The Boston Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization has come out with a report on a potential way to curb road congestion: Dedicated lanes for use by buses and trucks, in particular near Logan Airport and the Raymond Flynn Marine Park in South Boston and along Chelsea Creek.
Both transit and freight vehicles operating in mixed traffic suffer reliability and speed challenges related to the area’s congestion and quirky roadway network
(the urban myth of “paved cow paths”). Freight and transit traffic share a variety of characteristics and needs, among them being bigger than standard car traffic; needing certain roadway geometry; placing a high value on reliability; and being highly concentrated in a subset of corridors and near certain destinations. This research begins to explore the extent to which these shared characteristics and interests may be able to lead to cooperation in allocation of roadway space.
Via Sandy Johnston and Matthew Petersen.