A new roadway safety law enacted at the end of December created a new process by which local municipalities could petition state agencies to reduce speed limits on state-owned roadways within their boundaries.
With the inauguration of Governor Maura Healey, who has promised to make transportation one of her top priorities, leaders on Beacon Hill see an opportunity to make headway.
On Thursday, Governor Maura Healey, Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll, and their administration's newly-assembled transportation cabinet rode a Red Line train, visited the T's Operations Control Center, and outlined their early plans to tackle the many challenges facing the MBTA. "Our message to all those who ride the T, the rails, the buses, around the state, […]
"Safe Streets and Roads for All unlocks federal dollars to fund some of the most effective safety interventions on streets – small-scale investments deployed at scale – that were previously inaccessible to communities without strong local funding sources."
In spite of the city's pressing housing shortage and ambitious climate goals, which call for fewer cars on Boston's streets, the BPDA's project approvals for 2022 include more parking and less housing compared to 2021.
Where many suburbs currently only allow single-family homes with large lawns, the new rules will require new zoning districts "of reasonable size," and generally within a half-mile of transit stops, where builders would be allowed to construct at least 15 homes per acre.