Comprehensive transportation agenda focuses on equity, access, short and long term investments
BOSTON– With the legislative bill filing deadline on Friday the 18th, Senator Collins filed a slew of bills aimed at improving transportation in the city of Boston and in the region. The bills address multi-modal transit, pedestrian safety, impacts of new developments on public transportation, equity and access to rapid transit, creating long term revenues to make lasting improvements on the MBTA without raising fares, and simply getting people to work on time.
1938, An Act establishing a rapid transportation pilot for the Fairmount Corridor, previously filed in the House by former Representative Carvalho and cosponsored by several Boston legislators including Senator Collins, would create a pilot program to take steps towards making the Fairmount Commuter Line a rapid transit option. Noting that 1/5 Bostonians live within a half mile of the Fairmount rail, 83% of whom are black and latino, this bill seeks to improve frequency, span of service, reliability, fare policies, and connectivity to the rest of the region’s rail network. The two year pilot would include trips every 15 minutes or less during peak times, and allows riders to pay the same fare as the Red or Orange lines, with free transfers at South Station. Most importantly, it requires DOT to collect and evaluate data from the pilot every 6 months and report back to the legislature so that they may recommend permanent changes.
“All residents of Boston deserve access to rapid transit, which we know breaks down barriers to gainful employment and economic mobility,” said Senator Nick Collins. “This is a question of equity and opportunity, and I am committed to securing that for all residents of the First Suffolk district. I am also aware that these changes cannot happen in a vacuum, and my colleagues and I will continue to work to ensure this activation is coupled with housing stabilization, job training, and workforce development to avoid displacement and create better outcomes for the families living along the Fairmount line today.”
Other bills filed by the Boston Democrat include opening the use of a particular ramp to Silver Line usage to reduce trip times to the Airport, creating a commission to study the best use for MBTA properties in Boston in order to leverage long term funding for improvements without raising fares, and allowing the City to levy small fees on TNCs in order to fund transportation improvements. All bills will have public hearings, and the public is encouraged to come testify with their perspectives.