Wednesday’s Headlines

  • A U.S. House subcommittee has signed off on a $137.1 billion transportation spending bill for the next fiscal year, with modest increases in transit spending (Smart Cities Dive).
  • Commonwealth Magazine’s latest Codcast interviews Richard Prone, a retired train engineer and current MBTA Advisory Board member. Prone recently succeeded in persuading the T to make cost-neutral adjustments in its schedules to allow for later-night commuter rail runs to the South Shore.
  • The New York City Council votes today on an ordinance that would revoke permits for construction firms if they block bike lanes without providing a safe alternative route, reports Streetsblog NYC.
  • Advocacy group DavisNow wants Somerville to put up $750,000 in funds to repair broken sidewalks and lighting in Davis Square (Somerville Times).
  • Paris is advancing a proposal to reduce the number of lanes on its chronically-jammed, 8-lane Boulevard Périphérique – with one lane repurposed for emergency and public transport vehicles, and another repurposed for trees (Citylab).


A detail of the MBTA's proposed new bus network map, showing the proposed new routes that would connect Roxbury and Dorchester to the jobs of the Longwood Medical Area (upper left). Courtesy of the MBTA.

Our First Look At the T’s Proposed New Bus Network

The MBTA has published a draft map of its proposed new bus network – a major milestone in the agency’s efforts to reinvigorate and expand its bus services. For the past year, the T’s planners have been working on a blank-slate redesign of its bus routes to adapt to the region’s changing travel patterns, better […]