Re: How much time do you spend in traffic each day?
posted at 2/5/2013 1:57 PM EST
In response to kindred's comment:
In response to woodenhippo's comment:
What is the solution? There are 3 possible ones
Or you could just move closer. I mean, why should we pave over my community so you can have a faster drive? I guess NIMBY is okay when it benefits you? If you choose the greener pastures of the 495 belt over closer, denser neighborhoods, then you have to man up and accept the trade-off. I think a better answer is walkable infill development around transit nodes.
I think the OP was talking about bypassing NIMBY concerns to expand mass transit out of the small handful of towns it currently serves...see http://futurembta.com/thefuturemaps/ for some cool ideas
I was not arguing that the expensive option of buidling more lanes and bigger highways was the best solution, it is one way to go. This would, as the comment suggested, pave over the green spaces and make a rural town seem much more urban.
A better way to go is to fix and extend the existing mass transit to really link the suburbs to the city. When the original T footprint was put in place, the inside 495 ring was not as populated. Now you can offload many car commuters to rail.
The simplest, cheapest solution with existing resources is to build garages for each commuter rail station. I am not suggesting mega-garages like Alewife, 2 story simple units to easily accomodate demand.
Extending T service would be a good next step to make mass transit easier. ALso, make the new mass transit bike friendly-(bike storage on the T/train) to allow bike from home to the station and then bike to work from the train options. Can you start to see the potential? Wouldnt that be an amazing place to live? Can we gather the collective will to realize that potential?
Also to the comment on the lamentable Big Dig-extending a T line or building a few parking garages is not at all on the same grand scale as the BD was.