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[PHOTOS] Pride & Transit - 27 June 2019

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Join us for Pride & Transit

We're shaking up our signature Beer & Transit series with a Pride & Transit evening to celebrate Pride Month! Join fellow LGBTQ+ and ally transit advocates and hear from guest speaker Matthew Moran, Transit Team Director of Boston Transportation Department's Policy & Planning Division.

A portion of all donations received will be gifted to BAGLY, The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. For more information about the youth-led, adult-supported social support organization, visit their website here.

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Beer & Transit - 22 May 2019

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Join TransitMatters on May 22nd 6:30-8:30pm at The Lansdowne Pub for Beer & Transit, a meetup to discuss the transportation-related topics that affect the Greater Boston area.

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

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Date and Time

Wed, May 22, 2019

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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Location

Lansdowne Pub

9 Lansdowne Street

Boston, MA 02215

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Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour: Providence - 16 April 2019

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TransitMatters, in partnership with Grow Smart RI, will be taking our show on the rails to discuss our Regional Rail initiative - a plan to transform the current MBTA Commuter Rail system into a modern, more reliable intercity rail service with more frequent all-day service.

The Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour will feature representatives from TransitMatters and a special guest representing the ridership of the Providence Line. After brief presentations about TransitMatters’ Regional Rail proposal, the floor will be opened up for questions, comments and dialogue.

Admission is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to Grow Smart RI. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


What is Regional Rail?

Regional Rail is a transformational new business model for Commuter Rail that would bring rapid transitlike service to the entire Metro Boston region, including the Providence Line. Changes include frequent all-day service, systemwide electrification and free transfers between regional trains, subways, and buses. More information can be found here.

Who will be in attendance?

In addition to TransitMatters’ event partners, we expect our guests to come from all walks of life: officials, business leaders, activists, and most importantly, everyday riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail.

About TransitMatters

TransitMatters is a transit policy advocacy group based in Boston, MA. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2015, they advocate for fast, frequent, reliable, and equitable MBTA services in Metro Boston. Through discourse, they offer new perspectives, unite transit advocates, and inform the public on transit issues. They utilize a high level of critical analysis to advocate for plans and policies that promote convenient, effective, and equitable transportation for everyone.

About Grow Smart 

Since 1998 Grow Smart has provided statewide leadership for diverse public and private interests seeking sustainable and equitable economic growth. We promote such growth by advocating for compact development in revitalized urban, town and village centers balanced with responsible stewardship of our region’s natural assets – farmland, forests, the coastline, and the Bay. We inform leaders, decision makers and concerned citizens about the many benefits of compact development and asset stewardship and provide research and training on proven smart growth strategies. We convene broad coalitions that advocate policy reforms and specific projects designed to build communities where all people and businesses can thrive. 

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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End of Year Holiday Party - 18th December 2018

Join TransitMatters for an end of year party and celebration, featuring a brief recap of our past year of advocacy, followed by a Q&A and some exciting news about the future. Admission is free with requested donation.

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Date and Time

Tue, December 18, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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Location

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

48 Temple Place

Boston, MA 02111

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Featured Beer & Transit - 24th Jan

Join us for a special Beer & Transit at District Hall in the Seaport District! As our inaugural event for 2017, we'll set the tone for action to move Faster Forward toward a better transit network for all in the coming year.

Celebrate with us our progress in 2016, where we stand with NightBus as we close out January, and ring in the new year with renewed focus on the opportunities that lie ahead of us!

GUEST SPEAKERS

Jim Aloisi, Fmr MA Transport Secretary

 

AGENDA

  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM – Registration
  • 6:30 - 7:30 PM – Review of 2016, Updates on NightBus, Look Ahead into 2017, Q&A
  • 7:30 - 9:00 PM – Discussion and Social/Networking
 

LOCATION

District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

 


Beer & Transit is our monthly beer summit on transit issues, a mix of lecture, discussion, and social event.

Like these events? Volunteer or join as a member and help us keep the conversation going!

Beer & Transit - 24th Oct

Join us on Monday, October 24 for another Beer & Transit after the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee meeting. This month, we’ll hear from Margaret “Peggy” Griffin, Civil Rights Officer at the Federal Transit Administration at the general meeting, followed by discussion, networking, and drinks.

The Rider Oversight Committee seeks to bridge the gap between the MBTA and the Public, addressing issues that come to its attention through a variety of means and providing recommendations to the MBTA that communicate the needs and concerns of all riders. The group’s general meetings are open to the public and occur monthly in the Massachusetts State Transportation Building.

GUEST SPEAKER

PEGGY GRIFFIN, CIVIL RIGHTS OFFICER, FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION (REGION 1)

As the FTA's Civil Rights Officer for Region 1, Peggy oversees reviews of transit agencies in New England to gauge their compliance with federal law.  She monitors a wide range of activities at the MBTA and other local agencies, ranging from their Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) practices to their compliance with environmental justice strategies that protect members of minority and/or low-income populations.

AGENDA

  • 5:00 - 5:15 PM – Call MBTA ROC Meeting to Order / Public Comments
  • 5:15 - 6:00 PM – Peggy Griffin (guest speaker)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM – Rider Oversight Committee Reports
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM – Move to Rock Bottom Brewery for Discussion and Social/Networking

LOCATIONS

SPEAKER AND MEETING

Massachusetts State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3
(Green Line to Boylston Street; Orange Line to Tufts MC; or multiple buses).

Can't attend in person? Watch live on YouTube.

DRINKS AND NETWORKING

Rock Bottom Brewery
115 Stuart St, Boston, MA

Beer & Transit is our monthly beer summit on transit issues, a mix of lecture, discussion, and social event.

Like these events? Volunteer or join as a member and help us keep the conversation going!

Beer & Transit - 26th Sept

 

Join us on Monday, September 26 for another Beer & Transit after the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee meeting. This month, we’ll hear from David Scorey, General Manager at Keolis North America, at the general meeting, followed by discussion, networking, and drinks.

The Rider Oversight Committee seeks to bridge the gap between the MBTA and the Public, addressing issues that come to its attention through a variety of means and providing recommendations to the MBTA that communicate the needs and concerns of all riders. The group’s general meetings are open to the public and occur monthly in the Massachusetts State Transportation Building.

GUEST SPEAKER

David Scorey, General Manager, Keolis Commuter Services

As General Manager for Keolis Commuter Services, David Scorey oversees all aspects of the MBTA Commuter Rail service in Boston. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in the passenger rail industry, most recently serving as Managing Director for Southern Railway, one of the largest and most complex railroads in the United Kingdom, with 2,200 trains and 600,000 passenger trips each day.  Southern is managed by Govia Thameslink Railway, a joint venture between Keolis and Go Ahead. In his role as GM of Keolis Commuter Services, David is focused on continuing to improve service, performance and customer satisfaction across the system.

AGENDA

  • 5:00 - 5:15 PM – Call MBTA ROC Meeting to Order / Public Comments
  • 5:15 - 6:00 PM – David Scorey (guest speaker)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM – Rider Oversight Committee Reports
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM – Move to Rock Bottom Brewery for Discussion and Social/Networking

LOCATIONS

SPEAKER AND MEETING

Massachusetts State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Conference Room 4
(Green Line to Boylston Street; Orange Line to Tufts MC; or multiple buses).

Can't attend in person? Watch live on YouTube.

 

DRINKS AND NETWORKING

Rock Bottom Brewery
115 Stuart St, Boston, MA


Beer & Transit is our monthly beer summit on transit issues, a mix of lecture, discussion, and social event.

Like these events? Volunteer or join as a member and help us keep the conversation going!

Beer & Transit - 22nd Aug

 

Join us on Monday, August 22 for another Beer & Transit after the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee meeting. This month, we’ll hear from Jennifer Rowe of CTPS/Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization at the general meeting, followed by discussion, networking, and drinks.

The Rider Oversight Committee seeks to bridge the gap between the MBTA and the Public, addressing issues that come to its attention through a variety of means and providing recommendations to the MBTA that communicate the needs and concerns of all riders. The group’s general meetings are open to the public and occur monthly in the Massachusetts State Transportation Building.

GUEST SPEAKER

JENNIFER ROWE, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT MANAGER, CTPS/BOSTON REGION METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

As a public participation specialist, Jennifer engages people, organizations, and communities in the work of the Boston Region MPO. She is responsible for facilitating an informed and equitable decision-making process for the allocation of federal funding to improve transportation in the region. She also is tasked with implementing the MPO’s Public Participation Plan. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Williams College.

At the ROC meeting, she'll be talking about:

  • The UPWP, TIP, and LRTP & the MPO’s process for creating these documents
  • How people can have meaningful input in the MPO’s processes
  • How CTPS’s work fits into other transportation planning processes in the region

AGENDA

  • 5:00 - 5:15 PM – Call MBTA ROC Meeting to Order / Public Comments
  • 5:15 - 6:00 PM – Jennifer Rowe (guest speaker)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM – Rider Oversight Committee Reports
  • 7:00 - 8:30 PM – Move to Rock Bottom Brewery for Discussion and Social/Networking

LOCATIONS

SPEAKER AND MEETING

Massachusetts State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3
(Green Line to Boylston Street; Orange Line to Tufts MC; or multiple buses).

Can't attend in person? Watch live on YouTube.

 

DRINKS AND NETWORKING

Rock Bottom Brewery
115 Stuart St, Boston, MA


Beer & Transit is our monthly beer summit on transit issues, a mix of lecture, discussion, and social event.

Like these events? Volunteer or join as a member and help us keep the conversation going!

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.
 

Beer & Transit with T4MA - Dec 10 - POSTPONED

UPDATE: We have to CANCEL this month's Beer & Transit due to a unexpected problem with the venue. Enjoy an evening off during this busy time of year, and look for us to reschedule for a date sometime early next year. Josh & Charlie may also make an appearance on an upcoming podcast.


Join us on Dec 10 for another Beer & Transit with Transportation for Massachusetts, a statewide network of advocates fighting for revenue and accountability in transportation policy. As we turn our attention to the funding and policy issues affecting transit in Massachusetts and beyond and what T4MA is working on, we'll learn about long- and short-term transportation policy in light of changing technology and reform, involving others in transportation issues, and have a robust discussion.

Guest Speakers

Josh Ostroff, Partnerships Director, T4MA

Josh is a Natick Selectman, a past president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and a strong proponent of transportation and public engagement.  He works with local and regional government and with allied organizations and associations throughout Massachusetts.

Charlie Ticotsky, Policy Director, T4MA

Charlie coordinates policy, legislation and regulations that support the coalition's agenda. He brings experience in regional planning, government affairs and previously worked in the Massachusetts State House as legislative director for a state representative.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

5:30 - 6:00 PM - Attendees Arrive

6:00 - 6:10 PM - TransitMatters Updates/Announcements

6:10 - 6:40 PM - Guest Speakers

6:40 - 8:00 PM - Q&A and Social/Networking

LOCATION: Lir, 903 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115 - T to Hynes, Copley, Back Bay; or #1 bus

Get tickets here and consider supporting TransitMatters by joining as a member.

Beer & Transit is our monthly beer summit on transit issues, a mix of lecture, discussion, and social event. We bring the guest, you bring your ideas and questions.

Beer & Transit - Sept 30

 

The monthly Beer & Transit series returns from summer break rejuvenated and ready for better bus and train service. Have you seen our vision?

Per usual, we'll be hosted by Lir in their upstairs room at 903 Boylston Street in Back Bay.

This month, our guest speaker is Benjamin Ross. He is the author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, regular contributor to the Greater Greater Washington blog, and former president of the Action Committee for Transit in Montgomery County, MD. He'll share some of his experiences advocating for the Purple Line in Maryland, updates from his neck of the woods, and advice for transit advocates in Boston.

 

Thanks for Coming to Our March Beer & Transit!

A huge thanks to all of you who came to Lir and chatted with with us and James Aloisi. We're already ramping up for the next #BeerAndTransit in April. Stay tuned to this space and be sure you're subscribed to our mailing list or following us on Twitter to hear about our next event.

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Beer & Transit featuring James Aloisi | Wed, 11 March 2015

Join us to learn more about the road ahead for our advocacy group and contribute your ideas for future membership-building activities and events. All of this over delicious food and beer at LIR on Boylston Street.

We'll be hosting featured guest James Aloisi, fomer Massachusetts Transport Secretary and frequent guest contributor to CommonWealth Magazine.

Let us know if you'll be joining us at our event!