Dozens of Boston-area municipal leaders on Wednesday endorsed new or expanded transportation revenue options, including a 15-cent increase in the state’s 24-cent per gallon gas tax, as House lawmakers approach a vote on the topic.
With a vote possible in the House next week on a transportation revenue bill, the details of such a package remain in development and its possible components include measures dealing with the gas tax and ride-share fees.
Confidence among employers in Massachusetts continued its up-and-down trajectory in October, when the business community felt more optimistic about things.
A group of 357 scientists say majority-minority cities and neighborhoods are exposed to 66 percent more of a deadly type of pollutant produced by cars, called PM2.5, that can cause cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, and early death.
Senate leaders say a “major” bill that addresses clean energy, clean vehicles and buildings will “probably” come before the state Senate in January of next year.
State officials and nonprofit housing organizations plan to develop a second-in-the-nation online tool over the coming year to make every affordable rental unit listing available on a single platform, and give property managers a simple way to manage their listings online.
Gov. Charlie Baker this week said he wouldn’t support a “big increase” in the gas tax but that doesn’t mean the governor supports any increase in that levy.
If Massachusetts is going to invest in fixing the MBTA, as it appears leading lawmakers intend to, then state officials also needs to invest in an east-west rail connection, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal told business leaders in Boston Thursday morning.
As state leaders try to figure out how to pay for the investments advocates – and now business and transportation leaders – say Massachusetts needs to fix its current traffic nightmare, stay economically competitive and decarbonize its economy, a new report from A Better City outlines one possible solution.
State Sen. Will Brownsberger, who served on the committee that analyzed commuter rail revamp options for the MBTA, believes that not every rail line has enough customer demand to support all-day service every 15 to 20 minutes.
With House Speaker Robert DeLeo eyeing a vote in the coming weeks on new transportation revenue, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said a “big increase” in the gas tax would be a non-starter for his administration.
The MBTA’s board on Monday voted to back substantial investment in the commuter rail system, outlining support for electrifying the system and running more frequent service through the most dense corridors.
The Massachusetts economy contracted slightly in the third quarter, local economists reported Wednesday, the same day that the federal government reported the U.S. economy grew 1.9 percent in the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
While housing activists and progressive state legislators rallied for rent control legislation on the steps of the State House Tuesday, a co-chair of the state legislator’s Housing Committee said anti-development municipalities were blocking legislation that would help build more housing.
A coalition of business groups issued a call this morning for congestion pricing and tolls on roads beyond the Massachusetts Turnpike, big hikes to ride-hailing fees, an increase in the gas tax and other funds in order to pay for billions in necessary transit upgrades.
House leaders are inching toward a proposal to raise new revenue “sourced from transportation for transportation” to invest in infrastructure and public transit, keeping their eye on the third full week of November as a deadline to take up a bill.
Two elected officials and two transportation advocates who studied potential commuter rail changes endorsed a $28.9 billion plan on Monday to transform the system, setting up a key decision for the MBTA – and the legislature that would foot the bill – on how to proceed.
Every city in Massachusetts has one or two, and in Lawrence, there are hundreds, Mayor Daniel Rivera said Thursday: vacant properties that aren’t being developed, because their owners are tied up in land court or the ownership is otherwise unclear.
Local officials and a developer pitched lawmakers Tuesday on a bill that would pave the way for a planned horse track and gambling facility in Wareham, but the state senator from the area slammed the bill as an attempt by a “self-serving” developer to be given special treatment.
The lackluster reliability of MBTA buses, particularly those on smaller local routes, drew sharp criticism by one T oversight board member Monday who described the system’s performance as “beyond unacceptable.”