From DCR: 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to attend a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Russell Youth Community Center, located at 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, to present and obtain comments on a preliminary design for a short-term alternative (primarily focused at the intersection of Mount Auburn Street and Fresh  Pond Parkway), as well as on the final draft Mount Auburn Street Corridor Study. The report has been posted to the DCR project website at www.mass.gov/service-details/mount-auburn-street-corridor-study , where individual chapters can be downloaded. The team will be accepting comments until close of business on Friday, January 5, 2018.  The Russell Youth Community Center is accessible to all and be reached by the MBTA 71/73 or 72/75 bus routes.  In the event of a snow emergency, a backup meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Center.

We appreciate your interest in this important project and encourage you to distribute the attached flyer to anyone you know who might be interested in attending the public meeting.   If you have questions or concerns, or would like to subscribe to a DCR project-specific listserv, please email [email protected]  or call 617-626-4973.

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5 Comments

  1. Cart before the horse. Fix the T’s reliability before you block me from getting to work. I know if I let my husband ride the T, he’ll be fired. Therefore, if you impede my driving in, I will not appreciate it. Every year, my path is increasingly rife with traffic jams. I want it to be better, but fix the T so we can rely on it, we’d LOVE to use it!

    I see it almost every-other day, a load of people looking desperate while waiting at stops for a bus that’s 20 or so minutes behind schedule, while three or four buses are in a caravan going the other way. The bus drivers all had breakfast together and then got back on the road. That’s no good enough to get to work, and you’re blocking progress by blocking people from doing what they have to do (drive) to get through.

    Please, stop peripheral attempts to sole the problem that only cause more waste and frustration. Hit the nail on the head and fix the T.

    1. This proposal is intended to fix precisely the problems with reliability that you are describing. There are fifty folks in a bus compared to each one person in a car. By taking the bus we’re making your car commute better. So give us and the T a break and let them take modest steps to fix the operational issues with this route.

      1. Changing the road won’t stop the drivers from having breakfast/coffee breaks together during the morning rush. It’s a management problem. The other end of my better half’s commute is a nightmare, I have to get up in the middle of the night and drive at least once a week because lines don’t connect like they are scheduled to. One night last week, the doors to South Station were locked. Why? They don’t care. They are already out of a contract, they don’t care at all.

        1. The problem is not that they are having breakfast together. The problem is that traffic delays cause the trailing buses to catch up with the lead bus. This is a problem on all high traffic bus lines — it is known as bunching.

          The project project will reduce delays and so reduce bunching.

  2. My 2 cents worth, How about another bus from Waltham, Belmont area express or limited stops to Alewife?

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