While a crowdfunding campaign tries to solve the issues of Boston transit, plans are underway to help mitigate the endless traffic plaguing Boston’s Seaport District. The city is rolling out a series of changes to make the commute less painful, including a six-month pilot program that will open up a portion of the South Boston Bypass Road to all cars. Since 1993, the stretch has only been open to commercial vehicles.
The Boston Globe reports this and other changes were initially put in motion by the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Committee, part of a coalition of public agencies spearheaded by local nonprofit A Better City.
“There’s real frustration,” said Richard Dimino, chief executive of A Better City, to the Globe. “It’s not a panacea, but after the bypass road is opened, anybody who’s coming from the south during the morning peak should see a real, positive difference in their commute.”
Plans underway to solve similar congestion on the Sagamore Bridge (the bridge that alleviates Bostonians of city life and off to Cape Cod) are also in the works, though the Seaport District plans have more immediacy.
Street reconfigurations and a proposed freight road are also under consideration. The Globe reported officials are also making considerations for non-drivers. From the Globe:
For bicyclists, improvements will include the addition of two Hubway bike stations this month: one near the Lawn on D Street and another outside the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.
Pedestrians, meantime, will benefit from new signs that give directions to the convention center and restaurants in the area, plus freshly painted crosswalks and other improvements planned at major intersections.
“This is going to be a long march — and hopefully the pace of improvements will keep up with the pace of growth,” Dimino said to the Globe. “If that doesn’t happen, businesses will move their investment elsewhere.”
Marielle Mondon is an editor and freelance journalist in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia City Paper, Wild Magazine, and PolicyMic. She previously reported on communities in Northern Manhattan while earning an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.