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Jim Aloisi

Lecturer of Transportation Policy and Planning


Research Interests:

Urban Transportation, Equity, Public Realm Design, Public Transportation Funding and Service Delivery

Jim Aloisi is a Boston-based lecturer, writer, transit advocate and strategic consultant. Jim was a partner at two prominent Boston law firms, Hill & Barlow and Goulston & Storrs, where he led a Public Law & Policy practice. He played a central role in the creation of Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. In addition to serving as Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick, Jim's public service includes service on the Boston Human Rights Commission, the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission and the Massachusetts Port Authority Board. As Massachusetts Transportation Secretary, Jim guided a landmark transportation reform and restructuring initiative and authorized a pioneering effort to release a complete MBTA data set at no cost, to improve transparency and encourage development of web-based and mobile applications. He also established Boston's Silver Line 4 service using federal stimulus funds to improve transit connectivity and social equity. His work on sustainable mobility has included service on the City Protocol Society's Technical Steering Committee, where he helped develop a descriptive framework for cities and communities that was adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO 37105:2019. Jim is the author of four books, including The Big Dig, The Vidal Lecture, and Massport at 60, and is a regular contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. He serves on the Board of TransitMatters, a Boston based transit advocacy group. Jim teaches a graduate course in Transportation Policy and Planning.

Research Clusters:


Google Scholar:


Public Transport, Urban Planning, Design and Policy, Economics and Finance

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