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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…

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Maine Charges Forward to Develop Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
by Ben Tettlebaum

This week, Maine Governor Paul LePage and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard announced an exciting public-private partnership to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure between Portland and Québec City. It’s no secret that CLF and the LePage Administration have had a charged relationship over many environmental issues, but this week’s announcement shows that finding common ground…

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Charging Up: CLF and Partners Release Electric Vehicle Report for Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region
by Jenny Rushlow

Today, with partners Sierra Club and Acadia Center, CLF released a groundbreaking new report, Charging Up: The Role of States, Utilities, and the Auto Industry in Dramatically Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. The report can be downloaded here. The new report outlines the policy pathway states in the Northeast and…

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Guest Blog: Fuel Tracking Makes Sense for Massachusetts
by Jenny Rushlow

Conservation Law Foundation has been working closely with the Union of Concerned Scientists and other partners to advance legislation that would implement transportation fuel tracking in Massachusetts. What is fuel tracking and why is it important? David Babson, senior engineer for Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program explains: I have been traveling to Massachusetts…

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In Rhode Island, the Answer is Yes on Bond Issue #6
by Jerry Elmer

On election day, Rhode Islanders will have an opportunity to address climate change by voting in favor of Transportation Bond Issue #6. The “Transit Infrastructure Bond Referendum,” will help provide much-needed funding for enhancements and renovations to mass transit infrastructure throughout Rhode Island. This, in turn, will improve the public’s mobility and access to jobs,…

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Calling Governor Patrick: Hold the Line Against Dirty Fuels in Massachusetts!
by Jenny Rushlow

Today 15 environmental organizations, including CLF, submitted this letter to Governor Deval Patrick. The letter calls on Governor Patrick to step up and take action against the anticipated entry of high-carbon tar sands–derived fuels into the Commonwealth’s fuel supply. Massachusetts has taken some important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – leadership in the Regional…