MassDOT Guidelines Reflect Commitment to Walking, Transit and Biking - Significant Revisions to Transportation Impact Assessment Methodology
WalkBoston's persistent review and comment helped win an important reinforcement of MassDOT’s commitment to multi-modalism in the new Transportation Impact Assessment Guidelines. They call for developers to consider walking, bicycling, and public transit as central access modes, not just as mitigation for the traffic impacts of new development. The guidelines are also consistent with other state policies that support smart growth, reduce congestion, and improve safety.
"WalkBoston is so pleased to see the significant additional emphasis on walking, transit and biking,” said Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston. “We think this is an important step toward accomplishing the ambitious mode shift goal that MassDOT has established.”
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Recommendation #1: "...an Aim of Zero Traffic Deaths..." Transportation Transition Team Report to Mayor Walsh
The Transition Committee reports were prepared by hundreds of experts and community leaders called on by Mayor Walsh to collaborate and develop policy recommendations in a dozen crucial areas. Several public hearings drawing hundred of attendees were held to solicit community feedback for the reports. WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman was a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Working Group.
Transportation and infrastructure are cornerstones of Boston. They affect every aspect of city living. They shape the physical form of the city and the nature and distribution of land uses and economic activity. In addition, their policies, regulations, design, construction and operations have deep implications for our quality of life, economic competitiveness, environment, social capital, and safety.
Mayor Walsh asked the Group, “What can Boston city government do – whether in partnership with others or by itself – to increase mobility in the city while preserving/improving the environment, economy, green space, and livability?”
Read the Transportation / Infrastructure Report
See the overview and all the reports: Boston 2014 Transition Committee Reports
Congrats to All of Our Boston Marathon Runners!
We'd like to send a HUGE congratulations to WalkBoston's "Team RunBoston" - Katie, Jenna, Samantha, Ryan, Kevin H, Kevin P, Franklin, and JB - for completing the 118th Boston Marathon this past Monday! We also got a chance to wish Meb Keflezighi good luck on Friday evening at a Charity Teams event, which apparently helped: Meb was the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983! (We'll make sure to get a picture with Shalane Flanagan next year).
Re-Discover Dudley, History in the Making!
WalkBoston is teaming up with Mayor Walsh and seven neighborhood organizations to host a walk in Dudley Square on May 8, 2014. The walk will highlight the varied community development, private redevelopment and public projects that are creating a renaissance in Dudley Square. Mayor Walsh will offer brief remarks about the City's role and efforts in Dudley at the reception.
Our neighborhood co-hosts are ACE, Boston Housing Authority, Discover Roxbury, Dudley Square Main Streets, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Madison Park Development Corporation and Nuestra Comunidad.
The walk will include brief presentations about the Tropical Foods grocery store now under construction, the redevelopment of the Ferdinand Building, the reclamation of Bartlett Yard as a mixed use, mixed income project, and the Roxbury community garden. Each of the co-hosts will also provide information about their ongoing activities at the reception.
Meet at 5pm at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Boston, MA 02119. The walk and reception are open to the public and will take place from 5-7pm.
New Comment Letter: Project File No. 606475, Allston / I-90 Massachusetts Turnpike Interchange Improvement Project
WalkBoston has submitted a letter on this project to note the issues that we hope will be addressed by the project, some of them to be included in long-range planning and others to be included in project design – but all of them will contribute to the successful reclamation of a large and important piece of the City that has for too long been disregarded as a part of the surrounding community. Read our letter.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors:
Boston Society of Architects
Fay, Spofford & Thorndike
Goody, Clancy & Associates
Goulston & Storrs
Microsoft NERD Center
Toole Design Group
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
See past enewsletters at www.walkboston.org/enewsletters