2020 News

WRTA’s future after COVID-19 crisis is uncertain

WORCESTER — Worcester Regional Transit Authority Administrator Dennis J. Lipka envisions a future with more dispensers of hand sanitizer, enhanced cleaning of buses, and a lot of uncertainty as the bus system tries to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Update with COVID-19 Resources

We recognize that everyone in both the private and public sectors are taking unprecedented actions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist in these efforts, the Bureau has assembled some guidance and online links that could be helpful to raise awareness of responses by national, state, and municipal government.

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Worcesteria: Worcester wins on weed

PRIMARY BREAKDOWN: Woohoo! Worcester went for Bernie Sanders in the state Democratic Primary election last week. The rest of what we might consider the Worcester area, save for Northbridge (arguably Worcester area), did not. No, every town surrounding Worcester went for Joe Biden, despite his complete lack of ground game here and, seemingly, everywhere else.

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Who’s deciding Worcester’s elections? New Worcester Regional Research Bureau report finds small portion of ‘supervoters’ determine city’s municipal elections

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau released a report Thursday morning analyzing the demographics of the electorate in Worcester municipal elections. According to the bureau, the report confirms preconceived notions of a lack of diversity in local voter turnout, and details new information including average ages, “supervoters,” voter housing, racial disparities and polling locations.

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A free route to economic opportunity

We hear “free this” and “free that” being bandied about by certain progressive Democratic presidential candidates, without ever mentioning who’ll pick up the tab for their government largesse.

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