MBTA board approves new fare evasion regulations and a revised bus map to increase service around Boston

“We really want the MBTA to implement a reduced fare program,” said Catherine Gleason, program and policy coordinator at LivableStreets Alliance. She added that an evasion penalty system could disproportionately impact low-income riders, without the balance of lower-cost options. Continue reading

MBTA board ends 2-year hiatus on fare enforcement

“Without a low-income fare, you’re just penalizing people because they can’t pay,” said Catherine Gleason of the alliance. Continue reading

Boston Public Radio full show: Nov. 7, 2022

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson shared their thoughts on MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak’s upcoming departure, and other transit headlines. Aloisi is a former transportation secretary, a member of the Transit Matters Board, and contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. Thompson is executive director of Livable Streets Alliance. Continue reading

MBTA’s top job drawing interest and intrigue

But Stacy Thompson, LivableStreets executive director, said her personal preference would be to stick with someone local. “I wouldn’t write someone off who isn’t from the Boston area, but it’s valuable to have someone who knows people and who people respect,” she said. She would like to see the next governor look at candidates with prior knowledge of the system, who weren’t there “when problems were going on, but still understand the MBTA.” Continue reading

Transit advocates worry about finding a new MBTA general manager

“He took a job that no one wanted, and he stepped into already tough circumstances,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of Livable Streets. “The problems with the T are problems that the governor and the Legislature created long before Steve stepped into that job.” Continue reading

Poftak Resigning In January From MBTA’s Top Post

LivableStreets Alliance Executive Director Stacy Thompson said Poftak was "a consistent voice who stepped in when other people were unwilling to do it." Continue reading

The Orange Line is finally faster than it was before the shutdown. There’s more work to do to get to full speed

Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, said the MBTA needs to be more transparent with “metrics that matter to the public,” such as work to eliminate speed restrictions and hiring efforts to improve train and bus frequency. Continue reading

Boston Public Radio Full Show: Oct. 18, 2022

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson discussed Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey questioning MBTA officials over multiple safety incidents, and the current state of driving in Boston. 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

Some Orange Line Slow Zones Still in Place Two Weeks After Shutdown

“There’s certainly been public frustration that the slow zones are still intact,” said Stacy Thompson of the Livablestreets Alliance... ”I think people expected a miracle overnight and maybe are coming to terms with the reality that this was the first step in what’s going to be a long process.” Continue reading

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

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

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

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
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