Transportation

Poll: What Do You Think About the North End Cycle Track?

With paving scheduled in the next few weeks, the cycle track bike path on Commercial Street in Boston’s North End is soon to open for public use. (Atlantic Avenue might have to wait until next Spring.) Looking past the hassle of the extended construction period, vote in the poll below regarding your thoughts on the new addition Read More…

Commentaries Transportation

Commentary: North End Nearing Its Tipping Point

North End nearing its tipping point — A vision of a spectacular future Definition of tipping point  the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place. Hanover St., Salem St., nearby North End streets,  the Bulfinch, Haymarket and Boston Garden neighborhoods, are nearing the tipping point, when pedestrian and vehicular Read More…

Transportation

Tour Bus Jams on Narrowed Commercial Street

Pat shares this rundown of the traffic situation on the narrowed Commercial Street after the recent installation of the cycle track. A tour bus parked on the residential side of Commercial Street (now single lane traffic vs. 2 lanes pre bike lanes) blocked traffic while unloading passengers. At least when Commercial St. was 2 lanes both ways before Read More…

Transportation

Life on the Corner: The Old East Boston Ferry

Two of our more forward thinking City Councilors, Sal LaMattina and Bill Linehan, recently proposed the idea of reviving ferry service between the various Boston waterfront neighborhoods, the North End, the Seaport, East Boston, South Boston and Charlestown. I think this is a terrific plan and I hope it comes to fruition. Those of us who Read More…

Community Transportation

Nothing New Under the North End Sun

Traffic concerns are high on the list of issues regarding the ongoing redesign of North Square. (See Vision and Design for an Improved North Square). A favored proposal is to restrict traffic on one side of the square adjacent to Sacred Heart Church. As is often the case in Boston’s historic North End, no issue Read More…

Transportation

City Announces Selection of Rutherford Avenue Surface Option Design

After an extended and contentious debate in Charlestown, the City has selected the Surface Option for the Sullivan Square and Rutherford redesign project. For Charlestown residents, the Surface Option is more pedestrian friendly, increases greenspace and access to the Charles River while the City gains significant development opportunities. The Surface Option redesign could increase traffic Read More…

Transportation

Sunday News & Views: BTD Community Affairs Director Arrested, Bocce Photos, Library Friends Re-Elected and Skyline Photo

[forecast] Check out the Events Calendar for what’s going on this week. What’s new on the blog: A Community Affairs Director for the Boston Transportation Department, James Mansfield, has been arrested on child pornography charges. See the post. Check out the photos from the North End Waterfront Health Fall Bocce Tournament. The Friends of the Read More…

Transportation

North End Loses Medford Street Parking to West End; Addressing the North Washington and Causeway Street Intersection

Resident Mike Regan raises some issues to Boston’s City Hall related to resident parking on Medford Street and the traffic situation at the North Washington Street intersection with Causeway and Commercial Streets. He shares them with the community here: 1) Since when did Medford Street in the North End become the West End? About a Read More…

Community Government Transportation

Traffic Enforcement and Engineering Speak About Crosswalk Signage and Parking

Boston Transportation Department representatives from traffic enforcement and engineering attended the July 2012 North End Public Safety Meeting regarding crosswalk signage and parking restrictions in the neighborhood. Traffic enforcement officers clarified that residents cannot park beyond the 2 hour limit in visitor spots, unless it is specifically posted for resident parking. A follow-up with Ryan Read More…

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Hanover Street Redesign Ideas Presented by Northeastern Engineering Students; Community Debates Congestion Issues at Meeting – Video

Click here for slide presentation. A group of senior civil engineering students at Northeastern University presented their final study on the controversial issues surrounding the potential redesign of the North End’s Hanover Street. The well-attended public meeting was held at the Nazzaro Community Center on April 18, 2012. The meeting was jointly sponsored by two Read More…