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By HarryMattison - 2/1/18 - 9:53 am

Walking and biking between the River St & BU Bridges can be greatly enhanced

The $1B reconstruction of the Mass Pike and Soldiers Field Road in Allston is also an opportunity to improve the cramped Charles River path between the River Street and BU Bridges. Chicago, Portland, Philadelphia, New York are some of the many cities improving paths and public spaces along their urban rivers and this project is an opportunity to follow suit in Boston. Locally, Kendall Square's Broad Canal boardwalk in the Charles River boardwalk provides a recent precedent. Read more.

By HarryMattison - 11/22/14 - 11:29 am

New bike lane

Paint crews were on Cambridge Street in Allston this morning creating bike lanes on one of the Boston region's most dangerous streets. A pedestrian died after being hit by a car where the Mass Pike on-ramp meets Cambridge Street on July 17, 2014 and a cyclist died in 2007 after an accident on Cambridge Street near the intersection with Harvard Ave.

Thank you to the Boston Transportation Department and MassDOT for making these important safety improvements!

By HarryMattison - 9/25/14 - 11:29 am
Renderings of an Allston Esplanade and new development at Beacon Yards

Renderings from the Boston Society of Architects Beacon Yards Urban Design Workshop

Last week, two teams organized by the Boston Society of Architects proposed that the $260M reconstruction of the Mass Pike in Allston should include a great new public place and civic amenity along the Charles River.

Monday is the deadline to send comments on this project to [email protected]

Images from the BSA presentations and a sample comment letter to MassDOT are online at http://peoplespike.com/AllstonEsplanade/

By HarryMattison - 9/18/14 - 9:37 am

What will happen here after spending $250 million of our money?

Tonight at 6:30 at the Jackson Mann Community Center, learn how MassDOT plans to spend 250 million public dollars to rebuild the Mass Pike in Allston.

At 4:30, learn how the Boston Society of Architects thinks this project should start the transformation of one of the last major piece of developable land in Boston.

Both meetings will be at the Jackson Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge Street, Allston

By HarryMattison - 4/11/14 - 2:46 pm


A diverse group of residents, commuters, transportation advocates, business owners, and elected officials packed a standing-room only Jackson Mann Community Center last night for the first MassDOT public meeting of the Mass Pike Interchange Improvement Project.

By HarryMattison - 1/9/14 - 11:50 am

After 6 months of feedback from residents, community groups, and transportation advocates, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will provide an update on Tuesday for the Cambridge Street overpass project in Allston.

Tuesday, January 14
6 pm
Jackson Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge Street, Allston

By BostonUrbEx - 7/15/13 - 9:46 am

More than a year after local real estate agents tried to pressure Winchester into taking action against freight trains, residents clamored for action at community meetings. It was claimed that noise during freight operations violated a local noise ordinance and Massachusetts law. Nearly a month ago, the town's zoning board ruled in favor of the residents and a cease and desist was handed to Pan Am Railways.

In response, Pan Am filed with the Surface Transportation Board, stating that they are subject only to federal law in this case. Shortly after, on July 12, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railways, Housatonic Railroad, and the Massachusetts Railroad Association (which represents nine railroads within Massachusetts collectively) made a motion to participate in the STB filing.

By BostonUrbEx - 5/17/13 - 10:05 pm

Last month, the MBTA announced a contest in which anyone could design what could be the next MBTA map.

By Cynic - 9/28/10 - 10:44 pm

Amtrak unveiled its vision for a Next-Gen High Speed Rail system along the northeast corridor, and it's pretty spiffy. The Super Express would travel non-stop between Boston and New York City in just 83 minutes - and, after stopping at Penn and Grand Central in New York, and again in Philadelphia, get passengers all the way to Union Station in Washington DC in just 3 hours and 23 minutes. That's about as long as the typical Sox game - and probably a little faster than flying, once travel to the airport and security screenings are factored in.

By neilv - 8/15/09 - 4:15 am

The Globe piece puffs up Portland transportation policy and quotes Aloisi.

See also Wikipedia.

By neilv - 4/16/09 - 7:36 pm

Obama unveiled a plan for high-speed rail projects, which may include money for improving the existing line serving Boston, the NYT reports.

The current Acela to New York is little faster than ordinary rail service.

By adamg - 4/14/09 - 9:18 am

Deval Patrick came out of a meeting with Therese Murray and Bob DeLeo and said he angrily wagged his gubernatorial finger at them for failing to squeeze enough reform and money out of state transportation agencies. Murray replied:

I'm a little confused. He just gave us a spreadsheet, and we said we'd go and look at it.

You do that, Ms. Murray. See if you can miss the angry red borders around all those cells.

By adamg - 3/13/09 - 1:54 pm

If the Daily Show covered Massachusetts transportation issues:

Via Red Mass. Group.

By Anonymous - 2/22/09 - 2:36 pm

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