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Rhode Island Bill Mandates Cuts in Carbon Pollution
by Amy Moses

When President Trump announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement last summer, leaders across the country stood up and stepped in where the president had stepped out. Among those promising action was Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. Although Rhode Island already had goals for cutting carbon emissions, Raimondo…

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Bad Policy Could Crash the Achievements of Self-Driving Cars
by Rodney Dowell

There’s a consensus that self-driving cars are on the cusp of bringing about a transportation revolution that will address many environmental and societal challenges. However, it relies on a few critical assumptions about our future that are not guaranteed. The self-driving car industry paints a picture of blissful commutes, less pollution, and fewer accidents. But…

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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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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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A Long Way To Go For MBTA Board

… “While a lot is happening, it’s a mixed bag in terms of accomplishment,” said Rafael Mares, a vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation. “There’s still a lot of work to be done.” Still, Mares and other transit watchers say the board deserves more time to prove it can bring change to the 6,500-worker…

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Governor, Lawmakers In Dispute Over T Fare Increases

… But Rafael Mares, a senior vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, said the governor’s change would take away the predictability that legislators want for riders. Under the Legislature’s language, riders would know to expect a hike no higher than 7 percent every two years. With the governor’s language, some commuters could see an…

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Consultant Stays On For End-To-End Review Of MBTA’s ‘Money Room’

… Although Rafael Mares, a transit advocate from the Conservation Law Foundation, said the audit “clearly identified some problems,” he said he hopes officials provide a more complete analysis before the T’s 
Fiscal Management and Control Board votes on whether to seek a private contractor. “I’ve just seen an analysis of the problem, but not…