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Learning cluster discussions: Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting, Fall 2012

Planning and Preserving Urban Green Infrastructure This session featured a number of innovative projects, with goals ranging from increased access to fresh foods to improving water quality, neighborhood livability, and climate resiliency. The group used a broader definition of green infrastructure, going beyond the usual focus on stormwater. Urban green infrastructure is about using natural […]

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Transportation World In Crisis?

If you’ve heard a lot about the federal government’s new two-year transportation funding program but aren’t sure what it means for Massachusetts, Transportation for America is here to translate this significant bill into Bay State terms. T4A Director James Corless visited the State House today to outline what the $105 billion re-authorization bill means for […]

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Running down a dream: MA Mayors rally for transportation reform

On Monday, June 11–just weeks before the July 1 deadline for MBTA fare hikes and service cuts–mayors from across the state gathered at South Station to show their support for working together and finding a solution for the state’s transportation finance troubles. Watch our video of highlights from speakers at the Metro Mayors Transportation Summit […]

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CORI Reform: Helping ex-offenders get jobs is good for the region

Everyone deserves to have a job. But when access to employment is limited for large groups of people in a community with high rates of criminal convictions, it doesn’t only affect those individuals. The impact ends up extending to the economic viability for the entire region as well. Fortunately, Massachusetts has recently made an important […]

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Charlie's Corner: Federal transportation legislation news

On Tuesday, the Conference Committee of 47 members tasked with drafting a compromise between the Senate’s two-year transportation authorization and the House’s policy-riddled 90-day extension, met for the first time. Rep. Markey is the one member of the Massachusetts delegation on the committee. Below, you’ll find articles of interest from April. In other transportation and […]

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Charlie's Corner: Federal transportation legislation roundup

As we enter April, a 9th(!) extension of the federal transportation authorization bill begins. There was some progress in March, though: The Senate passed a two-year authorization bill 74-22 (both Senators Brown and Kerry voted in the majority). Here’s a summary. Some analysts were bigger fans than others. The House of Representatives pulled back its […]

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Charlie's Corner: Federal smart growth legislation roundup

February was another key month for the transportation reauthorization, with quite a bit of activity packed into its 29 days. However, not all of this action brought us closer to a bill. As we stand now, a Senate bill is on the move with floor action expected to begin tomorrow, but the House bill has […]

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Make your voice heard on proposals for increased fares and cuts to T service

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation began the process to raise fares and implement service cuts throughout the MBTA system. The current proposals include eliminating ferry service, some bus routes, and weekend and late-night service for the commuter rail as of July 1. Fare increases would mean that CharlieCard holders could pay $1.75 for bus […]

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The casinos are coming: What should communities expect?

  Last week, the Governor signed Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2011 that will bring up to three resort casinos and one slot machine facility to Massachusetts. Without taking a pro or con side on the issue of casinos in Massachusetts, MAPC has been actively involved in the debate over the course of several […]

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