Martine Powers

Martine Powers is the transportation reporter for the Globe, covering everything from the MBTA and the Big Dig to innovative street design and and Boston’s growing bike community. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in African American Studies, Powers joined the Globe in 2011. She also has worked for the Tampa Bay Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Latest stories

Weekly Poll

Voters would pay for road fixes — close to home

By Martine Powers , Globe Staff

Mass. voters are sensitive to whether their taxes will go toward infrastructure upgrades nearby, a new Boston Globe poll finds.


What happens if you drive a rental car over Tobin Bridge?

By Martine Powers , Globe Staff

The Tobin Bridge switched to all-electronic tolling this week, which means that drivers who travel over the bridge must either pay with an E-ZPass transponder, or have the fee charged to the address registered to their license plate number. Many fretful drivers wondered, what happens now when you drive a rental car over the bridge?

Drivers cheer cash-free tolling on Tobin Bridge

By Martine Powers , Globe staff

The Tobin Bridge officially switched to cash-free tolling Monday morning, and, just as promised, morning rush hour traffic moved a little faster than usual.

Starts & Stops

Aspirational alterations to Gloucester street sign

By Martine Powers , Globe Staff

It’s always a delightful surprise to come across a street sign altered to convey some larger truth.