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April 26, 2021
Boston’s First Step Toward Regional Rail Reform: Off-Peak Trains Every Hour

On April 5, the MBTA changed commuter rail schedules to better accommodate travel outside the morning and evening rush. The change is a small but significant step on the path toward full regional rail reform.

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July 15, 2020
Mapping Route-By-Route Who’s Riding Transit During the Pandemic

To meet the needs of people who have been most affected by the pandemic, agencies should go beyond the initial transition to weekend schedules and adapt service in response to shifting travel patterns. 

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April 23, 2020
CARES Act Funding Will Last Half as Long for Large U.S. Transit Regions Compared to Other Areas

For the ten U.S. regions with the most transit ridership, we estimate that CARES Act funds will cover agency shortfalls for an average of 5.4 to 8.3 months. For agencies in the rest of the country, CARES Act transit funds will last 12.6 to 20.8 months, on average.

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June 11, 2019
Opening the Gateway to Better, More Affordable Regional Transit in Boston

New research shows that through fare policy, the MBTA can open up opportunities for residents in struggling neighborhoods.

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April 5, 2018
Boston’s Stalled Experiment in Urban Commuter Rail Conversion

A series of debates in Boston, New York and Chicago are challenging city halls and transit operators to make commuter rail infrastructure within the city limits part of the transportation answer in both booming and struggling urban districts.

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January 2, 2018
Everett Bus Lane: The Little Pop-Up That Could

It’s been just over a year since Everett launched its peak-hour bus lane on Broadway, the first one in the Boston area. We sat down with Everett’s Transportation Planner Jay Monty to learn more about how his small city took the lead on transit.

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June 13, 2017
Talking About Transit

Transit's potential benefits, such as physical and social mobility and sustainability, enjoy broad support in urban America. But the U.S. transit industry has trouble talking about what it does effectively and proactively.

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September 15, 2016
Neither Panacea nor Poison

Cities and transit agencies can situate new services like Uber and car2go within broader urban transportation strategies to strengthen transit and reduce car dependence...

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June 22, 2016
“Decisions Touching the Lives of All of Us”: The Plan That Changed Boston Forever

In 1970, Massachusetts Governor Francis W. Sargent took the unusual step of declaring a moratorium on highway construction inside Route 128, Boston's suburban beltway.

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