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Issue #144 - October 2019
Transportation funding and policy are top issues in the Legislature, and legislative leaders are pledging action. This is a critical time for your voice to be heard at the State House to fix this transportation crisis.
On October 30th, we are joining Transportation for Massachusetts and many of their members and partners to co-sponsor a Day of Action. Come learn about transportation priorities and help spread the word by speaking to legislators and staff. Please join us in urging the House and Senate to act on transportation -- RSVP today for this call to action!
Fix Our Transportation Crisis: Call to Action at the State House
Wednesday, October 30, 2:30 - 4:00pm
@ Massachusetts State House, Room 437
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
We're excited that the City of Boston will be expanding on the success of the inbound bus and bike lane on Brighton Ave in Allston by painting the outbound lane this fall!
We're also celebrating the City of Somerville's recent installation of a bus-bike lane on Broadway. We want to hear how the new lane is working for people riding the bus and riding bikes, so we're seeking Street Ambassadors to help us survey. If you'd like to volunteer, please sign up for a shift by this Thursday, October 24.
Along with many of our partners, LivableStreets Executive Director Stacy Thompson traveled to Washington DC last week to celebrate the launch of a new federal caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
The Future of Transportation Caucus is dedicated to emphasizing equity, access, and sustainability as core tenets of transportation policy. The caucus will kick off with a series of briefings that will focus on prioritizing safety, improved connectivity for all communities, and infrastructure maintenance over expansion. To learn more, check out this Boston Globe op-ed by Rep. Pressley, City Councilor Michelle Wu, and LivableStreets Executive Director Stacy Thompson.
We've been working closely with Rep. Pressley's team over the last several months to support the formation and launch of the caucus, and are excited for what's to come!
Join us for this month's Advocacy Committee Meeting, when we will hear from Christian MilNeil of Streetsblog Mass about the intersections of advocacy and journalism. We will also be joined by staff at the Boston Region MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization), who will be talking about their Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and their project evaluation process.
Tomorrow, along with our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners, we will testify in support of An Act relative to automated enforcement at the state Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
An Act relative to automated enforcement will allow red light cameras and speed cameras to be placed in certain locations in the Commonwealth by local option. When enacted in other states, the use of automated enforcement has reduced speeding and serious crashes. Learn more here.
Join us in supporting legislation that will reduce speeding and unsafe driving, prevent crashes, and protect vulnerable road users, by asking the committee chairs to please act favorably on An Act relative to automated enforcement, which was sponsored by Senator Brownsberger. See sample email script here.
Join us and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners for a memorial vigil for World Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 17th.
World Day of Remembrance is an annual, international event during which we gather as a community to reflect upon those we've lost to traffic violence and commit ourselves to improving our roads.
More details coming soon. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
- Boston Harbor Now, Policy Director: Boston Harbor Now has an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about great waterfront development, the public's use of the waterfront, the processes and products of policy, and the development of economically viable climate resilient waterfront for all. To learn more and apply, click here.
- City of Cambridge, Transportation Project Planner: The Transportation Project Planner will manage and oversee the City's public transit program; multi-modal, sustainable transportation infrastructure projects; regional transportation planning processes; and other projects or initiatives as needed. To learn more and apply, click here.
- MassDOT, GIS Analyst: The selected applicant will be assigned to the GIS Services Section within the Office of Transportation Planning (MassDOT Planning). To learn more and apply, click here.
- GreenRoots, Transit Justice Community Organizer and part-time Viaduct Project Liaison: The Transit Justice Organizer will carry out a grassroots, base-building campaign that results in broad-based resident engagement, particularly the most ethnically and racially diverse, lowest income, and hardest to reach residents who are most dependent on public transit and affected by environmental injustice. To learn more, click here. GreenRoots is also seeking a Viaduct Project Liaison to serve as a resource between Chelsea residents and the City and MassDOT. To learn more, click here.
- WalkBoston, Program Coordinator: WalkBoston seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented, full-time Program Coordinator with experience in office management, development (fundraising) activities, communication strategies, and event planning. To learn more and apply, click here.
- Community Preservation Coalition, Steering Committee Member: The Community Preservation Coalition is looking for six new CPA community representatives on their Steering Committee. All are welcome to apply, though nominees must be from a CPA community that is a current member of the Coalition. To learn more and apply, click here.
Check out the following resources to learn more about what we've been up to lately!
- Press: Read local and national press featuring LivableStreets and our work.
- StreetFilms: Watch videos highlighting our advocacy and events.
- The Public Way: Transportation, Health, and Livable Communities Blog: Join Steve Miller, one of our founding board members, as he explores how our transportation system and built environment can be better structured to improve our lives, health, and the planet.
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