How To Beat The Traffic

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The state Department of Transportation has come out with its much-anticipated study of traffic congestion, and guess what?

It’s a mess, and isn’t going to get any better unless some dramatic steps are taken.

They’re talking about stuff like express toll lanes and more bus lanes, and that’s all fine, although some of their suggestions would take years to implement.

But in the spirit of the report’s appeal for “fresh ideas,” here are a few:

The study found Route 2 inbound near Alewife has become one of the state’s worst bottlenecks, as drivers try to get to the often-packed, crumbling Red Line station garage. Instead of continuing to pack those cheap apartments along that stretch of Route 2, how about carving out more commuter parking space and running shuttles to the T to ease the crush?

Instead of demonizing ride-shares like Uber and Lyft, how about incorporating them into the plan by incentivizing both drivers and passengers to carpool in them?

And, is there more than can be done to encourage employers to stagger shifts so everyone isn’t crowding into the city at the same time?

One more request – seeing how Route 1A south has suffered some of the worst deterioration, can we finally admit that the Big Dig was a terrible mistake that just made our problems worse, not better?

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