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Bold design for a car-free span over Fort Point Channel would reflect a forward-looking city

Thompson is part of a vocal contingent pushing to bar all vehicles from the bridge, a pledge the city has not made. They argue that the volume of traffic the new Northern Avenue connection could handle wouldn’t make a big dent in the Seaport’s congestion. They also say it makes more sense to add bus rapid transit on nearby Summer and Congress streets, to expand commuting options to and from North Station.

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Boston Officials Pitch New Bus-Priority Corridor Between North Station and Seaport

Later on Monday’s FMCB meeting, board members also voted to procure 60 new buses to expand the T’s over-extended bus fleet. Those new buses will be crucial for the agency to be able to add any peak-hour service for these demonstration projects. Earlier this year, a report from the LivableStreets Alliance estimated that the agency needs 67 additional buses just to meet current service commitments on existing routes.

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Boston has dramatically reworked the design for a new Northern Avenue bridge

“It’s a very, very different place than we were six months ago,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director at the LivableStreets Alliance. “I think this concept is fantastic. . . . There’s a lot to like.”

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MBTA's Automatic Fare Collection 2.0 — Where Did It Go?

Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance, which is also a member of the AFC2.0 Working Group, also said she hasn’t been told why the program is delayed. She said one reason may be uncertainty about how exactly the T will check and enforce fares when riders board buses, trolleys and the commuter rail. Thompson said there’s a real fear of racial profiling or civil rights violations, if fare checkers or police are perceived to be enforcing the new rules for one group of riders and not another. “It doesn’t matter how ambitious the plan is or how great the technology,” she said. “We’re still going to have problems.”

Listen to the radio clip here

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New cars and new promises, but it’s the same old Orange Line

Stacy Thompson, [executive] director of the transportation advocacy group Livable Streets Alliance, said the event with Baker back in August may have raised expectations on how quickly — and frequently — the new trains would provide service. Moreover, officials only acknowledged they had removed the new trains from service after the Globe asked about them. “If the T thought this would be a testing phase, they should have said it over the summer. They should have said we may put these on the tracks and need to take them off,” Thompson said. “Just tell the public. . . . Without really clear and consistent communication, it’s easy to be frustrated.”

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If Everyone Agrees Local Transportation Needs Improvement, Why Do So Many Problems Remain?

Following his interview with Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack last week, Jim Braude was joined by Christopher Dempsey, director of Transportation For Massachusetts, and Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets.

Watch the full interview here

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Governor Charlie Baker says he doesn’t need to ride the T. He’s wrong

"Using the system your voters take every day is not virtue signaling, it’s doing your homework," said Stacy Thompson, head of LivableStreets Alliance, a transportation advocacy group.

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How to Save Transportation in Boston: Big Ideas

"When we are doing this work, whether it’s state agencies, cities, or municipalities, it is integral to make sure that the process is community-driven. There is so much knowledge that community members hold, being so proximate to the issues they’re dealing with every day. In some cases, yes, we need new technologies. But really it gets as simple as, what if we just listen to community members, and get the things that they’ve been asking for done?" - Ambar Johnson, Program Director at LivableStreets

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Envisioning Zero Traffic Fatalities in Each Cambridge Square

Cambridge was at the forefront of traffic safety even before its adoption of the Vision Zero strategy in 2016. “[The city] has a long history of prioritizing road safety and traffic calming,” says Louisa Gag, a representative for Vision Zero’s Cambridge Coalition, a network of Cambridge-based road safety advocacy groups. Cambridge was one of the first U.S. cities to construct bike lanes in 2004 and has been pushing for reduced speed limits for over a decade.

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Bus Lanes On Warren Street Could Save Riders Millions of Hours Every Year

Because 90 percent of Warren Street’s bus riders identify as people of color, this single corridor is a significant source of regional inequality. As noted in a recent LivableStreets report, black bus riders spend, on average, 64 more hours every year traveling than white bus riders (and Latinx bus riders lost an average of 10 hours a year in longer travel times compared to white riders).

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Safety advocates press for legislators to finally pass hands-free driving bill

“We have been seeing an increase in roadway injuries and fatalities,” said Stacy Thompson of Liveable Streets. “We need to stop distracted driving.”

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Committee Reaches Compromise On Distracted Driving Bill In Massachusetts

“Road fatalities are international health crisis,” Thompson said. “We are incredibly grateful to the administration and to the Legislature to have really taken the hands-free bill seriously.”

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State House committee reaches agreement on distracted driving legislation

“We’re very excited,” said Stacy Thompson, director of the Livable Streets Alliance, in a phone interview Friday night. “We are deeply appreciative they took this seriously.”

Thompson noted, however, that activists still want lawmakers to take up other safety laws, such as rules that could require some truck fleet owners to outfit their vehicles with side guards, making them safer around cyclists and pedestrians. “In terms of reducing the number of fatalities on our streets, we’re going to be back for more,” she said.

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Should Boston ban cars from its downtown?

Stacy Thompson, executive director of Boston nonprofit Livable Streets Alliance, was on 14th Street shortly after the closure. She said she liked what she saw and thinks New York’s move could serve as a model for Boston in considering what the city should be doing with its downtown streets. That can include street closures, but other things as well—including a busway like that along Manhattan’s 14th Street.

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MBTA to shut down Red Line in Downtown Boston for four weekends

Stacy Thompson, executive director of transportation advocacy group Livable Streets Alliance, wrote in an email that the upcoming Red Line improvements are long overdue.

“We’ve allowed our stations, T vehicles and overall infrastructure to fall into disrepair,” Thompson wrote, “we simply can’t delay these very necessary improvements.” 

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Acting to End Traffic Violence: World Remembrance Day is Sunday, Nov. 17th

“In Massachusetts, about a third of people who were killed in traffic crashes in 2018 were vulnerable road users — people walking, biking, or riding motorcycles — and 28% of fatalities from car crashes in 2017 were from speeding-related crashes. Proven interventions at the city and the state level, from a hands-free bill to the implementation of speed cameras and truck side guards, will help save countless lives”. – Louisa Gag, LivableStreets Alliance

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MBTA control board commits to major improvements for commuter rail

Stacy Thompson, executive director of transportation advocacy group Livable Streets Alliance, said increasing the frequency of train service would significantly increase commuter rail ridership. “If we ran service more frequently and if the service were more reliable, more people in those communities would choose to use the commuter rail system,” Thompson said. “The goal is to get more people riding transit.”

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FHNA hears presentations on Dempsey’s site development

As part of the Go Boston 2030 initiative, [Louisa] Gag explained that the City is trying to make Hyde Park and all neighborhoods more commuter friendly, not only for cars and public transportation riders, but also for bikers and pedestrians. “I am here to hear you and identify your concerns,” Gag said. “We want to connect you with the powers that be.”

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Walsh’s Go Boston 2030 transportation plan reaches major milestone

LivableStreets Alliance, a Boston transportation advocacy organization, is part of the advisory committee and is developing an accountability report on the city’s progress, to be released in March. Louisa Gag, public policy and operations manager for LivableStreets, said while the progress shown on the new website is promising, there is still plenty of work to be done. “We don’t think that [revealing] how many projects they started really tells the whole story,” Gag said, “That doesn’t speak about whether their pace is on track and it doesn’t speak to the quality of projects.”

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Bike wars: West Roxbury pushes back at City Hall’s bike lane ‘road diet’

Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets Alliance said installing bike infrastructure like this is one of the more effective ways to make the area safer. “The danger increases when drivers speed,” Thompson told the Herald. “Putting those flex posts down and putting a bike lane in automatically narrows the roadway.” She said she understands why the business owners would be worried, but, “There is no empirical evidence that any bike infrastructure in the city of Boston has decreased business.”

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City Releases ‘Go Boston 2030’ Progress Report

The LivableStreets Alliance, which has been working to build grassroots support for individual Go Boston 2030 projects, has been preparing its own progress report on the Go Boston 2030 plan. “It’s great to see this status update, and this kind of update will be a great tool to help make sure people are invested in the plan and its implementation,” said Louisa Gag, the public policy manager for LivableStreets in a phone interview on Friday. “We think it’s a great first step for accountability and making sure that the plan remains relevant.

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Future of Transportation Caucus is bridge to all communities

Our current federal policies aren’t set up to address this crisis in Boston, or in any city or town across the country. It’s time to completely rethink our federal transportation policies — and we believe the Future of Transportation Caucus will achieve that. We can no longer simply throw money at our crumbling infrastructure thinking that’s what will fix it. A comprehensive strategy to spend our money is vital to the success and sustainability of our transit system.

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NYC Banished Cars for Buses — You Can, Too!

That’s where power mapping comes in. Both transportation agencies and advocacy groups should use the technique of drawing through a table or a graphic which elected officials have the power to make a project happen and which can stop it. Then advocates can target those stakeholders with specific asks, such as when activists with LivableStreets Alliance helped Boston bus riders mail postcards to Mayor Marty Walsh with a description about what better transit service meant to them. Walsh had been initially skeptical of busways but later backed several more after hearing from constituents and seeing how effective the first route in Roslindale was. [Riders Alliance played a similar role in New York.]

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Meet the New Congressional Caucus for Transportation

"...It’s likely that lawmakers will take many cues from policymakers and transit advocacy groups who are in support of the caucus’s formation, including Transportation for America, which is advocating for Congress to stop spending money on new roads, the Eno Center for Transportation, whose new report argues Congress should value public safety and emissions reductions in any transit grants they give out, and the LivableStreets Alliance, whose executive director Stacy Thompson was on Capitol Hill for the launch.

“For too long there has been a disconnect between what is happening on the ground, literally, and what is happening in Washington,” Thompson said. “The way we fund transportation currently is a reflection of the 1950s and has’t evolved as the country has evolved. The goals of the caucus, to prioritize maintenance, safety and connections to jobs and services, is a reflection of the transportation needs of today’s America.”"

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Black Riders Spend More Time On Average On MBTA Buses. A New Report Offers Solutions

Executive Director Stacy Thompson joined WBUR to discuss LivableStreets' recent bus equity report "64 Hours: Closing the Bus Equity Gap".

Listen to the radio segment here

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Boston Neighborhood News Network: Report Calls for Bus Service Improvements

Kristiana Lachiusa of the LivableStreets Alliance talks about its new report recommending ways to improve MBTA bus service. 

Watch the full news clip here

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LivableStreets Report: MBTA Bus Deficiencies Perpetuate Racial Inequality

"“Failing bus service is one of the greatest disparities threatening the region, and the scope of the crisis requires the full attention of state and local policymakers in order to end transit inequities once and for all in Metro Boston,” writes LivableStreets in an executive summary."

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Music and the Macarena highlight Menino Community Center Block Party

“We are excited to be a part of this event,” said Louisa Gag, the Public Policy and Operations manager of Livable Streets. “We are hoping to get people’s feedback on how to make this community safer, not only for cars, but for pedestrians and bikers as well.”

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Cambridge Vision Zero Progress Report Advances Ambitious Goals for Safer Streets

Louisa Gag, Public Policy and Operations Manager for LivableStreets, served on the subcommittee that worked with staff at Cambridge City Hall in the new report’s production, and she credits the city for working with advocates to hold itself accountable to its Vision Zero goals. Gag says the city already had a “clearly demonstrated, strong commitment” to street safety even before the Vision Zero policy was adopted, and that the city’s action plan was ambitious by design.

But the progress report acknowledges that that ambition can be a challenge to accountability. One page notes that “it’s not always clear to the public how goals are being prioritized and what defines success.” Another notes that the action plan’s targets “might not be achievable in the designated time frame.”

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As Mass. Looks To Solve Its Transportation Woes, MBTA Announces Weekend Closures

"Did we really need a year and an 150 page report to tell the people of Massachusetts that we have a congestion problem? Nope. And I think what was more disappointing is that... it wasn't met with a list of early action items. And I think that's what has been consistently missing in this administration's approach to congestion" - Stacy Thompson, ED of LivableStreets

Read the PDF here and listen here

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Impact of Telecommuting Tax Credit to Ease Boston Traffic Debated

The credit maxes out at $50 million a year — meaning that at its best, it would impact 25,000 workers. That headcount isn’t substantial enough to fix the traffic problem, said Livable Streets Executive Director Stacy Thompson.

“Pushing this initiative would really only benefit white-collar workers who have the flexibility to stay at home,” said Thompson. “Many of our larger industries include the health care sector and the growing service sector … those folks can’t work from home.”

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New MassDOT Congestion Study Offers Few New Solutions

“It is disappointing that it took a year to write a 150-page report that largely recycles commitments and ideas that we already know about, and in the same period we had 6 major train derailments,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance...

“This Governor is more interested in slow-walking policies than taking strong immediate action,” said Thompson. “If it had illuminated something about our congestion that we didn’t already know, or meaningfully endorsed congestion pricing, or announced a congestion pricing pilot, that would have been exciting, but instead we distracted staff for a year to report on issues and ideas that we already know about.”

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For LivableStreets, Transportation is a Social Justice Issue

“We were the first multi-modal transportation advocacy organization in the Boston area,” Gag, LivableStreets’ program coordinator, tells me. “Multi-modal” means that LivableStreets doesn’t limit itself to just one project or cause... Instead of being restricted, LivableStreets is well-connected within its communities. They work with officials across the cities, advocate to push projects forward, and of course, train volunteers.

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State Parks Agency Stonewalling On Bike Safety, Advocates Say

Safe streets groups say it's no coincidence that many of the roads lining the area's parks and green spaces are also among the region's most dangerous roadways.

"A lot of this infrastructure was built in the 1950s and '60s and '70s, when there was a clear cultural interest in motor vehicles and a perception that that was our future," said Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of LivableStreets Alliance.

Read the PDF here and listen to the radio segment here

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Governor Baker Calls for $18b Boost in Transit, Road Funding

Among the more novel suggestions in the bond bill is Baker’s proposal for a $2,000 tax credit for employees who telecommute or work remotely, to help reduce the number of people who currently drive to work and add to the region’s infamous congestion...

But Stacy Thompson, executive director of the advocacy group Livable Streets, questioned whether the telecommuter credit is really that effective. “We’re pretty skeptical of the telecommuter tax credits,” she said, adding, “It doesn’t actually have any good co-benefits."

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Lane for Buses and Bikes Opens in Allston

"If you do one of these projects, it helps 20,000 people on that corridor, but if you do a dozen of these projects you can really transform that gridlock and congestion in the city and that's why this project is so exciting." - Stacy Thompson

Watch the full news clip here

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Guest Op-Ed: How Did Everett Do It? They Got to Work on Transportation

By Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of LivableStreets

When they ask, “How did Everett do it?”, I’ll say anyone can do it. All you need is a little red paint, some orange cones, an unrelenting commitment to prioritizing people over vehicles, and a belief that everyone deserves great transportation.

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A Plan for Boston’s Gridlock

Advocates for balanced transportation have seized on the mayor’s statement. “What’s really frustrating is that, in terms of street management, the city controls its own destiny,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance, who served on the Go Boston advisory committee. The plan’s goal to close the gap for the 59 percent of city residents who are currently more than a 10-minute walk from a train, bus stop, bike share, or Zipcar lot, she said, is “100 percent within the city’s purview, its budget, and its control.”

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Neighborhoods join together to share ideas for Livable Streets

“The goals of these planning sessions are to offer opportunities for the communities to be empowered; to advocate for the changes they need, and to provide the know-how of who to talk to,” (Kristiana) Lachiusa said. She added that these forums provide the “resources and tools” for people who don’t know which roads belong to the city or state, and from which department or legislator where they should seek resources.

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Allston Gets a New Bike/Bus Lane

Kristiana Lachiusa, a Community Engagement Coordinator for LivableStreets, has been collaborating with Brighton Avenue’s small businesses and community organizations like Allston Village Main Streets and the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative since 2017 to advocate for the new lane.

“Allston is seeing lots of new development. There are thousands of new housing units being proposed, and without better transit service, that’s potentially thousands of new car trips in the neighborhood,” says Lachiusa. “A number of community members wanted something to be done to make it easier to bike or take the bus, so thinking about how to make the buses move more quickly was a big focus.” 

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T plans study of low income fare

The MBTA will look into giving fare discounts to lower-income people as advocates push for relief from rate hikes. Monica Tibbits-Nutt, vice chairwoman of the T’s oversight board, asked the T administration to consider means-tested fare rates. “The Commonwealth does have a social responsibility,” said Tibbits-Nutt. Stacy Thompson of the LivableStreets Alliance said, “This is a moral obligation.”

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MBTA considers discounted fares for low-income riders

The MBTA is considering the possibility of giving discounted fares to low-income riders. Advocacy groups have been pushing for the lower cost fares. Stacy Thompson, of the Livable Streets Alliance, told the Boston Herald, "This is a moral obligation." A newly-released MIT study found that discounted fares for low-income people encourage increased use of public transit, especially for health care.

Watch thee full news clip here

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Traffic Named a Key Roadblock to Local Housing Development

The Boston Globe noted in a recent report that none of the three budget proposals introduced since the current legislative session began five months ago have included any significant plans or funding for transportation. “Most of our leaders are not describing a vision of what transportation should look like and proposing what we need to get there,” said Stacy Thompson, a transit policy advocate, in an interview with the Globe. “Who is going to be our champion?”

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Beacon Hill Leaders Don’t Have a Plan Yet to Tackle Transportation Crisis

What many consider a looming transportation crisis is lacking something crucial: a road map from state leaders to address it. “Most of our leaders are not describing a vision of what transportation should look like and proposing what we need to get there,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the transportation advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance. “Who is going to be our champion?”

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The Road Ahead: Is Commuting Ever Going to Get Any Better in Boston?

Part of the Go Boston 2030 plan is improving the city's network of bike plans and making them safer and easier to access. Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets, says she would give the progress on that front a C+ on her progress report. Her organization is a watchdog of the Go Boston 2030 plan.

Watch the full news clip here

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MBTA Working to Fix 'Deep Inequity' in Boston's Bus System

Stacy Thompson heads the LivableStreets Alliance. "You can most clearly see the deep inequity in our society on the bus," said Thompson. The accessibility advocate brought the NBC10 Investigators to Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street, a hub connecting Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to the rest of the city. "You can't get to the hospital, you can't get to school, you can't get to work if you don't have access to the bus," Thompson said.

What the full news clip here

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Pressure Mounts For Walsh to Deliver On Safer Streets

On Tuesday, in a Council hearing on the city’s transportation budget, Walsh administration officials got an earful from all three pressure points. Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance, was unusually blunt in her critique of the city’s non-progress on safe streets projects. “We have community members who just want a crosswalk painted,” Thompson said. “We have sent lists of very simple signals, crosswalks … and nothing has happened.” “I’m quite certain that folks in that community will be upset to hear we’re going to start a process to hire a person to begin a process in the Fall to begin talking about solutions.”

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It’s Time to Move on Morrissey Rehab, Says Walsh; DCR's Timeline Remains Unclear

Tony Lechuga, the Emerald Network program manager with the LivableStreets Alliance, said that at an April 11 meeting with the DCR commissioner transit advocates were told that the agency was looking at additional protections based on new thinking around climate issues.

DCR had no comment on those statements.

“They’ve been very unclear about when we can see new designs,” Lechuga said, noting the project website still says the redesign will be at 75 percent in 2018. “DCR has often been a closed book to us and for me personally it has been extremely frustrating because we have made a good-faith effort to say this is a project that we fully support.” 

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Marty Walsh’s Bike Plans Fall Short for Some Cycling Activists

Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets Alliance said the mayor’s push for more bike riding programs and more money for bike lanes is overall “good,” but agrees that the city is still behind on where it needs to be. Thompson said, “From my organization’s perspective it doesn’t seem like we’re building protected bike lanes and the infrastructure fast enough to meet goals already outlined in Go Boston 2030,” the city’s mobility plan to address transportation in Boston. 

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 New MBTA Fare Collection System is Delayed

Some transit activists welcomed the delay. Stacy Thompson, director of the Livable Streets Alliance, said she always felt the T’s schedule was too aggressive and risked going into place without the big policy decisions being fully thought through. She said the T should factor in time to sort through policy issues when it sets deadlines on big projects. “From day one, we didn’t actually think that the T did enough public outreach before they did the contract with Cubic,” Thompson said. “We think it’s going to take more work or more time than they were saying. Let’s learn from this and do better with the next major project.”

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City Unveils 4 Proposals for a New Northern Avenue Bridge

At a meeting Thursday, several community advocates and residents said they wanted to see options for rebuilding the historic bridge over Fort Point Channel that would devote it solely to pedestrians and cyclists. Instead, they saw four versions designed to carry buses. “I’ve been hearing bike and ped, bike and ped, something quiet, slow, and simple like we had before,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance. “No one’s really asked for [a shuttle bus bridge].”  

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Boston to Invest $2.78 Billion Over Next Five Years to Improve Infrastructure 

“Transportation, much like education, much like public health, is a public good,” (Stacy) Thompson said. “It’s not a matter of owning a car or choosing a mode, it really is like a person’s ability to get somewhere and a person’s ability to have options to get to that location really determines their economic viability.” Thompson said equitable transportation is important for every city and that even though good work has been done in Boston, she would like to see the transportation improvement projects move more quickly.

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Boston Neighborhood News Network: Group Eye New Steps Toward "Vision Zero"

Louisa Gag of LivableStreets Alliance talks about progress toward the City's goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2030--and new steps to increase safety recommended by the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition.

Watch the full news clip here

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Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition Releases Third Boston Vision Zero Progress Report

“The drop in fatalities is a promising shift, but it’s important to acknowledge that any crash can be a life-altering experience, so we must continue to focus on strategies that reduce the overall number of injury crashes on our streets,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets. “We believe that the City can achieve their stated goal of having zero traffic fatalities by 2030, and set an example for other cities in the United States.”

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Boston Traffic Fatalities Cut Nearly in Half, but Overall Crash Numbers Rise

While giving the city “tremendous credit,” Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, said the overall increase in accidents demonstrates the city has to be more assertive in introducing measures such as extended curbs and traffic pylons at crosswalks and protected bike lanes. In particular, she said, the city should focus on major arterial roads that carry heavy through traffic, such as Massachusetts and Blue Hill avenues, and that also see heavy use from pedestrians and cyclists. “We really need to do more robust work on our corridors,” said Thompson. For example, Thompson and others said analysis of city data shows that fatal accidents were eight to nine times more common on arterial roads.

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Report: Traffic Crashes in Boston Resulting in Less Fatalities, but Not Injuries

The number of bicyclists, pedestrians and people in cars injured stood at 4,367 in 2018 versus to 4,355 two years before. “It’s a public health crisis,” said Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets Alliance, one of the main organizations in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, which is part of a national initiative to reduce injuries and deaths from crashes. “Four thousand people annually is not insignificant.”

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Boston to Assess Higher Parking, Hotel Fees

Stacy Thompson, executive director of the nonprofit Livable Streets Alliance, welcomed the increase, celebrating the plan to have the money fund better pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure. She said the new rates better match the value of on-street parking. “In cities that are really seriously tackling congestion, they’re making the difference between free and cheap parking being an incentive to drive into the city,” she said.

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Advocates Say MBTA Riders Need Accessibility Now, Not Later

I think that it's a true statement that the T is more accessible than it has been previously, but it doesn't mean it is accessible, and I think that's a key difference," says Stacy Thompson, the executive director of LivableStreets, a transit advocacy group.

Thompson says she understands that a fully accessible T is years away. But she would like the MBTA to speed up the process with smaller projects — like installing shelters at bus stops. Those improvements should be integrated into other new initiatives, she says, such as a project that has crews working day and night to clean and repaint dingy T stops.

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Officials: Fine fails to stop bike joyriders’ ‘idiotic behavior’ in O’Neill Tunnel

Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, said the highway incident over the weekend was scary but rare. Officials should focus on dangers like drivers speeding, as well as adding more bike lanes to city streets. “Let’s not let this one incident distract us from the real problems,” Thompson said.

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What's Happening to Brookline Hill T Station, What to Know

Tommy Vitolo said when he realized the folks who use the station haven't had a chance to weigh in, he decided to put together a meeting to present what the town and the MBTA have come up with and allow folks the opportunity to have their say.Vitolo is sponsoring the chat with LivableStreets Alliance, an advocacy group for better biking, walking and public transportation in the metro area to get people's initial reactions. "We've got folks from LivableStreets out at the station this morning handing out fliers," said Vitolo. 

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Boston City Council Wants To Know BPD Traffic Enforcement Plan — And Whether There Is One

Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets Alliance pushed another potential solution that council members and the mayor have so far balked at: Red light cameras. “Given the number of crashes in Boston, we can’t ask our police to be superheroes. There is no number of police officers we can put on every corner to address this problem meaningfully,” Thompson said.

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Massachusetts Legislators Mull Gas Tax Indexing

But Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance, said voters may change their tune in the name of solving transportation issues. “Taxpayers are going to be much more interested in paying into solutions that will meaningfully impact this problem.” Thompson also pointed to the need for other “creative and comprehensive solutions” in addition to gas tax indexing.

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Five Fast Fixes for the MBTA's Woes

If you want people to take the T, they’ll have to want to ride, advocates say, encouraging the MBTA simply to make the stations, stops and vehicles less grungy and more appealing. “Those pieces are critical to convincing people to take the T and continue to ride,” said Kristiana Lachiusa of LivableStreets Alliance, talking about some of the dirty stations and bus stops in disrepair. “If you want people to want to ride the system, you have to make them feel like they’re valued customers and valued people.”

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MBTA Acknowledges Homelessness Concerns in Trains and Stations

Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets, said the MBTA should “take the complaints and use the experience of T riders and use their own data to help the city and state agencies that are tasked with working with people who are homeless do their jobs better.”

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Is Boston's Transportation Crisis Beyond Repair?

The state is slowly extending the Green Line, replacing trains, and overhauling dangerously decrepit bridges; meanwhile, municipalities are piloting exclusive bus lanes. But according to Stacy Thompson, executive director of the advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance, “We can’t just do the big project that will be completed a decade from now, and we can’t just do the low-hanging fruit.” Part of what’s missing is a visionary plan to dramatically improve the infrastructure that’s already here.

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MBTA’s Better Bus Project Could Boost Low-income Communities

“One of the biggest challenges we’ve seen with buses is the challenge of them being held back by highly congested streets. Approximately seven miles of streets are holding back about 90,000 riders,” said Kristiana Lachiusa, who works for the LivableStreets Alliance, a Cambridge-based transportation advocacy group. “The frequency and reliability of buses is really the strong theme that comes up when we speak with bus riders and really needs to be addressed in order for people to have access to opportunity, get to affordable housing and do whatever they need to do.” 

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MBTA Fare Hikes Slammed at Hearing

“This is a public good, like health care, like education, and we should treat it like such,” said Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of the LivableStreets advocacy group. “It’s not about getting a few cents from the riders. What we need is for the administration to work with the great elected officials who came here and said they’re ready to fund the T.” 

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'She was a Firecracker': Colleagues Remember Librarian Killed While Riding Bike

The intersection where the crash took place has been a dangerous spot according to neighborhood groups who have been pushing for change to make it safer. “We would recommend an overhaul of the intersection to include protected bike lanes, safer crossings for pedestrians, which includes new and different signals” says Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets Alliance. 

Watch the news clip here.

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Friends Mourn Brookline Librarian Killed in Bike Crash, Call for Greater Cyclist Protections

“I feel horribly for this family,” said Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of LivableStreets. “I also feel deeply frustrated. This is an area of the city that the city and activists have known for a while is unsafe and needs improvements. It’s not moving fast enough.”

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Experience Design Graduate Studio Partners with LivableStreets Alliance & Community to Develop Design Proposals for Boston’s Columbia Road

“For us, this was about building momentum. There has been an abundance of talk without action all along the corridor, so the community definitely feels some skepticism and fatigue around promises,” Lechuga explained. “Therefore, the goal of collaborating with Northeastern was to begin a discussion about what the community wants the corridor to look and feel like. I imagined that ideally, over the semester, the students would begin having conversations with the community that would help with our gathering of perspectives and that they would possibly help identify particular areas of community concern.”

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MBTA Mulls Fare Hikes, Concerning Rider Advocates

Stacy Thompson of LivableStreets said the T should be focusing more on programs that help expand access, such as discounts for minors and low-income riders. "The structure is the most important thing to be thinking about," Thompson said. “The relative amount of money the T might get for a minor increase isn’t much compared to enabling more people to get on the T.”

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Boston Doesn't Report Car Crash Data to the State

"What [Stacy Thompson] said is... There's so much information that can be collected from a traffic crash, and also from looking at crashes over time to see if there is a reason that traffic crashes are happening at a particular intersection. Is there something about that intersection, the way the street is designed? One of the things she really emphasized is that any given crash could just be a freak accident, but when you begin to see patterns, that's no longer an accident. That's a real safety issue that can be addressed."

Listen to the radio segment here

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Why Don't The Boston Police Report Traffic Crash Data

“We don’t call plane crashes, plane accidents,” notes Stacy Thompson, executive director of the nonprofit Livable Streets Alliance. When a plane crashes, Thompson says, “A tremendous amount of effort goes into accessing data and being able to collect data, so that someone can access that data and figure out what went wrong, and then likely make some sort of structural change. And you can use that process when you're thinking about traffic data.”

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Proponents outline next steps for Greenway over tunnel cap

Advocates for a “Dot Greenway” on top of the Red Line tunnel cap between Park and Ashmont Streets announced a new fiscal partnership with LivableStreets and reviewed the potential timeline for this $5-7 million project at a meeting on Tuesday night.

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Governor Baker proposes ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving

Previous efforts to prohibit hand-held use of phones have failed to become law several times in recent years — even though public opinion polling shows widespread support for banning hand-held phones... Stacy Thompson, director of the Livable Streets Alliance, a transportation advocacy group, said the effort this time might succeed because Baker is pushing for it. “The governor is setting the goal post. We’re starting the session saying safety should be a top priority in our transportation legislative agenda,” she said. “I think the tone is different this year.”

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Baker Bill Would Let Police Pull Cars Over for Seatbelt Violations

Stacy Thompson, executive director of Livable Streets, praised the governor for compiling a number of sensible, life-saving measures in a single bill. She singled out the governor’s call for mandatory lower speed limits in construction zones and his truck guard legislation for state vehicles, which she described as a “good first step.”

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Debating Bicycle Safety, Infrastructure in Boston

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote a column slamming the practice of putting public money into bicycle infrastructure, saying bicycles don't belong in urban traffic and narrowing streets for the benefits of cyclists is "a terrible idea". Cycling advocates immediately pushed back. Jacoby and Stacy Thompson, Executive Director of Livable Streets, which advocates for innovative transportation solutions in Metro Boston join Sue to debate.

Watch the segment here. 

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Pollack Picks Ground Level Plan for Rebuild of Mass Pike through Allston

"Right now I-90 serves as a barrier and we believe this project will become a gateway. If we're going to mitigate the impacts of this multiyear construction project, we need to bolster our regional rail service first. We're hoping MASSDOT and the MBTA will commit to building West Station as the first phase of this project. This is a generational opportunity, we're going to be talking about this 50 years from now." - Stacy Thompson 

Watch the news clip here. 

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MBTA to Purchase Fleet of Hybrid Buses

Stacy Thompson of the LivableStreets advocacy organization previously told the Herald “Today in Greater Boston, there is not a mode of transportation that gives you a bigger bang for your buck. Buses have been sort of the ignored middle child of the transit system.”

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C'mon Boston, Pay to Maintain Your Own Bus Lanes

Another study, by Livable Streets Alliance, a transportation advocacy group, found that Boston could improve the commutes of nearly 100,000 bus riders if the city would create dedicated lanes and prioritize traffic signals along seven miles of city streets, such as in parts of Blue Hill Avenue, Brighton Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue.

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MBTA Gets on Board with Buses

Stacy Thompson of the LivableStreets advocacy organization said, “Today in Greater Boston, there is not a mode of transportation that gives you a bigger bang for your buck. Buses have been sort of the ignored middle child of the transit system. … But if we’re talking about short-term solutions that can make a difference, you cannot beat it.”

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Transportation Advocates List Priorities

Three leading transportation advocates – Jim Aloisi of TransitMatters, Chris Dempsey of Transportation for Massachusetts, and Stacy Thompson of the Livable Streets Alliance – ring in the new year on The Codcast with a discussion about priorities.

Listen to The Codcast episode here.