Boston Public Radio Full Show: 9/15/21

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson updated listeners on all things transportation. Continue reading

Bon Voyage, Boncore…but Who Will Fill the Gap on Transportation Panel?…

“I think it’s going to matter a lot,” she said of who become the next chair. “We need someone who understands that every region has unique transportation needs and that all of those needs need to be met,” Thompson continued. Continue reading

Tonight: Help the T Design A New Bus Network

“The T needs new garages, more dedicated bus lanes, additional buses, and more operators,” Kristiana Lachiusa, Director of Transit for the LivableStreets Alliance, told Streetsblog on Wednesday. “Transforming the bus network is great, but how can we actually get something transformational and hold the T accountable? We’re closely tracking those parts.” Continue reading

Boston Public Radio Full Show: 8/10/21

Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson talked about the return to pre-pandemic levels of traffic and highlighted various ways that the MBTA Commuter Rail could alleviate congestion. Continue reading

Janey rolls out free 28 bus pilot program

Transit advocates with the Livable Streets Alliance estimate that eliminating bus fares in the Boston region would cut $33.7 million from the MBTA coffers, 2.8% of the agency’s total budget. Continue reading

Cash cushion eyed to test fare-free bus rides

Voicing support for both low-income fares and testing free bus service, Livable Streets Alliance Executive Director Stacy Thompson urged Beacon Hill to make the proposals a priority. Continue reading

Free Bus Service Planned Along Blue Hill Avenue

A pilot program offering free service on a bus route between Mattapan Square and Ruggles Station in Roxbury, starting August 29, is previewed. Report for BNN NewsAired July 26, 2021 Continue reading

As Free Transit Gains Momentum Across U.S., It's A Big Boston Mayoral Race Topic

“If public transit is a public good, then we should treat it that way," [Stacy Thompson] says. "We should fund it like schools and libraries." Continue reading

Advocates Want To Make The T Free. So How Would That Actually Work?

We hear from WBUR Reporter Bruce Gellerman about the growing movement to make public transit free in Massachusetts. We also take listener calls with Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of LiveableStreets Alliance, Kendrys Vasquez, Acting Mayor of Lawrence, and Brian Kane, Executive Director of the MBTA Advisory Board. Continue reading

With some MBTA riders switching to cars and hybrid work on the table, expect your Boston commute to change

“There’s this misperception that ... more folks are working from home, [and so] congestion will somehow be better,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director for the LivableStreets Alliance, an advocacy group focused on transportation innovation and equity in Greater Boston. “The reality is that you only need a small percentage of people to choose not to take the T for us to get to pre-pandemic levels of congestion.” Continue reading
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