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Oppose Big and Unpredictable MBTA Fare Hikes
by Rafael Mares

It’s urgent that you act now and contact the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Tell them to leave in place the current limits on fare increases, so that riders are protected from big and unpredictable fare hikes.

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How NOT to Fix the MBTA: Governor Baker’s Reform Bill
by Rafael Mares

Last week, I testified before the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation. I was there, along with hundreds of other people, including Governor Baker himself, to comment on the Governor’s proposed MBTA reform bill, which would put the beleaguered transit system under the authority of a fiscal control board, among other reforms. Governor Baker…

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Funding on the Move
by Laurie O'Reilly

Cars, trucks, and buses are the largest and fastest-growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, states are struggling to maintain public transit infrastructure, highways, and bridges in the face of scant funding and skyrocketing costs. These problems, though far-reaching, have solutions, though finding them will take investment, political will, and tenacity.

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MBTA Green Line Extension Finally on Track Thanks to Federal Funding
by Rafael Mares

Before the MBTA rings in the New Year on December 31, they have a big deadline to meet: completing the extension of the Green Line to Somerville and Medford. That this deadline is going to pass those communities by without new transit service is not news to anyone. So it was wonderful to learn this…

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Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition Releases Progress Report on Transportation Finance Act of 2013
by Rafael Mares

A new report released today by Transportation for Massachusetts and co-authored by CLF Staff Attorney Rafael Mares evaluates the implementation of the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 since its passage last July. The report is the first in a series of planned progress reports aimed at ensuring the new law’s success at addressing the most…

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MBTA Buses Narrowly Avoid Getting Thrown Under the Bus
by Rafael Mares

When the draft five-year Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Capital Investment Plan (CIP) came out on January 9, 2014, it was natural to look for what was missing. After all, the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 provided an average of $600 million per year to fill a state-wide transportation funding gap of at least $1…

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Conservation Law Foundation Applauds Passage of Major Transportation Finance Law, but Warns ‘The Patient is not Healed’

Capping a year-long effort to secure major funding for Massachusetts’ ailing transportation systems, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) applauded Wednesday’s passage of a $600 million per year finance package over the next five years, but warned that the legislature will need to revisit the topic again within a couple of years to begin to solve the systems’ longstanding problems.

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When Comparing Transportation Finance Plans, Know Your Fruit
by Rafael Mares

At a time when our legislators are facing critical decisions on transportation financing, their ability to properly assess the plans on the table is being hampered by confusion about the different plans’ price tags and where the money is going to come from. Factions are forming around inaccurate characterizations of the different transportation plans, so…

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MA Transportation Funding Framework: More (or really less) to the supposedly budget-minded proposal than meets the eye
by Rafael Mares

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means jointly announced a transportation finance framework. Upon close review, there is more (or really less) to the supposedly budget-minded proposal than meets the eye. In short, the legislature’s answer to MassDOT’s ten-year transportation plan would neither be big enough (it does not even…