The future of the transportation system in Massachusetts is a growing concern to commuters, businesses and residents throughout the state. There is heavy congestion and increased commuting times on our roads, while the mass transit system continues to be unreliable and inadequate.
Addressing the impacts of climate change will require a serious commitment from all levels of government throughout the world, but the action plans for metropolitan Boston must be homegrown.
The building of additional roads is not a realistic solution to our current and future transportation challenges in the Boston area.
Three weeks ago, in a span of 48 hours, the future vision for transportation in Massachusetts changed dramatically.
Supporting transportation-friendly development and walkways designed with pedestrians in mind, a segment of the Massachusetts Turnpike Extension is in the process of being reconstructed.
The future for Boston’s Greenway corridor is bright and perhaps stronger than ever, thanks in part to the creation of the Greenway Business Improvement District.
Metropolitan Boston continues to experience increased jobs, population growth and relocation of companies into the urban core. The strongest economic activity is taking place in the South Boston Waterfront area, living up to the predictions and expectations set years ago.
Whether it’s a powerful nor’easter, a hurricane, a bomb cyclone, or just plain bad weather on steroids, climate change is hitting home and it’s only going to get worse. The future of the commonwealth will be defined by how well we prepare now to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
The MBTA is an underappreciated asset in metropolitan Boston. Certainly on some days – especially in the winter – it can be challenging to argue this point, but on the whole, the MBTA generates enormous benefits to both residents and businesses in this region.
Mayors and municipal governments in Greater Boston are taking important steps to address best uses for their city streets, with the fundamental goal of moving commuters more effectively on buses.
The reconstruction of the Massachusetts Turnpike interchange in Allston has the potential to be one of the most dynamic, transformational opportunities we have had in decades for Allston and Cambridge, for Boston and Harvard universities, and for Greater Boston as a whole – but success turns on
Today’s metropolitan Boston area offers a talented workforce and high-quality business climate. These are the two main reasons why Amazon should open its second headquarters in this area.
A few years ago, the MBTA hoped the costs and service of the commuter rail would be improved through a competitive bid for the entire commuter rail contract. As most riders know, this did not come to pass.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are vivid reminders of the implications of the growing threat of severe weather events and the impact of climate change.
Boston’s Seaport District continues to see dramatic economic growth, new development and frequent announcements of companies locating or relocating to the area.
Almost 30 years ago, the original planners and government officials who dreamed of a Greenway in Boston wanted to be ambitious: they described the Greenway as an “extraordinary opportunity … to alter the look and feel of the city of Boston. This kind of opportunity will never come again.”
When the Turnpike Extension opened in 1965, it established a new era of connectivity and economic opportunity for Boston and the region. Today, the Turnpike needs rebuilding, improvement and reconfiguration.
If taxes are the price we must pay for a civilized society, transportation user fees, such as roadway tolls, transit fares and the gasoline taxes, are the price we pay for a civilized transportation system.
The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board has in less than two years created a real blueprint for the MBTA’s long-term success. This five-member board was created in July 2015 to oversee the MBTA’s budget, management and operating practices.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway is now one of the most welcoming collections of open and civic spaces in downtown Boston and along its waterfront. This is not by accident.