The best of transportation-related news, events, and opportunities delivered right to your inbox: Gearing up for state revenue package; Somerville seeking feedback on draft Vision Zero Action Plan; Outbound bus lane coming to Washington Street in Roslindale; Join us for game night with Robin Chase at our February Advocacy Committee meeting; and more!
Issue #147 - January 2020
Massachusetts is facing a transportation crisis, and lawmakers will soon debate new revenue for transportation. In order to fix the transportation crisis, we’ll need to raise at least $50 billion over the next 20 years. LivableStreets is supporting the following bold policies to address our failing, inequitable transportation system:
- Increase the state gas tax to raise reliable revenue now, guaranteed to fund transportation
- Implement congestion pricing to improve commutes and provide more transit options
- Enact fees on Uber/Lyft rides to encourage shared rides
- Advance the Transportation Climate Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Pass regional ballot initiatives to encourage local/regional transportation innovations
To learn more, head on over to our policy page.
To build support for these policies and ensure our message is heard by state leaders, we’ll be gathering at the State House with our partners for a Call to Action in February -- please join us!
Day of Action at the State House
Tuesday, February 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am (doors open at 9:45 am)
@ Massachusetts State House, Room 437
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Please RSVP here. We hope to see you there!
Earlier in January, Somerville released a 5-year draft action plan to work towards the City’s Vision Zero goal. The City invites public comments on the draft plan through Monday, February 10th in any of the following ways:
- Visit the Vision Zero webpage to learn more about the process and the draft plan: www.somervillema.gov/visionzero
- Review and comment directly on the draft document at: www.somerville.civicomment.org/draft-vision-zero-action-plan
- Submit comments via email to VisionZero@somervillema.gov
- Attend one of two upcoming public meetings hosted by City staff and Vision Zero Task Force Members to educate residents about the draft plan and get input: January 30th or February 5th.
Image credit: The Boston Globe
The City of Boston is planning to install an outbound bus-bike lane on Washington Street later this year, which will be in effect during the evening rush hour and supported by all-day queue jumps. This is a huge win, building off our 2017-2018 advocacy campaign to Keep Rozzie Moving with the first, inbound bus lane. Data from the MBTA shows that installation of the inbound lane sped up travel times for bus riders so much that a typical rider saves over an hour each week, improving trips for the thousands of bus riders that use this corridor daily.
To learn more about plans for the outbound lane, check out this article from StreetsblogMASS. Stay tuned for news from the City of Boston about a project open house in February!
Image credit: NUMO
In February, instead of a typical Advocacy Committee meeting, we're hosting a Mobility Game Night with Robin Chase! Join us at the LivableStreets office for a chance to play MoMobility, a recently created urban mobility card game that is sure to be both engaging and fun. To kick off the game, Robin will first speak briefly about climate and the future of transportation. We hope to see you there!
LivableStreets Advocacy Committee Meeting and Game Night
Wednesday, February 26, 2019, 6:30 pm
@ LivableStreets office
100 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
- Boston Cyclists Union, Development and Events Coordinator: The Membership and Events Coordinator manages the Boston Cyclists Union’s rapidly growing membership, events, and volunteer programs. To learn more and apply, click here.
- T4MA, Policy Director: Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) is seeking an experienced Policy Director to promote our statewide coalition’s policy priorities to address the Commonwealth’s transportation crisis. 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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