Redevelopments and modernization have long been goals set forth by many different cities. With continuous expansions and an increase in residents, cities must commit to keeping their infrastructures as best as possible. Although there are many sides to a city’s infrastructures, one of the most important will always be the public transport system. How could it not be? With commuting being an increasingly popular option, transport must always be up and running. For example, a city to take after is most definitely Boston. With an illustrious project known as “Imagine Boston 2030” currently in the works, the city is set to improve tremendously. In fact, the transportation side of the “Imagine Boston 2030” project is one of the most exciting improvements coming forward.
After the government surveyed 15,000 Bostonians by asking them what they would like to see improved in the city, the most popular answer was: transportation. After having placed 14th in the INRIX’s list of most traffic congested cities in the world, something had to change. Also because not only was Boston placed 14th, but it was also reported that in respect to 2017 where residents spent 58 hours in traffic over the year, as of February 2018 the total hours went up to 60.
Furthermore, reports also show that 30% of residents that live in the Boston outskirts are not properly connected to the public transport service. With the Imagine Boston 2030 plan new extensions to the transportation service are being added. With new bike lanes, preferential traffic lanes for public transport, and extending the subway’s Orange Line to Roslindale Square, and the Green Line to Hyde Square, moving around will be made much easier and efficient. With this project in mind, Boston has announced that they intend to have no household further away than 10 minutes from either a bus or a subway stop.
However, one mustn’t forget that Boston also has the great advantage of its waterfront area. The water location will also feature public transport improvements. Wanted by the 1,700 residents surveyed regarding the waterfront, in this case too the main desire was to see an increase in public transportation. As a result, some of the upcoming additions to the public service will include more ferry connections between Downtown and the Sea Port, as well as between East Boston and Charleston. Along with the ferries, an increase in water taxis on both the Mystic River and the Charles River is also to be expected.
Thanks to both the residents and their personal desire to see the city progress, Boston will be seeing some major improvements.
Freelance Writer, Imagine Boston 2030
Hanna Johnson, free-spirited world traveler. Loves nature and the environment. When she’s not hiding behind her computer working on a new editorial project, you will probably find her browsing museums or rescuing stray cats.