In the past week, Boston Transportation Department crews have installed new flexposts to delineate the city’s new “Connect Downtown” bikeway project, which fills in crucial gaps in the city’s bike infrastructure network to link the city’s downtown office buildings with major bike routes to outlying neighborhoods.
“This has been a big effort from the city and a key goal of GoBoston 2030, making it more comfortable and more possible for people to choose cycling as a mode of travel,” said Boston’s Chief of Streets, Chris Osgood, during a virtual press event on Wednesday. “We’ve been able to build out a set of bike lanes that serve as a hub for the bike network that courses into Boston’s downtown.”
The GoBoston 2030 plan includes an aspirational target to cut citywide car traffic in half – a goal that was later embraced in the city’s climate action plan – in part by quadrupling the the percentage of Bostonians who commute by bike, from 2 percent to 8 percent, within the next decade.
Below is our photo tour of downtown’s newly improved streets, starting from Government Center, then heading southwest along the Boston Common and looping around the Public Garden:
The Commonwealth's bids for this year's round of federal RAISE grants include Boston's Blue Hill Avenue busway, a bike and pedestrian bridge over the Mystic River, a transformation of the Lynnway in Lynn, and a fencing and surveillance project for the Connecticut River rail line in the Pioneer Valley.
The project would remove car lanes on the Lynnway to create center-running bus lanes with transit signal priority, a shared use path, improved bus stops, and safer crosswalks along a 1.5 mile corridor along Lynn's harborfront.
If all of the recommended projects from the new "Connect NEC 2035" plan were funded and built, the Commission estimates that Amtrak's travel times between Boston and New York City could be cut by 28 minutes, and that the MBTA would be able to operate considerably more trains at higher speeds between Rhode Island and South Station.
Transit agencies need to do more to make sure their networks are comprehensively safe — and that may include reforming, defunding, or outright removing police from these critical public spaces, a new report argues.
The new Northern Strand Path is poised to become a major new transportation route for North Shore commuters. But the Northern Strand's stunning and abundant waterfront views also make it stand out as a recreational destination.