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Air Quality Alerts; What You Can Do About Them
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

The heat is here! Even though it’s technically still spring until late June, it feels as though summer has already come to stay in southern New England. While we New Englanders pride ourselves on being able to handle all kinds of weather, the health risks posed by poor air quality shouldn’t be ignored. On a…

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Tool to Crack Massachusetts’s Transportation Budget Nut
by Rafael Mares

On April 13, the Massachusetts Senate voted in favor of a $600 million per year transportation funding plan. But can that plan fund all of the challenges facing the Bay State’s transportation system? It’s a question many are asking, and few have the tools to answer. That’s why we built the Transportation Budget Calculator. Follow…

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Under the Hood of the MA Transportation System: How have bike and pedestrian infrastructure suffered from underfunding?
by Christine Chilingerian

As an avid cyclist, it is pretty clear to me that Massachusetts is not realizing its true “bikeability” potential. The desire is palpable. The funding, however, remains remote. Every time I ride along the Minuteman Trail through Arlington, the Shining Sea Trail to Woods Hole, along the Charles, or on the Cape Cod Rail Trail…

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Massachusetts Fosters Electric Vehicles with New Municipal Program
by Jenny Rushlow

Today the Patrick Administration took an important step toward meaningful deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in Massachusetts. Building on momentum from the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Roundtable that CLF co-hosted with the Administration in March, the Patrick Administration launched a new incentive program yesterday: the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program for Municipalities. The Administration announced this new program…

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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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Under the Hood of the Massachusetts Transportation System: Why is our transportation system underfunded?
by Rafael Mares

This post is part of a series on transportation issues affecting Massachusetts. Look for more from Rafael Mares and Christine Chilingerian in the coming weeks. To stay up to date, visit this www.clf.org/blog/tag/MA4Trans/ or follow the hashtag #MA4TRANS on Twitter. Massachusetts relies on several sources of funding for its transportation system. In addition to user fees—such as…

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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…