Archive for March, 2013

Under the Hood of the Massachusetts Transportation System

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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We all expect our transportation system to work. But what happens when it doesn’t, and we don’t fully understand the alternatives?

CLF’s new blog series attempts to shed light on facts about the Commonwealth’s transportation system that can help us be informed supporters of new revenue for our transportation system. Read the first post here, and look for more from CLF’s Rafael Mares and Christine Chilingerian in the coming weeks. To stay up to date, visit or follow the hashtag #MA4TRANS on Twitter.

The price of congestion

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

A Boston-area driver wastes an average $98 worth of gas a year just sitting in traffic — and that doesn’t factor in the cost of time lost behind the wheel. In 2011, Americans wasted 2.9 billion gallons of gas sitting in congested traffic — enough to fill the New Orleans Superdome four times over! What does traffic cost you?

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