Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Haven initiative will burn calories instead of money

NHRegister: "In 2014, Go New Haven Go reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 456 tons, cut car transportation by 10,276 miles, helped save $5,754 dollars in transportation costs and helped commuters burn 154,163 extra calories, as 47 commuters pledged to bike or carpool instead of drive to work, according to the program’s website."


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Massachusetts #publictransit needs more investment

Panelists talk mass transit - News - Wakefield Observer - Wakefield, MA: "“A reliable, efficient, high-quality transportation system is critical to the strength and future growth of the local economy,” Lewis said. “Environmentally, it takes cars off the roads, and it improves public health.”
However, he said, “there were failures of the public transportation system in the extreme winter weather in February, and even before, there were ongoing issues and concerns with subways, buses and the commuter rail.”
Mares noted that Stoneham, in Sen. Lewis’ Fifth Middlesex district, has just one MBTA bus line (132) and that other areas have even fewer options.
“Twenty-six percent of high-density areas in the region have no public transportation within a quarter-mile of homes,” Mares said. “A lot of pockets don’t have service. With changing demographics, we need to cover the region.”"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sen. Jason Lewis -- "affordable public transportation is vital"

Patch: "“Reliable, affordable public transportation is vital to the quality of life and economic strength of our district and region, so I’m very pleased that our next Community Conversation will focus on this important issue,” Sen. Lewis said in the release. “The conversations I have directly with constituents across the district are the best source of information and guidance to help me do my job in the legislature. I’m excited about the ‘Community Conversations’ series as each forum provides us with a good opportunity to engage in a substantive dialogue on a timely and important topic.”"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Community Conversations forum to tackle future of public transportation

Malden Observer: "Continuing the Community Conversations issue discussions, state Sen. Jason Lewis will hold a third forum in the series, which will focus on challenges faced and opportunities ahead in our public transportation system."

Friday, April 24, 2015

What Will Be America’s First Car-Free City? (NYmag.com)

A post-automobile world?: "But the realistic chance of an outright ban on cars in any large section of Gotham is basically nil. The same is true most places in America. The most notable exception — that is, the major U.S. city that has the clearest route to going car-free — is Boston."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Opinion: Shift from fossil fuel transport

burlingtonfreepress.com: " Automobiles, which are the cause of the majority of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, also produce pollutants that are dangerous to the health of humans, especially in metropolitan areas with dense populations.

Nitrogen oxides and ozone emitted by automobiles causes a multitude of health related issues and can be minimized by a change in transportation methods and infrastructure. If we do not change our methods of transportation for short trips we run the risk of degrading the health of our citizens in urban environments and wide reaching environmental degradation on a global scale."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston: Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) Pushes for Public Transit Improvements

959watd.com: "“We really are going to need to step up, as many other regions in the country and countries around the world are doing, and be prepared to maybe add a few cents to the gas tax,” Ostroff continued, “and maybe look at other ways in which we can generate revenue in order to bring our old infrastructure up to speed.”"