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#DeleteUber Campaign Could Be Good for the Environment
by Rafael Mares

If you recently deleted your Uber app in response to the consumer boycott over the ride-hailing company’s behavior during the protests against Trump’s travel ban, you may want to think twice before you reinstall it. While Uber has amassed at least three more scandals since then, a new report is also giving us a first…

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Keeping on Track 2017

Keeping on Track is the third in a series of reports planned at ensuring the success of Massachusetts’s Transportation Finance Act of 2013 at addressing the most pressing needs of the state’s transportation system. New this year, the report also includes progress on the implementation of the 2009 Transportation Reform Act, in order to provide…

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Massachusetts Has A New Bill Promoting Electric Vehicles
by Megan Herzog

Last week, in the waning hours of the Massachusetts General Court’s informal legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill dedicated to promoting electric vehicles (or “EVs”).  S.2505, “An Act promoting zero emission vehicle adoption,” is a positive step forward toward a cleaner, electrified, more consumer-friendly transportation future. The bill is aimed at helping communities across the Commonwealth promote…

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The Top 5 Myths About Electric Vehicles, Debunked
by Megan Herzog

Are you unsure about whether an electric car is the right choice for you? You’re not alone. Shopping for a new car is hard enough even without taking the time to learn about a new option. Plus, there is a lot of confusing information out there about electric cars. What’s a responsible car shopper to do?…

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MBTA Creates a Storm on the Fairmount Line
by Hoai Thuong Tran

It may seem that the Snowmageddon of 2015 is a distant memory, but for many MBTA users, the winter season lives on as a cold reminder of being stranded in crowded stations and wondering when the next train would be arriving, if at all. This year, the Fairmount Line on the commuter rail, which runs…

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National Drive Electric Week 2016: Much to Celebrate, But More Work Still Ahead
by Megan Herzog

The sixth annual National Drive Electric Week started on Saturday. Communities across the country are hosting events to celebrate electric vehicles – commonly called “EVs” – and share the experience of EV ownership. The benefits of EVs are certainly cause for a party. Compared to a conventional gasoline-powered car, EVs have lower fuel and maintenance…

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Proposed Transportation Rule Will Hamper Local Input
by Annie Lemelin

A new proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation would make it harder for small towns, underserved communities, and the public at large to have a voice in how to address local transportation needs. Supersizing Metropolitan Planning Organizations Federal legislation requires that transportation planning and policy in urbanized areas – those with populations of more than…