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Gotta Go? Here’s a Graded Guide to the MBTA’s Restrooms

While on an MBTA Red Line trip recently, I faced a not infrequent commuter dilemma: Nature was urgently calling, and there I was with no […]

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What Would It Take for Boston to Become a Car-Free City?

In late May, three dozen people gathered online to ponder post-pandemic life in Boston. There were hospital workers, nannies, software developers, biotech researchers, analysts, and […]

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Want to Get People Back on the MBTA? Make It More Fun

In so many ways, Boston is back. The MBTA, however, is not. Ridership has yet to return to anything close to pre-pandemic levels, a fact […]

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Big Shoutout to the Gamer Playing Call of Duty on the Red Line on the Fourth of July

Gamers of Boston, it’s time to step up your… game. If you’ve been whiling away your time on public transportation with puny handheld devices—rounds of […]

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Behold the Beauty of the Red-Blue Connector, and Pay for It Already

Remember the Big Dig? The years-long ordeal that cut a gash through the middle of Boston, and saw costs and deadlines spiral interminably? Of course […]

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Why You Can’t Get an Uber or Lyft in Boston Right Now

Remember when you could call an Uber or Lyft from anywhere in Boston, and be all but assured a car would show up in a […]

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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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“Hostile Architecture” Is Everywhere in Boston, if You Know Where to Look

Never heard of “hostile architecture?” You will soon. An increasingly vocal group of activists is pushing major cities like Boston to be more aware of […]

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A Brief History of the $100,000 MassDOT Toilet

In this time of transition for MassDOT, as officials weigh budgets in the region’s post-COVID future, and Secretary Stephanie Pollack departs the state and settles […]

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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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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 […]