On July 21st the MBTA decided to redirect over $7 million in Keolis fines back into the commuter rail system. Will that work as an incentive for Keolis to improve its performance? You can listen to the interview which was broadcast on WRKO radio using the link here.Boston 2024 Has Some Explaining to Do.
Olympics proponents have proceeded to make their case based upon a
promise not to rely on taxpayer financing. That commitment has come into
question because of the release of new documents this week. I discussed
this question during a May 28 appearance on WGBH TV’s Greater Boston
with Jim Braude. Please watch the segment.
Representative William Straus, a Mattapoisett Democrat who serves as the cochair of the Joint Transportation Committee, asked the transportation department and the MBTA to release daily data on the performance of the subway, bus, and commuter rail system. Read more
See a sample of what the MBTA already prepares for a daily service report: Download
Bill participates in the Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking [more]
April 2012. Bill participates in signing of the new Massachusetts [more]
Bill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack at [more]
September 2010 - Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce [more]
June 2010. Bill is briefed on developments within the Massachusetts [more]
Bill Straus has represented the 10th Bristol District in the Massachusetts Legislature since his election in 1992. Bill received his bachelors degree from Middlebury College, his law degree from Georgetown University and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to his election as Representative, Bill served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County for six years. He also was a member of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission and was a founding board member of the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council for several years.
Bill is the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation. He has been involved extensively in transportation issues as a legislator. He was the original sponsor of legislation that added the Port of New Bedford to the Steamship Authority system now connecting New Bedford with Martha’s Vineyard. Bill has been a longtime advocate for the extension of commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River, as well as extension of the Middleboro line further south into Plymouth County. As Transportation Chairman this term, Bill’s work has already lead to a 33% jump in local road and bridge money that goes directly to the towns and cities from the state and new sources of increased state funding for the regional transit authorities which provide public transportation outside of Boston.
Bill has also worked on a number of issues in the legislature including education, the environment, healthcare and privacy matters. He is the original sponsor of the state’s ‘do-not’call’ list to protect people from nuisance calls from telemarketers.