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City Life

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 […]

City Life

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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City Life

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 […]

City Life

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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City Life

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 […]

City Life

As Things Got Ugly, Protesters Trying to Flee Downtown Boston found MBTA Stops Closed

As a by and large peaceful protest spiraled into chaos last night, police closed in and issued dire warnings. “Peaceful protestors along Tremont Street are […]

City Life

The MBTA Will Pay More than $900 Million for a More Efficient Way to Collect Your Money

Here at the end of the world, collecting fares on the MBTA has got to be one of the state’s lowest priorities. T stops are […]

City Life

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 […]

City Life

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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Home & Property

This MBTA Map Tells You Which Are the Cheapest T Stops to Live By

We all know the typical tricks for knocking a few dollars off our rents: Bunk up with roommates, go for a place that hasn’t seen […]

City Life

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 […]

City Life

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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City Life

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 […]

City Life

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 […]

City Life

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 […]