Walsh’s legislative skills needed on transportation
CommonWealth Magazine - 03/04/2014
A new mayor provides an opportunity for new thinking about Boston-area transportation. And since state participation is a must when it comes to the transportation policies that would create the most benefits for city residents, the fact that Boston’s new mayor, Marty Walsh, happens to have 17 years of Beacon Hill experiences and relationships under his belt makes the possibilities even more exciting.
Transportation is by definition a regional issue; its customers don’t stop at the city line. And there is much to be done to increase mobility in Boston and its environs. Witness the fast-growing Longwood Medical Area, which is home to more than 40,000 jobs and could accommodate more with the enhanced transportation access it so desperately needs.
Options that were little more than pipe dreams just a few years ago are now very real thanks to technological advances. Many approaches that would improve transportation would also enhance the economy, environment, and the city’s livability.