Is Carpooling Ready for a Renaissance?

Patrick Sullivan | August 10, 2015

A great article from Governing takes a deep dive into strategies for encouraging carpooling. The strategies suggested by author Tiffany Dovey Fishman offer a helpful guide for any TMA or municipality looking to really encourage and incentivize carpooling. This got me thinking about the current state of carpooling and the possibility that we are about to see a resurgence in carpooling. Everyone in TDM knows that carpooling can be a very powerful tool to reduce traffic congestion during peak commuting hours. This is particularly true in dense areas where odds are there are high concentrations of commuters who live and work within proximity…
Communities Along Route 128 – A Closer Look

Patrick Sullivan | July 11, 2015

128 Business Council regularly examines census and economic data for the communities we serve along the Route 128 Corridor. *  We do it to gauge the economic health of the Corridor and to look for correlations between economic activity and travel patterns. We also just do it because we’re data nerds. *(Woburn, Burlington, Lexington, Waltham, Lincoln, Newton, Needham, Weston, Wellesley)  The communities along the corridor are among the most prosperous in the Commonwealth, both in terms of the residents that call this area home and the corporations clustered in these communities. Most of these communities have the coveted mix of…
What’s Up With Bus Bunching?

Patrick Sullivan | June 23, 2015

Ask any regular bus rider what their biggest pet peeve is, and inevitably the first response you will likely here is bus bunching. Why am I forced to wait for a late bus only to have 2 buses on the same route arrive are the same time? Why aren’t they spaced out better? How hard can it be? What is bus bunching? NewScientist explains: Public transport vehicles – underground trains, for example – set off from the start of their routes equally spaced. The problem starts when one is briefly delayed, making more time for passengers to accumulate at stations further…
The Red Line Extension That Never Was

Patrick Sullivan | January 30, 2015

The Red Line has the highest ridership of any of the MBTA’s rail lines. Stretching North to South from North Cambridge through Downtown Boston and then branching off into Mattapan and Braintree, nearly 273,000 daily unlinked trips are taken on the Red Line’s 21 route miles. The Red Line was the last of the four subway lines to open, with service between Harvard Square and Park Street commencing in 1912. Since 1912 the Red Line has been extended many times, with the most recent expansion coming in 1985 with the opening of the line's northern terminus, Alewife Station. The story of the Red…
On Transportation Year in Review

Patrick Sullivan | December 8, 2014

With 2014 coming to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at the On Transportation Blog to revisit some of the issues this blog has explored over the past year. We took a look at the impact of TMAs and TDM programs. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this in 2015… We dove head first into the “Google Bus” debate. Often lost in this discussion is that fact that there are countless commuter shuttles operating all over the country that offer a vital transit connection to a wide variety of jobs. Commuter shuttles don’t just serve the tech elite.…
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