[Wicked Local Roslindale] City releases draft of the community-developed Boston 2030 and seeks public input
The following is an article originally published in Wicked Local Roslindale on October 11th, 2015.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced that Go Boston 2030, the city’s transportation planning initiative, reached a milestone, as the project moves from setting a vision for the city to identifying specific actions.
As part of this announcement, the city released a draft transportation vision for the city, developed by the Go Boston Advisory Committee through conversations with over 6,000 Bostonians. That vision will be the foundation for engaging residents on what transportation projects they most want to see pursued in Boston.
To build the action plan, the city is launching a series of community outreach efforts. Suggestions can be submitted by visiting the “Ideas on the Street” pop-up which is currently touring over 30 locations citywide and by attending “Idea Roundtables” in November. The collected project and policy suggestions will inform the priorities and implementation strategies to be included in the Action Plan. The plan will be completed by summer 2016.
As part of the Go Boston 2030 initiative, the city is already taking steps to improve transportation.
The Vision that will inform the action is a result of extensive public participation. Based on over 5,000 questions from the public about getting around Boston in the future and comments from the 600 people who participated in the Visioning Lab, goals and aspiration targets have been identified around nine themes.
The following themes with their associated goals and targets rose to the top:
The goal is to make Boston’s neighborhoods interconnected for all modes of travel, and connect low-income communities to job-rich districts. Every home in Boston will be within a 10-minute walk of a rail station or key bus route, Hubway station and car-share. Early action includes a commitment to sign a Mayoral executive order making Complete Streets the city’s design policy to balance public space among transit, cars, walkers and bicyclists. DriveBoston, an expansion of car-share in the neighborhoods with 80 new spaces to be located on city streets and in municipal lots to add to those in off-street garages. Green Links, a plan that will connect residents in every neighborhood to Boston’s greenway network and park system.
The goal is to collaborate on design and education to substantially reduce collisions on every street and eliminate traffic fatalities in Boston. Early action includes Vision Zero Boston, a joint effort by BTD, the Boston Police Department and EMS to eliminate traffic fatalities and dramatically reduce collisions involving motor vehicles.
The goal is to prioritize making travel predictable on Boston’s transit and roadway networks. MBTA customers will experience waits and travel times that are longer than what is scheduled only 10 percent of the time. Early action to help reach this goal includes a data sharing partnership with Waze, a smartphone app, to facilitate signal timing adjustments and enforcement of double-parking to improve commute times.
For information, schedules and to submit ideas: goboston2030.org.