Massachusetts

Growing a Culture of Transportation Sustainability in Massachusetts (McCahill, Ebeling and Codd, 2014)

The transportation sector is a growing focus of sustainability efforts, given the large scale of its impacts, and yet it remains one of the more difficult sectors to reform. Private automobiles powered by petroleum-based fuels dominate transportation in the U.S. and the primary mission of most

MassDOT helps travelers make sense of regional bus, train, and ferry routes

By Bill Holloway Last month MassDOT announced the release of a comprehensive set of maps detailing privately operated bus, rail, and ferry routes throughout New England and connecting services to New York State. Recognizing that intercity travelers in New England often pass through multiple

GreenDOT implementation: Putting policy into practice

By Mary Ebeling In a July 2014 update on MassDOT’s ambitious GreenDOT program, we noted that the GreenDOT office had begun preparing the first in a series of “data- and performance-driven progress reports.” The first report, released in December, documents the key policy shifts, performance

MassDOT charts course for a sustainable transportation system

By Chris McCahill In 2010, the Massachusetts DOT announced its GreenDOT initiative, which focuses on three main goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting healthy transportation options, and encouraging smart growth development throughout the state. Early on the program manifested itself

Massachusetts and California DOTs endorse NACTO streets guide

By Eric Sundquist The move away from “stroads”—urban streets designed to rural road standards—received new support this month, as Massachusetts and California DOTs endorsed new design guidance that treats urban streets as livable places as well as multimodal transportation facilities. The

Preparing for climate change in Massachusetts

By Chris Spahr On January 14, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts announced $52 million in funding for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change.  Citing weather events such as Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, which washed out Route 2 in North Adams and

MBTA uses ABC technique to replace bridge

By Chris Spahr On Friday, November 8, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority used an Accelerated Bridge Construction technique to replace a 102-year-old bridge that carries the Red Line trains over Clayton Street in Dorchester.  Using a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter, a new bridge