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Things We Never Thought We’d Miss about Taking the T

It’s just another day on the T. A loud screech at Boylston that makes your face scrunch up. The smell of something you can’t describe. […]

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What You Need to Know If You’re Commuting to Work Again

By Car The bad news: After a year of easy, breezy commutes for those still working in the city, traffic is gradually starting to inch […]

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See What the MBTA Thinks about Our Story about Workers Not Wearing Masks

Several weeks ago, I wrote an account of my experience asking several MBTA workers why they weren’t wearing required masks on the job. Afterward, I […]

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How Boston Could Save Winter by Finally Doing Something Fun with Its Streets

A pop-up movie theater on a side street in Harlem. A touch-less obstacle course for kids in the Bronx. A five-week-long stationary parade in Chicago. […]

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It’s Never Been More Clear: Fare Hikes Won’t Save the MBTA

The MBTA has a serious budget issue on its hands. With so many would-be commuters working from their living rooms, ridership on public transit around […]

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Want to Know Why Some T Workers Aren’t Wearing Face Masks?

As we find ourselves deep into the sixth month of the pandemic, several newfound staples of etiquette, good sense, and lawful health and safety requirements […]

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Traffic Plummeted During the Pandemic. Boston Should Keep It That Way

One of the eeriest parts of the pandemic has been the vacant streets of cities across the globe, as traffic disappeared while people stayed home. […]

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I Hate Cars, but Thanks to COVID I’m Buying One

I have a confession to make: I’m buying a car. When I moved into Boston proper five years ago, my wife and I couldn’t have […]

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Now, and After the Pandemic, Boston’s Streets Need a Fresh Look

Given the city’s miles of crisscrossing streets have been largely empty for weeks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that deadly collisions involving drivers and cyclists […]

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The Long Way Home: Confronting My Identity on the MBTA

The question started making the rounds a few years ago, sometimes whispered in my ear, other times asked outright in large gatherings: “Has it happened […]

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Why Do We Need the Bowdoin Stop, Anyway?

The Bowdoin stop at end of the Blue Line might as well be the end of the earth. When I visit at 8:30 a.m. on […]

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Can We Ever Really Fix Bad Driving in Boston?

If you’re skimming this article online while sitting through the third round of red lights on Boston’s infamously clogged streets, you’d better stop right now. […]

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Will We Fall for Gondolas Again?

Picture this: You’re standing on the Somerville side of the Mystic, with money in your pocket and Lady Luck on your side, ready to head […]

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Living near the Green Line Extension Is Hell

It won’t be long before everyone wants to live in East Cambridge. This quiet, quirky corner of the city has long been overlooked, but that’s […]

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14 Things We’d Do with Those Vintage MBTA Cars if Someone Bought Them for Us

Have you ever sat in a Green Line trolley, looked around at the smudged windows and fake wood paneling, heard the squealing of the rails, […]