I am increasingly convinced that the state should make a massive investment in upgrading its regional rail network. The decision is not imminent, but I’m interested in starting to get feedback from my constituents.
If we could electrify most vehicles and then make all power sources on the grid carbon neutral, we would make the transportation sector (airplanes aside) carbon neutral and much cleaner. How soon could that happen?
My overall sense is that the MBTA is moving forward thoughtfully with progressive changes in bus routing based on respectful engagement with the public and a principled analysis of all available data. Board approval of the first round of changes appears likely for this month.
The Central Transportation Planning Staff has shared new growth estimates. Especially Allston but also many other parts of Boston and a few pockets in Belmont and Watertown are looking at significant growth. .
The MBTA’s governing board is considering a fare increase that will average 6.3% for T riders, effective July 1, 2019.
The MBTA has furnished the additional information below, showing how headways (spacing between buses) will be improved under the plan.