Recent Streetsblog MASS posts about Environment

A view of the Allston I-90 tollbooths and Beacon Yards in 2015. Photo by Nick Allen, licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0.

MassDOT Report Kicks Off Environmental Review For Allston Multimodal Project

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MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have officially kicked of the two-year environmental review process for the Allston Multimodal Project – a reconfiguration of Interstate 90, Soldiers Field Road and the Framingham/Worcester railroad line along the Charles River waterfront in Allston – with the release of a “scoping report” that outlines how the project will […]
An electronic tolling gantry on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Courtesy of MassDOT.

Business Groups, Advocates Agree: Drivers Need To Pay More

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As legislators on Beacon Hill start working on a new transportation funding bill this week, business groups and sustainable transportation advocates are finding common ground on proposals to raise new funds for the state’s transportation infrastructure with new fees, taxes and tolls on motor vehicle users. This morning, the Massachusetts Business Coalition on Transportation, which […]
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Report: Higher Gas Tax, Like Higher Transit Fares, Could Increase Inequality

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While many sustainable transportation advocates champion higher gasoline taxes as a way to pay for transportation improvements, a new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) warns that higher gasoline taxes will exacerbate the state’s growing income inequality – unless the state simultaneously passes other tax policies to benefit low-income families. A 10-cent […]