IAmA a reporter for the Boston Globe covering the MBTA, biking, and other transportation issues. AMA
Hi! I'm Martine Powers, transportation reporter for the Boston Globe and boston.com. In the last year, I've been covering everything from the T's late-night service plans (http://b.globe.com/18CpN97) and bike safety (http://b.globe.com/NKlIXl) to controversial highway detours (http://b.globe.com/1f33nOr) and, in today's paper, a Valentine's Day story on parking permits' effects on budding romance (http://b.globe.com/1kGgfOz).
I’ve been in Boston for about three years now, and transportation-wise, I’m an equal-opportunity employer: I carry my CharlieCard everywhere (with particularly loyalty to the Red Line), I drive a manual transmission Toyota hatchback, and I ride a Jamis Coda hybrid bike. I’ve also been known to use cabs, Hubway, Zipcar, Uber, Hailo, Lyft, RelayRides, Amtrak, BoltBus, Megabus, pedicabs — you name it, I’ve probably tried to get around this city on it.
I may not have all the answers, but I'm excited to hear your questions, thoughts, and story ideas. I'll take some questions now, and be in and out all day long!
UPDATE: I need to go off for a bit and do some reporting. Back later today. And yes, this is the official thread.
UPDATE: Back to answer more questions!
UPDATE: Thanks for all the great questions, guys! I'm signing off for now, but feel free to send me a ping at martine/dot/powers/at/globe/dot/com if you ever have a story idea or an item for Starts & Stops! boston.com/starts