second round of Transportation Justice/Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) subgrants to 12 organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania to support important initiatives promoting equity and environmental justice. T4MA is grateful to the Barr Foundation for their support, and all applicants for their interest. A total of $112,500 was awarded in this funding round.continue
By Chris Dempsey
The T4MA team is horrified by the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. His death -- like the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black men and women due to racism and police brutality -- is a sad reminder of injustice in our society. We all have a responsibility to confront that injustice -- institutionally, with others, and within ourselves.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives is set to debate legislation to reform and revitalize transportation in Massachusetts. The T4MA coalition thanks the Representatives whose important work will be discussed and decided this week. Here's a brief summary of where we are, and what is on the table.continue
Cross-posted with the Union of Concerned Scientists and authored by Dan Gatti, UCS Policy Analyst.
Twelve states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic along with DC are proposing to invest billions every year for the next decade in clean transportation under a new policy framework released today by the Transportation and Climate Initiative (or “TCI”).continue
Transportation for Massachusetts applauds the leadership of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board for adopting a series of forward-looking resolutions to transform the commuter rail and bus networks.continue
A new Congressional caucus, led by Massachusetts’ own Ayanna Pressley, is advocating for forward-looking transportation policy at just the right moment. Representative Pressley (D-MA) this week joined Jesus Garcia (D-IL), and Mark Takano (D-CA) in establishing the Future of Transportation Caucus to focus federal policy and legislation on solving our urgent transportation and climate challenges with better public transit and active transportation, not exacerbating them by promoting highway expansion.continue
A significant portion of transportation spending in Massachusetts relies on federal dollars, which support roads, bridges, MBTA, RTAs, and more. It is essential for Massachusetts, and every state, that federal dollars continue coming in. However, federal funding for transportation largely supports roads, rather than transit, walking, and biking. Advocates that care about sustainable transportation must look for ways to push Congress to do better. Transportation contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, with levels continuing to rise, so a bill of this scale should prioritize lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing vehicle-miles traveled, while focusing on maintenance of existing road and bridge assets over expansions.continue
In Backing Change, Real Estate Community Can Help Move State Beyond Gridlock
Reprinted with permission from Banker & Tradesman
Congestion is holding back Greater Boston from its full economic potential – and the consequences go far beyond just the time we waste stuck in gridlock on our roads.
Traffic is intricately tied to another of the region’s problems: the high cost of housing and the difficulty of building new housing in many communities in eastern Massachusetts. At nearly every public meeting on new development, officials and developers hear comments from nearby residents that the proposed project is going to create more traffic and that, because of that traffic, the project should be smaller than proposed, or perhaps shelved entirely.continue
Guest Blog by Pat Beaudry of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
At a time when we are mobilizing to reduce tailpipe pollution and carbon emissions, what would another 30 million annual car trips mean for our air quality and climate crisis? And how would these 30 million additional car trips impact our already chronically congested roads?continue