Beer & Transit

[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.



Photo talent graciously provided by Emily Leventhal

Beer & Transit - 22 May 2019


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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Lansdowne Pub

9 Lansdowne Street

Boston, MA 02215

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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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Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

48 Temple Place

Boston, MA 02111

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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.



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.


  • 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



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.


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.

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Beer & Transit - 10th Aug

We're back with another Beer & Transit! This time, we're pairing it with a live podcast episode recording and bringing on two guests to talk about active transit. We've joined up with Boston Cyclists Union and featured guests Josh Zisson and Iea Toner to talk about the emotional effects of a crash, what to do after you've had a crash on a bike, the role we all play in making our streets safer.


We will be in Lir's upstairs space!

Since we've scrambled this together on short notice, we're making this featured event free to all, but you're welcome to donate during registration or at the door. All proceeds will support our organisations in our advocacy for a safer transport network that connects people to work, play, and each other.

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Beer & Transit - Casual Meetup - Wed 4/13

All this advocacy stuff has consumed us but we there's always time for Beer & Transit. This time it's an informal gathering: no guest speaker, just the TransitMatters crew and you. 

Wed 4/13, 6-8 pm, at J.J. Foley's, 21 Kingston St, near Downtown Crossing.

If you've been looking to get involved or are interested in transit issues or just curious about TransitMatters, come join us to talk transit in a casual atmosphere. Feel free to show up anytime.

Can't make it this time? We'll be doing more of these informal meetups so stay tuned or contact us to get involved. These events are free but a donation to support our work is always appreciated if you have some extra funds.

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

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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.

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.

Event photos after the jump.