A closer look at recently-reported traffic numbers offers hope that feasible expansions of rail service can make a real difference in rush hour congestion.
MassDOT just released an in-depth study of traffic congestion in Massachusetts. While the report offers no quick fixes, it adds urgency to many ongoing projects and discussions.
The Central Transportation Planning Staff has recently produced a comparative study of traffic mitigation efforts associated with some of the major developments in the Boston Region.
Developers tend to focus only on the nearby traffic consequences of their own project and to portray the consequences as manageable through local road improvements. In fact, the rising congestion that we are experiencing is the cumulative result of development all across the region.
The bottom line is that congestion is going to get considerably worse in the inner core.
I have been working for a couple of years to put some planning structure around the various large transportation projects in the Boston end of my district. Among other things that have become clear to me, there is huge unmet demand for public transportation across my district