The report examines a proposal for an auto restricted zone (ARZ) and revised circulation patterns in downtown Boston. In the City of Boston, the main problems can be summarized as congestion, conflict of pedestrian and traffic, and confusion, rather than a lack of basic vitality. This study seeks to remedy the current imbalance of pedestrian versus auto use, and to reduce the prevailing congestion in the older downtown. The objective is not to eliminate vehicles, but to promote a more appropriate balance in the use of public spaces, which would enhance the long-range economic future as well as the environment of the downtown area. The need to eliminate these problems, to create an appropriate environment for the existing or potential activities, and to improve connections among major activity areas are the basic factors for an Urban Design Plan. The goal for undertaking this proposed ARZ plan is to encourage the continued physical and economic revitalization of downtown Boston.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., MA., Moore-Heder Architects, Cambridge, MA., and Kearney (A. T.), Inc., Chicago, IL. See also PB-286316, and PB-286318. Also available in set of 9 reports PC E20, PB-286 312-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Moore-Header Architects

    806 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02118

    Kearney (AT) and Company, Incorporated

    100 South Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research, Development and Demonstration
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 155 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0042-78-5Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1057
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM