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It is estimated the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority loses around $35 million in revenue from fare evasion on the commuter rail system each year. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA loses up to $42 million due to fare evasion

After a report found that fare evasion costs up to $42 million annually, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority released plans Monday to address fare evasion by implementing improved collection strategies, according to a Monday press release. A Keolis Commuter Services report analyzed the effects of fare evasion on the MBTA and presented the analysis to the Fiscal and Management Control […]

by Oriana Durand· · 2 comments · City, News
On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the Massachusetts Innovation Bridge, a new government-funded program that will create research centers as part of a partnership between the commonwealth and The MITRE Corporation. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Massachusetts Innovation Bridge to utilize commonwealth’s technology

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday a partnership between the commonwealth and The MITRE Corporation to utilize emerging technologies and encourage innovation throughout Massachusetts, according to a Friday press release. The partnership, called the Massachusetts Innovation Bridge, will establish relationships with schools, scholars and companies working to “enhance federal agency missions,” the release stated. Baker said in the release that […]

by Kennedy Davis· · 0 comments · City, News
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Hélène Kazanjian to the Massachusetts Superior Court on Thursday. PHOTO BY BRITTANY CHANG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Baker makes nomination to Massachusetts Superior Court

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Hélène Kazanjian Thursday to fill a position in the Massachusetts Superior Court, according to a Thursday press release. The release stated that if confirmed, Kazanjian, chief of the Trial Division in the Attorney General’s Office, will serve as the associate justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court, a seat that was vacated by Patrick Brady’s retirement […]

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A report released by the Environmental League of Massachusetts on Thursday rated the Baker-Polito administration's environmental efforts with a C. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS

Environment groups give Massachusetts environmental efforts C grade

In collaboration with several environmental agencies, the Environmental League of Massachusetts released its first annual report Thursday on the commonwealth’s environmental efforts, deeming Massachusetts’ efforts as a C, according to the report. “In light of findings here, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) earns a collective grade of C for their first year of work,” the report […]

by Kalina Newman· · 0 comments · City, News
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday that there will be an increased investment in services for the homeless in the budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 as part of the Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston initiative. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh allocates new funds to address homelessness

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 includes the allocation of $1.3 million to further the progress of the city’s “Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston,” according to a Wednesday press release. Walsh stated in the release that he hopes the new funding will help improve conditions for the homeless population within the […]

by Amanda Kaufman· · 2 comments · City, News
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced on Thursday the new "Commonwealth Commitment" initiative, which aims to make college more affordable through rebates and tuition waivers. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Baker-Polito unveil plan to make higher education more affordable

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Thursday a bipartisan plan to increase the affordability of higher education and encourage degree completion, according to a Thursday press release. The plan, called the “Commonwealth Commitment,” awards eligible undergraduate students with a 10 percent rebate after each semester that they successfully complete, according to the press release. Participating students […]

by Meagan Schwarz· · 0 comments · City, News
A mural created by French artist “JR” began the dismantling process on Thursday. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Popular mural on John Hancock Tower to come down

A popular mural that has become a fixture in Boston’s skyline will soon be removed, officials said. The grayscale mural depicting a man with his hands in his pockets is currently displayed on the glass of the John Hancock Tower in Back Bay. “Last day of the piece in Boston,” the mural’s artist, JR, wrote on his website Wednesday. “They […]

by Anush Swaminathan· · 0 comments · City, News
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Monday that it will look into fining Amtrak for future delays after the company’s signal system caused 40 commuter train delays and cancellations on Sunday. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MassDOT to fine Amtrak for disrupted service

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that it would implement a system of fines for Amtrak when service on shared rails is disrupted, therefore impacting residents’ commutes, according to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesperson Jason Johnson. In the past several months, Amtrak has disrupted commuter rail service when workers “tripped computer systems that then disrupted service, thus inconveniencing T riders,” […]

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In response to a fatal car accident in February that killed 35-year-old Caitlin Clavette, of Winchester, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will be conducting extensive highway safety testing to avoid future incidents. PHOTO BY KANKANIT WIRIYASAJJA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MassDOT to improve roadway inspections across Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced plans Friday to improve its roadway inspection process after a woman was killed by a loose manhole cover in February, according to a statement released Friday from Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin. Tinlin said in the statement that MassDOT plans to improve the commonwealth’s infrastructure to improve safety for its citizens. “The Massachusetts Department of […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined a bipartisan committee to prevent the legalization of recreational marijuana. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh oppose legalization of marijuana

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined a bipartisan committee Thursday opposing the commercial legalization of marijuana in the commonwealth, according to a Thursday press release. Though marijuana is decriminalized and legalized for medical purposes in Massachusetts, new legislation proposes full legalization for the sale and purchase of marijuana and other cannabis products, according to the release. […]

by Meagan Schwarz· · 2 comments · City, News