Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

New York MTA Bus

How Free Fares Could Benefit Bus Drivers

Free transit would reduce boarding times and improve working conditions for bus drivers, the 'frontline workers' responsible for fare collection and enforcement.

September 14, 2021 - NextCity

Boston Subway T

Boston to Pilot Free Transit Passes for Workers in Commercial Districts

The city of Boston will undertake an experiment about how to center public transit as an economic recovery tool.

April 1, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

Green Line

'Bespoke' Station Design Responsible for Transit Costs Increases, Study Says

The first case study by the Transit Costs Project at New York University's Marron Institute offers a long awaited, and long necessary, glimpse into the bloated costs of construction in the United States.

January 29, 2021 - City Journal

Commuter Rail

New Transit-Oriented Development Requirements for Boston-Area Transit Stations

Cities with commuter rail stops will have to accommodate higher-density housing or risk losing access to state resources and housing grants.

January 26, 2021 - The Boston Globe

New York Subway

New York, Boston Transit Agencies Back Off Proposed Cuts

News of a potential economic stimulus package in Congress is followed by news that two of the nation's most prominent transit systems are reducing cuts proposed to address plummeting revenues.

December 17, 2020 - Spectrum News

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

COVID Illnesses Requires Reduction of MBTA Commuter Rail Service

To many employees are sick with COVID for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail to operate on its normal schedule.

December 11, 2020 - The Boston Globe

MBTA Bus

Transit Plans Change as the Pandemic Lingers

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) this week proposed cuts to public transit service. In a decision that will likely repeat as more transit agencies undertake similar processes, the MBTA decided to prioritize buses over trains.

November 12, 2020 - Trains

Boston Bus

'Rapid Response Bus Lanes' Program Provides Equitable Mobility Relief During the Pandemic

A new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority program has quickly deployed bus infrastructure around the Boston area, focusing on neighborhoods where people are relying on the bus during the pandemic.

November 6, 2020 - Next City

Boston Subway T

Transit Agencies Begin Service Changes for Coronavirus Response

Public transit agencies are responding to declining ridership during the Coronavirus outbreak by reducing service. But the right balance between safe, reliable, and sustainable will be hard to calibrate in these difficult times.

March 16, 2020 - The Boston Globe

cars

Massachusetts Legislators Fear Hidden Gas Tax in Transportation and Climate Initiative

Gov. Charlie Baker (R) supports a multi-state proposal to mitigate tailpipe emissions that would increase gas prices and pay for transit projects in an $18 billion transportation bond. A bill has been introduced to ensure that doesn't happen.

January 6, 2020 - The Boston Herald

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