Stories

Can you get there from here in Maine during wintertime? We put our electric vehicle to the test

April 18, 2022

Can you get there from here in Maine with a EV? That’s what Maine Public staff have tried to do while reporting on recent stories for Climate Driven. The main takeaway? EV drivers need to use extra care planning their trips outside of southern Maine, where most of the chargers are. Deputy News Director Susan…

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A space remains open for an electric vehicle at a EV charging station in Monterey Park, California on May 18, 2021.

Electric vehicle rebates for lower-income buyers go virtually unused in Connecticut

March 20, 2022

A Connecticut-run incentive designed to help low- to middle-income buyers purchase an electric vehicle continues to struggle. New data show income-eligible rebates accounted for only about 1% of all rebates issued through the state’s Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. “That’s not a significant uptake,” said Anthony Cherolis, who is with the…

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Betty Rozell has been a volunteer driver with One2One in Rutland, Vt., for three years. The 84-year-old drives nearly every week day for the nonprofit, which helps people 60 and older who can't drive themselves. "I like to stay busy," Rozell says. "And it feels good to help."

These volunteer drivers help older Vermonters stay connected, even during the pandemic

February 9, 2022

In Vermont, programs that help older residents get around when they can no longer drive are primarily paid for with Medicaid and federal grants. But funding is limited, and most of these door-to-door ride services are only possible because of volunteer drivers — usually older Vermonters themselves. The pandemic has strained this model, but many…

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A National Guard member drives a school bus van in Chelsea, Mass.

The National Guard is easing school bus struggles, districts say. So are new Spanish-language driver tests

October 12, 2021

On a recent weekday, Jaime Carillo and his son waited for the ride to school in their usual spot on the front porch of the family’s duplex. When classes first started, the two were spending a lot of time there; the van that takes his son to school was coming much later than its 7:28 a.m.…

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Aisle between rows of bus seats

Connecticut’s Transportation Systems Lost Riders, But The Rest Of New England Was Worse

September 29, 2021

Public transit in Connecticut maintained higher ridership and smaller revenue loss during the pandemic compared to the rest of New England, according to a study released this week by The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Riley Sullivan, the author of the study, said federal stimulus funding offset the loss of riders in Connecticut and the…

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New Incentive Programs For EV Buyers, But Connecticut’s Goal Still A Long Way Off

July 19, 2021

When Barry Kresch bought his new Chevy Volt in 2015, he got a little help from the state: a $3,000 rebate, which he said was like “cash on the hood.” “If you buy an electric vehicle from a dealer,” Kresch said, “you can get the rebate.” That rebate comes from a program called CHEAPR, which…

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The Blue Line Was Named For Boston Harbor. Now The Sea Threatens The Service

June 15, 2021

Tidal flats and marshland once surrounded much of Boston, swelling and soaking as the rain fell and tides ebbed and flowed. But over the course of the city’s nearly 400 years, those sensitive areas were slowly filled in to make more buildable land, leaving just 200 acres of wild marsh along the border between Boston…

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Road Salt Is A Problem For Rivers. Adding Water May Be A Solution

March 2, 2021

A three-story-tall gate creaks open, and reveals a warehouse filled to the brim with brown crystals. It’s a mountain of rock salt. “We filled this shed this past week,” says T.J. Shea, Cambridge’s superintendent of streets. Shea is what some might call a “snow fighter.” It’s his job to keep roads dry all winter using this…

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State Workers’ Switch To Telework During Pandemic Brings ‘Seismic’ Drop in CO2 Emissions

December 8, 2020

Maine government workers have reduced their car travel by 1 million vehicle miles a week since the start of the pandemic, thanks to the rapid, wholesale adoption of telework policies. The preliminary data are opening an unexpected window on the future of telecommuting and its potential to deliver substantial reductions in global warming pollution. Last…

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Pandemic Pushes Debate Over Driver’s Licenses

November 16, 2020

Hailed as heroes during the pandemic, essential workers have cared for the elderly in nursing homes and kept food supplies going from farms to supermarkets. But thousands of these workers in Massachusetts are also undocumented immigrants facing a hard choice — risk driving illegally to keep these essential jobs, or stop working. With immigrant communities…

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