Thank you, Dr. Beverly Scott

February 11th, 2015

We appreciate the leadership, energy and vision that Dr. Beverly Scott has brought to the job of MBTA General Manager. She has been a tireless advocate for bus and rail riders. We at Transportation for Massachusetts thank Dr. Scott and wish her all the best.

The MBTA is essential not just for its hundreds of thousands of riders. Our region’s commerce, industry, institutions, sports and culture, as well as our neighborhoods and families, depend on it to move people reliably, day in and day out. The next GM must continue Dr. Scott’s work to build a world-class transit system for a world-class city and region.

To do that, the MBTA, like all our transportation across the state, needs resources. The recent and ongoing winter weather has exposed longstanding problems. Delays and cancellations – and the disruption to people and businesses that result – are direct consequences of a longstanding failure to responsibly invest in the system. Trains, buses, electrical systems and switches are decades beyond their useful life. As Senator Tom McGee said, the state has a “transportation crisis” and our transportation system is “completely overwhelmed.”

Underfunding is not confined to the MBTA. Statewide, roads and bridges are on a decades-long waiting list for repair and replacement, and Regional Transit Authorities do not have the resources to properly serve their communities. This problem has been documented for many, many years.

Dr. Scott often spoke about what defines success in public transportation. It is for public transit to be the first choice of the people it aims to serve. The next General Manager should aim for that standard. And the next General Manager should have adequate financial support from the Administration and the State Legislature to rebuild a transit system that is worthy of Massachusetts.

2000 names. One broken system. Let’s fix it together.

February 10th, 2015

In just a few days, 2000 people signed our petition asking the state to fund safe and reliable transportation. Facebook, Twitter, email, news stories and more are making the case that the MBTA was on the ropes long before the snow started falling.

The weather brought this failing system to a halt, and made people pay attention. Unprecedented system closures have made the point that we have a broken transportation system regardless of the weather.

Underfunded transportation is not just an MBTA issue. All across the state, people lack safe and reliable choices to get to work, school, home and live their daily lives. The biggest problem is an underfunded statewide transportation network that is decades out of date, and which risks our safety, our livelihood and our future.

The 2007 Transportation Finance Commission report made this clear. Our 2011 Maxed Out report spelled it out. And it is now up to every one of us to drive home the message: let’s fix this problem!

If you have not signed up, please do. If you have, please spread the word.

Either way, please respectfully and urgently contact your legislators, the House Speaker, the Senate President and Governor Baker and let them know that you support funding a safe, reliable, 21st-century transportation network for Massachusetts. In your own words and with your own experience, explain what the lack of everyday reliable transportation means to you.

Thank you!

Sign up to support safe and reliable transportation!

February 6th, 2015

Please sign up today!

By now, you’ve seen plenty of articles, pictures, and tweets about the MBTA’s breakdown in this week’s snowstorm, along with mammoth traffic jams, detours and delays across the state. After many years of underfunding transit maintenance, upkeep and upgrades, a crisis like this was bound to happen.

Our elected officials need to hear from residents frustrated with the state’s massively underfunded public transit system. Will you add your name to the growing list of MA residents who want reliable and safe public transportation, roads, and sidewalks?

For workers, students, families, seniors and visitors all across the state, our MBTA and regional transit service must be improved and maintained to operate regardless of the weather. Winter conditions have exposed the worst of our transit systems, but regular riders know that we face unreliable bus and train service every day. Can you sign our petition and make sure the Governor and state legislature hear your voice?

Our public transit systems get us to school, to work, and back home to our families. Let’s take this opportunity to remind our elected officials that our state deserves a transportation system that can weather storms. Sign our petition to request sufficient funding for transportation.

Buying a Charlie Ticket should not be like buying a lottery ticket and getting around safely and on time should never be a game of chance. With the support of thousands of residents all across Massachusetts, we will succeed in making investments to improve and maintain the trains, buses, roads, sidewalks and bikeways that we rely on for our daily lives.

Thank you for making your voice heard.

Welcome to the Berkshire Community Action Council

February 3rd, 2015

Our newest coalition member is the Berkshire Community Action Council, a Western Massachusetts agency with a mission to assist low-income, elderly and working-poor of Berkshire County towards achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency. BCAC has offices in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington. Transportation is a vital issue for everyone, nowhere more so than individuals and families in smaller towns and cities.

We welcome new members to our coalition!

January 29th, 2015

Transportation for Massachusetts welcomes five new members to our coalition to support transportation investment and excellence all across the commonwealth.

The 495/MetroWest Partnership is a regional public/private collaborative representing 34 cities and towns and scores of businesses and institutions, with a longstanding interest and expertise in transportation issues.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is the regional planning agency for the 32 cities and towns of our westernmost county, and serves as the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The Coastal Trails Coalition is a group of citizens and communities in the Lower Merrimack Valley who advocate for the Coastal Trails Network, a public system of interconnected bicycle and pedestrian trails to enhance local recreation, conservation, education, and tourism opportunities.

The Community Economic Development Center in New Bedtord works towards economic justice in the local economy through people-centered development, connecting youth and adults to skill-building opportunities, and resources. They work with community networks and collaborations to promote cooperative action for social change.

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation serves 21 towns in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. They work to improve the quality of life for Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, educational, social and community needs while preserving the rural character of the area. The communities served all have a population of under 2500 residents.

If your organization wants to work towards affordable, sustainable and reliable transportation solutions that serve us all, please come on board! Contact [email protected] or call (413) 367-T4MA today.

Welcome to the Baker Administration

January 9th, 2015

Transportation for Massachusetts looks forward to the leadership of the Charlie Baker Administration. Our priorities are shared in The Next MassDOT, a summary of recommendations to keep the commonwealth moving forward.

Read The Next MassDOT.

Essential reform, adequate revenue and expanded choice are the top line issues.

We are enthusiastic to work with Governor Baker, Secretary DePaola, the legislature and with federal, state, regional and local leaders to keep transportation momentum and improve mobility for all. Read the full document or a summary.

Statement on Ballot Question 1

November 5th, 2014

In approving Question 1 on November 4, we are disappointed that Massachusetts has lost an important funding source that would have helped to build and maintain a safe and reliable transportation system across the Commonwealth. We are proud of the legislature for taking last year’s courageous vote to provide needed funding after years of delayed investment.

Looking forward, we will continue to work with elected officials and our coalition partners to find a way to fill this significant gap in our state’s transportation infrastructure budget. The benefits of a transportation network that serves everyone will only be realized through wise planning and a strong statewide coalition.

Transportation for Massachusetts is committed to the Commonwealth.

Save the Date: Capital Ideas on November 13-14

September 2nd, 2014

Our national partner Transportation for America is hosting a state policy conference on November 13-14 in Denver, CO. Make plans now to attend Capital Ideas: Raising money for transportation through innovative state legislation to learn what states around the country are doing to develop support for transportation investments. Register today to learn what Massachusetts should be doing to plan for tomorrow.

Download the flyer: T4A State Policy Convening – Denver Nov 13-14!

Complete Streets Funding Announced

August 20th, 2014

August 20, 2014 – At today’s meeting of the Healthy Transportation Compact Meeting, MassDOT announced an initial investment of as much as $5 million in funding for the critical Complete Streets Certification Program. The funding provides competitive funds to cities and towns to help residents walk, run, and bike more safely.

This will result in better health for Massachusetts residents, who will have more opportunities to be active, thus reducing the level of chronic disease. This is especially true in low-income communities, which currently have fewer places, sidewalks, and bikeways for residents to safely be outdoors and be active. It also supports the state’s goal to triple the number of people that walk, bike and take public transit.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA), two of Transportation for Massachusetts’ member organizations, were strong advocates for this funding.

“This is a fabulous commitment of funds to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout Massachusetts. Municipalities across the state have either passed a Complete Streets policy, or have the desire to develop one, but lacked funding to do so. We know a lot of cities and towns that will use these funds to make these streets safer,” said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of MAPC.

“Making it safer and more inviting to walk and bike will improve public health. This is a victory particularly for low-income communities since complete streets are an essential tool to address health inequities. More complete streets will help reduce pedestrian fatality rates and increase options for safe physical activity and better access to jobs, education, and healthy foods,” said Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director of MPHA.

Other organizations championing this complete streets investments included WalkBoston, Livable Streets Alliance, MassBike, Massachusetts Alliance of YMCAs and the American Heart/American Stroke Association, and the Act FRESH coalition, led by MPHA. Senators Harriette Chandler and Jason Lewis were strong supporters of creating this initiative.

“This gives our cities and towns the funding to meet the needs of current residents and to attract new ones,” said Kristina Egan, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts. “We thank the members of our coalition and Act FRESH for shaping the certification program, and we are grateful to the legislature and MassDOT for their leadership in funding this safety and health initiative.”

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Briefing Book for candidates for MA governor

May 28th, 2014

Created with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and provided to all candidates.
Read the briefing book: T4MA-MSGA 2014 briefing book