Mai Pham Graduate Intern, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute

Mai is a graduate intern working with MassINC’s Gateway Cities Initiative. Her role is to identify and assist in solving complex problems concerning regional transit development across Massachusetts. Prior to joining MassInc, Mai was a program intern at the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding in Western Massachusetts. Currently, she is also serving as a part-time tutor at Excel High School in South Boston, assisting students with subjects in ELA and Social Studies.

Mai is passionate about global affairs and policy issues, such as transit equity, education, e-government, and voting trends amongst AAPI communities. Her past research has centered on the civic participation and voting habits of AAPI communities, such as Vietnamese Americans. She is looking forward to researching how improving transit opportunities will impact the economic and social livelihoods of many residents in the Commonwealth.

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Mai is currently pursuing an MPA in Global Comparative Public Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.


Building reverse commute ridership

A newfound opportunity for Gateway Cities

With thousands of new housing units going up in downtown Boston at the terminus of commuter rail lines, Gateway Cities have a newfound opportunity to draw reverse commuters and recapture some of the talent they have lost to Boston. The MBTA doesn’t track how many riders currently board in Boston and disembark in Gateway Cities.

Connecting rail riders from the station to jobs in the suburbs

Can shuttle services give Gateway City residents access to more jobs?

As we described in a previous post, job growth outside of the Boston core has overwhelmingly occurred at highway interchanges with limited access to public transportation. This phenomenon is partially attributable to the MBTA commuter rail’s hub-and-spoke model. By design, the system operates with one-directional aim—funneling suburban residents to jobs in Boston and Cambridge. Increasingly,

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