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"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

As residents of the most densely populated community in New England, our choice to live, work, play and raise families in an urban environment is dictated by many factors, like proximity to family and friends, access to jobs and services, and the cultural and entrepreneurial energy that defines cities.  Walkability and bikeability between neighborhoods and squares, immediate access goods and services, and the cultural understanding that comes with sharing close borders with neighbors are all key factors setting us apart from suburban or rural communities.  Perhaps the most fundamental element to our quality of life in an urban core is choice in transportation. …
Our emphasis on and commitment to a truly multimodal and accessible community is already apparent:  we’ve installed more than 25 miles of bike markings in the last three years; we’ve implemented projects like the East Broadway reconstruction, which will include wider sidewalks and bike lanes; we’re discussing the addition of a cycletrack along a reconstructed Beacon Street; and we will break ground on the extension of the Community Path from Cedar Street to Lowell Street this spring.  In short, we’re committed to increasing walkability and bikeability, and with that, increasing access to goods and services both in our City and outside of our borders, and each of these projects has been undertaken through open, public processes that incorporate community ideals.