Mayor Walsh Responds To Report Ranking Boston Worst In US For Traffic

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Last year, mobility analytics provider Inrix ranked Boston the worst city in the US for traffic congestion in their annual Global Traffic Scorecard.

Now, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is responding.

In a Medium post Tuesday , Mayor Walsh noted several ways the city planned to improve—and said the only way to fix Boston's traffic issues is for the city, state, private companies, and residents to work together.

Walsh outlined some of the factors that make the city's traffic problem so bad.

" Our road network is one of the oldest and densest in the country, we’re one of the only cities with a major international airport right by downtown, both our economy and population have been growing at a steady clip — and now rideshare companies and delivery-on-demand services have added a whole new layer of vehicles," the mayor wrote.

Mayor Walsh touted efforts like improving bicycle and MBTA infrastructure, the implementation of adaptive traffic signals, and a 2019 legislative agenda that focuses on transportation and the environment.

The Inrix study said drivers in Boston lost 164 hours last year due to congestion—nearly seven full days. The data also found it costs us money. For Boston drivers, nearly $2,300 was lost thanks to all that waiting in traffic.

Boston ranked eighth globally; the study ranked Moscow as the worst city in the world for traffic congestion.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama ( @CFamaWBZ ) reports

 

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