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New Red Line Cars Are a Welcome Boost, but State Must Invest More

The Boston Globe, Letters, 12/15/16 COULD GREATER Boston get a better holiday gift than news of 134 new Red Line cars (“T gets OK for another 134 cars,” Page A1, Dec. 13)? Imagine the yuletide cheer that would spread if we had a whole system of top-notch transit, and not just some much-needed new cars […]

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T’s Mess Bad for Business

Boston Herald, Letters to the Editor, 11/8/16 Welcome to Boston, GE! The news about the MBTA’s recent Orange Line fiasco (Smoldering Orange Line car comes amid T’s slow spending 10/27/16), brought to mind General Electric’s recent high-profile move to Boston. Images of terrified passengers climbing out of train windows were featured in newscasts across the […]

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Why We Need To Be Like NYC

Blue Mass Group, 9/15/16 I’m a Massachusetts native. I’ve lived here my whole life. So it pains me to say that New York is getting something right, and we’re fumbling the ball. Last week The New York Times featured a piece about the ambitious plan that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled earlier […]

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Groups Add to Push for Late-Night MBTA

Boston Neighborhood Network, 9/2/16 Kirstie Pecci of MASSPIRG and Sebastian Zapata of The Alliance for Business Leadership talk about the growing number of organizations asking for restoration of some form of late-night weekend service on the MBTA.

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This MBTA Decision Could Have Harsh Consequences for Boston Startups

BostInno, Streetwise, 7/5/16 Buried in the complex web of the FY17 state budget was a glimmer of good news for the innovation economy in Massachusetts: new, clear limits on how frequently and by how much MBTA fares can be raised. Allow me to explain Take a stroll around some of the hotbeds of innovation in […]

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Millionaires’ tax passes second test

Bay State Banner, News, 5/25/16 A proposed millionaires’ tax amendment garnered a strong show of support at the State House last week, after amassing more than 157,000 petition signatures last fall to get it considered. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 “yes” votes at Wednesday’s constitutional convention to advance; it received 135, […]

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Time for vision at the MBTA

Commonwealth Magazine, Transit, 5/23/16 GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” If ever there was an entity in need of some hope, it is the MBTA. Fortunately, this Tuesday evening the MBTA launches an extensive visioning process – Focus40 – to craft a 25-year strategic investment plan to carry […]

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Late-night MBTA Service Crucial to Economic Growth and Justice

Commonwealth Magazine, Opinion, 4/4/16 By Micheal Curry and Jesse Mermell INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION in order to create economic growth is a popular refrain. You’d be hard-pressed to find the business group, community organization, or transit agency that doesn’t talk that talk. But judging by the speed with which the MBTA shut down late-night service, it […]

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Leader Lab Seeks Some Answers

Boston Globe, Business, 3/17/16 It may not seem possible to solve all of Boston’s biggest problems in one day. But Jesse Mermell is going to give it a try. As president of the left-leaning Alliance for Business Leadership, Mermell is hosting a daylong workshop called the Leader Lab at the Seaport World Trade Center on […]

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MBTA Fare Hike Proposal Unfair

Boston Globe, Letters, 3/8/16 DANTE RAMOS takes a narrow view of the MBTA fare issue by supporting the Governor’s proposal to raise fares by 7 percent (“MBTA fare hikes stink, but they’re needed,” Opinion, March 1). In 2013, legislators reversed decades of underinvestment in our state’s transportation needs. Recall that the legislature increased T funding […]

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Alliance Program Director Reacts to Impending MBTA Fare Hikes

Boston Neighborhood Network, 3/7/16

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The Route to Growth: Capacity Investments Critical for Region’s Future

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased to join A Better City, Boston Society of Architects, MAPC, MASCO, Transportation for Massachusetts, and the Urban Land Institute in signing a white paper entitled The Route to Growth: Capacity Investments Critical for Region’s Future. The report discusses the implications the recent MBTA crisis has had on not only the […]

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Alliance Launches First Think Tank Lunch

The Alliance for Business Leadership was pleased to host the first of a new Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch series of lunchtime working sessions with leading policymakers to dig deep on current public policy issues in Massachusetts. The first ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch was held Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm ET at […]

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ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Hacking Transportation

  Join The Alliance, Tony Dutzik , Senior Policy Analyst at the Frontier Group, and Angela Johson, Program Associate at Transportation for Massachusetts for the ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Hacking Transportation. Please join us for a special presentation and discussion with Transportation for Massachusetts and the Frontier Group on their work in the rapidly changing […]

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ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: MBTA Focus 40 & Long-Term Transportation Investments

Join The Alliance and Scott Hamwey, Manager of Long-Range Planning at MassDOT, for the ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch: Long-Term Transportation Investments. We will be hosting the MBTA’s Focus 40 planning team to discuss the state’s transportation investment planning efforts  from now until the year 2040. Bring lunch and a keen mind as we focus […]

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