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

Can $400 million fix MBTA safety issues? Transportation advocates look at how that money could be spent

“The FTA actually called out explicitly in their preliminary reports that there has been an over-focus on capital and there has been a lack of focus on operating,” Thompson told MassLive. “And so there is nothing wrong with the $400 million, it’s a good investment, but it is not actually meaningfully or directly addressing any of the four recommendations that the FTA laid out. That is an operating question.” Continue reading

MBTA begins cutting weekday train trips on 3 major lines

“This is binding set of recommendations. If the T doesn’t follow through then we lose federal funding that over time could be hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance. Continue reading

Transit advocate weighs in on looming MBTA service changes

The T says the switch to a Saturday schedule during the work week will help alleviate a dispatcher shortage. Stacy Thompson, executive director of the transportation advocacy group LivableStreets, tells WBUR's Weekend Edition host Sharon Brody the move isn't surprising. Continue reading

MBTA Slashing Service on 3 T Lines All Summer Amid MBTA Safety Probe

“This is a really big deal especially as we’re trying to bring back our downtowns, get folks back into our spaces in the metro Boston region as we’re coming out of the pandemic, this is a huge blow,” Thompson added. Continue reading

Under pressure from regulators on staffing, MBTA to reduce weekday service on Blue, Orange, and Red lines

“For those who have been paying attention, we’ve seen this coming for a long time. We’ve been screaming into the void that you must invest to operations in order for the system to run,” she said. Continue reading

‘Extremely concerned’ feds want these four safety issues at the T fixed right now

“This is really a make or break moment for the T,” she said. “If we don’t get it right, that’s how you end up with service cuts.” Continue reading

NBC10 Boston Investigators Uncover New Details in Green Line Crash

NBC10 Investigator Ryan Kath was the first to report that speed was a major factor in last week’s crash. Continue reading

Boston Public Radio full show: June 6, 2022

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson weighed in on Boston’s plan to open more streets this summer, and the poetry of the MBTA.  Continue reading

MBTA explains what happened in derailment

“We’d love to see the legislature give them more resources so they can catch up faster,” said Thompson. Continue reading

State transportation leaders confident in MBTA leader Steve Poftak amid federal safety review

“It’s telling,” she said. “Steve walked into a really tough situation. Are there some deficits? Yes. But do I think he’s done a reasonably good job with the hand he’s been dealt? Yes, I do.” Continue reading

Boston Public Radio full show: May 18, 2022

Stacy Thompson made the case for better bike infrastructure, and talked with listeners about the debate between bike lanes and parking.  Continue reading

MBTA plans to increase bus service by 25 percent over five years

Thompson said based on her organization’s analysis of a 2019 report, the T needs 200 to 500 additional buses to meet the demands of the system. MBTA officials say they’re committed to working with available resources for the expanded bus network, despite financial challenges. Continue reading

MBTA unveils redesign of its bus system

Stacy Thompson, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance, said she loved the redesign and said it’s up to Beacon Hill to make sure the T is able to afford this expansion. Continue reading

Watch: What does new federal oversight of MBTA say about Gov. Baker’s stewardship over the T?

Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson, the executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, joined Talking Politics host Adam Reilly to talk about what the federal oversight of the MBTA could mean for the agency's future and what it says about Gov. Charlie Baker's stewardship of the T up to now. Continue reading

Boston Public Radio full show: May 10, 2022

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson shared their thoughts on the Federal Transit Administration inspecting the MBTA after numerous safety incidents, and the potential for an East-West rail system.  Continue reading

Feds’ Safety Review Could Impact Local Governance Over the T

“I do think that if the FTA comes in and says, here are 100 things you have to do on this timeline, and the T has to shift capacity to deal with those issues that are urgent, it could impact things like bus network redesign and fare equity work,” said Thompson.  Continue reading

Fault in door control system cited in Red Line accident that killed man, NTSB report says

“I think there is a lot to learn from this moment,” Thompson said via e-mail. “It illustrates the real, and in this case, incredibly tragic consequences of chronically under investing in the T.” Continue reading

Service Changes Begin on Blue Line for MBTA's Harbor Tunnel Project

It’s a move that is also being supported by transportation advocacy groups like LivableStreets Alliance. Executive Director Stacy Thompson argued these improvements will help avoid some hiccups down the ‘track’ Continue reading

Boston mayor, others rally to push MBTA for low income fare program

"We believe that a pilot to kick this off could be less than $10 million, and we're looking at less than $100 million annually to pay for a system wide fare that would also include the commuter rail," Stacy Thompson, the executive director of LivableStreets Alliance said. Continue reading

Coalition Rallies for Low-Income Fare Legislation

“We need a systemwide approach, and we need to do it this session,” said LivableStreets Alliance Executive Director Stacy Thompson. Continue reading

Little mention of fatal Red Line incident at MBTA board of directors safety subcommittee meeting

“It’s unacceptable,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a public transportation advocacy group. “What’s the point of the board? Someone died, there should be an immediate response. I would have liked to see the board ask for what the public can reasonably expect. It goes beyond a dereliction of duty. Someone died in a horrible way.” Continue reading

Transit Advocates Ask for Transparency From MBTA in Red Line Dragging Death

"Even if this is a one-off incident, it is alarming that we don't have more information at this point," said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the transportation advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance. "Many things had to go wrong for something this tragic to occur, and so I want to understand every step that went wrong, and I want to understand what the T is doing to make sure this never happens again." Continue reading

In two deaths of pedestrians by large vehicles, State Police reports found the victims at fault

Vehicle design standards focus on the safety of people inside the car, not outside, she said. “We have built cars that make it impossible to see humans,” Thompson said. “I think a punitive response wouldn’t fix this.” Continue reading

Six Months Later: Revisiting Roxbury's Bus-Only Center Lane

Kristiana Lachiusa is with the advocacy group LivableStreets. “So we spoke with a couple hundred riders back in December and overwhelmingly everyone we spoke to was like this is the greatest thing the MBTA has done,” Lachiusa said. Continue reading

Dorchester residents divided over fare-free bus program

Route 28’s ridership increased by 22% following the pilot, according to Stacy Thompson, executive director of the nonprofit LivableStreets Alliance. Additionally, 5% of people riding Route 28 said they would have driven a personally owned vehicle if not for the elimination of the fare. Although 5% may seem like a small margin, it has a significant impact on congestion, Thompson said. Continue reading

More cities are looking at making public transportation free

"Sometimes the choice between paying for a monthly pass means that you can’t buy groceries for your children," Thompson said in a recent Zoom interview. Continue reading

Transit Coalition: MBTA Riders Need Low-Income Fare Option

Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance and co-chair of the Transit is Essential Coalition, recommended a low-income fare program, where low-income Commonwealth residents could purchase reduced-cost tickets across the system. Continue reading

Tensions run high between Porter Square businesses, bikers over bike lane project

Kristiana Lachiusa, director of Transit + Outreach for LivableStreets Alliance and a resident of the Porter area, noted that the issue is broader than businesses versus bikes, because the corridor “isn’t really working well for anybody,” she said. Continue reading

Free T bus sped service, even got some to ditch cars — but saved few money, MBTA says

“This is why we are advocating for statewide free buses,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, a public transportation advocacy group. “The T is going to collect most of this money anyway, but there are so many other benefits we can implement.” Continue reading
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