These comments were made in response to questions of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). An MPO is required to spend federal transportation funds. The region of the Boston MPO, generally, is within Route 495.
Earlier, the Boston MPO had invited comments on its Vision, Goals and Objectives for transportation. Our earlier comments, dated November 3, 2014, related to the neighborhoods around Fresh Pond. (See 11/3 comments to MPO)
The comments that follow focus on our neighborhoods and urban mobility: walk, bike, bus, Red Line, and commuter rail. We do not ignore motor vehicles. We suggest Transportation-Community rather than corridor as the focus of mobility. Our Transportation-Community includes Watertown, Belmont, Arlington, and Cambridge. The corridor through our community, limited access highway Route 2, Alewife Brook Parkway, and Fresh Pond Parkway, is both an impediment and an opportunity.
Alison Field-Juma and Arthur Strang participated in this writing. We invite comment on the blog.