The Boston Region's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) establishes a vision for the region’s transportation system and guides both capital investments and research studies to support that vision. The current LRTP, Destination 2040, was adopted in 2019. The next LRTP, Destination 2050, will be adopted in 2023.
As our region's representative on the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), I strongly encourage you make your voice heard by completing the survey. It only takes a few minutes.
Why? Because the survey will help shape the LRTP which will inform how federal highway funds are spent in Eastern Mass. All too often these surveys are skewed by special interest groups advocating for priorities which don't necessarily reflect the interests of the entire region. Instead, they focus more on inner city issues at the expense of the needs of the outer suburban communities, i.e. bike lanes, rapid transit, climate resiliency, etc.
While all of those issues are important, we have greater needs in our Chamber region. First and last mile connections to employer locations, which will help employers attract the workforce they need; upgrades along the Route 1 corridor; continuation of the Foxboro/Patriot Place commuter rail pilot program; and most importantly, the reconstruction of the functionally obsolete and dangerous interchange of Routes 93 and 95 in Canton.
Almost every day the communities of Canton, Dedham, Norwood, Walpole, and Westwood see increased commuter traffic spilling off Route 95 onto Route 1, Route 1A and ultimately onto side streets and through neighborhoods, seeking a quicker and more efficient way to their ultimate destinations: jobs in Boston or along the Route 128 corridor. This pass-through traffic chokes local roadways not designed for such use and leads to more care and maintenance than would normally be needed.
Don't miss this opportunity to chime in on the future of transportation in our region.
Tom O'Rourke, CCE
President and CEO