Massachusetts transportation

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The cities of Springfield, Holyoke, and Northampton along with the town of Amherst and the University of Massachusetts have signed a compact committing to pursue development of a regional bike share program. 

It has been tentatively named “ValleyBike.”  It would provide bicycles to people for a small fee to make short trips.   

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke about the program with Christopher Curtis, chief planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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There is a push in the Massachusetts legislature to allow communities to impose local taxes for the purpose of funding area transportation projects.

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The head of Massachusetts’ Department of Transportation spent Wednesday learning about and celebrating projects in the Berkshires.

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The group working to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic games to Boston unveiled details of the proposal today.

       Most of the venues for the proposed Boston Olympics would be grouped into two clusters, one on the South Boston waterfront and the other along the Charles River on the campuses of Harvard, MIT, and Boston University.  Twenty-eight of the 33 venues would be within a radius of about 6 miles. Twenty-six of the venues are no more than a ten-minute walk from a public transit stop.

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State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is pressing the Massachusetts Senate to approve a transportation bond bill as a new construction season approaches.  The $12.7 billion bond bill approved earlier this month in a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts House includes funding for some long-sought projects in western Massachusetts.

Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Transportation Veto

Jul 23, 2013
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Massachusetts could finally have a transportation financing law soon, though it may not be the version Governor Deval Patrick wanted.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray say they expect Patrick's veto of the bill be taken up in both chambers on Wednesday.

Both leaders said on Monday they expected the veto to be overridden.

Since approving a $300 million transportation funding bill last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently filed a terms bill, which if approved by the legislature, would provide funding to roads and bridge projects before the end of the summer work season.

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A new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group highlighting the decline in the average number of miles driven by the average American is supporting the call for investments in public education in the commonwealth.

The report released by the MASSPIRG Education Fund titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” says that on average, the amount of miles driven by Americans has been on the decline for the past eight years.

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A train carrying construction debris derailed Tuesday morning in the Berkshire County town of Sheffield.

Train cars that derailed on tracks owned by the Housatonic Railroad toppled over around 1:15 am on Tuesday and are now being cleared by the railroad company, according to Sheffield police chief Eric Munson.

“They were pretty much in assessment phase yesterday,” said Munson. “They started bringing in their heavy equipment early this morning and their estimate is two to three days before all the debris is removed and the trains are uprighted and the tracks are repaired.”

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The  $500 million tax bill approved this week by the Massachusetts House to fund transportation should address the immediate financial needs of the state’s 14 regional transit authorities.  But advocates for public transportation say it is a regressive approach that does not meet the demand for more bus and train service. 

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