Unfare? Transit Advocates Question Costly MBTA Study To Determine New Fare Structures

“Should we just wait a month or two to spend this money wisely, on the goals of the administration that people elect in November?” said Stacy Thompson, the Executive Director of LiveableStreets Alliance. “There’s a question of politics.”  Continue reading

Wu Wants Fed Help To Shore Up MBTA Workforce

"These service cuts will overlap with the unprecedented Orange and Green Line shutdowns, compounding significant challenges for riders and the region, and raising serious equity, mobility, environmental, and economic concerns," Wu said in a statement with the groups LivableStreets Alliance, A Better City and Transit Matters "Magnifying the impact of chronic underinvestment in infrastructure, these cuts underscore the MBTA's continued inability to address critical systemic staffing issues." Continue reading

Subway service cuts will remain in place for the fall; bus service to be further reduced, T says

“Unless you have stood on a bus corner in a blizzard, you do not understand what it means to wait an extra 20 minutes for a bus,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance. Continue reading

MBTA Orange Line shutdown: Stacy Thompson is Executive Director of LivableStreets talks with Boston 25 about what we have learned so far

Boston Public Radio full show: Aug. 23, 2022

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson discussed the Orange Line shutdown, including the merits of some of the alternative options, the plausibility of a 30-day deadline, the possibilities for getting the MBTA out of crisis and the future of electric vehicles. Aloisi is the former Massachusetts transportation secretary, a member of the TransitMatters board and contributor to CommonWealth Magazine. Thompson is executive director of Livable Streets. Continue reading

How the shutdown of the Orange Line is impacting commuters

The 30-day shutdown of the MBTA's Orange Line has begun. Stacy Thompson, executive director of Livable Streets, joined WBUR's Weekend Edition to discuss its impact. Continue reading

How Boston-Area Officials Are Responding to Transit Turmoil

“The MBTA’s ability to execute this successfully or not will determine the mood going forward,” Thompson says. “If this project is successful, we can turn a corner in terms of public confidence. We’re just not there yet.” Continue reading

Massachusetts transportation boss takes a vacation as Orange Line shutdown looms

“I honestly don’t think it’s a big deal,” said Stacy Thompson, LivableStreets executive director. “Everyone leaves the state of Massachusetts at some point.” Continue reading

MBTA not on board with push for free fares during Orange Line shutdown

“To make the entire system free, including the commuter rail, we’re talking about a minimal expense in the grand scheme of things,” Thompson said. “I understand not everyone is on board for free fares all the time. I would say this is a suspension of fares to alleviate stress during the crisis.” Continue reading

Here’s how to get where you need to go during the Orange Line shutdown, according to MBTA

“There’s been a good faith effort to create a diversion plan that is as efficient as you can be with roadways and shuttles,” Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, said in a phone interview Friday evening. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t gaps.” Continue reading

MBTA still finalizing plan for alternative transit during month-long shutdown

“Whether you drive, whether you take the T, whether you bike – we are all in this together for the next month,” said Thompson. Continue reading

MBTA riders demand better alternatives during shutdowns

"I think that the T should consider suspending fares for the entire month of the Green Line and Orange Line shutdowns," said Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of Livable Streets Alliance. Continue reading

Transit advocates have mixed reactions to the MBTA’s Orange Line shutdown

Stacy Thompson, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance, agrees the 30-day shutdown will speed along repairs, but she too is concerned about the bus shuttles. Continue reading

MBTA Plans Month-Long Shut Down Orange Line

Catherine Gleason, program and policy coordinator at transit advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance, said riders would be “paying the price” for the “long-overdue” nature of the repairs being performed during the shutdown.  Continue reading

T safety, East-West rail, e-bikes, and EVs get boost in transportation bond, climate bills sent to governor

“I wouldn’t call this bold, ambitious, or strategic,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a public transportation advocacy group.  Continue reading

MBTA spent millions with politically-connected PR firm

“The T should be spending much, much more on communications. Compared to other transit authorities, the T spends significantly less on marketing,” Thompson said. “That’s probably why the public feels like they aren’t getting the information they need.” Continue reading

Pitch to Dismantle T Called ‘an Attempt to Distract’ from Problems

“I disagree with Rep. Straus about restructuring the MBTA,” Thompson said. “Obviously, we all want to have a good transit system, but it’s very much putting the cart before the horse, and frankly, I think it’s potentially an attempt to distract from the core issue, which is deep underinvestment in the system.” Continue reading

MA: How to fix the MBTA: One idea would give the governor more power, but does that ignore the real issue?

“I’m not surprised,” she said in an interview with MassLive. “This sort of like ‘we’ll have someone else take it over, we’ll restructure as the solution’ is definitely something that we’ve seen in many conversations previously, and it doesn’t work.” Continue reading

What to make the MBTA right now as safety incidents pile up

State Rep. William Straus, chairperson of the joint committee on transportation; Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LiveableStreets Alliance; and Jarred Johnson, executive director of TransitMatters, join us to make sense of how recent events might affect the agency and riders' experience moving forward. Continue reading

Memorial Drive changes are off to a good start, but groups still share five significant concerns

Representatives of the Memorial Drive Alliance, a collective of Cambridge and Boston environmentalists, cyclists, pedestrians, runners, city officials and members of prominent local community organizations, are committed to an improved Memorial Drive Parkway and share the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s mission to protect and enhance state natural resources for all to enjoy. Continue reading

Advocates want governor, Legislature to treat T problems like 10-out-of-10 crisis

In the meantime, Catherine Gleason, Public Policy Manager at LivableStreets Alliance, wants the T to offer fare-free days or discounted fares to riders who have to endure the longer wait times and safety concerns. Continue reading

Low-income fare for T riders could bring much-needed relief to poor squeezed by inflation

Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a public transportation advocacy group, said low-income fares aim to keep money in the pockets of people who need it most, and eliminating bus fares can boost ridership and make service more reliable by reducing the time it takes people to board. Continue reading

T says it’s making progress on safety, fixing failures found by feds

While riders are enduring reduced service and longer waits for trains, Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a public transportation advocacy group, said the T should be offering discounted fares and fare-free days, as well as increased commuter rail and ferry service. Continue reading

MBTA: Investigation ongoing, driver ‘re-trained’ after slow speed accident on Green Line in June

Transit passenger advocate Stacy Thompson puts the blame squarely on the Baker Administration for underfunding operating costs at the T for years. Continue reading

‘Brutal' Wait Times Continue as MBTA Deals With Staffing Issues

Stacy Thompson, a transit advocate with LivableStreets, said she understands the process takes time, but she wishes the MBTA would be more transparent with the public about the hiring process and invest more into it going forward. Continue reading

Boston Public Radio full show: July 8, 2022

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson talked about the state of the MBTA: recent derailments, budget concerns and sources of political inaction, as well as Boston’s upcoming open street days and bike lane controversy. Aloisi is the former Massachusetts transportation secretary, a member of the Transit Matters board and contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. Thompson is executive director of Livable Streets. Continue reading

Black drivers pulled over in Boston at 2.4 times the rate of white drivers, new study finds

“We know that traffic safety is achievable without police enforcement,” Catherine Gleason, public policy manager of LivableStreets Alliance, said in a statement. “Banning non-traffic-safety related stops is a clear step toward dismantling the discriminatory role law enforcement plays in traffic safety.” Continue reading

The MBTA lowered its reduced fare prices, but some say it’s still not enough

“This is good,” Thompson said, “but it’s not nearly enough to meet the demands of people who increasingly can’t afford to ride a system that is also experiencing service cuts right now.” Continue reading

In 2015, Baker leaned in to T oversight. This crisis, his public response seems more arm’s length.

“He didn’t in 2015 blame the weather, he said the weather illuminated a longstanding problem I’m going to fix,” she said. “Now he’s blaming the pandemic [for staffing shortages]. If he cared about this transit system, he would be rolling up his sleeves and doing everything he could to fix the problem before the next governor comes in.” Continue reading

Transit Advocate Addresses Latest Issue Plaguing MBTA: ‘It Is Frustrating'

Stacy Thompson, with LivableStreets Alliance, says the T is being overly cautious in this case, taking all of the new Orange and Red line trains off the tracks due to a battery issue. Continue reading
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