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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…
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.…
Will We Ever Have a VMT Tax in Massachusetts?

Patrick Sullivan | July 17, 2014

For as long as we have had roads, we have been trying to figure out the best way to pay for them. Over the years, a per-gallon gasoline tax has been widely adopted on both a state and federal level as the primary method in which revenue is generated to pay for highway construction and maintenance. This system worked relatively well for many decades, but improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency have significantly reduced fuel consumption. A study by the Rand Corporation found that gas consumption has decreased by nearly 50 percent since 1980, yet vehicle miles traveled have doubled, creating conditions where…
Welcome to the On Transportation Blog

Patrick Sullivan | January 13, 2014

So I was starting to feel like the only kid in town without a blog. Even though some are arguing that the traditional blog is a dying medium, I still felt like there was an opportunity to share my thoughts on my particular area of expertise. That area of expertise is transportation demand management, or TDM. (Not to be confused with the other “TDMs” that we are all very familiar with, time-division multiplexing and transnational dispute management.) What is transportation demand management? Well, I’ll explain that in my next blog post. I’ll use this space to write about TDM and…