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Old 01-05-2019, 09:14 PM   #1141
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:00 PM   #1142
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It seems like EF and G are under construction (or at least pile driving), but those don't add to 900ksf- do we [Ivyhedge?] know where Sanofi is going?
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Old 01-06-2019, 08:08 AM   #1143
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I know no one cares about traffic but what is the plan for Gilmore bridge? Itís always so backed up.
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:39 PM   #1144
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I know no one cares about traffic but what is the plan for Gilmore bridge? Itís always so backed up.
There is no plan for Gilmore Bridge traffic. Boston and Cambridge do not address vehicular traffic. Period. Ever since the Expressway revolt/cancellation in the late 60's, the widening or building of roads simply doesn't happen. Which is understandable, given that it would only induce more traffic usage, thus perpetuating the congestion. Better to expand the transit system.
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Better to expand the transit system.
I agree, but the devil is in the details. What transit expansion would accommodate current users of this bridge? Extend the one of the Lechmere buses (69, 87, etc) to Community College? Continue build out of Urban Ring elements (ie extend the SL3 busway to the Orange Line)? Add an infill CR stop at Sullivan? GLX + Porter extension? An infill Lowell Line stop in Somerville along the GLX? Bus lanes on North Washington Street? N-S Rail Link? Red-Blue Connector?
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:52 PM   #1146
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I agree, but the devil is in the details. What transit expansion would accommodate current users of this bridge? Extend the one of the Lechmere buses (69, 87, etc) to Community College? Continue build out of Urban Ring elements (ie extend the SL3 busway to the Orange Line)? Add an infill CR stop at Sullivan? GLX + Porter extension? An infill Lowell Line stop in Somerville along the GLX? Bus lanes on North Washington Street? N-S Rail Link? Red-Blue Connector?
Rather than looking at solutions for particular locations, a system-wide approach of expanding transit and reducing congestion would improve inner-metro transportation overall. A light rail urban ring, the Red-Blue Connector, the GLX, improved bus routes, increased bus-only lanes, would all help greatly. Politicians need to have the courage to remove parking and travel lanes in favor of bus-only lanes and light rail lines.
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Rather than looking at solutions for particular locations, a system-wide approach of expanding transit and reducing congestion would improve inner-metro transportation overall. A light rail urban ring, the Red-Blue Connector, the GLX, improved bus routes, increased bus-only lanes, would all help greatly. Politicians need to have the courage to remove parking and travel lanes in favor of bus-only lanes and light rail lines.
Not that I disagree that the transit system needs to be broader before people will really start leaving their cars, but in this particular case there is a transit infrastructure solution: Green Line on the Grand Junction. It wouldn't solve the problem completely (and I don't have the demand model to show exactly where all the cars on the Gilmore are coming from or going to) but connecting Assembly, Sullivan, and Kendall with a light rail line would seem to serve the most likely desire lines.
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:08 PM   #1148
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Connecting community college to lechmere and Kendall and even Kenmore would be nice...but they wonít do anything. Even the green line extension is going to fall short...would have been better to continue to route 16 and porter on each branch respectively.
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