"It’s time to make the financial commitment necessary to build a 21st Century transportation system for the Commonwealth – one that will bring jobs and economic opportunity to every corner of the state." ~ Joe Curtatone
Joe On The Record:
A 21st Century Transportation System | by Joe Curtatone, Somerville News (Op-Ed), 1/17/2013
Over the past several months, I have been very vocal during speaking engagements throughout the region about the need for a 21st century transportation plan, one that includes multimodal transit options to support a 21st century. Along with my colleagues in the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, I’ve lobbied state leaders to allocate necessary funding not only to repair and maintain aging infrastructure, but also to extend our current transportation system with additional road, rail, transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
On Monday, Governor Patrick and Secretary of Transportation Rich Davey introduced MassDOT’s new, long-range transportation plan. For some, the announcement will be the start of a debate over whether and how to fund our transportation system. But for me, there is no question. It’s time to make the financial commitment necessary to build a 21st Century transportation system for the Commonwealth – one that will bring jobs and economic opportunity to every corner of the state. …
Rather than ignoring our crumbling bridges, ailing highways, and underfunded mass transit, [the Governor’s] plan accepts and addresses a basic truth. If we want a thriving economy, we need to invest in – and maintain – our transportation network. The Governor, the Board of MassDOT, Secretary Davey, and their staff all deserve praise for the bold vision they have put forward to solve our transportation funding crisis.
Community path extension nurtures neighborhoods | by Joe Curtatone, Somerville News (Op-Ed), 5/17/2013
Our commitment to become the most walkable, bikeable, transit-accessible community in the nation is unwavering. Even more bike and pedestrian safety infrastructure will be added in projects such as the East Broadway and Davis Square streetscape projects. A brand new bike parking cage is currently under construction just outside of the Davis Square T station. Our Safe-Start and Complete Streets programs identify current issues and opportunities for improvement to build the best possible experience for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit-users, drivers alike.
Somerville by Design: A complete streets approach | by Joe Curtatone, Somerville News (Op-Ed), 3/8/2013