The conversation of urban transit development should center on the user. For a century, we have built around the automobile, and because of that reliance, our planet has suffered.
The Mass Pike cuts right through our neighborhood, and with it comes mass pollution.
We must take steps to end our dependence on fossil fuels by promoting alternative and public transportation, including electrifying our commuter rail.
Our streets should serve all modes of transportation. We will fight for transportation infrastructure that reflects the diverse needs and lifestyles of our residents.
We need to work together to advocate for transit infrastructure that serves all modes of transportation and decreases our dependence on fossil fuels.
Union Square in Allston is a mess and is extremely difficult to cross as a pedestrian. It’s nearly impossible for anyone with mobility issues. Market Street in Brighton needs traffic calming, as it’s very dangerous for those on bikes, and Cleveland Circle is precarious for all road users.
I will support dramatically expanding and fast-tracking the Neighborhood Slow Streets program. District 9 is one of the few areas in the city that hasn’t been selected for this safe-streets program despite pressing need, especially considering the potential for increased cut-through traffic during the Allston I-90 construction. I will advocate for the rapid implementation of the North Allston Safe Streets Zone and beyond.
My prime concern with public transit in Boston is equitability and quality of access. A low-cost, quick, and effective change we can make as a city is to increase the use of bus-and-bike-only lanes. More than a third of Allston-Brighton residents rely on MBTA buses to navigate the city. I support the bus lane on Brighton Avenue and will push BTD to implement more in Allston-Brighton. Bus-only lanes decrease commute times for bus riders. I will also work with the MBTA and the community to increase and improve bus shelters, particularly in areas where the mobility-impaired often wait for buses.
The Allston I-90 construction project must be used as an opportunity to not only improve commutes, but an opportunity to increase the quality of life for those living close to the Mass Pike. I will be a staunch advocate for building West Station early in the I-90 Allston Interchange project. West Station will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
Ridership from Boston Landing station has boomed, but there is a need for an increased schedule. I will push MassDOT and the MBTA to increase frequency of commuter rail service. It is also the perfect opportunity to electrify our commuter rail and introduce EMUs.
Driving and parking in and around the district have become a laborious task, put lightly. We must ensure long-term policy solutions to ease the congestion of our roadways. We must employ traffic calming measures and encourage new developments to limit their parking-resident ratio to incentivize multi-modal transit.
Allston-Brighton represents the largest number of cycle commuters across the city, we need to increase the visibility, safety, and viability of this mode of transportation. As a cyclist, I understand the issues first-hand; it’s not an abstraction. We deserve elected officials with first hand experience navigating the city outside of a vehicle. I have been fortunate to have worked for nine years as a pedicab driver. I know full well the reality of cycling around the city for pleasure, profession, and as a means of commute.
We must advocate for richer data in transportation studies. Too often we are provided inadequate data to make informed decisions on traffic mitigation in Allston-Brighton.
The decisions we make now will have lasting effects on our community. If we allow ourselves to dream big, and figure out ways to be bolder, then together we can work to find ways to move an increasing number of people around as efficiently as possible. I will always look at transportation projects with that lens – think big and look forward.