Advocacy

Proof of Concept: Regional Rail 2.0 Launch - 12 Sep, 2019

This event is the official rollout of TransitMatters' latest report, Regional Rail Proof of Concept: How Modern Operating Practice Adds Capacity to the Current Commuter Rail Network. The event will be held Thursday at 1 PM at Conservation Law Foundation in Downtown Boston

Our follow-up to last year's report highlights how modernized operating practices can maximize the number of trains at South Station, adding capacity to the MBTA’s current commuter rail system. South Station Expansion is wasteful & unnecessary. We advocate for trying out our low-cost approach to increasing train throughout & capacity before we go down the rabbit hole of another multi-billion expenditure... an approximately $2 billion to $3 billion one. Especially given massive needs elsewhere.

We hope you are able to join us. Details are included, please RSVP to save your spot and a physical copy of the report. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Please RSVP here to save your spot and a physical copy of the report. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Proof of Concept: Regional Rail 2.0 Launch

Thursday, Sept. 12th, 1:00 PM

Conservation Law Foundation, Main Conference Room (2nd FL)

62 Summer Street

Beer & Transit - 22nd January: Red-Blue Connector

Join TransitMatters on January 22nd 6-8pm at Harvard Gardens for Beer & Transit, a meetup to discuss the Red-Blue Connector and other transportation-related topics that affect the Greater Boston area.

January 22nd’s event will feature Fred Salvucci, former Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and current Senior Lecturer at MIT. During his tenure in government, Salvucci emphasized the expansion of the transit system, development of the financial and political support for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project and the design of implementation strategies consistent with economic growth in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

Admission to Beer & Transit is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

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EVENT PHOTOS

Photo talent graciously provided by Emily Leventhal

T Board Wants All-Night Service Proposal Vetted

THE MBTA OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday put on hold a plan to add additional bus routes to mitigate the cancellation of late-night service until a more sweeping proposal for all-night bus service can be vetted.

The T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board was intrigued enough by a proposal put forth on March 30 in CommonWealth magazine by three transportation advocates – Ari Ofsevit, Jeremy Mendelson, and James Aloisi – to put on hold a staff recommendation to add the bus routes.

In their article, the three advocates suggested expanding an existing bus service for early-morning workers to provide all-night service every day of the week. The proposal called for selected buses to run on an hourly basis during the night from most areas served by the T to a central point such as Copley Square, where passengers could make connections to their final destination. One bus route would run to Logan Airport, where nearly half of all shifts begin before MBTA service starts. The advocates said they believed the expanded service “would cost on the order of $1 million per year.”

Full article on CommonWealth and a similar article on Boston.com.

Our Plan for All Night T Service

WE BELIEVE THERE is an affordable pathway toward establishment of a robust late-night transit service on the MBTA, building on the T’s existing early morning bus service. Our plan would not just offer service on Friday and Saturday nights, as the recently canceled late-night experiment did, but instead offer service all night, every night, and be geared primarily toward getting people to their late-night and early morning jobs.

Read full article on CommonWealth Magazine and more info on our blog.

Thanks to repeat podcast guest Ari Ofsevit (The Amateur Planner) for designing most of the plan.

TransitMatters Advocacy Meeting - Feb 22

Interested in getting involved and working for better transit?

Please join us for our first monthly advocacy meeting. We will discuss what everyone is working on, help each other, and think about some potential advocacy actions coming up.  This is also a good time to learn more about how TransitMatters works and what we can achieve. Anyone interested in more effective transit is welcome.

When: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Where: District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Seaport District. Silver Line to Courthouse.

Can't make it? Please become a member to support our work, and come next month.