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Wheels on the Bus: Mass Transit


Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 25, 2013

Does Portland desire a streetcar?

Transit Alternatives  
Imagine hopping onto a streetcar downtown and being whisked in the direction of your home, whether that be on the East End or in an off-peninsula neighborhood.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2012
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Reconnecting Portland and Auburn by rail

All Aboard
One of these afternoons, head down to the Grand Trunk building at the bottom of India Street and take a look at the plaque on the wall.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 22, 2012



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Tips for young artists

Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 13, 2011

Bus stopped?

The proposed RIPTA cuts are totally unacceptable
Last week, the Rhode Island chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFBRI), sent an email blast to folks around the state, which contained the first two paragraphs of a press release issued by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority on June 30:
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 06, 2011
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As gas prices go up, a public transit bill gains speed

Conservative commute
Every day, thousands of workers in who live in the Lewiston-Auburn region — where real estate is more affordable — get in their cars and drive to Portland — where there are more jobs.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 23, 2011

The road goes on forever

Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2011

Walking on broken glass

A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 15, 2010



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Electric cars: Rhode Island plugs in

Can the smallest state make the biggest use of electric cars — and help save the world?
“I’m not a car guy,” says Al Dahlberg, sitting in his office on a recent afternoon.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 12, 2011



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Wiping out the competition

Failure
Those fucks at the MBTA have hit a new record
By KARL STEVENS  |  June 10, 2010

Pedal promise

The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
Boston has its fair share of deserving bad reputations: the sports fans whined for some 86 years about a “curse” because the Red Sox couldn’t seal the deal; the drivers are terrible; and, thanks in no small part to those driving skills, the city’s streets were thrice voted by Bicycling Magazine as some of the worst in the country for cyclists.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2010
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At the G.I. Joe Convention: The Baroness and a ‘slice of Americana’

Gatherings
Roadblock flew in from Miami, and Tunnel Rat took the train from Jersey. But it was Baroness, aka Penelope Pappas, who got the cameras clicking at the 17th annual G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  May 05, 2010



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The 'Urban and Rural' plan

Going Green
How’s this for a sobering statistic: by 2035, Mainers will be spending 50 percent more time in our cars.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2010

Aaarrgghh!

Balls, Pucks, & Monster Trucks
There is Pirate news, and not just that Penelope Cruz will star in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie as Blackbeard’s daughter. No, there is Portland Pirate news.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 24, 2010
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Taxi turmoil

Plus, controlling local health costs
Taxis are an under-appreciated and often little-considered component in urban mass-transit systems. They fill the gaps left by the MBTA and offer a sort of curb-to-curb, citywide Zipcar service.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 17, 2010
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The Curse of the Big Dig

Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 17, 2010



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Bay State's top lobbyists

Talking Politics
Nearly everyone in Massachusetts felt the pinch of the recession in 2009 — even Beacon Hill lobbyists had to tighten their belts.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 08, 2010

Bus fares set to climb

Transport Watch
A quick primer on local bus fares and ridership, and whether (and how) to raise those numbers.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 27, 2010
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A nation hooked on cars

Vroom! Vroom!
The car is at the center of many of our troubles — our addiction to oil, the warming of the planet. Car accidents do incalculable damage.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 27, 2010



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Getting the green light on transport

Going Green
Exciting — if daunting — developments are on the transportation horizon in the greater Portland area.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 26, 2010



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