letter to MBTA
- Mailed this AM. Any value in sending it to the DCR?
MBTA Bennett Garage
21 Arlington Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
November 11^th , 2004
Dear Mr. Bowler:
I live in East Medford, and I support the proposed pedestrian/cycling
path through the MBTA Charlestown bus yard.
Such paths are necessary if planned developments in the area are to be
well served by anything other than automobiles. If the only easy way
in and out of these developments is by car, then the preferred mode of
transportation for most new residents will be cars. This does not serve
the health and viability our area, and it does not serve the interests
of the MBTA.
I want to use MBTA trains, but a mistake in urban planning forces me to
drive. My family would use the Orange line for trips to Boston (my
three year old son especially!). But that involves crossing Wellington
Circle, which is unpleasant and unsafe to walk or cycle through with
children So we drive. Once we're in the car it's easiest to just
drive to Boston. When I lived in Cambridge access by foot and bicycle
was easier. So I used the T every day, and I miss it now.
Let's avoid future urban planning mistakes. With the thousands of new
housing units to be developed along the lower Mystic we have an historic
opportunity to expand MBTA ridership and grow our area without further
clogging roads or reducing air quality.
I believe the Charlestown path, with other paths connecting these
developments to each other and to the waterfront, will encourage new
residents to walk and bike rather than drive. It will attract many
users, especially new MBTA patrons.
52 Pinkert St.