Let the City of Boston know how you navigate transit. Responses will be used collectively to inform future Vision Zero efforts. Open the Vision Zero map, and submit feedback about different transit areas that affect your life.
Find the map here: http://app01.cityofboston.gov/VZSafety/
Note that this is not a substitute for BOS:311. Submit specific maintenance requests by calling 3-1-1 within Boston or visiting boston.gov/311.
The benefits of walking seem endless.
In addition to providing energy boost while improving heart, lungs, and muscle health, walking can also help reduce stress and stimulate cognitive processing. At the same time, walking (like biking or taking the T or carpooling) also plays a role in the City’s greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts. Started in 2009 with the Complete Streets Initiative, the City continues collaborating with partners and community organizations to incorporate smart, green, and multimodal principles as design standards for Boston’s streetscape. We’ve compiled resources here to help make your walking experience more enjoyable:Read more
What if it was faster to take the T to downtown Boston than a car? Imagine what Boston would be like if we could get from East Boston to Cleveland Circle in 20 minutes. That’s where Go Boston 2030 comes in.
Alice Brown is the Project Manager for Go Boston 2030--a citywide initiative to envision the future of transportation in Boston for the next 5, 10 and 15 years. This data-driven, 18-month process will propose how transportation can support significant improvements in equity, climate, and the economy. We sat down with Alice to learn more about the initiative and how it aligns with the City’s climate mitigation and preparedness efforts.
Last week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed “An Ordinance to Protect Air Quality throughout the City of Boston by Reducing Fuel Emissions," to help reduce harmful emissions from diesel vehicles and idling. For a better understanding of the Ordinance, we’ve sat down with Carl Spector, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning here at the City of Boston to learn more...Read more
In Boston, we are all connected through our water. People, who live, work in, or visit the city all enjoy our harbor, rivers, brooks, and ponds – our waterways – and keeping them pollution-free is a priority. When it rains or snows, the water that flows down our streets and sidewalks, called stormwater, picks up materials along the way.
Stormwater flows through our neighborhoods, into catch basins, then into streams, rivers, and eventually into Boston Harbor. Catch basins are the grates on our streets, which collect the stormwater runoff and anything unintentionally placed or purposefully dumped on the street. Catch basins connect to the storm drain system, which moves the water and everything in the water, into the Charles, Neponset, and Mystic Rivers and into the harbor. The storm drain system is not connected to the sewer system, so the stormwater runs directly into waterways and the harbor.Read more
Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced five transportation initiatives to improve how individuals on foot, bike, or in a vehicle move around the City of Boston with a significant focus on improving public safety. The announcements include a complete streets approach to Commonwealth Avenue, featuring protected bike lane on from the BU Bridge to Packard’s Corner, the adoption of Vision Zero Boston, aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities in the city, the citywide replacement of parking meters with intelligent parking meters, and a pilot program to eliminate street sweeping towing. The initiatives are early action projects as part of Go Boston 2030 launched to imagine a bold new transportation plan for Boston for the next five, 10, and 15 years. Additionally, the Mayor and the Boston Transportation Department will begin a nationwide search for a new Active Transportation Director to think holistically about how our streets are used by people who walk, bike, and take transit.
“We’re implementing innovative and inventive transportation strategies and infrastructure upgrades in the City of Boston to improve travel safety and convenience,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whether you walk, drive, take the T, or ride a bike on our streets, we’re looking at solutions that can accommodate every mode of transportation in a meaningful way.”Read more
His speech touched upon a number of challenges the city is facing, from education to public safety to development. The Mayor spoke extensively on Boston’s growing economy and population and what that means for the future of Boston.
“To build a truly thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston—growth by itself isn’t good enough,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our duty at this moment is to make sure our city doesn’t just grow bigger, it grows better.”
With over 1,000 vehicles, greening the City’s diverse fleet is no simple task. Yet, with now over 120 hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the City is making significant progress. The City recently worked with XL Hybrids, Inc, a Boston-based company founded by MIT alumni, to install its award-winning XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in four city-owned vans. This technology can deliver a 25 percent increase in miles driven per gallon, and will help reduce pollution and save money on gas.
“Utilizing this technology will save tax-payer money and is a win-win for any business or organization,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“We have more than 160 full-sized passenger and cargo vans in our fleet,” said Jim McGonagle, director of central fleet management for The City of Boston. “Since XL Hybrids is based in Boston, working with them is simple and smart. The ability to retrofit vans from our existing fleet allowed us to see immediate benefits. There were no driver training or maintenance requirements. I look forward to ordering new vans with the XL Hybrids system in the coming months.”Read more
Today, the Boston Redevelopment Authority announced $292 million in new developments for 130 housing units, which will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs. These development are also some of the greenest in Boston, with transit oriented development, LEED certified housing, new park space, and pedestrian improvements. The BRA will also commission a citywide energy study that will help us know where and how to place local, clean energy.Read more
Whether you’re starting your first year in Boston or your fourth (or even your fifth--no judgement here!), you've probably already figured out that this city is a great place to be a student. With over 100 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston Area, there’s no shortage of people to meet, things to do, and places to see. In addition to being a student-friendly city, Boston is a great city to grow your green roots. Greenovate Boston is a movement driven by the community and students like you to help Bostonians take simple steps to make this city a better, greener place to live and work. We’re here to help you have your best, greenest semester, so here’s our top tips on ways to be green while living in Boston:Read more