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Walk This Way: Tips for pedestrian etiquette

These days the streets of Boston (and most metropolitan areas) are full of pedestrians connected to smartphones –following the latest news, music, emails, or Facebook post–while tuning out their surroundings. This contributes to the common occurrence of pedestrians walking into stationary objects (i.e. street lamps, kiosks, other people). This actually prompted the British government to create […]

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Fix the T Calculator: Tell us how YOU would fill the MBTA’s budget gap

How should the MBTA fill next year’s $161 million budget gap? You tell us! MAPC just launched our online MBTA Budget Calculator. This tool allows you to mix and match different elements from the MBTA’s own proposals to fill the budget gap, along with additional revenue and savings options proposed by the MBTA Advisory Board […]

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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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MBTA's fiscal crisis hinders economic growth and harms the evironment

Originally posted on BostInno The MBTA is facing a fiscal crisis today, but the resolution to that crisis will have repercussions for many years. Drastic service cuts and fare increases will not only burden today’s commuters and travelers; they will also impede economic growth and damage the region’s environment for decades to come. The challenges […]

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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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"Unbanked" Bostonians: the next hurdle for Hubway?

This story from The Atlantic’s Cities blog highlighted an important issue facing bike share programs across the country (including Hubway), which rely on a credit/debit card system for rentals (more on how Hubway’s membership works). The credit card system is simple and convenient, allowing users to take out a bike with the swipe of a […]

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See you next year Hubway!

Hubway bikes were put away for the winter yesterday, but they will be back in Spring 2012. Expanded service is also on the way, with stations being added in nearby cities of Somerville and Cambridge. The first season of Hubway saw 140,000 trips in four months, far surpassing our original expectations for the bike share. MAPC […]

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Winter Biking: Not as scary as it sounds!

You know all those reasons you love biking? Getting places faster, saving money, getting some exercise, actually enjoying your commute? They don’t go away just because it’s cold! I started as a recreational cyclist, but as I started doing more and more of my day-to-day transportation by bike, gradually my standards for how bad the […]

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