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Livable Streets


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I met this week with members of the community group Livable Streets. This organization is focused on efforts to balance the transportation system so that it works for all of us -- drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. We had a good and substantive conversation about the need for a long term regional plan that recognizes traffic changes in one community have an impact beyond that community. The group was specifically interested in talking about the future of McGrath Highway in Somerville, which is in the process of being repaired. State transportation officials are studying how to maximize the roadway, including whether to take down the existing overpass. We agreed that whatever the final design, the determinative factor should be based on making the road better for as many people and transportation modes as possible. In fact, we were in agreement on many aspects of transportation, including recognizing the reality of the state's fiscal situation when it comes to transportation funding. I appreciated their time and their perspective on the state's regional transportation needs.

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