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Mass. releases its vision for beating the traffic

Mark Melnik, director of the Economic & Public Policy Research (EPPR) business group, sits on the Massachusetts Future of Transportation Commission. As the name implies, the Commission was tasked with determining the Commonwealth's future needs and challenges as they relate to transportation. Dr. Melnik joined 18 other commissioners from across Massachusetts to consider the following topics:

  1. Climate and Resiliency
  2. Transportation Electrification
  3. Transportation Electrification
  4. Transit and Mobility Services
  5. Land Use and Demographics

"Land Use and Demographics" was the focus of Dr. Melnik's work on the commission. EPPR is the home of both the Massachusetts Populations Estimates Program and the State Data Center that provide unparelled economic and demographic expertise.

From the Boston Globe:

No more gas-powered cars. Frequent commuter rail trains, running all day. Maybe even hefty fees on drivers who insist on driving into downtown Boston and adding to the already fearsome traffic.

This could be the futuristic vision of getting around Massachusetts in just a few decades, as recommended Friday by a commission assembled by Governor Charlie Baker to tackle some of the most vexing transportation challenges, including ever-growing congestion, pollution, and decrepit infrastructure.

WBUR and the State House News Service (subscription) also covered the commission announcement. 

Read article: Mass. releases its vision for beating the traffic

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