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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, […]

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A New Orange Line Train Just Tiptoed Back onto the Tracks

The MBTA is ever-so-gingerly reintroducing one of the two brand new Orange Line trains into service on Tuesday, the first time either has been seen […]

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Tufts Will Flip the Script on Naming Rights, Link Its Brand to a New MBTA Stop

Accepting money for buildings linked to the nation’s most notorious drug peddling family? Bad. Paying money to the MBTA to put your name on a […]

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In the 2010s, Boston Learned to Fear (and Hopefully, Someday Fix) the MBTA

Ten years ago, the MBTA was a transit system on the move. There were ample signs of progress, fueled by new technology and invigorated by […]

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Take a Look at the New Car-Free Plans for the Northern Ave. Bridge

Plans for what to do with the decommissioned Northern Avenue Bridge, are beginning to take shape, and they look… pretty sweet? The proposal presented at […]