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Mural Fest at Bartlett Yard

By Tien Le On Saturday, May 18, MAPC participated in “Mural Fest” at Bartlett Yard in Roxbury’s Dudley Square. The day brought together local artists and community members to decorate and celebrate this former MBTA bus yard and maintenance facility before it is demolished later this year. Check out how much fun we had making our mural!   […]

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DeLeo – Let’s decide transportation $, then budget

Originally posted on the T4MA blog By Marie Szaniszlo House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo this morning said he wants the Legislature to decide how much to earmark for transportation, including funding for the MBTA and regional transit authorities, before it tackles the state budget. “It is my desire that we debate the transportation issue before […]

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“The way forward” to transportation reform in MA

Yesterday, the Patrick Administration unveiled a menu of options for plugging the gap in the state’s transportation budget, based on the findings of a report prepared by MassDOT,  titled “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan.” The MassDOT report calls for $1.02 billion in new revenue per year in order to fund our transportation […]

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New maps show travel times on the T

Maps are perfect for telling you how far away places are, but what about how long it takes to get there? Whether you’re on a bus, in a car, or taking the T, knowing the time you’ll spend getting from A to B is probably more important than knowing the number of miles between them. […]

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"Fiscal cliff" deal yields a win for public transit

One important federal transportation issue that MAPC has been working on in the past year is/was the disparity between commuter tax benefits for those who drive and those who take public transportation. Beginning on January 1, 2012, commuters who drive (and park) could claim up to $240 per month in tax deductions, while commuters who […]

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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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Planning for good health: MAPC’s health impact assessment of proposed changes to the T

Yesterday, MAPC released the results of our health impacts assessment of proposed MBTA fare increases and service cuts in the Healthy T for a Healthy Region (PDF) report at a State House press conference. Just last week, Atlantic Cities wrote about the importance of considering the public health impacts of planning projects: “By the time policymakers rouse support, […]

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Planning for Transit-Oriented Development with 3D Visualizations

Originally posted on the PlaceMatters Blog. It is the second in their month-long series on the impressive diversity of participatory decision-making tools that communities can use for land use plans, transportation plans, sustainability plans, or any other type of community plan. Recent expansions of public transportation systems across the country mean many communities are planning […]

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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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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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