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Boston MPO publishes air quality conformity report

How is our region doing? Read the draft of the “Transportation Plan 2004-2025 and 2005-2009 Transportation Improvement Program Air Quality Conformity Re-Determination” (PDF). You can send comment letters.

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Transportation equity article

This paper defines different types of transportation equity, discusses various equity issues, and describes ways of incorporating equity into transportation planning.
Evaluating Transportation Equity (PDF)

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Massachusetts commuting study: It’s getting worse

A new study by MassINC shows that our commutes are getting worse at a faster rate than in all but five other states. The average commute is 27 minutes each way. Part of the solution is enhancing public transit.

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Thanks for Boston MPO letters

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to the Boston MPO about the importance of the Green Line and Orange Line in Somerville. 98 letters came from Somerville, which is almost half of all the letters the Boston MPO received regarding the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document. 92 of those letters pushed for the Green Line extension, and 47 were about the Orange Line stop at Assembly Square. Thanks for being heard!

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Car ownership costs

Fact sheet on costs of owning and driving a car.
The Cost of Car Ownership (PDF)

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MBTA ridership survey and volunteer opportunity

TransitWorks, a not for profit organization in the Boston region, is working to improve the quality of our transit system by providing feedback from you to the MBTA. TransitWorks is conducting an MBTA Ridership Survey in order to collect this customer feedback. The results of the survey will be shared directly with the MBTA to help improve the quality of your transit experience on MBTA buses, trains, subways and boats.
TransitWorks is also seeking volunteers to log their experiences for a two-week period using the MBTA. The findings of all volunteers will be shared directly with the MBTA to help improve the quality of transit in our region. If you are interested in volunteering, go to www.transitworks.org/volunteer or call TransitWorks at (617) 557-7349.

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Study on barriers to transit-oriented development

Case study of how a real-world development was able to overcome the substantial development barriers that face these developments.
Overcoming Financial and Institutional Barriers to TOD: Lindbergh Station Case Study (PDF)

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Multimodel planning analysis

An analysis of existing methodologies to assess quality of service and related concerns for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit modes.
A Review of Approaches for Assessing Multimodal Quality of Service (PDF)

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Bus transit and land use study

This article examines the effect of land use, socioeconomics, and bus transit service on transit demand in the Twin Cities. The findings suggest that vertical mixed-use is important close to transit access and retail plays an important role up to a quarter mile from transit service.
Bus Transit and Land Use: Illuminating the Interaction (PDF)

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Transportation costs study

Research on how the lack of transportation choices strains the family budget and hinders home ownership.
Transportation Costs and the American Dream (PDF)

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