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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…

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MBTA Fare Cap: Settled, At Last
by Conservation Law Foundation

The following is a guest post from Charlie Ticotsky, the Policy Director at Transportation for Massachusetts, a diverse coalition of more than 50 organizations – including CLF – working together to create safe, convenient, climate-friendly and affordable transportation for everyone. This blog was originally posted on the Transportation for Massachusetts blog, which you can view…

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Cap on T Fare Hikes is Lowered

… Advocates for more public transportation cheered the governor’s approval of the Legislature’s language. “There’s been a lot of confusion over many years about how fares can go up, and this will give us clarity,” said Rafael Mares, a vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation. “This is such an important change that it would…

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Federal Complaint Filed Over Eliminated MBTA Late-Night Service

… The complaint filed Tuesday by the vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation claims the MBTA didn’t properly measure the impact on low-income and minority riders before ending its service in March. The T’s fiscal control board voted in February to end late-night service, saying it wasn’t “cost-effective.” Rafael Mares, an attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation,…

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MBTA Fails Its Low-Income and Riders of Color
by Kathleen Nay

When the MBTA cut its late-night service in March, it left many riders who relied on the service stranded. The cut means that those of us with third-shift jobs – in the healthcare, service, and entertainment industries, for example – can no longer get to work on the bus or train. That almost 60% of MBTA…