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Funding for Pioneer Valley Public Transit Improvements Restored
by Caroline Cox

On Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors took a major step in ensuring that millions of riders in the Pioneer Valley have a transit system that can meet their needs. In its announcement of adding $500 million to the state’s five-year capital investment plan, MassDOT righted its previous omission and included…

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MassDOT Is Ignoring the Needs of 12 Million Pioneer Valley Transit Riders
by Caroline Cox

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is the largest public transit service in Massachusetts outside of the MBTA. More than 12 million riders across 24 cities and towns rely on the service every year. For nearly 70 percent of those riders, the PVTA is their only source of transportation. Nearly half of its riders live…

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Report states obvious: Green Line is plagued with problems

… ”But Rafael Mares, a lawyer at the Conservation Law Foundation, pointed out that although the MBTA capital plan includes money for new trolleys on the proposed Green Line extension, it doesn’t set aside any funding to replace the creaky, Reagan-era trolleys on the rest of the Green Line. “Ultimately, there isn’t going to be…

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It’s complicated: Boston’s love-hate relationship with the MBTA

… “It’s out of love. I care deeply about public transportation. And I care deeply about the MBTA and all the regional transit authorities,” said Rafael Mares, a vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation. “The criticisms are meant not about having less of it but about more of it. … It means a lot to…

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MBTA Wrong to Hike Fares

Rafael Mares, CLF’s vice president and director of Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice, writes in his letter to the Boston Globe: “DANTE RAMOS’s March 1 Op-Ed, ‘MBTA fare hikes stink, but they’re needed,’ correctly describes the MBTA’s financial challenges. However, it misses crucial facts, which is understandable, considering the T’s misleading messaging about needing additional…