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Boston Transit Polls Residents About Future Transportation Services

The city is trying to come up with a way to encourage new technologies, such as self-driving cars, while also making sure autonomous vehicles fit in well with the city’s other transportation options.

by Jordan Graham, Boston Herald / May 26, 2016
Chris Osgood, chief of streets, Boston David Kidd

(TNS) -- Boston is calling on drivers, bikers and strap-hangers to help guide the future of transportation in the Hub, by voting online on proposals such as new connections between neighborhoods, lower speed limits in some residential areas and, of course, self-driving cars.

“What we want is for residents to tell us where do they want us to go first with our projects and policy,” said Chris Osgood, chief of streets for the city.

Part of the long-term plan called Go Boston 2030, the vote will be used by city officials as a gauge of what travelers want most out of Boston transportation. It’s meant to be a road map for Boston over the next 15 years as the city grapples with changing technology. The plan is expected to be released this fall.

Transportation officials took 3,700 suggestions that were submitted over the past year and came up with 48 projects and policies in four categories: local, crosstown, regional and tech.

“We want to make sure the city remains what it is: a city that actively embraces innovation, experimentation and figures out how do we support entrepreneurs who do things which are in a true civic interest,” Osgood said.

The city is trying to come up with a way to encourage new technologies, such as self-driving cars, while also making sure autonomous vehicles fit in well with the city’s other transportation options.

Other proposals people can vote on include expanding bus service from neighborhoods like Mattapan to the city’s job hotspots, including the Seaport and the Longwood Medical Area, and improved protected bike lanes across the city.

“We heard a lot of feedback that there are residents in our neighborhoods that are disconnected from the fastest-growing job centers in our city,” Osgood said. “We want to make sure all of our residents have access to great jobs and easy ways of getting there.”

Voting on the projects can be done online at goboston2030.org or with a paper ballot from the Transportation Department.

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