A map showing the route of a light rail transit line from Boston up through Somerville and Medford.

Long Awaited Green Line Extension Opens Today North of Boston

The Green Line Extension project, in the works for decades, is now providing rail transit service from Boston north into Somerville.

March 21, 2022 -

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

Miami Flooding

Kayaking, Canvassing, and Cooking Classes: Cities Experiment With Climate Outreach

As cities across the U.S. commit to ambitious climate actions, they're seeking effective ways to engage with local communities.

October 24, 2019 - Yale Climate Connections

Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Converts HOV Lane to General Purpose Lane

Road planners looking to increase capacity without adding lanes are focusing on managing existing lanes more effectively. Massachusetts has gone the opposite direction. The Conservation Law Foundation plans to hold them accountable.

October 12, 2019 -


Potential Delays Trouble Boston Region's Green Line Extension Project

The Green Line extension will bring light rail service from Boston to Somerville and Medford, when it's done.

August 14, 2019 - The Boton Globe

Protected Bike Lane

A Utility Pole in the Middle of a Raised, Painted Bike Lane: 'It's Utterly Ridiculous'

You've probably never seen anything like this before, but if you're a bike advocate, it probably still feels familiar.

August 7, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Somerville, MA City Hall

Somerville Launches 'Urban Lab' for Innovation

The city seeks to incubate creative ideas in the public interest.

November 1, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Pedestrian Bridge

15 Cities, 1 Mission: Build More Housing

A coalition of 15 cities in the Boston area agreed to rapidly build new housing to relieve pressure on the regional housing market.

October 4, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Hubway Bikeshare

Bikeshare 'Border War' Breaks Out in Boston

Private dockless bikeshare companies are encroaching on territory controlled by public, docked bikeshare companies.

May 20, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Hubway Bikeshare

Boston's Bikeshare System Gets a New Partner, Rebranding

Blue Cross will pay $18 million for a six-year sponsorship of the Boston-area bikeshare system formerly known as Hubway.

March 21, 2018 - Boston Business Journal

Pedestrian Bridge

There's a Plan for a Pedestrian Bridge Over the Mystic River (But No One to Pay for It)

Even the best intentions need funding.

February 25, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Green Line

MBTA's Green Line Extension Moving Forward Again

A revised plan to extend the MBTA's Green Line light rail line into Somerville and Medford required approval from the state (approved last May) and the Federal Transit Authority (approved this week).

April 6, 2017 - The Boston Globe

Green Line

Somerville and Cambridge Offer Cash to Save Expensive Green Line Extension

The cities of Somerville and Cambridge are digging into their pockets to save the beleaguered Green Line extension project. State transportation officials could decide next week if the additional $75 million matters or not.

May 7, 2016 - The Boston Globe

Old houses with large porch and colorful siding

Inner Suburbs Face Identity Crisis

Places like Columbia Heights, an older suburb north of Minneapolis, lie at the focal point of conflict over development and gentrification. Can these places support a 21st-century urbanism?

April 5, 2016 - Governing

Somerville, MA to Test the Benefits of Self-Parking Cars

Audi and Somerville will begin testing self-parking cars in 2018. Imagine the possibilities.

December 11, 2015 - Governing

Somerville, MA, an Urban Lab for Mobility

In Somerville, Massachusetts, Audi is working in partnership with the city and the Federal Realty Investment Trust, a developer, to build the infrastructure to test two new technologies, Car-to-X technologies and automated parking.

November 29, 2015 - Cities of the Future

Pricetag for MBTA's Green Line Extension Jumps $1 Billion

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is scrambling to resolve a major cost overrun for the planned Green Line extension—in peril is potential rail service to one of the most densely populated cities in the country.

August 26, 2015 - The Boston Globe

Somerville, MA City Hall

Somerville Reaches for Carbon Neutrality by 2050

The city has launched a program of collaboration with the green tech industry.

August 6, 2015 - Governing

The Ridership Benefits of Infill Stations—Coming Soon to the MBTA Orange Line

Yonah Freemark writes of the value of infill stations—new transit stations built on existing lines—for increasing transit ridership. Somerville, outside of Boston, will provide the latest example when it opens a station on the Orange Line next week.

August 29, 2014 - the transport politic

Gentrification Creeps North of Boston

Naomi Kooker tells of the rapidly increasing pace of gentrification in the once gritty, now expensive, Boston suburb of Somerville.

August 19, 2014 - The Boston Globe

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