How will our public transportation system recover after the pandemic?

FRI, FEB 26, 2021 (1:06)

The pandemic has led to dramatic decreases in ridership on mass transit. In response the MBTA is cutting and reducing service on bus and subway routes, commuter rail and ferries. Officials say when the pandemic eases and demand comes back, service will return. But will it? And if it does, will it look like it did before? What does this mean for cities and towns across the state and how should we adapt?

With a focus on equity and impact, MassINC and the GBH Forum Network explore these issues with Jarred Johnson of TransitMatters, Veronica Vanterpool of Delaware Transit Corporation and Mayor Thomas McGee of Lynn, MA.

This event is part of the TTOD “Transformative Transit-Oriented Development” Talks sponsored by MassINC and is produced in collaboration with GBH Forum Network.

+ BIO: Bob Seay

Bob Seay is the transportation reporter for WGBH News.

He formerly hosted Morning Edition for WGBH News, and has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades. Before joining WGBH in October 2010, Bob was Morning Edition host at Rhode Island Public Radio and the director of community radio station WOMR in Provincetown. For more than 15 years, he was the news and public affairs director at WQRC in Hyannis covering Cape Cod and the islands. Bob has also worked as a host on WBUR.

+ BIO: Jarred Johnson

Jarred Johnson is the Executive Director of TransitMatters.

He came to this position after serving as a project manager for the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation where he managed a variety of complex affordable housing real estate projects and supported organizing efforts for better service on the Fairmount Line. Before that, he helped start the “Love Your Block” mini-grant project and helped write the City of Boston’s first Volunteer Plan as a part of the Civic Engagement Office.

His area of interest is how transit and housing intersect with advocacy and organizing. And through working with low income communities, he’s come to understand just how important access to jobs, walkability, and green forms of transportation can be to raising a community out of poverty and poor health outcomes.

+ BIO: Thomas McGee

Thomas M. McGee is the current major of Lynn, MA.

He formerly served the Third Essex District, which includes the communities of Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott. Before his election to the Senate in 2002, McGee served four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he represented West Lynn and Nahant. Before running for public office, McGee was a lawyer.

+ BIO: Veronica Vanterpool

Veronica Vanterpool is the Chief Innovation Officer at Delaware Transit Corporation.

She also has 15 years of transportation leadership experience in the NY Metro region, where she advocated for equity and sustainability in transportation. Veronica is the former deputy director of the national Vision Zero Network and served on the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a voting member.

+ BIO: André Leroux

André Leroux is a consultant who currently leads MassINC’s Transformative Transit-Oriented Development program at the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute.

A native of Worcester, he has extensive experience living and working in our older industrial cities in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he led the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance for 12 years, where he championed zoning reform and other policies to support walkable, affordable, vibrant, and diverse communities. He also serves on the board of Smart Growth America and chairs the planning board for the City of Medford. André studied at Dartmouth College and El Colegio de México in Mexico City, is fluent in Spanish, and is a member of the LGBTQ community.

TTOD "Transformative Transit-Oriented Development" Talks