The MBTA has published a draft map of its proposed new bus network – a major milestone in the agency’s efforts to reinvigorate and expand its bus services. For the past year, the T’s planners have been working on a blank-slate redesign of its bus routes to adapt to the region’s changing travel patterns, better […]
Tax collection data from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue suggest that gasoline consumption and its associated air pollution is rebounding towards pre-pandemic levels, undermining hopes that increased work-from-home arrangements can have a major impact on meeting the state’s climate goals. Massachusetts residents burned through roughly 596 million gallons of gasoline during the first three months […]
An “extremely concerned” federal agency will increase its oversight over the the T, and advocates worry that the move could severely constrain the T’s ability to plan for its future. “The potential is basically a federal takeover where suits from D.C. basically come in to run the place,” warns Brian Kane, the Executive Director of […]
After suffering through long delays during the pandemic, two new trail connections have opened to bike and pedestrian traffic this spring: the Charlestown Seawall trail connection between Draw 7 Park in Somerville and Alford Street in Boston, and the new Watertown-Cambridge Greenway, which connects the Alewife Red Line station to Watertown Square. The new Charlestown […]
"Folks always say what is environmental justice? What is environmental racism? Here it is. This is a prime example of it. The state is dumping contaminated material next to low-income communities and communities of color,” said Rosanne Bongiovanni, the executive director of GreenRoots, a Chelsea-based environmental justice advocacy organization.
The T is shopping for new buses that would allow boarding on both sides of the vehicle, which could facilitate more center-running busways across the region. "It recongnizes the potential that we don't need to rip up a whole street, if we can just change the bus instead," says Maya Mudgal, a BTD transit planner.
The Baker administration is developing a new financial incentive to help more Bay State residents purchase electric pedal-assist bicycles, according to officials in the Governor’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). At April’s virtual meeting of the state’s Zero Emission Vehicle Commission, Dan Gatti, Director of Clean Transportation Policy at the EEA, shared […]