Guess who won the second annual Rush Hour Race pitting a driver, a cyclist and a T rider in a timed commuting challenge. EIA’s insurance carrier Plymouth Rock Assurance co-sponsored the Davis Square to downtown Boston event and writes about it on their blog. Find out how the car commuter fared. Spoiler alert: not well.
Riding a bike can be a healthy, inexpensive way to get to work or school. While many of us aspire to a two-wheel commute, the fragmented network of bikeways in Boston and beyond can be a daunting challenge. In this latest installment of CLF’s Under the Hood of the MA Transportation System, Christine Chilingerian explores how chronic underfunding has taken its toll on bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the Bay State.
At a time when our legislators are facing critical decisions on transportation financing, their ability to properly assess the plans on the table is being hampered by confusion about the different plans’ price tags and where the money is going to come from. CLF’s Rafael Mares compares apples to apples to sort out the various transportation plans on the table for Massachusetts.
Across the state, our local roads and bridges are decaying. In this installment of CLF’s Under the Hood of the MA Transportation system, Christine Chilingerian explores how the Bay State’s roads and bridges have suffered from years of underfunding.
On April 2, from 10am – 1pm, join fellow Bay State residents at the Massachusetts State House to urge our decision-makers to create dedicated transportation funding that will be enough to fix our roads and bridges, stave off fare hikes and service cuts, invest in transportation services, and modernize our transportation system for the future. Get inspired by speakers from across MA who want and need more transportation funding. Then drop off letters and talk with your legislators about supporting more funding.
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 www.clf.org/blog/tag/MA4Trans/ or follow the hashtag #MA4TRANS on Twitter.
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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This fall, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a series of statewide public meetings to engage residents, community leaders, and business owners in discussion about the state’s transportation future. The purpose of these meetings is to let MassDOT customers and residents share their ideas, thoughts, and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come. Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics, and MBTA/Rail and Transit – will be available to answer questions and provide information.
Several of these meetings have already taken place, but it’s not too late to join the transportation conversation. Four more meetings are scheduled in Boston, North Dartmouth, Lynn, and Attleboro from now through December 6 (see below). And if you’re unable to attend the meetings but wish to submit comments, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 29, 2012 6-8 PM
Massachusetts Transportation Building
Conference Rooms 1,2,3
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
December 3, 2012 6-8 PM
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Woodlawn Commons Building-Conference Room 3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
December 5, 2012 6-8 PM
Lynn City Hall
City Council Chambers, Floor 4
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, Massachusetts 01901
December 6, 2012 6-8 PM
Attleboro City Hall
City Council Chamber
77 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
For more information, visit www.mass
Join EIA partner MassBike at Lexington High School for the 3rd annual MassBike Summer Century & Family Fun Ride on July 28th, 2012! All rides (8, 26, 47, 62 and 100 miles) will traverse the heart of American Revolutionary history, from Paul Revere’s Ride through Lexington and Concord, to nearby battlefields. Longer rides visit the towns and villages that sent the first Minutemen. After the rides, everyone is invited to stay at Lexington High School for lunch and socializing. Lunch will be provided by Redbones!
For more information or to register or sponsor a rider, visit: http://massbike.org/blog/2012/06/12/summer-century/.
Two wheels and one bike ticket in tow, CLF President John Kassel explores the rules of the road and the rule of law.