Holiday weekend traffic mayhem makes a great case for not driving.
Good morning, and welcome back from the holiday weekend. Here are your Tuesday headlines:
- The region’s fragile and crash-prone highway infrastructure basically lived up to everyone’s extremely low expectations over the weekend:
- Morrissey Boulevard didn’t flood, but its drawbridge did get stuck open for 3 hours Saturday evening, reported the Globe.
- On Sunday afternoon, a crash just inside the O’Neill Tunnel engulfed a vehicle in flames and shut down all of the northbound lanes of I-93 for about an hour (Universal Hub).
- And on Monday, a 5-car pileup just across the border in Salem, N.H. injured several people and trapped hundreds of cars on I-93 southbound, reports NBC 10.
- In better news, the Stanley Cup Finals got underway in Boston Monday evening with a win for the Bruins, and Canal Street was closed to vehicles to make room for the kind of traffic that people actually enjoy being in:
Fan fest in Canal Street #StanleyCupFinal pic.twitter.com/naCOnPK3Tj
— Kevin M Flanagan (@KevinMFlanagan) May 27, 2019
- In the Globe, Mayor Brian Arrigo of Revere argues for a Red-Blue Line connector and says that Revere is ready for more transit-oriented development: “as Boston and Cambridge run out of space to entice or expand businesses, Blue Line communities offer space to grow.”
- On Orient Street in Worcester Sunday evening, a motorist drove into a pedestrian “at high speed”, inflicting serious injuries before fleeing the scene, reports the Telegram & Gazette. Worcester police are soliciting tips and seeking witnesses.
- In case you missed it Friday, car blog Jalopnik and the official San Francisco BART Twitter account found common ground dunking on Elon Musk’s latest ‘hyperloop’ technology: a car driving on asphalt in a tunnel.
The great @elonmusk has invented the paved road tunnel. https://t.co/p19bNVfZqO
— Jarrett Walker (@humantransit) May 25, 2019