Beyond the latest “Reason” report: the challenge for Massachusetts

Massachusetts must modernize our transportation network to suit changing needs, and we must better maintain and expand our key infrastructure, and we must leverage innovation for better service and value. Without proper investments, grounded in an assertive vision to promote clean and efficient travel, we will pay a big price in lost opportunity, time and higher costs down the road.

This is a challenge that we must address comprehensively, with good information and sound values, informed by expertise and by the everyday perspectives of the public. But good information on Massachusetts - and a sense of perspective - are missing from the latest Reason Foundation report on highway spending. This report deserves a response, because past versions of the Reason report have become fodder for our statewide transportation debate.

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What New Census Data Tell Us About Transportation in Massachusetts

The U.S. Census Bureau on September 15th released the latest data on commuting in America from the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS). A quick read shows that Massachusetts continues to experience a slow slide in car commuting, and an increase in the importance of transit and active transportation – driven in part by economic and population growth in the region’s core and, relatedly, by shifting patterns of commuting among younger residents.


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2015-2016 Legislative Recap

With formal legislative sessions concluded for 2015-2016, now is a good time to reflect on the transportation bills that made it into law, and those that came up short in the end-of-session scramble. 

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Innovative Mobility + Social Equity: A Community Forum

How will changes in transportation affect people and communities that are historically underserved by transportation? Come to a forum on August 11, and share your views and concerns on new trends and opportunities - and what these changes mean for you and your community.

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We Are Recruiting For A New Director

Transportation for Massachusetts is recruiting for a new Director to lead our coalition’s work. Please share this opportunity!

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MBTA fare cap: settled, at last

The Governor recently signed House Bill 4492, which ensures that no individual MBTA fare will increase by more than 7%, and fare increases are limited to once every two years. This new law, passed as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, covers every fare product, including monthly passes.

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Thank you, Kristina Egan

For five years, Kristina Egan has been a respected, effective and visionary leader to create a new transportation future for Massachusetts. We have been honored to work with her and wish her success in her new role as the Executive Director of the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

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Well-balanced, not quite future ready: the new Capital Investment Plan for Transportation

By Charlie Ticotsky

The state has a new, draft plan for transportation. The five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) includes highways, MBTA, regional transit authorities, bike and pedestrian projects, airports, and the RMV.  Putting it together was a big undertaking that MassDOT started back in the fall of 2015. The plan will likely be approved on June 22, with revisions in the years to come.

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Let's stand up for transit riders

Public transportation is essential to everyone in Massachusetts. Whether we personally ride it or not, a statewide public transit network is important to our economy, to opportunity, to the environment and to healthy lives.

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FY2017 Senate Budget Through a Transportation Lens

Today marks the beginning of Senate debate on the FY2017 budget. The House developed its budget last month. Below, we take a look at transportation-related items in the draft budget and amendments that have been filed by Senators. This blog will be updated as debate progresses.

There are 1167 amendments that the Senate will consider this week, before approving a budget, which a Conference Committee will refine before it is voted by both chambers and sent on to the Governor for consideration. 

 

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