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Wheels on the Bus: Mass Transit

Few parts of Massachusetts government need additional spending as badly as transportation — or have as publicly visible deficiencies.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 25, 2013

Does Portland desire a streetcar?

Imagine hopping onto a streetcar downtown and being whisked in the direction of your home, whether that be on the East End or in an off-peninsula neighborhood.
Transit Alternatives  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 14, 2012

Reconnecting Portland and Auburn by rail

One of these afternoons, head down to the Grand Trunk building at the bottom of India Street and take a look at the plaque on the wall.
All Aboard
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 24, 2012

Connecticut None Too Pleased About Toll Proposal

The Chafee Administration has ticked off some folks in southwestern Rhode Island, especially State Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, with his push to erect a toll...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 29, 2011


If we must build a toll on Route 95 at the Connecticut border to raise dough for our cash-starved state, how about this nifty bit...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 19, 2011

Tips for young artists

This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 15, 2011

Bus stopped?

Last week, the Rhode Island chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFBRI), sent an email blast to folks around the state, which contained the first two paragraphs of a press release issued by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority on June 3
The proposed RIPTA cuts are totally unacceptable
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 08, 2011

As gas prices go up, a public transit bill gains speed

Every day, thousands of workers in who live in the Lewiston-Auburn region — where real estate is more affordable — get in their cars and drive to Portland — where there are more jobs.
Conservative commute
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2011

The road goes on forever

If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
By AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2011

Walking on broken glass

There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2010

In This Week's Phoenix: Electric Cars

I've got a cover story in this week's Phoenix about the push to make electric cars the dominant form of transportation in Rhode Island and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 12, 2010


Electric cars: Rhode Island plugs in

“I’m not a car guy,” says Al Dahlberg, sitting in his office on a recent afternoon.
Can the smallest state make the biggest use of electric cars — and help save the world?
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  November 12, 2010
Craigslist Researchers Drop Some Knowledge on the Secret of Boston’s Lustiest T-Stops

Craigslist Researchers Drop Some Knowledge on the Secret of Boston’s Lustiest T-Stops

Public transportation is a dirty endeavour. Convenience and positive environmental impact aside, once that bell sounds and the subway doors slide shut, you and your...
By Micah Hauser  |  November 01, 2010

If you live on either side of Franklin Arterial...

...And we all do...check this out and email your thoughts to Markos Miller, who is collecting them at markosmiller [at]  At the meeting last...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  July 29, 2010

Fee in lieu of parking vote -- TONIGHT!

Local sustainable transportation activists are making noise about tonight's Portland City Council meeting, which takes place at 7 pm at City Hall. Fees in lieu...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  June 21, 2010

Wiping out the competition

Those fucks at the MBTA have hit a new record
By KARL STEVENS  |  June 11, 2010

Pedal promise

Boston has its fair share of deserving bad reputations: the sports fans whined for some 86 years about a “curse” because the Red Sox couldn’t seal the deal; the drivers are terrible; and, thanks in no small part to those driving skills, the city’s street
The ongoing perils and recent improvements en route to a riding renaissance.
By TOM MEEK  |  May 14, 2010

At the G.I. Joe Convention: The Baroness and a ‘slice of Americana’

Roadblock flew in from Miami, and Tunnel Rat took the train from Jersey. But it was Baroness, aka Penelope Pappas, who got the cameras clicking at the 17th annual G.I. Joe Collectors’ Convention.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  May 07, 2010

Smokey the Childbearer

I’m a 30-year-old woman who has been married for two years. My husband and I want to have a baby, but ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 30, 2010

The 'Urban and Rural' plan

How’s this for a sobering statistic: by 2035, Mainers will be spending 50 percent more time in our cars.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 16, 2010


There is Pirate news, and not just that Penelope Cruz will star in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie as Blackbeard’s daughter. No, there is Portland Pirate news.
Balls, Pucks, & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 26, 2010


Taxi turmoil

Taxis are an under-appreciated and often little-considered component in urban mass-transit systems. They fill the gaps left by the MBTA and offer a sort of curb-to-curb, citywide Zipcar service.
Plus, controlling local health costs
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2010

The Curse of the Big Dig

Call it the Curse of the Big Dig: virtually every politician with statewide significance who has over the years become intertwined with the Central Artery Project (as it is officially known) has seen his or her dreams of higher office dashed.
Tthe mere mention of the Central Artery Project can derail one's hopes for higher office. Charlie Baker is finding that out now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 19, 2010

Miss the Cat? Take a plane!

Since we no longer have the Cat ferry, we're glad there's a new, convenient way to get up to Canada. You can now fly from...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 17, 2010

Bay State's top lobbyists

Nearly everyone in Massachusetts felt the pinch of the recession in 2009 — even Beacon Hill lobbyists had to tighten their belts.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2010

Bus fares set to climb

A quick primer on local bus fares and ridership, and whether (and how) to raise those numbers.
Transport Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 29, 2010


A nation hooked on cars

The car is at the center of many of our troubles — our addiction to oil, the warming of the planet. Car accidents do incalculable damage.
Vroom! Vroom!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 29, 2010

U-Car first-year stats

Portland has had a car-sharing program for approximately one year. While experts are still analyzing the numbers and what they mean for U-Car Share in...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  January 26, 2010

Getting the green light on transport

Exciting — if daunting — developments are on the transportation horizon in the greater Portland area.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 22, 2010

Meet Will Everitt

As we reported last week, the Maine League of Young Voters has a new director, Will Everitt. I sat down with him at the League's...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  January 14, 2010