Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states that continue to prevent local and regional efforts to generate revenue to respond to transportation needs. If we pass up on the opportunity to empower communities to act without further delay, this will only become more problematic for Massachusetts.
Regional Ballot Initiatives and the promise of local autonomy
Gateways Episode 65
A major transit bill with provisions for RBIs would give voters the ability to raise their own transportation funds and invest in their own communities.
Moving Forward with Mobility: What will the post-COVID future of transportation hold?
The Gateways Podcast Episode 62
In response to the pandemic, the MBTA allowed for back-door boarding on buses, making rides effectively free. But is that the right plan?Two guests stop by the Gateways Podcast to continue the transportation conversation — Jarred Johnson, director of TransitMatters and Brenna Robeson, lead coordinator at Zero Fare WRTA Coalition.
New economic development legislation is a boon for Gateway Cities
Why MassINC supports the Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth (H.4529)
Without intervention and a new funding stream, the coronavirus crisis will further destabilize vulnerable Gateway City neighborhoods.
Diverse Voices Needed in Gateway City Leadership
Gateways Podcast Episode 59
Policies that the historically white-dominant Massachusetts Legislature have put in place aren't designed for Gateway City residents who on average take home less pay than those living in Boston's core.
Take The #TTODTalkChallenge!
MassINC is on a mission to support livable communities - and that has to start with community residents. Help us show the need for community space, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way we use public spaces by taking the #TTODTalkChallenge!
Where equity gaps are deepest, we need more patience
The Gateway Cities Journal
In the most recent FMCB meeting, board chair Joe Aiello called out the one week fare decrease on the commuter rail from Lynn to North Station. The mitigation has had tremendous success during blue line construction. However, the MBTA has not committed to extending that fare decrease to encourage more ridership between Lynn and Boston. The
Why Massachusetts can’t scale back rail infrastructure
Last week, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack indicated it may make sense to slow down planned improvements to the MBTA commuter rail network. Here's why this is the wrong move for Massachusetts.
TTOD Planning & Design Competition Award Ceremony
Learn more about the nine teams that participated in the inaugural TTOD Planning and Design Competition!
Why COVID-19 tells us to embrace transit-oriented development, not reject it
The Gateway Cities Journal
Recently, coronavirus has caused some to question the validity and safety of population density and transit. But the real culprits lie in crowding, poverty, pollution, and other socioeconomic factors - which TTOD aims to address.