The House Transportation Debate

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. 


The Transportation and Climate Initiative, Explained

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”).


T4MA Statement on MBTA Board Leadership on Regional Rail and Buses

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.


The Future of Transportation Caucus has Launched

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. 


Federal Transportation Policy Update

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.


Why Tolling Is Key to Boston’s Transportation Future

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 commentfrom 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 


RTAs: Now is the Time for Progress

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?


The Transportation & Climate Initiative Comes to Massachusetts

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is gaining steam. As part of a series of workshops that are free and open to the public, on April 30th, the nine states (plus Washington, D.C.) participating in TCI brought together about 200 regional leaders, advocates, academics, and members of the public at the Boston Public Library to discuss how to make transportation in the northeast and mid-Atlantic cleaner, more efficient, and more equitable.


T4MA awards grants to support Transportation Justice and the Transportation and Climate Initiative

Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) today announced the awarding of $120,000 in funding to 10 organizations focused on transportation justice and the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) across Massachusetts, as well as in Vermont and Maryland. The grants will help move transportation equity initiatives from concept to practice and promote transportation justice.


Federal Infrastructure: Letter to the Delegation

With the 116th Congress kicking off on January 3rd during a partial government shutdown, there seems to be little that Republicans and Democrats agree on. However, there is plenty of speculation that infrastructure, including transportation, is one area where legislators of both parties could work together with the Trump Administration. This is despite the White House’s February 2018 release of a deeply-flawed infrastructure proposal that received only scant support from congressional Republicans and Democrats.


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