Congestion in the Commonwealth: Report to the Governor 2019

Congestion in Massachusetts has gone from bad to worse, increasing daily commute times, choking growing communities, reducing access to and opportunity for jobs, affecting people's choices about where to live and work, and possibly undermining the Commonwealth's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. While the problem of congestion is complicated, the solutions are even more vexing: there is no single, let alone simple, solution to congestion. The key findings of this report are: Congestion is bad because the economy is good; the worst congestion in the Commonwealth occurs in Greater Boston; congestion can and does occur at various times and locations throughout the Commonwealth and has reached a tipping point; many roadways are now congested outside of peak periods; changes in travel time on an average day do not capture the severity of the problem; many commuting corridors have become unreliable, with lengthy trips on bad days; congestion worsened between 2013 and 2018 to the point where it reduces access to jobs; and, congestion on local roads is a problem as well. The report provides a portfolio of interdependent recommendations: address local and regional bottlenecks where feasible; actively manage state and local roadway operations; reinvent bus transit at both the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Regional Transit Authorities; increase MBTA capacity and ridership; work with employers to give commuters more options; create infrastructure to support shared travel modes; increase remote work and telecommuting; produce more affordable housing, especially near transit; encourage growth in less congested Gateway Cities; and investigate the feasibility of congestion pricing mechanisms that make sense for Massachusetts, particularly managed lanes.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 172p

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  • Accession Number: 01714961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2019 11:06AM