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From the email:
MassDOT is hosting a series of public meetings in Boston, Worcester, Amherst, Pittsfield, Dartmouth and Lynn, beginning on Wednesday, January 29, to get feedback on weMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance (WMM) and the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Together, WMM and the CIP are responding to Transportation Reform and our customers’ need to create a safer and more effective transportation system. MassDOT welcomes your ideas and comments on the reports.
The meeting locations and dates are as follows:
Boston – Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Transportation Building, 2nd floor
10 Park Plaza
The Transportation Building can be reached by public transportation via the MBTA Green Line (Arlington and Boylston), MBTA Orange Line (Chinatown and Tufts Medical Center), Silver Line 4 and 5, and Bus Routes 9, 11, 43, and 55.
Worcester - Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Union Station, CMRPC Meeting Room (2nd floor)
2 Washington Square
Union Station can be reached by public transportation via MBTA Commuter Rail and WRTA Bus Routes 15, 16, 33, and 42.
Amherst – Monday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Bangs Community Center, Activity Room
70 Boltwood Walk
The Bangs Community Center is served by public transportation via PVTA Bus Routes Gold 30, Pink 31, G32, Blue 43, G45, and G46.
Pittsfield – Monday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
1 Wendell Avenue
Dartmouth – Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
UMass Dartmouth, Law Building, Moot Court Room
333 Faunce Corner Road
Lynn – Monday, February 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Lynn City Hall, Council Chambers
3 City Hall Square
Lynn City Hall can be reached by MBTA Bus Routes 426, 429, 431, 435, 436, 441, 442, 455, 456, 459, and MBTA Commuter Rail (Newburyport/Rockport Line).
weMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance (WMM) is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The report summarizes MassDOT’s new approach to multimodal capital planning and the use of scenario planning. The Planning for Performance tool can be used to calculate the performance outcomes resulting from different funding levels available to MassDOT. The WMM tool also begins to incorporate MassDOT’s important policy initiatives, such as mode shift and sustainability, into the capital planning process. In the future, MassDOT will use the tool to update and refine investment priorities. The performance tool also allows our customers and stakeholders to understand the impacts of investment or disinvestment in our transportation system
MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP): The $12.4 billion CIP program makes long-term investments that will create growth and opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth and represents the first unified, multi-modal capital investment plan covering all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The plan makes investments across the entire state, is flexible and spends wisely while creating thousands of jobs over the next several years.
MassDOT welcomes your comments on the two documents. You can send comments to Scott Hamwey at MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza, Room 4150, Boston, MA, 02116; or[email protected].
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If you have ever ridden over this beast you know it could be better, see below for details on how you can make your voice heard!
from the email, thanks Paola for the tip!
You may have heard that a group of community advocates in Allston have been mobilizing to help improve the Cambridge Street Overpass, which is scheduled for MassDOT work. A public hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, November 19th at 6pm at the Jackson Mann Community Center. Please share this with your subscribers and help us get signatures and encourage submission of separate comments demanding better pedestrian and cycling facilities in our neighborhood. You can find our letter and more information about the project and how to get involved here: www.tinyurl.com/
Tags: Allston, cambridge street overpass, public meeting
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Got this in the email from Southie Bikes:
It has always been the position of Southie Bikes to listen to the constructive feedback from the people in the neighborhood. We received plenty of great ideas for how to make bike lanes work well in Southie, and we look forward to incorporating those ideas into the design going forward. There is more work to be done, and given Boston’s rapidly changing political landscape the meeting will be deferred to a future date.
Planet Southie, Southie Bikes, Chamber of Commerce, and City Councilor Bill Linehan have more work to do toward common understanding.
Ride safe everyone! Southie Bikes
Which sounds to me like someone (can’t say who from this limited info), is putting a monkey wrench into this process. I think we can safely assume that its not the bike advocates, so you know, do your own detective work.
Either way as some readers of this website have pointed out, this process is probably better than what happened in Charlestown where the lanes were put in, taken out, and put in again… This town is full to the brim with cyclists these days, and one way or another its pretty clear that cycling infrastructure is the future. Lets just hope this whole mess gets sorted out sooner rather than later.
No one should be afraid of public input on projects, hopefully at some point this meeting happens.
Tags: Bike Lanes, public meeting, south boston
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This is strange, seems the public meeting has been canceled. Anyone know why they would do something like this? Me thinks something must be up.
Notice from the city below:
West Broadway – Canceled
The public meeting about possible bike lanes on West Broadway has been canceled. Neighborhood groups, businesses and elected officials will continue to meet and discuss the possible expansion of bike lanes in South Boston. We thank everyone for their participation and input, and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Tags: public meeting, shady, south boston
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Seems like a pretty awesome proposal, and will create a much more bike friendly Down-Town.
From the cities website:
Relative to a conceptual plan for a cycle track and intersection improvements around the Public Garden on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.
Presentation by the City of Boston
Wednesday September 18, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Firehouse at 127 Mount Vernon Street
The concept plan envisions a two-way cycle track along the streets around the Public Garden including intersection improvements.
What are cycle tracks? Cycle tracks are sections of road designated for exclusive use by cyclists, physically protected from motor vehicle traffic. The cycle tracks will be at street grade, separate from the sidewalk, and marked with paint or thermoplastic. Parked cars and/or flexible bollards will separate cyclists from the moving vehicles.
Why install cycle tracks? The proposed two-way cycle track is a key component of the City’s Bike Network Plan, which seeks to provide safe, protected routes throughout the City, encouraging all residents to bicycle, from children to senior citizens. The proposed two-way cycle track would provide a path-like facility connecting the Charles River Path to existing and proposed on-street facilities in the network. The existing one-way street pattern requires bicyclists to ride significantly out of their way, against traffic, or on the sidewalk to make important connections.
What about safety? Cycle tracks in other cities have been shown to:
- Increase ridership;
- Decrease sidewalk riding;
- Decrease crashes; and
- Reduce speeds.
What are the project limits? The bike facilities being discussed will be on Arlington Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street around the Public Garden.
Will parking or traffic be impacted? Parking and traffic modifications will be discussed at this meeting.
Contact: Nicole Freedman, City of Boston, (617) 918-4456 [email protected]
Tags: cycle tracks, public garden, public meeting
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From Livable Streets:
Thursday, December 6
5:30-6:15pm Pre-meeting open house with Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition
@ Stove Factory Gallery & Studios, 523 Medford Street, Charlestown
6:30-8:30pm Public meeting
@ Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford Street, Charlestown
This public meeting is the most important meeting since the Rutherford Ave/ Austin Street planning process began in 2008. Your presence and willingness to express support for Surface Option at the Austin Street Intersection is very important. The surface option will provide a safer, and more livable street and neighborhood for Charlestown residents. Attend this meeting and let Boston Transportation Department know what you think.
Attend the Pre-meeting open house, hosted by the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition, for the opportunity to review drawings, ask questions, and meet other supporters of the Surface Option.
>If you cannot attend the meeting next week, please take the time to address a letter, send an email, and call the contacts listed here>>
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If you ever do any riding south of the city, you should check this out, from the email. Thanks Sandra.
We need as many cyclist “voices” as possible to come to the Fore River Bridge Design Hearing on Feb 9
–OR– offer comments.
25% Design Public Hearing for the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project. The hearing will be held on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abigail Adams Middle School Auditorium in Weymouth. The middle
school is located at 89 Middle Street in Weymouth, behind Weymouth Town Hall.
Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Thomas F. Broderick, P.E., Acting Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, ATTN: Michael O’Dowd, Project File No. 604382. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to [email protected]
Tags: fore river bridge, public meeting, Quincy
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Got this from Dotbike
There is a public meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. where the DCR will present plans on converting an abandoned rail bridge to create a connection from the Neponset Greenway to the Baker Condominiums on the Dorchester side of the Neponset River. It would be great to have cyclists and other path users at this meeting to show support for this project. Please attend if you can. See the info on the meeting below.
DCR SCHEDULES PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS CONVERTING RAILROAD BRIDGE IN LOWER MILLS
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has scheduled a public meeting for November 17 to discuss the agency’s plans to convert a former railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge across the Neponset River between Dorchester and Milton.
The bridge, built in 1917 as a railway spur serving the former Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, is in severe disrepair. The project will include repairing the steel structure of the bridge, replacing the existing railroad ties with a new 10-foot-wide timber deck, extending a new paved path to existing pathways on both sides of the river, and reconstructing the eroded riverbank on the Milton side of the Neponset.
Converting it to a pedestrian bridge will create a connection between the Neponset River Greenway’s bicycle and pedestrian path and the residential area that includes the Baker Square Condominiums.
The public meeting will be November 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Park Mill Function Room of the Baker Square Condominiums, 1243 Adams Street, Dorchester.
Tags: Dorchester, DotBike, neponset river greenway, public meeting
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