While Governor Baker has made a decision to withdraw from the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative, the goals of TCI remain as important as ever.
For the sake of the entire Commonwealth -- but particularly our environmental justice populations that have been most adversely impacted by transportation pollution and by the COVID-19 pandemic -- reducing carbon emissions and tailpipe pollution must remain a high priority, and the Commonwealth’s laudable climate goals must be backed up by decisive action.continue
“We welcome and thank incoming Chair Betsy Taylor and all members of the new MBTA Board of Directors for their commitment to public transit. They have their work cut out for them. Our statewide coalition looks forward to working with the MBTA Board and staff to address critical issues around safety, equity, affordability, climate resilience and modernization. We also expect the Legislature to support the resources necessary to ensure that the MBTA fulfills its essential mission,” said Josh Ostroff, Interim Director at Transportation for Massachusetts.
Group demands urgency around known solutions: legislative investment and accountability through naming an MBTA board
Calling for action from both the Governor and state legislature, advocates, riders, and municipal leaders rallied on September 30 at the State House following a series of safety-related incidents throughout the MBTA system, including Red and Orange Line derailments and dangerous conditions on station stairs and escalators.
“We know the solutions to the challenges facing the T, and we have the power to fix them,” said Josh Ostroff, Interim Director at the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition. “The question is -- what crisis will it take for our leaders to act with the urgency and scale required?”continue
September 16, 2021 -- Public transit is an essential service, a public good, and the backbone of our state economy. Years of reports and studies have established that in order for Massachusetts to be competitive and to serve all residents, we must have a modernized transit network that is equitable, efficient and environmentally sustainable. The Governor and the State Legislature are entrusted with this responsibility.continue
Proposed Initiative Petition Would Worsen Climate, Equity and Transportation Crises
BOSTON , September 1, 2021 -- As the extreme weather across Massachusetts and beyond makes clear, we face a climate crisis that threatens our Commonwealth. Severe storms, flooding, drought and dangerous heat affect us all. This crisis demands clear action and responsible leadership.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative, or TCI, will benefit residents all across Massachusetts and beyond as part of a comprehensive approach to reducing carbon emissions. TCI will help protect our environment and health while also improving vital transportation services on which we all depend.continue
Transportation for Massachusetts is excited to announce a grant opportunity for organizations working on transportation justice across the Commonwealth. We welcome applications until May 28th, 2021.
Transportation Justice is critical to the Commonwealth, and is a central to the mission of our statewide coalition. We must ensure that transportation provides access to opportunity -- particularly for historically underserved and disadvantaged populations, and especially now at a time of worsening inequality during COVID-19.continue
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