Almost three-quarters of current and former riders report feeling unsafe while using MBTA services.
A poll conducted by the Boston Herald shows that 70 percent of current and former users of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) public transit services express having felt unsafe while using the system.
According to an article by Benjamin Cortez in Hoodline, “only 45% of current and former riders believe that the MBTA will improve in 10 years, and 16% predict a worse future for the system’s service.”
This pessimistic view reflects the system’s recent setbacks, such as track maintenance safety and service cuts, as ridership continues to lag below pre-pandemic levels. Cortez notes, “While some factors are beyond the MBTA's control, two crucial elements could potentially entice more riders back: free rides and more reliable service. More than half of the respondents claim that these changes would make them more inclined to use the system in the future.”
Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects
Thanks to federal funding from the 2021 infrastructure act, the agency plans to triple its investment in infrastructure improvements and new routes in the next two years.
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Proposal Would Transform L.A.’s ‘Freeway to Nowhere’ Into Park, Housing
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California Impact Fees Reach Supreme Court
An upcoming ruling could have a major impact on building and development in California and around the country.
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