Why Medford Needs The MBTA & No Cuts In Service
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(Medford, MA) Medford needs to keep it's current level of MBTA service and if anything it needs to be even further expanded. The proposed cuts will seriously cut the attractiveness of Medford to people looking to live here but also severely cut the access & ability of many of our citizens. I found the following list of cuts from The Medford Patch HERE. In the post I found the following:
From The Medford Patch:
Here's a breakdown of Medford bus routes and how they would be impacted under each plan (eliminated routes are in bold)
Scenario 1: 80, 90, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 106, 108, 110, 112, 134, 325 (weekday), 326, 355 (weekday)
Scenario 2: 80, 90, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 106, 108, 110, 112, 134, 325, 326, 355
Under Scenario 1 most of the major routes would be severely impacted by limiting either some weekday routes or weekend routes. While Scenario 2 is much more drastic by the total elimination of some very major routes. You can see which routes directly by visiting www.MBTA.com .
Medford with it's close proximity to Boston is a vital link for commuters and also an amazing conduit to reaching outlying areas. Traffic via car travel would drastically increase not only IN Medford but also AROUND Medford with the proposed cuts or limiting of routes. One area that Medford is in a prime location for is those who commute far distances and look to Medford as their location to utilize public transportation. Traffic on Rt's 93, 28, 16 and 60 are prime examples of this. With the cuts proposed more and more people will be forced to stay in their cars and continue their commutes to Boston and elsewhere due to the lack of a public transportation option. The parking options available at Wellington Circle are already pushed to their maximum as it stands and Somerville is in little shape to pick up this overflow. Making commuter bus service available makes Medford much more attractive to higher salary earning individuals who commute to Boston, Cambridge and elsewhere. These higher income individuals, families etc. are good for our neighborhoods and community as far as property values go. Higher demand has a direct correlation to higher prices.
Parking issues are noted as a neighborhood/city issue for those out of towners parking here and taking the T to their jobs, well if a well thought out public parking model can be though out it will only enhance the attractiveness and revenue generation for our city. Commuter parking permits could be sold to adjunct these commuters but also retain the service for the citizens of this city who utilize public transportation to get to their jobs. As fuel prices continue to rise and Boston parking prices continue to rise as well as traffic volume and pollution concerns, mass transportation needs to be carefully considered to maximize the viability of our city and it's future going forward.