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Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’

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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Boston, MA: Longfellow Bridge Construction Animation

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) contractors will begin the rehabilitation of the historic Longfellow Bridge, which links Boston and Cambridge in the spring of 2013. The project will be completed in six phases.This seven and a half minute animation with music vividly portrays the process of reconstructing the bridge serving vehicles, the MBTA Red Line, […]

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Boston, MA: Trolleybuses

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

There are four trolleybus routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, all run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the Harvard Square area, and all former streetcar lines (the last four not connected to the Tremont Street Subway to survive). The MBTA and its predecessors once ran a large system of trackless trolleys that […]

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Searching for Novel Approaches to Transportation Funding

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 1
As we enter the New Year (and begin our 24th year of publication), the debate about transportation funding is taking a new turn. Talk of raising the federal gas tax has become muted and even the efficacy of the gas tax itself is being questioned. And no wonder: vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, CAFE standards are becoming more stringent, vehicle use is leveling off, and hybrids and electric vehicles are expected to slowly but surely increase their market penetration.

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Mapping Urban Pipeline Leaks: Methane Leaks Across Boston

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

BOSTON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Natural gas is the largest source of anthropogenic emissions of methane (CH4) in the United States. To assess pipeline emissions across a major city, we mapped CH4 leaks across all 785 road miles in the city of Boston using a cavity-ring-down mobile CH4 analyzer.

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Boston, MA: The Greater Housing Report Card 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012

DUKAKIS CENTER FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL POLICY
This report marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card. Each year since 2002, we have probed Greater Boston’s housing landscape, keeping tabs on housing construction, home prices and rents. We have analyzed the relationship between the region’s economy, demography and housing, and we have kept track of federal, state and local government policies that affect the region’s housing market.

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