Coffee & Transit - 10 Nov 2019

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Description

Meet the TransitMatters team and discuss transportation issues over CultureHouse’s complimentary coffee. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-transit-culturehouse-tickets-79520523025

Date And Time

Sun, Nov 10, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

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Location

CultureHouse

500 Kendall Street

Cambridge, MA 02142

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Volunteer Fair - 29 Oct 2019

Volunteer Fair

Tuesday October 29
6:00-7:30 PM
CLF, 62 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110

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We're excited to announce our first prospective volunteer meetup, on Tuesday, October 29th, from 6-7:30pm near Downtown Crossing. This is an opportunity to meet different campaign and administrative leads, hear about how TransitMatters works, and get involved on a faster timeline. 

Interested? Register today

We're focusing this invitation on four particular needs

  1. Mobility Hubs team members, to help gather input from different communities (particularly East Boston) as we design pilot recommendations.

  2. Events team members who want to help with an expanding set of events, including our big holiday party in December.

  3. Communications & Podcast skills, as we improve our long-time podcast and aim for more regular communication about our work.

  4. Regional Rail Technical Advisors, for folks who want to do deep research and analysis on a specific commuter rail line. See the full Job Description here

If one of these sounds good to you, we'd love to see you on the 29th – it's a great opportunity to learn more and step quickly into working with us.

Register today

Cheers,
Alex Dale

Volunteer Coordinator

Coffee & Transit - 28 Sep 2019

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Description

Meet the TransitMatters team and discuss transportation issues over CultureHouse’s complimentary coffee. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-transit-tickets-72335163421

Date And Time

Sat, September 28, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

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Location

CultureHouse

500 Kendall Street

Cambridge, MA 02142

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A Better Framingham/ Worcester Line - 17 Sep 2 PM @ Worcester Chamber

Business & Government Forum

https://business.worcesterchamber.org/events/details/business-government-forum-transitmatters-10371

Date and Time

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Location

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
311 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608

Fees/Admission

Free

Website

Worcester Chamber

Contact Information

Alex Guardiola
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Description

This event is part of the official rollout of TransitMatters' latest report, Regional Rail Proof of Concept: How to Provide Frequent, All-day Service on the Worcester Line. The event will be held Tuesday, 9/17 at 2 PM in conjunction with the Worcester Regional Chamber at their office in Downtown Worcester.

The Commonwealth faces a decade of significant vehicular mobility disruption on Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) due to anticipated reconstruction and relocation of the elevated highway approaching downtown Boston and private sector air rights developments in the same area. The need for frequent and reliable transit and rail mobility along this corridor is urgent.

Our follow-up to last year's report puts forth both short-term and long-term solutions for the Metro West-Worcester corridor. The ultimate goal is a transition to Regional Rail (a vision for fast, frequent, all day, electrified service set forth in our Regional Rail report).

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

Event Sponsors

Ventry Associates, LLP
BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts

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

[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

Description

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.

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

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-transit-transitmatters-signature-transit-meet-up-tickets-61866524440


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.

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

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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.

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

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!

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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