Mission

A Better City advances Boston’s and the region’s economic health, access, sustainability, and quality of life through applied research, planning, targeted services, and advocacy.

In pursuit of its mission, A Better City brings together work in the three core program areas of Transportation and Infrastructure, Land Use and Development, and Energy and the Environment.

Publications

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NEW MBTA BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES & EVOLVING BATTERY ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY

A Better City in partnership with its consultant Jacobs Engineering and funded by the Barr Foundation assessed the potential to incorporate a battery-electric bus (BEB) maintenance facility...

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THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

We are encouraged by Governor Baker’s creation of the Future of Transportation Commission to focus on long-term visioning and planning. Transportation and infrastructure investments may be 20+ years in the making and are subject to changing demographics, technologies, and aspirations, but the visioning needs to be proactive and continuous.

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TACTICAL PUBLIC REALM GUIDELINES

A framework for analysis to understand the relationship between mobility and the public realm. It overviews the history of the Greater Boston region's public realm, then describes emerging design and planning strategies to improve the places and corridors that comprise the area's mobility system. 

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AN OVERVIEW OF ENERGY STORAGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MA COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Energy storage has come to the attention of building owners around the country because of the cost savings it delivers, as well as the range of services and benefits it can provide to facilities and the broader electric grid. 

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Allston Multimodal Project

MassDOT and Secretary Pollack announced they would go forward with the "Highway At-Grade Hybrid" option for the Allston Interchange project. This is a collective victory that resulted from A Better City working together in collaboration with the State, City, and a number of stakeholders to see the highway elements of this design at-grade. 

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AN UPDATE ON TRANSPORTATION FINANCE

A Better City released a new report identifying a projected $8.4 billion gap in Massachusetts transportation funding requirements between 2019 and 2028...

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TRANSPORTATION DIVIDEND: TRANSIT INVESTMENTS AND THE MA ECONOMY

As home to America’s first subway, Boston has been a transit-oriented city for more than a century and much of our regional economic success is due to the connectivity that a transit system provides. 

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PRESENTATIONS

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World Resources Institute: E-Bus Barriers & Enablers

How to Enable Electric Bus Adoption in Cities Worldwide: A Guide Report for Transit Agencies

Camron Gorguinpour, Senior Global Manager for electric vehicles with the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities program,

World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C

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Overview of MBTA Bus Electrification and Bus Facility Modernization Program: Pilot Projects and Planning Efforts

Overview of MBTA Bus Electrification and Bus Facility Modernization Program: Pilot Projects and Planning Efforts

Erik Stoothoff, Chief Engineer

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

William Wolfgang, Director, Vehicle Engineering Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

 

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Erik Stoothoff, Chief Engineer

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

William Wolfgang, Director, Vehicle Engineering Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

 

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The Climate Emergency and Bus Electrification

The Climate Emergency and Bus Electrification Presented by Michael Kodransky, U.S. Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, New York, NY

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Why MBTA Should Recharge its Fleet Electrification Efforts

Why MBTA Should Recharge its Fleet Electrification Efforts presented by Veena Dharmaraj, Conservation and Development Program Manager, Sierra Club, Massachusetts Chapter, Boston, MA

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New MBTA Bus Maintenance Facilities & Evolving Battery Electric Bus Technology

New MBTA Bus Maintenance Facilities & Evolving Battery Electric Bus Technology presented by Glen Berkowitz, Project Manager, A Better City and Marc DeSchamp, Project Manager, Transit and Rail, Bus Practice Lead, Jacobs

Greenway Business Improvement District (BID)

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