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Posts Tagged ‘MA’

Effects of Gas Prices on Transit Ridership

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Figure 3. Boston: Retail Gasoline Price and Unlinked Passenger Trips for Bus

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Between 1999 and 2011 consumers in the U.S. experienced an unprecedented increase in and fluctuation of gasoline prices. In July 2008, gasoline prices exceeded $4 per gallon, marking the highest price in real value in U.S. history. In the same year, the nation’s transit ridership reached 10.7 billion trips, the highest level since the Federal- Aid Highway Act of 1956…The rising gasoline prices were considered to have resulted in substantial changes in travel behavior in terms of trip taking, choices of travel destinations, selection of vehicles for higher fuel efficiency, or travel mode. A change in travel mode from driving to transit results in a higher level of transit demand and ridership for transit agencies. With this background, gasoline price increases in the last decade have generated substantial interest in developing a better understanding of how people respond to fluctuations in gasoline prices—particularly with respect to switching modes from driving to public transit—so that transit agencies can better prepare for higher demand for their services during periods of increased gasoline prices.

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Massachusetts Transportation by the Numbers

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Cost of Congestion in MA

TRIPExecutive SummaryMassachusetts’ extensive system of roads, bridges, highways and public transit provides the state’s residents, visitors and businesses with a high level of mobility. This transportation  system, which also includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities, forms the backbone that supports  the state’s economy. Massachusetts’ surface transportation system enables the state’s residents  and visitors to travel to work […]

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Boston, MA: MBTA Rail Cars Get the Deep-Clean Treatment

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Boston, MA: MBTA Rail Cars Get the Deep-Clean Treatment

Tom Mulligan, General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services, and his cleaning crew take on the massive challenge of deep-cleaning MBTA’s rail fleet.

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Dollars Well Spent: Solar Energy in Massachusetts

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Dollars Well Spent: Solar Energy in Massachusetts

Celebrating the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Undersecretary for Energy Mark Sylvia (then Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner David Cash toured six solar investments across the Commonwealth from sun up to sun down. The tour made stops in Chatham, Barnstable, Pembroke, Worcester, Easthampton and Pittsfield, touting the installation of more than 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power on former landfills, and at wastewater treatment plants and drinking water facilities in those communities. The state’s comprehensive solar policies have led to growing deployment of solar power at homes, businesses, schools, parking lots and elsewhere. There is at least one solar installation in 350 of the 351 communities across the Commonwealth, totaling more than 615 MW, which is enough electricity to power nearly 94,000 homes.

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Interactive Map: Roadwork in Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
massDOT Roadwork map

A new interactive map from massDOT pinpoints traffic incidents and scheduled road work throughout the state of Massachusetts. In addition to its useful information, another fascinating aspect of the roadwork map is the sheer volume of projects it shows taking place simultaneously. With everything from bridge inspection to highway paving on the daily docket, it’s clear why road maintenance is more than a full-time job.

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Cambridge, MA: Is This Two-Lane Street Wide Enough?

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Cambridge, MA: Is This Two-Lane Street Wide Enough?

A group of recreational cyclists on an urban ride offers an opportunity to explore the capacity limitation of a two-lane arterial street. It is also fair to ask whether the striping of the street with bike lanes benefits primarily bicyclists or motorists, and whether these cyclists understand how to ride as safely and cooperatively as possible on such a street.

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Boston, MA: Extended Hours for the MBTA

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Boston, MA: Extended Hours for the MBTA

The MBTA extends service on the weekends until 2:30 a.m. This is a revised video project from Northeastern.

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Massachusetts: Wind Turbines and Property Values

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Figure 1: Summary of Amenity, Disamenity and Turbine Home Price Impacts

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY
This study investigates a common concern of people who live near planned or operating wind developments: How might a home’s value be affected by the turbines? Previous studies on this topic, which have largely coalesced around non-significant findings, focused on rural settings. Wind facilities in urban locations could produce markedly different results. Nuisances from turbine noise and shadow flicker might be especially relevant in urban settings, where negative features, such as landfills or high voltage utility lines, have been shown to reduce home prices. To determine if wind turbines have a negative impact on property values in urban settings, this report analyzed more than 122,000 home sales, between 1998 and 2012, that occurred near the current or future location of 41 turbines in densely-populated Massachusetts communities.

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Weymouth, MA: Fore River Bridge Replacement

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Fore River Bridge Replacement is a signature project of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program. A new vertical lift bridge will carry Route 3A between Quincy and Weymouth. Construction is underway in 2013, with the design-build phases shown in this animated video with music. Additional info at http://www.massdotprojectsforeriverbridge.info/ – youmovemass on YouTube

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After Enacting Reforms, Massachusetts Considering $19 Billion Multimodal Transportation Investment

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily
Massachusetts is considering a ten-year, $19 billion bond bill to fund road, bridge projects and transit. The bill is sponsored by the Governor and is currently under review by the Legislature. While most of the revenue is directed to state highways, the proposal also includes $300 million in annual grant funding for cities and towns to pave and repair roads, an increase from the current $200 million.

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