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…

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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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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Scott Administration Says Traffic Data Show No Spike In Out-Of-State Entries

May 3, 2020

A massive data-gathering operation at border crossings across Vermont hasn’t shown a major influx in the number of visitors from states with COVID-19 “hotspots,” according to the Scott administration. Scores of employees at the Agency of Transportation have been manually logging license-plate data at as many as 43 border checkpoints since April 1. Rebecca Kelley,…

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5 Things To Know About The East Coast Effort To Curb Transportation Emissions

December 5, 2019

This month, a group of states, including Massachusetts, will release a plan to cut carbon emissions from the region’s biggest source — transportation. The effort is called the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). The states are focused on limiting carbon emissions from fuel. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has estimated TCI could generate up to $500 million…

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What It’s Like To Switch From Car Travel To A Daily Train Commute

December 5, 2019

Heather Brandon used to drive from her home in Hartford, Connecticut, to work in Springfield, Massachusetts. It would take her anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. But this summer, she committed to taking the train. Producer Morgan Springer talked to her about the commute while Brandon, who works at New England…

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Joanne Deady's school bus navigates carefully over a icy lined and greasy mud covered Christian Hill Rd. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

Driving Through Mud: How Rural Massachusetts Schools Are Coping With Rising Transportation Costs

April 12, 2019

It’s hard for rural schools in Massachusetts to get kids to and from class every day — especially now, in muddy season, when the snow has melted and the rain begins.

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Riders prepare to get on the 4:32 p.m. Amtrak train at Hartford's Union Station on October 5, 2018. Photo by Frankie Graziano for Connecticut Public Radio

As Ridership Booms On the Hartford Line, CTrail Riders Are Being Kicked Off Amtrak Trains

October 26, 2018

A seat on the 4:32 p.m. train out of Hartford’s union station is emerging as the most coveted seat on the CTrail’s new Hartford Line that was launched in June.

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Author Porter Fox in the Boundary Waters. Photo by Sara Fox

Traveling Along America’s ‘Forgotten Border’

September 28, 2018

The northern border, and the unique landscape of the Northern United States that surrounds the border, is the subject of Porter Fox’s new book: Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border. In it, Fox details his own travels along our Northern border, a trip he made on foot, by boat and by car along the winding, often remote, U.S.-Canada border, starting in the state where he grew up, Maine.

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Oysterman Jay Fairty's radioed a morning call to raise the Ferry Street Bridge (seen in the distance). Fairty said the Quinnipiac River was good for business. "There's no better spot for oystering," Fairty said. "A lot of it's the water quality. The salinity. The food supply, everything is good here." Photo by Ryan Caron King for Connecticut Public Radio

Marking Time On The Quinnipiac River: One Bridge Opening At A Time

August 28, 2018

When a boat needs to pass under a low bridge on a river, that bridge needs to move out of the way. A drawbridge lifts up so a boat can pass under. A swing bridge pivots out of the way so a boat can pass by. But these decades-old bridges don’t operate on their own. They rely on a small group of “bridge tenders” who specialize in a peculiar and slow-moving job.

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