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Appendix H: Open-Ended Responses

When you make a typical trip (for going to work, shopping, etc.), what is your primary mode of transportation? (Taxi)

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Response

1.

Staff

2.

staff car

3.

support staff

4.

Staff

5.

Staff

Which of the following groups best describes your racial background? (Other)

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Response

1.

fighting whitie

2.

Come on. This is not a racial thing

3.

why?

4.

prefer not to mention

5.

Black and white mixed

6.

Mixed

7.

Jewish

8.

Mixed White – American-Indian

9.

Anglo-Celtic

10.

Finno-Ugric

11.

European

12.

Human

13.

American

14.

Italian

15.

multiracial

16.

Puerto Rican

17.

Multiple

18.

White/African American

19.

PR

20.

I check more than one box.

21.

Cape Verdean

22.

race is artificial

23.

white + native American

24.

Jewish

25.

Italian-American

26.

Hispanic & Black

27.

Puerto Rican

28.

English, Dutch, French, Abenaki Indian

29.

Belgian

30.

Mixed White-Native

31.

Portuguese

32.

European Ancestry

33.

Europian

34.

Biracial

35.

european

36.

mongral

37.

23 and me

38.

european-american

39.

HISPANIC

40.

shouldn’t matter!

41.

Asian/White

42.

Mixed Race: Asian & White

43.

mixed race

44.

african american and white

45.

multi racial

46.

I choose not to share this

47.

African & Caribbean American, Black

48.

Italian American

49.

native americam

50.

Dominicano

51.

American

52.

Euro-American

53.

Puerto Rican

54.

Irish-Portuguese-German American

55.

light but not white

56.

Colombian

57.

African american/white

58.

HISPANIC

59.

white/american indian

60.

caucasian, italian, indian, irish

61.

Human

62.

white/Asian

63.

Portugese

64.

Latino

65.

moreno C-A

66.

Guatemala

67.

moreno centro americano

68.

spanish

69.

black and white

70.

puerto rican

71.

Uruguayan

In the previous question, you agreed that the public transportation service hours do not work with your schedule. Please tell us what schedule changes you would like to see:

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Response

1.

more frequent commuter rail service and evening service

2.

I Work #rd shift.

3.

The T should run until after the bars close. It’s a ridiculous concession to the taxi lobby that it does not. And don’t give me the Night Owl bus business, as that’s absolutely not the same. If the T ran until 2:30am, people would take it here like they do in every other city when the bars/clubs close.

4.

N.A. No public transportation in my town.

5.

Run it 24/7/365. If NYC can do it, what is preventing Massachusetts and the MBTA & regional services from doing it? We have the resources, we need the resolve of your leadership. Many people work 2 or more job including 2d & 3d shift. Public transportation is not an option. Trains “dead-head” outbound from Boston in the morning to Lowell & Haverhill. At the end of the day, the same trains run empty back into Boston. The more frequent/convenient the trains and buses are, the more people will use them. NYC does it, so can we with your help.

6.

There is no public transportation available for the trips I take

7.

Better reverse commute options to Brockton. Trains to Brockton from Boston in the morning and then home in the afternoon are too infrequent and arrive/depart at inconvenient times for a typical 8:00-4:30 workday

8.

The Route 132 line runs very eratically making it impossibly undependable for students trying to commute to school/work or for adults to use public transit to access Boston’s nightlife conveniently.

9.

Trying to get to places in a busy schedule means not waiting for public transportation

10.

I live near Medford Sq. On an MBTA it appears that there are many options for service. However, during non-comuniting hrs, the service is infrequent and the wait times to make connections make a short trip very long. Medford to Watertown for example can take more than 1.5 hrs. Also, parking at subway stops is insufficient .Alewife parking is prohibitively expensive which is a disincentive to take public transportation. Parking near the Red line in Cambridge and Somerville is impossible on Saturdays or weekdays, so I drive places rather than take public transportation (I would rather use public transportation)

11.

MORE FREQUENCY so that you can get into town and back in a resonable time ALSO, you could take a train to Fitchburg (from Shirley), grab the bus to a doctor’s appointment and get home in less than 6 hours. OR a train to concord, shuttle to Emerson and home in less than 6 hours KEY to seniors who do not drive today and the rapid increase in that demographic coming in the next 10-15 years.

12.

more hours to serve 8:30-5:30 work schedule. More frequent service.

13.

Traveling from NH to Cambridge, MA every day, I use highways (vanpool) because the commuter rail does not serve my needs adequately. I therefore begin my commute at 5:15 am, in NH, and begin the reverse commute at 4:00 pm, to NH, once again. While there is service at 4:00 pm, it does not serve my needs with regard to connectivity to NH.

14.

There is no public transportation available where I live – to get to it, I would have to either drive to it or walk for @ 45 minutes. If it were more accessible, I would use it.

15.

No I didn’t

16.

Hard to say. Local suburban transit too infrequent when compared to drive time. Not sure about frequency during my sporatic trips into Boston from either Lexington and/or Hudson (home/work respectively). Make frequent trips in to the city for meetings 1-4 times per week but don’t commute there “normally” and thus am unfamiliar with exact service hours and whether or not it works for me.

17.

Living on cape cod, there is very limited access to public transportation. It needs to be available very often to meet a varied schedule of work, errands, socialzing etc.

18.

I’m not in the MBTA area but Onset on the SouthCoast. There is GATRA/MBTA service to Boston, but it takes up to 3 hours one-way. There is NO service to New Brdford or Fall River. I expected to drive more than I did in Boston, but there is almost no other option. Purely on schedule, commuter rail must not end weekend coverage. And it it so oriented to commuters it is not practical for medical trips.

19.

More public transportation in Central Massachusetts. I would have to drive almost an hour to get a train going anywhere. There is a limited bus service in the area I believe, but it’s still more than 5 miles from my house.

20.

I work in a location that is a 15 minute drive from my house but a 1-hour trip by public transportation.

21.

I work 7am to 7:30pm in Boston. Taking the North Sation at 8:35pm is not convienent. I would not get home until 9:15pm.

22.

Public transportation that runs from 6:00 AM through midnight would work well for me.

23.

None – I have child care duties, drop off and pick up, and extra curricular activities each day for two children. It is 100% inconvenient for me in this city.

24.

I live in Western Mass with very few public transportation choices.

25.

I would love to see the commuter rail run on an hourly schedule throughout the day and into the night (maybe end at 1 or 2am). If it did I would definitely take public transit to get to Boston instead of driving. Right now the schedule is too infrequent for me to bother.

26.

Because of where I live and where I work, the runs do not begin until after I have to be to work.

27.

The gaps between the daytime trains are too large. You are either going to really early to your destination or really late. (I mainly use the commuter rail if I use public transportation)

28.

More commuter ferry service from Hingham to Boston.

29.

When I am traveling to areas where public transportation would work – I find trains are not always available to return to my office area/residential area when needed. In other words – reverse commute schedules out of Boston are extremely limited.

30.

There is no Public Transportation in my town or immediate area.

31.

Bus schedules are unknown, I do not commute.I want to go directions other than into Boston-no north-south service. I live in an unwalkable area. While there is bus service within Metrowest, there is no bus service to other areas, north shore, south shore, where I would go. This affects areas where I would work as well. It is impractical to reverse commute from Boston to suburbs due to schedules.

32.

More frequent service to my neighborhood.

33.

More than twice a day.

34.

24 hours a day....just like NYC.

35.

Buses should run just as often on weekends and in the evening as they do the rest of the time.

36.

More frequent travel in evening hours

37.

Service after 1am.

38.

I work 3 miles from home but the bus schedule connections would make my 10 minute caar ride become a 45-minute bus ride because of the connections.

39.

Later hours for buses from Alewife to Lexington and Bedford

40.

more frequent commuter rail trips (or alternative modes like buses that would fill in the gaps when the train doesn’t or can’t run)

41.

Commuter rail is much less convenient than bicycling for our trips between Natick Framingham and Wellesley

42.

The commuter rail to Newburyport, and likely to all other stations, does not run late enough. If you attend an evening concert, sporting event, etc. in Boston you need to leave early to catch the last train back home to Newburyport. I would love to see a few late night trains to allow people to get home after late nights in the city. Perhaps there could be more of these late night runs on weekends, but at least one late weeknight train would be very helpful. I would take the train to Boston much more often if there were late night options, mostly to attend events at the Garden, plus concerts, occassional dinners, etc.

43.

More evening hours

44.

Earlier and later hours and more frequent commuter rail trips

45.

In New Bedford, No Sunday transportation & no buses after 6pm at anytime of week. An probably most important no train service to Boston or points north of New Bedford.

46.

I work 11am-8pm

47.

I live in Wendell. there is no public transportation here. none.

48.

There is no public transportation to/from my town!

49.

Evening bus schedules not conducive to using public transportation. Weekend bus and commuter rail schedules not frequent enough.

50.

More service in general on the Worcester/Framingham line, especially on off hours. My options right now are to get to my meeting in Boston 2 hours early or 1 hour late! And now I am commuting from Westborough to Worcester, and I pretty much have one option in the morning. If I miss that train, I’m out of luck.

51.

Needs to run before 6am

52.

I need to take a bus to catch the train (red line) – those buses do not run frequently enough during the day. The bus also adds travel time on to the total trip and figuring in the bus schedule is difficult at times.

53.

Too complex to answer. The bottom line is that public transportation cannot serve all needs.

54.

1, THEY DO NOT TRAVEL THE SAME ROUTES AS ME 2, iF I WAS TO TAKE THE BUS I WOULD HAVE TO TRAVEL 30 MILES OUT OF THE WAY

55.

There is no public transportation in my part of the State.

56.

Later hours, more frequent trains on weekends

57.

earlier in the day

58.

24-hour trains.

59.

None.

60.

none

61.

Maximum service between 7 am and 7 pm weekdays. Commuter rail service between greatern Springfield area and points east (Worcester and Boston) non-existent.

62.

I would take the T into Boston for some things, but the current schedule of commuter trains means that I have to go in early and stay later than I intend. And the plan to eliminate weekend completely definitely will not help

63.

More frequent times.

64.

I would make the Needham commuter rail line run on Sundays.

65.

more frequent trips

66.

We are retired. Off-peak schedules are just too sparse. Increased commuter rail from West Medford to North Station would be a help. Green Line extension will help too.

67.

4 am to 2 am service

68.

I would like to see more #94 buses.

69.

Having the T run later at night during the weekends

70.

busses running more often (say every 10 minutes) for the entire time they run. If I have to stay at work late, I may have to wait up to an hour at Sullivan Square and not only is it a waste of my time, I do not feel safe.

71.

Early morning and late evenings

72.

I wish there was an easily accessible bus/train from Westfield to Boston

73.

My schedule changes weekly so adapting public transportation to my schedule is impossible.

74.

There is no public transportation in my area.

75.

Late night subway service

76.

Inrreased ferquency of trians to accommodate flexibility in working hours. i.e. Gloucester Rockport trains sometimes only run to Beverly.

77.

Better timing for connections between bus and subway

78.

there is no public transportation from my home to work

79.

Public transportation(WRTA bus) does not come to Brookfield often enough to make it a viable form of transportation & the bus stop is 1 mile from our house.

80.

Buses curently run on a 50-60 minutes schedule, I beleive a 20-30 minutes schedule would work best for me and others.

81.

I commute from Shrewsbury to Westfield. I found that I could take a bus from Worcester to Springfield, and then a bus from Springfield to Westfield, but one of these buses only runs twice a day, and not at times that coincide with my commute. This is odd because I work 9am-5pm, so I do not work odd hours.

82.

I would like to see the public transportation more often. Once an hour is too long

83.

increased frequency of fixed routes for local buses

84.

Better weekend schedules – more frequent weekend service is needed.

85.

more frequent trips, west of 495

86.

More than 2 departure/arrival times Topsfield/Bosotn

87.

late night

88.

Specific to commuter rail from Worcester to Boston – trains need to run much more frequently to make it convenient and usable. I have one monthly meeting in Boston and I can chose to either arrive an hour early or get to my meeting at least 15 min. late. And I have to leave it early to make the train home.

89.

transportation to Boston/Cambridge on weekends (early and late) and more frequently during weekdays.

90.

run more often, and be on time

91.

earlier and later and more often

92.

I have meetings downtown that go until 9 or 10 pm. The bus stops running to my side of the city at 7. It is impossible for me, thus, to use the bus for these meetings.

93.

Additional workday trains between Worcester and Boston, as well as better reverse-commute times from Boston to Worcester.

94.

I would like to see trains run later. Oftentimes if I am downtown I am forced to take a cab home.

95.

I would like to see more weekday evening service. Right now, MBTA service is very much geared towards M-F/9-5 commuters, which I am not. The best transportation option available to me is commuter rail, but I don’t often use it because the trains when I need to be coming home are 2 hours apart. Sometimes I will choose not to take the chance of taking, for example, a once-per-hour bus, because of what would happen if I missed that one bus, or it didn’t show up.

96.

The bus that runs from the main street near my house leaves me only an hour down town before it comes back...if I don’t take that one, it’s five hours. That makes no sense to me. I could walk faster and more conbveniently.

97.

the last time I tried to take a bus it never showed up. I waited along with a woman with 2 children for 25 minutes and the bus never came. I walked home a little over 2 miles in the dark following a bus route and the bus still never came. By the time I got home and called the WRTA customer service center everyone there had gone home and the message said to call back during business hours on Monday. They didn’t even have an answering machine to let me vent

98.

Every 15 minutes in stead of 1 hour or 30 minutes

99.

i often have multiple places to go each day and i frequently have meetings in the evening

100.

More frequent service on the weekends and after 7 pm.

101.

Commute to work. run errands at work, pick up children from after school activites

102.

I need more late evening and weekend hours

103.

Being retired and living in a suburb, I usually don’t go where there is service.

104.

More and longer hours plus hours on Sunday. they run hourly if any at all

105.

need my car during the workday to travel to many different locations and other company worksites.

106.

sorry...it’s more that the schedule and LOCATION do not fit my schedule. 7am Sterling to Worcester.

107.

More weekend service.

108.

more connections to transfer to another bus

109.

run later in the evening and more frequently during the day

110.

better off hour service as well as better weekend schedule

111.

For me personally, I need to be at work at 8:30 but have to drop my children off at daycare in the vicinity of my work. If I take the 7:40 bus, it does not give me quite enough time and the next bus isn’t until 8:40. In the morning, the busses to downtown Worcester need to run more often with traditional working start hours and need to connect to the train’s schedule (as an aside).

112.

later services

113.

I would be interested in hourly direct service (high speed) to Logan without multiple stops in between. 1-3 stops would be fine if they are quick. I am interested in express service to Boston on weekends (1-3 stops)

114.

Go from Rt9-rt20 down rt148

115.

Public tramsit does not exist within walking distance for me.

116.

I live near the 5-Colleges. The frequency and routes of buses is tied to the college/university schedule here in W. MA. There is no service that makes it feasible for me to get my child to the YMCA, or to school, from our home, by using public transit.

117.

the repairs on red line on weekends make it more challenging to schedule weekend errands

118.

I stated that the nearest stop is too far away. I wish we had the option in Southbridge

119.

Many flexible returns

120.

We live in Brookfield. We have no public transportation to Southbridge where I work. This is why I take my car.

121.

later evenings and more times for weekends.

122.

It would be great if the public transportation method in my city, Worcester, ran later in the evenings – never mind my wish to run 24 hours.

123.

Later hours, especially on the weekends

124.

hourly train service throughout the day; right now there is a large gap (3 hours) without service in the morning and a similar situation in the afternoon

125.

More direct trips to Major link stations

126.

Only one transit option goes near my house and near my work – LRTA bus. It only runs after I need to leave my house in morning and before I need to leave my work in evening.

127.

The 325/326 Express Busses do not run late enough and do not go deep enough into Boston. They should run later in the evening and terminate/start at South Station, or at lest the Financial District.

128.

I would like to see public transportation in the 128 corridor. I can’t get from home to work via MBTA under 2 hours and four transfers. I miss taking public transportation to work. I would be fine with up to a 45 to 60 minute ride if I could get within a 1/2 mile of my house and work locations with transfer. I travel 12 miles each way five days a week up and down 128. But there are no suburban linkages on a north/south corridor. Replace 128 with a commuter train and link local bus routes for office park and other shopping destinations or current routes.

129.

late night service

130.

There is no public transportaion in Charlton and Southbridge MA where I spend most of my time.

131.

It’s uncoordinated connections that prevent my use of public transportation to get to work – Bus to commuter rail, and end of line station to office.

132.

More commuter rail (Fitchburg line) trains, especially on weekends. I’m car free by choice and this is an important part of my transportation needs.

133.

More frequent choices during most waking hours (5 a.m. to 2 a.m.).

134.

A reverse commute on the Fitchburg line that would get to Ayer before 8AM

135.

The bus to the Berkshire Mall takes too long and there is only one arrive and return. the return bus leaves less than one hour after the arrive bus gets there. If I need to take my car to get to the bus, what’s the point?

136.

More frequency in reverse commuter mass transit scheduling (for instanct Boston OUT to Fitchburg in the morning, and Fitchburg INTO Boston in the evening. CAPACITY is not needed for such service to be viable and successful, but FREQUENCY is.

137.

There is no public transportation where I live.

138.

I don’t have any set schedule but commuter rail does not run often enough. For example, commuter rail does not stop at North Wilmington between 6:43am and 9:37am going inbound towards Boston, not very convenient for normal work time start hours. Most of my trips are local or where there is no other public service lines.

139.

Improve the frequency of the bus schedules. Depending on the location certain routes should have schedules more in line with commuter rail schedules.

140.

Ideally, later hours in the evening.

141.

evening and weekend hours needed and shorter headways

142.

More frequent train service during the day

143.

I live in rural Western Mass. While there is an FRTA bus stop in my town, it does not get me to work and back at the times that I work.

144.

24/7/365 Operation, like NYC. Don’t stop @ 1:00A.M.!

145.

more information regarding schedules, routes, times, and cost, hard to navigate on the website

146.

More frequent buses. Wait time is too long at night and non-rush hours.

147.

More density during the day. Don’t typically use it at night as it isn’t available.

148.

I would like to see them run later into the evening during the weekdays not just on the weekends.

149.

cabagbha

150.

I would like more inter-state transportation. I live in Longmeadow, MA and work in Manchester, CT.

151.

Run later than 1am, please!

152.

A stop closer to home without any transfers of buses along with it available on the hour and half hour.

153.

More frequent service on commuter rails outside of Boston.

154.

I work a varied schedule with odd hours. It is impossible to use public transportation, in my situation, unless it ran 24 hours/day.

155.

more frequent trains from Worcester to Boston more frequent buses from Brookfield to Worcester

156.

Start at 6AM, run until 9PM at least, and run on weekends and holidays also

157.

Service does not run late enough. I don’t have a car and taxis are too expensive. Taking the T home from a show means I have to leave before the music ends.

158.

Early train from S. Acton station to Fitchburg. I need to be at the Fitchburg Station by 8:45am most semesters, and by 7:20 am some semesters.

159.

Do not use public transportation now, and do not see using it in the future. Where we live, there is no opportunity to participate in public transportation.

160.

I personally do not use public transport, but work with people who do. I would like to see the system more flexible with schedules and ableto access more places off the “route”.

161.

The low frequency in the middle of the day prevents me from using it. I have a limited time during the day to get things done and waiting for a bus or train would use that time up.

162.

I live in Wareham and we only have bus service to Boston in the morning. I would have to drive to lakeville to hook up with the T. It is not convenient. Going to New Bedford/Fall River (west) there is no alternative to driving ones own car.

163.

Location is the problem. To go to Two of my stops using PT would cause me to lose productivity.

164.

More frequent and less expensive commuter rail service, later return service from Boston

165.

Once when my car was being repaired I tried to take public transportation to my job 2.5 miles away. It was faster and fit my schedule better to walk.

166.

There is no public transportation propoerly aligned from one municipality to another in my region. It would take me a half a day to get to work in the town I work in 20 miles away.

167.

Maintain weekend and weeknight service for commuter rail. More frequent rapid transit. Utilize bus as a flexible alternative to rail.

168.

I AM RETIRED AND LIVE ON CAPE COD. I HAVE NO FIXED SCHEDULE FOR TRAVEL OR ERRANDS. I DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULE AND DO NOT KNOW WHERE A BUS WOULD PICK ME UP. i BELIEVE IT IS OVER A 1/4 MILE AWAY.

169.

I live on Cape Cod; I would like to see busses more frequently

170.

I would like to see evening, night and weekend schedules.

171.

Evenings weekends and more often with more convenient stops

172.

Sometimes I return home late at night.

173.

We need service in New Bedford after 6 PM and on SundaysBuses should also run more frequently

174.

There is no transportation where I often am.

175.

Operating every half hour, 24/7.

176.

Mid Day gaps in commuter rail schedule means that you hae to spend a entire day in the city for a half day meeting.

177.

More weekend hours

178.

There is no public transportation near me

179.

There is no public transportation where I live

180.

I mostly use the LRTA which doesn’t run in the evening or very often on weekends.

181.

in my town . . . evenings and weekends are pretty poorly served.

182.

24x7 would be ideal. MBTA boston to lowell an hour later would be good

183.

The outbound Haverhill commuter rail line does not pick up passengers outbound until 8:30 am. It “dead-heads” past stops (does not pick-up fare paying passengers) so it is not a viable option to take people to work from Gr. Boston to Wilimington/Lawrence/Haverhill. The rail system needs to run 24-7 and more frequently, since so many people work 2nd & 3d shift or second jobs and cannot rely on public transportation to get them to/from work.

184.

My schedule is all over the place and changes regularly. I need the flexibility of a vehicle for work.

185.

I would love to take the train into and out of Boston, but many stops, causing long rides, do not work with my scheduling needs.

186.

There are almost no decent options for getting from the Marlborough area into Boston without driving a large part of the way.

187.

Lowell: LRTA Schedules posted anywhere visible for the public and at bus stops, later evening services

188.

I would need to take the commuter rail which runs too infrequently for my needs.

189.

Longing running hours on the MBTA subway Blue Line & buses in East Boston

190.

Need South Coast Rail as soon as possible. What are you guys waiting for? Also – it takes me 60-65 minutes to drive to Boston from Westport. You guys better have that train doing it in well less than an hour to make it worthwhile.

191.

Job is in suburbs – express transportation competes with cars for road use and sits in congestion. Would have liked to see a more serious effort at the urban ring.

192.

It’s actually not scheduling. There is very limited public transportation service in the area that I work and live.

193.

More small trains on Bos-Prov, Stoughton, Brockton lines. Small trains, like trolleys could be effective in your non-peak hours IF you find one the is inexpensive at first cost, maintainence, power or fuel and simple operation. Look up “Buddliners”. They were good but rickety and probably expensive to run; BUT, this is the type of vehicle you need, but modern and better made.

194.

More transportation in the evening especially in the warmer weather when more can be done after work hours and more weekend options for shopping and visiting sites in and around Boston but not Boston exclusive.

195.

Would like to see a return to frequently scheduled neighborhood bus runs such as those on the Holyoke Street Railway and Springfield bus systems of the past. Since this is unlikely, perhaps a return to trolly lines is in order.

196.

I wish the MBTA could run 24 hours. If thats not possible then at least run until 2AM and start again at 5 or 6AM

197.

put transportation in Metrowest

198.

Frequency of service makes it difficult to plan a transit trip.

199.

more morning and evening hours to meet my commuting to work schedule, and optional express service

200.

i travel all over the state, which is inaccessable by public transportation, when in Boston i would have to travel a couple different lines and then wait for a train-too much time wasted

201.

Would need to run much more frequently and reliably for me to consider taking regularly. Would also need to cut across town. I would now need to go into town and come back out to do errands. Would take 1 hour of transportation rather than 15 minute car ride.

202.

Evening and weekend service is not available or frequent enough. Would love to take the bus to go out at night or weekend errands, but no service.

203.

More commuter rail lines – especially to New Bedford Boston along the Rt-24 area to serve Taunton

204.

Sometimes need to return from work after the CT2 has stopped running. Also sometimes need to ride it on weekends.

205.

I us an electric wheel chair many bus stops are not wheel chair accessible. I also have chemical sensativities and many riders smoke or wear heavy purfumes or body sprays which trigger my asthma. Also many buses drop off in locations where locations have very poor air quality or heavy pollen in the spring time or heavy polluted oil operated heating systems on college campuses in the winter time that are also asthma triggers.

206.

I commute out of the South End to Mansfield. Since this is a reverse commute, the off-peak hours are opposite of my needs. Morning times are generally ok, but an additional train in the evening (between 7 and 8 PM) would benefit me.

207.

More frequent commuter trains from Leominster/Fitchburg later in the morning.

208.

An early morning (7am-ish) Downeaster headed Northbound. Ability to take bikes on trains during commuting hours.

209.

Bus service on Central Street, Stoughton is run by BAT. I have to travel to Boston/Mattapan a lot and there is no convenient way to do so.

210.

I live in East Weymouth, only a 10-minute walk from the East Weymouth commuter rail station. I would love to take the commuter rail into Boston, but I have to be in Boston at 5:15 AM. I would love to see trains begin service earlier on weekday mornings.

211.

More frequent commuter rail service on Fitchburg line, but don’t close any stations to make that happen!

212.

1 Service closer to my home 2 service hours after 6pm 3 why bus stops can’t have schedules listed 4 why no sunday service. 5 serta no consumer friendly

213.

More frequent weekend and non-rush hour service, especially commuter rail. Overnight service.

214.

More PVTA service on weekends and summers; more frequent service during regular workday hours.

215.

Need morning train to Boston and return in early evening

216.

I would like to see am outbound (southbound) commuter rail train that arrives into Brockton sometime during the 8:00 AM hour. The existing reverse commute (Boston to Brockton/Bridgewater) options are either extremely early or too late for the start of a typical work day

217.

Duh! The T shuts down at 1am. That’s absurd.

218.

I live in a rural area. Public transportation is not practical at that location.

219.

Greater frequency of bus service would be key. There used to be service every half hour. That would be workable. Also, they shut down the buses at night so I can not go to an night or evening meeting and have a way of getting home.

220.

higher frequency of routes during morning and evening peak hours

221.

I would like more trains running and have them running later at night. I get out of work at around 11-12 midnight.

222.

Later evening service

223.

I don’t care. I have too many different places to go and time is scarce. Public transportation would have to be far more efficient, comfortable, cleaner, and less crowded for me to even consider it. I’ll buy a hybrid car.

224.

more frequent headways

225.

WEEKENDS

226.

The bus and T need to run later. If bars close at 2am, public transport needs to accomodate this!

227.

Haverhill Commuter Rail – earlier AM outbound and an additional PM inbound between 4:30 and 6:00

228.

bus schedule is sometimes 1 hour apart; too long to wait

229.

I would like extended hours of service at night.

230.

Evenings until 9:30 pm and weekends (Sat: all day until 9:30 pm, Sun: 8:30 am-3:30 pm)

231.

The services are simply too slow to count on for my schedule. When I had to stop riding my bike to an injury, I marveled at how people got to anywhere on time since there were delays so often.

232.

More commuter rail trains – one does not leave at a time that is convenient for when I need to be at work (no trains leave Porter on the Fitchburg line between 820-905, and I need to be at work at 9, but killing time once I get to work isn’t really an option, or appealing). In the afternoon, I can either get out of work early to catch a 443 back, or wait until 535- – so when I finish work at 5pm, there’s a long of hang-time. Fine for reading but annoying when I just want to get home. When we have to work late, the trains then only come every 2 hours, making arrival at home verrry late (or way later than necessary).

233.

more frequent and extended service on the 51 bus – specifically by extending the 86 beyond Cleveland Circle (perhaps to Forest Hills via Putterham, Hancock Village, and West Roxbury by a simplified route that might also include Hammond Street in Chestnut Hill instead of Lee St)

234.

It would be convenient if the T were still running at 2 or 3 in the morning (red line and green line in particular).

235.

more frequency during the day, more trips in the later evening

236.

A Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line train that departs Worcester at ~8am and another train that returns to Worcester ~5:50pm would make trying to integrate the commuter rail into my schedule more convenient.

237.

I live in a very rural area where public transportation is good, but not effective for multiple tasks, work, vote, see a friend, drop off info, work out, shop, and head home.

238.

I work for IBM in Littleton and the hours of the commuter rail get me in too late and get me out too early. Need more frequent rail doing a reverse commute! (at least to the 495 belt!)

239.

If I am expected to rely on public transportation and, therefore, not to invest in private transportation, I need the flexibility to travel 34/7 as my work schedule is so variable.

240.

Outbound service on the Worcester Line is very infrequent.

241.

The service schedule is too infrequent, especially on weekends.

242.

Service after hours, especially on weekends.

243.

more frequency

244.

later hours and weekends

245.

I live to far no buses to take

246.

I am speaking for the many people served both day and evening by our nonprofit service agency, Valley Opportunity Council in Chicopee. I register adults for evening English to Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) classes. We asked that  one bus  be diverted from Walmart along an alternate route so that students from Springfield and other communities would have a way to get home from class. At the present time, I have to inform people that we have no transportation at 8:45 p.m. when class is over. As a result, they are unable to participate in class and gain the skills they need from our program in order to make a better life for themselves. I spoke out about this at a public forum, and never received halp or a response. Many of the people we serve are very low income, do not have a car, and depend on public transportation to meet their needs.The outcome requested would be to get a bus which stops at Walmart in Chicopee to take Pendleton Avenue to Chicopee Street, stopping at our Mount Carmel address or on Chicopee Street at a time when students would be able to take it (8:50 p.m. or close to that time). The bus would then turn on to Grattan Street and continue to the Exchange Street plaza and then following the normal route back to Springfield.

247.

More than once an hour on busy streets.

248.

More frequent commuter rail and bus routes. Commuter rail should run later.

249.

Bar Hours

250.

Not scheduling in terms of hours of operation, but in terms of flexibility and convenience. Example if I have to run home (Waltham) and get back to the city, this cannot be done in a competitive time-window. A RT in my car takes 1/4 the time it would take to use public transportation. This vast difference in time required to travel meaningful distances and react to a demanding schedule efficiently is something I feel makes using public transportation for anything shy of convenience on specific trips an impossibility.

251.

evening commuter rail and bus service in teh merrimack valley

252.

I would appreciate 24 hour service (but I typically just ride my bike anyway).

253.

the main problem is public trans is not valued and supported so it can be avail 7 days week all day long

254.

frequency

255.

The trains run only a few times a day. I would rather have something smaller that runs more frequently. If I am in town and my children’s schools calls i really can’t wait a couple of hours for a train to come. It makes more sense to run something like the people movers in vancover.

256.

in my area, buses run every 20 minutes at rush hour and at non rush hour times they go down to once an hour (starting at 7 p.m. for instance). That means if I take the T to work and get stuck working later than 6, I could wait up to an hour to catch my bus at the station (not a great place to hang out). The alternative is to walk a few miles through a bad neighborhood as a female to get to my neighborhood. Having to wait an hour for a bus is ridiculous, and even waiting 20 minutes during rush hour is an eternity. Taking public transportation to work is 1 hour if everything goes smoothly plus a walk on either side, and has taken up to 2 hours when there are problems. Compare this to driving in rush hour traffic in 35 minutes or less reliably for a few dollars more a month, you bet I’m driving. My time is too precious to hurry up and wait in the ghetto.

257.

It would be insane to believe that at 5 am the bus would be at my house than bring me to the gym, than take me to work and then drive me around and then take me home. Who writes these Q&A’s?

258.

More service on the North Shore. Easier connections to the Blue Line and more frequent communter rail service for weekend and evening travel.

259.

I would like to see the commuter rail have one very early train into Boston and add one or two more express commuter trains to the outer zone stations. This would make rail much more attractive for me coming from Newburyport.

260.

More frequent commuter trains and available parking, specifically at the Andover commuter train station.

261.

I wish the train or bus were frequent, and that there were express trips offered.

262.

service in the town of paxton ma

263.

Have bus # 16 increase his schedule. If you miss one you have to wait to long for another.

264.

WEEKENDS AND EVENINGS

265.

I leave home at 6:15.

266.

The schedule is not convienent, too many stops and changes to get to work

267.

I need to be at work for 7am and sometimes leave later than 3pm.Where I live, I would have to be at the bus stop 1/2 hour before I need to leave my house (6am) and there are 3 stops around the city to get to work.Thus, making me late.

268.

First off, I live in Agawam, MA on River Road. I would have to walk a couple of miles to catch the bus. Then I would have to take 3 different buses to get to my place of employment.

269.

I’d like to see public transit run continually overnight (i.e. 11:00pm-6:00am) for commuter rail, buses, and subway service.

270.

There’s no way you would be able to accommodate my needs. I never know when I need to travel in advance so there would have to be a bus waiting for me all the time.

271.

More frequent routes

272.

I really dont care as I would never use public transportation. I own a vehicle.

273.

I would like to see more frequent trips and later schedules.

274.

I have a very flexible schedule.

275.

I live in belchertown and i work in springfield. there is nothing that goes on my route

276.

it runs every couple of hours, not very conducive to reliable transportation

277.

I would like to see a direct route small bus, van or light rail from Northampton, MA to Springfield, MA. Right now there is a bus but it takes 1.5hrs to get to Springfield. Baystate is right off 91 and another stop could be court house near Bball Hall of Fame. I would like to see it run several times from 7am to 9ish and then 3 or 4pm to 6ish. I know many people that would take public transport to Springfield from Norhtampton if it was more direct and quicker. The population in Northampton is very enviro-aware and generally could afford “special transportation”.

278.

My hours change from week to week

279.

More than one am commuter train from the end of the line (inbound). Extending the lines further west.

280.

No options Lawrence to Gloucester

281.

On a more regular schedule to suburban areas

282.

Don’t know anything about the service hours

283.

The bus tend to run to far apart.I have a teenager that is dependent on the PVTA and has to leave 1-2 hour early to take a 20min trip. Another thing is if the buses ran closer people would not be runing in front of the bus to stop it or cutting through two and tree lanes of moving traffic to get a bus,however for the price is ok

284.

I live in Middlesex County, which does not offer public transp.to the places I need to go to for school, work, and medical appts.I have to rely on family and friends to assist me in all areas relating to transportation.

285.

T running later

286.

Not enough trains from Worcester. Would like to take one, but with my schedule it is always full....

287.

i live in belchertown and have to make it to springfield to work. there is no public transportation that brings those of us out here into the city. so we all have to drive in.

288.

Trains and buses should run later at night. Even if I had to wait awhile, I would appreciate being able to take trains home after 1 am.

289.

college students are fairly nocturnal, let’s see some more late night/early morning transportation

290.

More frequent off-peak

291.

earlier morning hoursalso there should be later evening hours toaccomodate those that work late

292.

More frequent trains during off-peak hours, and especially in the evening.

293.

Usually at work by 7am, then may have to leave for meetings off campus....no idea how to do that. Some days I leave later and some earlier. No set schedule.

294.

Having more commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston.

295.

I live in the country. FRTA provides some door-to-door services for elderly and infirm. I would not be interested in using it as I do several errands each time and visit my mother, etc.

296.

Earlier start times

297.

Buses during the day run very slowly. And public transit does not work for me when I have to make many stops during the day in different areas.

298.

I used to take the 325 Express Bus but my office moved next to South Station and the bus does not stop anywhere near it. The 325 Express also stops running at 06:29pm. The T should try to make at least a little effort on making the Bus routes go where riders want to go. The T is still using 50 year old bus routes. Maybe if they updated the Bus routes they would attract more riders. I would consider using the 325 Express Bus again if the route terminated closer to South Station or Downtown Crossing.

299.

Cape Cod does not have transportation for wheelcahir users

300.

buses and paratransit under ADA stop at 7 and do not run on Sundays. In order to fully participate in the community evening and Sunday service would greatly enhance service.

301.

more early morning and late evening runs during the week and especially on the weekends

302.

7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

303.

takes me over 1 hour to reach my destination by bus, when it takes 10 minutes by car. In order to reach STCC (after having to walk from Main St) for 8 am, I would need to catch a 6:30 bus.

304.

I have lived in a number of different countries and in the past, in Asia, Africa and Europe I have either used public transport or, more frequently walked. Cities in the US are not designed to be pedestrian friendly. Fortunately I live within walking distance of my workplace, but for regular household errands I most often drive. I haven’t made myself familiar with the public transport system here, but compared with the convenience of driving oneself it would be too time consuming. I try to compensate for this self-indulgence I drive a small fuel efficient car. The US needs to reinvent street life in its cities, it would make them happier, safer and more economically productive places to be.

305.

more frequent runs in the a.m. commute and pm commute.

306.

unsure at this time

307.

more routes. more frequent

308.

Bus run much later to locations where people do work and at least be open or have later transportation such as past midnight or later. Specially for those who work late or have later shifts and have more locations where buses go so it is more versitile and not visit the station as often.

309.

Buses don’t run to and from Wilbraham enough and I would have to make several transfers to get where I want to go for errands. I would use this service for work if it were available.

310.

more often, more stops.

311.

I would use transit late at night on weekends if it existed. I appreciate this in other cities I visit.

312.

I would like for the subway to work at least until 2am

313.

T doesn’t run late at night, but I bike which will always be more convenient than taking public transit no matter what the schedule is.

314.

Later hours

315.

I am a single girl in my 30’s with a condo in Ashland, who grew up in Plymouth. I would love late night service on the weekends- particularly for socializing in the city and not commuting by car late at night back to the suburbs. Both Ashland and Plymouth lack in commuter rail service outside regular commuting hours. Also, I would love to take a train to Burlington for work, but there is no train or bus service that is convenient. A carpooling option would be fantastic, if it only existed. I am not the only one commutin from the Framingham area to Burlington.

316.

I live in the Berkshires. You couldn’t afford to run buses to be convenient. I’d want one that ran from my house to the shopping area and then one for the return trip without having to wait an hour or take a bus to downtown, then to shopping and the same procedure in reverse. Turns a half-hour round trip into a 2 to 3 hour trip.

317.

The frequency of the bus route through my town would need to be increased if I was to use public transportation. The bus only runs through our town a few times per day, and stops early in the evening before I would need to be home.

318.

It is not specific but more in a timely manner, it takes longer to get to where I need to travel on public transportation.

319.

I am a carpenter and have to carry my tools to where I am working . public transportation won’t work for me. It’s not really a matter of scheduling

320.

I would like to see transit operation hours run past 1 PM every night

321.

you could not possibly manage it, i live far too far away from a main road, and we will never get the funding. peace.

322.

Expand the Green Line to Route 16 in Somerville/Medford. If this were to happen, I could walk to the train and am far more likely to use the T more often.

323.

Early morning and late night trips to the Airport are very difficult to take. Trains start after 5:30 and stop at mid-night. I wish trains woudl astart at 4:30 AM and end after 1:00 am.

324.

More N-S Lines and feeder trains and buses 24 hours a day

325.

Later hours on the Greenbush Commuter Rail. The last train is 10pm for a weekday, and soon to be nothing for weekend service. You can’t even see a show or go to dinner in Boston and make the 10pm train. Service is generally OK for a weekday during the day, but more frequent service would be nice.

326.

More frequent Saturday/Sunday buses (#86!) Also late nights after 10/11.

327.

Later services for after hours especially on the weekends.

328.

more daytime service for shopping, doctor appointments

329.

I’ve seen the “Boston After Hours” film however I still believe it is important to stay open until the bars close on weekends. Friday and Saturday night service until 2:30AM would be excellent!

330.

Destination locations do not align with routes.The subsidized cost of Public Transportation isvastly out of proportion with the benefit. I would like public transportation in urban areas and limited to the needs of elderly in rural areas like the Cape.

331.

Later evening and more weekend runs

332.

Transit doesn’t go where I go – I work in the suburbs. Occasionally I take commuter rail into town. There is a huge inequity with the pricing of passes – a commuter rail pass from my town to Boston is $223 – with service every hour or so – plus $5 a day to park – a combo pass is $59 with very frequent service. So the rich and poor people in Boston get cheap rides – while the middle class gets priced out.

333.

There is little or no public transportation in North Central Massachusetts that allows for daily access to shopping or work. Additionally – there is no train service beyond Fitchburg – leaving the towns further out without any means of meaningful public transportation. Trains should and must be reinstated to the Gardner region.

334.

there is no public transportation in north central that is available to all folks

335.

Longer hours for buses on routes. Public transportation needs to run longer. They need to be available at least until 8 or 9 at night

336.

No, I did not. The closest service to my home is at least five miles away, although I have two state highways and a rail line within walking distance. I do not consider that I have any transit service. It is not a schedule change but new transit service that is needed.

337.

earlier in day and more pick up locations in suburb areas of towns

338.

I like to go out more at night with friends.

339.

more hours and more better times

340.

more times, hour for more buses

341.

more frequent train hours especially on weekends

342.

Public transportation should run later at night.

343.

More afternoon and evening.

344.

evenings

345.

Extended hours

346.

commuter rail having more stops to Ipswich and the Newburyport line, I have to go to Beverly then someone has to pick me up to get me home to Ipswich

347.

fit my schedule better

348.

earlier and more often pick up

349.

5am a 10pm

350.

5am a 10pm

351.

5am to 9pm

352.

I’m probably not going to use public transportation much anyway.

353.

Commuter Rail available on weekend evening hours, to go into Boston on weekend evenings

354.

Public transportation stops around 5:30 in our town. That is too early.

355.

The main reason I stopped taking public transportation in my last job was the infrequency of the trains after 6pm. I know this is an issue for others. I would like to see more trains run until 11pm. Since I live only 4 miles from my new job, I can bike or easily drive my Hybrid vehicle, so adding public transportation does not affect me at this time for work.On weekends or evenings however, it would be nice to be able to take the train in to Boston and not have to deal with the traffic and expensive parking.

356.

More frequent service during the non peak hours. Trains that come at least every 30 minutes, not every hour.

357.

none, I won’t use it for myself. As far as change, 1 bus I need would have to run 30 minutes earlier or later not hourly.

358.

more available times

359.

more buses, more trips

360.

Night hours

361.

bus direct from Salem to Marblehead at convenient times

362.

Extended hours and more frequent service. Public transit outside a major metropolitan area is abysmal. The schedule is not designed for the people who need the most (i.e., after normal business hours and late nights for custodians and laborers).

363.

It depends on the mode of public transportation. Generally my schedule is very tight. I’m not sure there is anything realistically that could be changed to make it more convenient for my schedule.

364.

later evening buses

Are there any other reasons you think people do not use public transportation?

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Response

1.

It does not serve enough of the State

2.

Crowding on certain routes at certain times

3.

Here in Somerville there is an appalling lack of subway/rail stations. Hopefully that will be rectified by the Green Line Extension some day. I’ll believe it when it happens.

4.

overcrowded vehicles, very rude customers, rude drivers ,no consideration for elderly or handicapped

5.

Don’t know.

6.

uncertainty of real time arrival at stop.

7.

Round trip costs nearly equivalent to owning a car, but doesn’t have the same comfort, flexibilty or payement schedule.

8.

It does not run frequently enough, so people are trapped with out transportation. More people would use the trains and buses if the trains and buses were available to use.

9.

Most rural areas (e.g., where I live) lack regular public transportation. Seniors are able to request specific transportation trips and some public public transportation is available for group shopping trips for seniors, etc. These options don’t seem to be available for other age groups.

10.

Public transportation is just not available where I live and work.

11.

People do not have extra time needed to factor in public transportation and you could possibly become stranded if there is a break-down or other inconvenience, with no way to get to your destination

12.

Not really a factor in my life as a real estate agent, so not a decision I need to make. I would assume convenience is the biggest factor.

13.

If anything, I think you should increase service, not decrease it. I recognize it might require a fare increase. I also think the T should try harder to stick to a schedule. I waited an hour for a bus that should have been every 15 min. because most of the drivers on duty were hiding somewhere. That was a management issue. Even if they aren’t hiding, bus bunching can be a problem. Also, the T can be bureaucratic at times, unable to see an  unconventional solution to some problem.

14.

Homes and jobs do not always connect via public transportation

15.

Does not go to the places I am going

16.

Does not go exactly to where they want to go. They have become accustomed to driving. The taxpayer does not have to provide door to door service. When the cost and pain of driving gets too high, they will return to public transportation.

17.

There is very little (perhaps none rith now) public transportation to my Town (Middleton.  I would love to drive someplace and take public transportation into Boston. The only place where I know I will find a parking spot is Wonderland. I think more people would use the train or subway if they knew they could park.

18.

Can be crowded. Inconsistent service. Most days are fine, but when there is a delay it is horrible. Satellite parking is also expensive. Not fun in poor weather, which is common in MA. It is also not easy to use for persons with impaired mobility.

19.

Inconvenience, takes too long. Insufficent parking near public transportation subway stops .People’s lives these days are rushed and it is more convenient and faster to drive, when people have options. Also, depending on locations, safety is a factor

20.

Cultural... that takes time to change but frequenct, reliablity.. word of mouth succees (instaed of failure today) will help move it along

21.

Laziness. Public transport involves some perceived and some actual limits to flexibility and schedule needs. But again, most people are lazy and will drive given the option.

22.

Don’t know about it. Schedule is inconvenient.

23.

Poor reliability; trains and busses could be cleaner; Can’t understand the attendant on the MBTA trains (announcing stops and direction). They speak way too quickly and don’t annunciate clearly.  Stations are not very clean.

24.

1) too crowded2) health concerns-try riding in a crowded subway car when the person next to you doesn’t cover their mouth properly when they cough.

25.

It is not reliable, especially on bad weather days when it is needed most. My bike is more reliable and faster.

26.

In general, it is too slow. Doesn’t always go the to necessary destinations, especially beyond the city of Boston limits.I usually do frequent errands in Quincy, Milton & Braintree, and would have to go inbound to JFK station on the Red Line, before heading outbound again, too time consuming.

27.

I used public transportation a lot when I worked in Boston. I’m now retired, living in the suburbs, and there is no public transportation (except expensive taxi) in my town.

28.

Costs, availability, convenience, safety

29.

I don’t need to – very short commute.

30.

time to travel from point A to B in my case with point-to-point public transit nearly at my door, what takes 20 min in my auto jumps to 60 min by transit

31.

Reputation of T being unreliable. Not enough parking at Alewife and/or other commuter rail parking locations. Subway stations could be cleaner, brighter, and less dirty.

32.

Here, on cape cod, because it is difficult to access, no sidewalks to the bus stops, no bus shelters, not enough stops (bascially need a car to get to the pickup locations)

33.

As a person who is blind, I require door to door, and only Paratransit, as in The Ride, can provide that.

34.

It is rather unpredictable. As an over three-decade resident of Allston, I dreaded the downtown commute every day. The on-line apps were a big help, but they don’t cover the Green Line.

35.

Unreliable

36.

It is difficult to use public transportation unless you are going into downtown Boston.  In other cases, it usually takes much less time to drive.

37.

Many people would love to use the Stoughton train into Boston on Sat and Sundays if it was running during thoses days.

38.

Not convienent. No public transpertation in North Reading. No choice but to drive my car.

39.

Bike racks are not on all busses and are too small on the busses that do have them. If you want to ride your bike to the bus stop, you have no assurance that the bus can accommodate your bike once you get there.

40.

There is no public transportation, including taxis and buses, in my town.

41.

They don’t want to sick next to the wine-swilling sticking, profane bum.

42.

There is no public transportation available for the route that I take. It is 2 mile walk to get to nearest public transportation stop.  I do use it when I go into Boston for events, I do not feel threatened as a female using public transporation.

43.

In my region (Cape Cod), using public transportation is not a viable option for most people. Fixed route bus service is limited and does not adequately serve even the most urban areas.

44.

TRAVELING FROM THE SOUTH SHORE IS INCONVENIENT TO SWITCH FROM COMMUTER RAIL TO SUBWAY AT SOUTH STATION. I USUALLY BY-PASS COMMUTER RAIL TO GET TO RED LINE STATIONS.

45.

inconvenience in rural areas

46.

It takes too long to get places because of all the stops.

47.

I think people (particularly those who live in the suburbs) are used to the convenience of their own vehicle. They don’t want to conform to someone else’s schedule and the hassle of getting to a public transit stop. Also, they see the up front costs of each trip of public transit, whereas the costs of driving your own car are typically spread out over several days (not to mention they are not calculating the environmental externalities caused by driving their own vehicle).

48.

More complicated than taking one’s own car or bikeNote – given one choice I have to say car, but I bike to work daily...

49.

I have two small children and traveling with stroller, particularly with snow on the ground, just isn’t worth the effort. I hope to use more public transportation when they are older. I would use it more for going to work and other places, and not as much for running errands when I will have heavy things to carry. I will never use public transportation to grocery shop. My husband, however, takes public transportation to work every day.

50.

Here on Cape Cod many have to actually drive somewhere to pick up the public transportation. Not alway convenient.

51.

The parking is expensive for everyday users. On top of the fares. I think if you buy a monthly commuting pass, parking should be included.

52.

1) My work commute via public transportation (to Brookline Village) currently requires a minimum of 3 seats and 1hour+, compared with 25 minutes via car. Combined with my need to make childcare stops along the way (to East Arlington from Medford, where there are no direct public transit routes), it is not possible for me to use transit. 2) My neighborhood is served only by buses and commuter rail, both of which have much less frequent, much less reliable service than the subway. With advanced planning, our buses are convenient – but they are no match for the certainty of being able to go where I need to go within a reasonable amount of time which the Green line would provide us (Route 16), or private cars currently do.

53.

most trips out of area

54.

The time it takes to find schedules and uncertainty of how long they will have to wait.

55.

Habit.

56.

Public transportation facilities appear dirty and don’t feel clean.

57.

Laziness: it’s hard to change habits.

58.

Schedule and convenience I think are the main reasons why people outside of Boston might choose personal vehicles vs. public transportation.

59.

There is no public transportation to speak of in our area. What exists provides only limited access to Boston and none anywhere else.

60.

need a car for occasional work site visits to carry large and/or heavy objects to remote locations not served by public trans.

61.

Inconvenient to get to where public transportation is offered – @ that point easier just to continue to destination.

62.

The look of buses is low-class and degrading and people who can afford cars think it is unappealing; buses look very institutional and suggest discomfort, slow travel, and inconvenience. If I want to do a short errand, a lot of planning and waiting will be involved and will take most of the day. Commuter rail looks appropriate but in outlying areas is becoming prohibitively expensive.

63.

No

64.

I don’t know about other people.  I thought this survey was about my own use.

65.

No

66.

Not available in our town.

67.

Overcrowded trains and buses; annoying passengers; rude T employees; buses never on schedule

68.

Inconvenient (my home, for instance, is only near bus stops, due to the MBTA’s reneging on its promise to extend the Green Line to Union Square); bus drivers sometimes speed/run red lights; buses not on schedule.

69.

The infequency of public tranportation

70.

Using a bike is easier.

71.

In the Berkshires, public transportation takes way too long, doesn’t go where I need to go, doesn’t run when I need to get somewhere. I bicycle and walk, but don’t take public transportation.

72.

Working long hours, very early AM and later PM, so safety and convenience are issues. Plus, Multiple errands, child-related appointments, etc.

73.

too many transfers to get to final destination

74.

Availability and convenience 

75.

it doesn’t go where they need to go or it isn’t available around them

76.

does not take them where they need to go or is not close enough. public transit is not well integrated into where the population has migrated (i.e. to the suburbs and exurbs)

77.

Diry. Inconvenient.

78.

I think there is still a perception that the trains and buses are dirty and home to unsavory characters. This is somewhat true – my wife had her monthly commuter rail pass stolen by another passenger.  This leads to another issue – there was essentially no help for her after this happened. Individual conducters were helpful and nice, but she received unhelpful responses to calls and emails asking about how to deal with the situation. Public transportation needs to be more friendly and inviting!

79.

For those of us who live in a rural area, there are no options available for using public transportation.

80.

Crowded; inconvenient schedules; need to make stops during tip

81.

There is no public transportation offered in Sturbridge!

82.

Commuter rail takes twice as long as driving and the schedules are not good

83.

Cannot by passes easily wouldn’t know where to get one. If you don’t have exact change no ride,give me a break that’s being consumer friedly.Every bus stop should have schedule posted of timesbus show’s up.

84.

high cost on weekends – it is almost as cheap to park in boston than at Oak Grove on Saturdays! The fares are reasonable on weekdays but it’s just as expensive on the weekends.

85.

The system is not unified. If a bus were to meet the commuter rail train, I would seriously consider changing to public transportation. If the bus was tied to the subway schedule (77 bus from Harvard aligned to outbound train arrivals) I would use transit more often when going to Boston. I don’t expect a one-seat ride, but I would hope the different modes of transportation would be coordinated.

86.

Not convenient enough to all city or town centers

87.

it is so easy to drive a car and go where you want to go when you want to go. Public transportation doesn’t cover a lot of towns. I have to schlep sheets back and forth to work and this would be difficult, although not impossible, on public transportation if there were any.

88.

Yes; there is NONE!

89.

If you already have a car it is cheaper and more convenient to use it rather then using public transportation unless you are going somewhere that parking is limited especially for multi-stop trips or trips involving packages.

90.

There is no public transportation where I live, so when I do use it, I drive to a T commuter line. Lack of parking has been a problem in the past, but has let up during this recession.

91.

Perception that they can drive there less expensively, which, in my opinion is not true.

92.

No; I think schedule convenience is huge. I WANT to use commuter rail every time I go into Boston but the schedule never lines up with the time that I need to be there.

93.

The system is not user friendly.The Charlie Card system is poor – need larger discount for pre-pay card, no expiration, easier/friendlier machines to pay and top up. Schedules and costs posted and machines to use to top up WHILE WAITING, after entering for the current trip.

94.

Many people are either handicapped permanently or handicapped for a short period of time.

95.

Springfield has only one form of public transportation, buses. They do not come near my home and honestly its faster and easier to drive myself even though it is more expensive.

96.

What is needed is a mono rail system. It could be constructed down the median strips of Rt’s 93 and 495. Imagine how that would boost the economy. Ed R

97.

Not reliable.

98.

Limited destinations beyond Boston and core routes.

99.

lack of east to west routes outside of the city.  we need something that mirrors 495 linking say burlington, reading, beverly etc.

100.

some of us people with disabilities can not get to it because of poor street crossings and winter sidewalks that aren’t plowed.

101.

I would think the BIGGEST reason is because you can not easily get to where you need to go on the T – generally by bus.

102.

no

103.

In Medford Square there is no centralized bus stop. Bus stops get pushed to wherever is convenient for automobile access not the T, even though there are 6 lines there. This makes Medford square terrible as a point to make connections. It seems to me many people do not use buses as they don’t know certain routes even exist. In addition, off peak hours for Somerville and Medford buses are terrible. Buses usually (and regrettably) are viewed as very low grade in terms of mass transit. I believe this is a factor of the present state of bus service. Inconsistent (late or missing buses are the norm), slow (buses are constantly being caught up in traffic) and infrequent (who would wait an hour for a bus when they can do a 1/2 hour walk).

104.

Availability of info is not sufficient for some

105.

What other people think and what I think are likely to be different.

106.

The previous answer is a pretty big one.

107.

I live in a rural area with no public transportation. I also use a motorized wheelchair, have MCS, and can’t drive. So I need an MCS-safe ride (fragrance-free people and vehicle) that also has a lift for my chair. My only solution is my cargo van, and have my assistants drive me. In Boston, I used THE RIDE and it was awful for my MCS and utterly exhausting – too long sitting up for my health.

108.

less convienient

109.

convenience, or lack thereof

110.

Not efficient (compared to cycling) – frustrating to have to go in to a center hub to then go back out.

111.

odd routes, poor connections, and slowness are big factors, especially compared to bikes.

112.

It is not flexible for their schedules, it is not safe, it is dirty

113.

filty.........unreliable......routes poorly configured

114.

Not a practical option for our geographic area as the MBTA does not extend to the SouthCoast. The subway & especially commuter rail do not operate late enough at night. The subway & commuter rail operate far too slowly making busses or cars a more pratical option.

115.

1) Habit 2) Lack of awareness or concern for the environment 3) Selfishness

116.

Limited access points. Not like the old days of the Holyoke Railway Bus service or other similar services. Now PVTA only runs on main routes between main points, not up neighborhood streets.

117.

Lousy attitude of T employees toward the public.

118.

In my area you have to drive to the T lot, which fills at 6AM.

119.

I live in Southern Berkshire County and no public transportation serves my town (Monterey). I suspect that this lack of service is a primary reason that many people in Western Massachusetts do not use public transportation.

120.

Parking spaces during work can be TOO conveniently located versus taking public transit.

121.

Not reliable Dirty Safety concerns

122.

Lack of shelter at bus stops; vehicles falling behind schedule.

123.

Needs a more positive image.People need to understand that auto travel is subsidized to a great extent.Buses need to run more frequently.

124.

lack of adequate shelter from the elements for many bus stations. delays.

125.

Unsafe Reliability Dirty Cost

126.

not really, I think accessibility, safety and length of route to get to where you are going and cleanliness.

127.

Not conveniently located to their homes.

128.

Some people need to drive places during their work days. Some workplaces are not convenient to any public transportation, i.e. most workplaces outside the Route 128/95 “belt.”

129.

no

130.

Too many disincentives versus driving. We say with our actions (e.g. the big dig) that we want people to drive. We subsidize roads, bridges, highways, and constantly talk about cutting public transit service, raising prices etc. It’s a clear message: we support people driving more than other modes of transit, especially public transit.

131.

not available where people live in Western Ma

132.

It is not available where people are going. If you miss a bus you have to wait a long time for the next one.

133.

The waiting stations/platforms as well as the buses, trains, and T’s are dirty. Depending on the transportation – there can be a lot of issues with it staying on schedule (showing up to the stop on time).

134.

Not very clean Employee’s attitude

135.

because they think it makes them look poor

136.

the busses not running often enough, and not having public transportation near enough to where you live or go regularly. I live in the area that will be serviced by the green line extension, but am currently 1.5 miles or more from any T station.

137.

Local travel is time sensitive. Out of town travel: There is no train or bus service from many local communities to Boston or NY. The Springfield Bus & Train stations are in high-crime areas that are very forbidding after dark. Terminals are needed in suburban communities

138.

We are selfishly accustomed to our own schedules and convenience.

139.

once in your car  to get to a pub  trans.  why not just go the rest of the way to your destination. it;s getting obsoleat way of travel, there  where  many more factories  yr;s ago  and people  gravatated  towards them, So it was the mew modern way to get  around, Now things r just way to far spread around  for fixed tracks or bus roots, better  go for newer infrastructer, car pooling and or simelar kinds of methods

140.

Public transportation does not exist here.

141.

fear of crime “;nothing beats the car”

142.

Often very complicated & slow when bus connections are involved, and few of us can live our whole lives a mile from the subway; some City employers pay for parking, which makes transit uneconomical esp. for people who otherwise must park (for $) in commuter rail lots; squeamishness about the diversity of people on the train, or about crowding

143.

THere is no public transit option coming from my home to work.

144.

No need to use public transportation due to job location.

145.

there are no public transportation options in the taunton,bridgewater area

146.

There is no public transportation available in central Massachusetts where I live (between Springfield and Worcester). I work in Western Mass. Even if I were interested, there is nothing available to me.

147.

I love the commuter rail, but it does not go to the office building on Route 128 where I work.

148.

Cannot get a seat

149.

I prefer walking when I can.

150.

Perception of it not being safe, incorrect perceptions of type of people who use it and not convenient

151.

I think time reliability is huge. I go by bike to work every weekday, and I can count on it taking between 40 and 45 minutes. While it is probably faster to take transit or drive, the reliability of these two modes is much lower – thus, on average it might only take 25 or 30 minutes using transit, there is the possibility of a train breaking down, missing the bus, or getting stuck in traffic, which would throw my whole travel schedule off.;

152.

no

153.

It is difficult to determine schedules and transfers. Public transportation across the state is not streamlined. I used to take the commuter rail twice a week on the Worc/Boston line, and there were constant significant delays, which was extremely frustrating.

154.

The commuter rail is the only public transportation around where I live, and that doesn’t work well for running errands.

155.

lack of availability to places people want and need to get to

156.

they are used to driving

157.

We really don’t have very much public transportation here in Western Massachusetts. If we did, I would use it.

158.

We don’t have sufficient public transportation.

159.

Travel time.

160.

There is no public transportation in my town, Wendell Mass. I see this as a serious issue as many of us grow older and unable to drive, get groceries, etc.

161.

I live in the hilltowns – no service available. I would love to have easier and cheaper access to a Western Mass/Boston or Western Mass/New York run.

162.

weather conditions.

163.

unaware of current availability

164.

Location, location, location. There is no public transportation in my hometown.

165.

access to stops, connectivity between transit uses

166.

need more bus shelters!

167.

It just is barely available in this area. I would use it if it exists, particularly cheaper access Westfield to Boston

168.

Perception of unreliability

169.

Free parking is a big reason why people don’t try and use public transportation. In many instances it is cheaper to drive in your car than to use public transportation

170.

It takes longer and is much less convenient than driving. For instance, with the commuter rail, it takes twice as long to take the train into Boston from Worcester as it does to drive. And the schedule is so restrictrive it doesn’t help.

171.

Yes. I would use public transportation to get to my job at Anna Maria college in Paxton (from Worcester) if there were public transportation available. I would take the bus downtown if it ran more often. I once beat the bus by walking across town, stopping at each bus stop until I got bored.

172.

lack of knowledge about the system

173.

Perception. Mass transit needs a marketing campaign.

174.

In Fall River the service is so poor that I never consider it.

175.

No

176.

The biggest one that was not mentioned in the previous list is unreliability. I think there are many people who choose not to take public transportation because they cannot rely on it to show up on time, run smoothly, and arrive on time .Additionally, when service is infrequent people can’t count on there being a bus or train when they need it, so might choose other methods of transportation.

177.

Bad reputation (unsafe)...too costly for what you get (and I have four kids that need to travel with me) and the main station is in a bad part of town.

178.

They are not reliable

179.

Some bus drivers are not polite to the riders, especially those who are new to the country and cannot speak English.

180.

Too many switches between service providers. To get from home to work I would need to take a bus then the train then another bus. To visit my family takes 3 different buses.

181.

I would have to transfer often to get to my destinations.

182.

Lack of parking near stations.

183.

Safety? some buses I havce seen run lights, cut people off and drive like if there is no one else on the streets

184.

in Worcester, compared to larger cities I’ve been in, I think its mostly convenience.

185.

Cleanliness? Routes between cities

186.

It has a stigma: they think only poor people use it.

187.

In my case there are none in Wendell, and once in Greenfield it is more the ease and scheduling

188.

service delays, buses and trains not cleaned

189.

At least for buses, the route system is pretty confusing and strange unless you know the streets well. Something computerized would be better. Or a system based on landmarks in addition to intersections.

190.

More investment needs to be made in public transportation to expand service so that it is more convenient and flexible for its users. For instance it would be useful if the bus service ran more often.

191.

Worcester’s low transit ridership has been impacted by low downtown parking costs, low congestion, and excessive/inaccurate public judgement about relative convenience/cost, but all that may be changing.

192.

Public transportation is not widely available in my community. There is a bus but it doesn’t stop where I live or where I work. I walk/bike for exercise but never for commuting.

193.

No, I think you covered most of it.

194.

Requires a time consuming transfer from one mode (car) to another (train or bus).

195.

No public transportation between home/work

196.

rural routes are too infrequent

197.

I don’t use public transit very often because just about everything I need is in walking distance of my house. If there was a train that went from here to Lexington, I would happily take it to work daily, even if it cost more than driving. Unfortunately, taking the bus from Somerville to Lexington takes far too long. I am better off riding my bike on the Minuteman path during the warmer months.As for why people do not take public transit more, I think it has a lot to do with the buses. People don’t understand where buses go as easily, since they do not follow a physically defined path like a track. iphone aps have been very helpful and have encouraged my use of the bus! But buses can still be annoying, because they get stuck in the same traffic the cars do AND have to make a dozen stops. It’s often easier to drive one’s own car and pay up the wahzoo for parking that waste time on the bus in traffic. Lastly, I’m glad to see the efforts that the state is making to encourage biking and I hope they continue those efforts.

198.

Awareness of options.

199.

In my world most people i know own their own vehicle, so they don’t consider public transportation as an option. I think that many people think in our region that using public transportation has a negative stigma. One of my brothers who is handicapped from a brain injury used to use the bus system daily was harrased by other patrons of the bus, so has stopped using public transportation. I also just think that the frequency of the system and its reliability is a turn off to many people.

200.

There are not many options and service is very limited

201.

it’s scary!!!

202.

Because it is not available to them in the town they are living in.

203.

I don’t know enough about what other people think

204.

in my case, physical disabilities make it less safe to walk in the winter when there is snow or ice, so I end up driving. Also, my job requires many meetings around the area-many of which are not on bus or subway lines.

205.

It doesn’t exist here so people couldn’t use it if they wanted. It is a far more cost effective alternative which would be welcomed

206.

We have none in Sturbridge – although I would use it if it was offered

207.

not available in Southern Worcester County

208.

We do not have any!

209.

There are not enough available stops in certain areas. Routes are limited or not available in certain areas (i.e. Southbridge)

210.

I think people do not use it because it is not offered frequently enough, nor late enough. Also, people are largely ignorant concerning how public transportation operates in my city, as well as where to find the information

211.

They may feel it’s beneath them

212.

Lack of knowledge of how the sytems work – also, perception that it is for poor people – and overall trasnit time is genreally longer than by POV

213.

no

214.

I live in Sturbridge and work in Southbridge – we do not have ANY public transportation. This is not a huge concern for me as I maintain my 10 year old car, though this is a huge barrier for many individuals and families. Focusing on urban transportation is neglectful of large parts of the state.

215.

car is more convenient and can reach more destinations flexibly

216.

Poor weather

217.

inconsistent service

218.

Convenience, time and cost. I can drive into Boston/Fort Point Channel in 35 minutes. Taking the T I can take a minimum 1 hour Express Bus to Haymarket Station which is quite far from where I work. Or, I can drive to Wellington Station and take the Orange Line & Red Line. This is another minimum 1 hour commute. I pay $200/month to park. The T would cost me $90/month for the Express Bus or $150/month for the parking and Orange & Red Line.

219.

reliability and employee attention to details resulting from poor management leadership from MassDOT

220.

poor service

221.

For me, its not convenient to take to work. TO get to work, i would need to take a bus to the T, then the T to commuter rail. This would almost double my travel time. Also, since I have night meetings, I may not be able to then take the commuter rail at the later hour.

222.

afraid of catching colds

223.

there is no public transportation. I don’t choose my mode nor do I know about fares or scedules

224.

I dont have a need i work in the same city that I live

225.

There is none available in this area.

226.

Bicycling or walking is more convenient, easier parking, for all trips within 10 miles. I have paniers and can carry most things. When I cannot or the trip is too far, or weather is really unfavorable, I take the car I share with my wife. I am 79 years old; if I still worked, I might well take public transit

227.

we do not have public transportation where I live and the closest transit stop is a 10-15 minute drive from my home. I can be in the city in 20 minutes if I drive and I would rather drive and pay to park in a garage than drive to the train station, wait for the train then walk to my destination.

228.

I think a lot of people don’t live near pub. transportation.

229.

The only option for public transportation in W. Mass (in the area I reside) is the PVTA.  I think it provide an important service to help people w/o a car reach certain amenities (Holyoke Mall, H.C.C., downtown Springfield, etc.). It would not help me reach my place of work.  HOWEVER, I’m interested in having us in W. Mass expand use of the existing RAIL infrastructure even if it’s for tourism. Moreover, recreational use of AMTRAK would be popular IF said use was more convenient: for example, Northampton to Springfield to Worcester to Boston (and back) would be great. AMTRAK south to NYC is an option but it’s also a tiring trip as after the trail leaves Springfield it stops in Windsor then Windsor Locks (!) then Hartford (reasonable) and then more than a couple of more times before it hits New Haven where the cars must be switched from diesel to electric (15-25 minute delay). Does that make sense?  RATHER, I suggest having a rail system that stops in major hubs (Pittsfield, Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, Worcester, etc.) and then leads to Boston would do wonders for tourism and the economy.

230.

cost, schedule, and for those friends I have that own cars, parking in the western suburbs is an issue.

231.

In our area it is not reliable enough not sure if it has to do with the routes or the drivers not paying attention to the times but the first time I went out to catch the bus and it had already blown by the stop time early it was the last time I used it to travel to work.

232.

Not Convenient or realistic

233.

The price of using mass transit must ALWAYS be significantly LESS than driving one’s car to one’s work destination. Once the price of using mass transit even BEGINS to approach the price of using one’s car, the commuter/user will always choose the freedom of using one’s car.

234.

none

235.

Don’t know.

236.

Not convenient unless you are going to Boston or places enroute to Boston from this area. There are no cross town routes.

237.

Improve the amenities associated with the bus service. Install bus shelters, benches as well as provide locations outside the core service area where riders can purchase and refill T passes rather than conducting transactions on the buses which impact the routes schedule.

238.

Not everyone lives in Boston and there is no public transportation in our area (Metrowest).

239.

Families who have a choice between public transit and personal vehicles will tend to use personal vehicles for convenience and flexibility.

240.

image is unclean/unsafe and only used by people with no other choice (not actually true, but the perception is still there)

241.

“what if I need to get home in a hurry”

242.

Convenience, too slow

243.

In western Mass, there is very little public transportation, and even less information about how FRTA works. I think many people do not understand that they can flag it down along the way, or that it even comes to their town. There are no signs where the buses stop, no real outreach or advertisements about the schedules.

244.

Doesn’t go where I want, when I want to get there. I live and work in the suburbs, where my only options other than private cars ate taxicabs or airport limos. No buses, trains or subways are available.

245.

Don’t know how to use it!

246.

The 4.oo parking fee at the commuter rail stations is too high.

247.

Yes, but i do not share them.

248.

In our community,the only real public transportation that we have outside of the area is our commuter rail. Very limited feeding system to get to and from the train station.

249.

I do not typically use public transportation because I bike almost everywhere I go. If I don’t bike, I usually walk.

250.

Faster to bike!

251.

I cannot think of any other reasons why people do not use public transportation

252.

I find that the bus routes are not inclusive of the places people need to go.

253.

ccccleC

254.

I would LOVE to travel to Boston more often.  Where there would be a lot of walking, I bring my scooter. So many times I was on my own when trying to get from the platform to the scooter. Sometimes the patron’s actually helped me when the doors started closing and I wasn’t yet on the T. The last time I went on the T was very discouraging. The conductors ignored me, didn’t get out to open the ramp for me... I almost got left on the T because I couldn’t get off, the conductor didn’t put out the ramp; so a stranger on the T with me stepped in between the door so it wouldn’t close, then the conductor came out! It needs to get better for people like me!!

255.

The convenience does not compare to cars.

256.

It’s healthier to bike!

257.

It is not convenient in my area, which is rural

258.

Safetyfilth

259.

no access in my rural town

260.

Many bus lines have been too unpredictable/unreliable in my experience – it’s the combination of not running often and not running on schedule, where there’s a good chance of waiting 45min or more. I also find myself going between places that are both served by public transit, but not conveniently for the combination of start and end points – either having to go out of the way (in and then out again, say) compared to driving or even walking, or connecting between bus lines that each run infrequently/unreliably.

261.

If I answer this question, all I’ll be doing is perpetuting heresay myths.

262.

Fear of being underground on the subway and in crowded trains.

263.

limited location of stations (rail)

264.

inconvenience of station access (w/strollers etc)

265.

lack of parking near stops (especially in suburban area). Bus routs can be miles from home, necessitating a place to park a car.

266.

It is not available at all in many locations of the state. And where it is available, it is too infrequent to be practical if there is any other alternative. (I am talking about outside of Boston.)

267.

In southeastern MA we have very few choices. There is no public transportation in my town, but I drive to the MBTA commuter lot to go to Boston. Driving is the only choice for any other destination.

268.

Buses often have inconvenient schedules. Especially buses that do not run at all on the weekend (eg #85, CT2) which leaves entire neighbourhoods with no weekend or evening service.

269.

LOCATIONS, MY LOCATIONS ARE IN RORAL AREAS OUTSIDE TRANSPORTATION

270.

I am going to take a  different slant on this. We have GATRA buses running around empty wasting both money and fuel, that should be stopped. Public transportation should be “costed” out so that it supports itself, we are kidding ourselves by paying for it indirectly through taxes. As to helping “seniors” I am a senior and saved all my life, why should I have to now pay for other people who did not save.

271.

No

272.

Unless you reside near the bus route there is no opportunity to participate.

273.

Most people drive

274.

I enjoy the serenity of my own vehicle. It is a sanctuary from the maddening crowds. Every time I ride public transit it seem the “crazy person” zones in on me.

275.

The perception might be that it is for a low-income population, and that one might encounter unsavory characters while riding. I personally do not feel this way, though.

276.

Environment is often not good – dirty and poorly maintained, both in equipment and stations. Standards need to be higher. This is partially because it is underfunded – treated as a subsidy rather than an investment.

277.

Some people believe that taking public transportation would lower their perceived social status

278.

Not timely, Easier to just drive to destination rather than park at a T station to complete the trip. I always use Braintree bus when I fly out of logan.

279.

Costs and travel time.

280.

Cost

281.

They like to smoke and listen to the radio in their car. It’s less walking and you can come and go on your own schedule. The last time I used public transportation, 2/8/12, I was very glad that I am healthy enough to walk all those stairs. Plus, between parking and tolls, it was less expensive than driving.

282.

In the region I work in (rural, small town), there is is no efficient public transportation, linking the community to larger work, educational, or social service centers. There is a transit dependent population that uses the in-town shuttle – and then relies on social services or social networks for trips out of town. In short, it’s not available!

283.

Cost is becoming more of an issue for commuter rail. For improved mobility, increase commuter bus options as an alternative by implementing park and ride along limited access highways throughout the state not just those without commuter rail service..ie..South Coast. Attleboro and Worcester area for example.

284.

SEE MY LAST COMMENTS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THAT CATAGORY. CONVENIENCE OF A CAR SEEMS PARAMONT TO MOST PEOPLE WHO ACCEPT THE COST AS A NECESSITY OF LIFE AND DON’T EVEN THINK OF THE POLUTION FACTOR.

285.

Public transportation options frequently require me to use other modes such a drive a car to a stop or station. Once I am in my car the temptation is to stay in my car. If there were more options for living close to transit routes and not have to drive I would be more likely to take trasit.

286.

In New Bedford and Fall River, there aren’t enough routes and many people would have to go from one stop to the station to board another bus to get to their destination. Also, the hours of operation aren’t accommodating for many people’s school and work schedules. And finally, the buses don’t run frequently enough. These are reasons I and many others don’t use the transportation system in my community.

287.

As a senior citizen, I suppose we use our own vehicle as a testament to our independence. We, as an age group, tend to use public transportation when we lose our ability to drive for ourselves.

288.

complicated to get from one end of the city to anothercost

289.

Circuitous routes combined with infrequent buses make trips take much too long.

290.

Some people don’t know how to use the bus system

291.

Dirty, unreliable, often unavailable, unsafe, too close to too many people.

292.

Yes, they are filthy crowded conditions & poor customer relations/information.

293.

filth

294.

Lack of connectivity. Have to travel across many modes to proximity to destination.

295.

Dislike black/white questions, don’t show my needs. I walk on the bike path to the store and the banks because I live in town. It takes me the same time to get there then the bus considering that I have to leave the house early to not miss the bus. There are no bus stop signs and schedules. The made a big splash (the PVTA) last spring showing off their nice signs but never installed them. The bus used to be convenient: I could take it to the store for a short shopping spree and get tight on again to go home after it completed the downtown loop. Then they added more stops to the route and now I would have to wait about an hour before the return trip.

296.

I live in Waltham and work at the Ruggles T stop. Can I get there in less than 1.5 hours one way without moving my car? Not often. I tried buses, and the Waltham, Newton, and Needham commuter rails lines. It’s a joke! We need PRT. Does anyone at the T take this new technology seriously? No. You’re all locked into buses and light rail. Phooey! Do us ALL a favor and get REALLY creative. PRT is like taking your own car – you go point to point without having to wait at intervening stops while others get on and off. And you don’t have to drive. It’s the only public transportation solution that will get folks out of their cars.

297.

A lot of towns/sububurbs do not have public transportation.

298.

The system is old and not well-maintained.

299.

I have used bicycle and public transportation fairly frequently for many years, and have not owned my own car since 1995. But in the past couple of years, I have started getting more rides from friends, business colleagues, and now a girlfriend to work, shopping, for errands, and to her house in Cambridge. So that’s why I, personally, have been using public transportation less than I have been. But I’m a big believer in it, and feel it should be funded and given more support, political and otherwise.

300.

inconveniance

301.

Flexibility, convenience and comfort

302.

There is a need for expanding the MBTA service map.

303.

Big crowds

304.

I think most people think that using their own car is easier.

305.

don’t want to wait at bus stop, new smart phone technology is helping with this as people can track buses en route.

306.

In my town public transport all heads to the train station . . . to get from one end of town to the other requires too much of a detour.

307.

They have already bought a car. Once you’ve spent that money, the cost of making a trip by car is less.

308.

because it is set up for failure.

309.

Cleanliness

310.

mostly for convenience....old enough to have own car and do what I want!

311.

If I had to drive to the subway, find a place to park, wait for the train and do it all over again at the end of the day that would deter me.

312.

cost, convenience, cleanliness

313.

not enough service frequency and routesnot an option for most of Barnstable County

314.

The expense of getting TO the public transit is too great.

315.

Aside from work travel, I do mostly local travel. When traveling to Boston, it’s just quicker to drive [although more expensive for parking]Also, I don’t think that public transportation is well advertised or encouraged.

316.

In Lowell I think that the LRTA does not have a system of bus stops and schedules that make the bus accessible to customers that would ride the bus and happily pay the fee if they believed that it would work with their schedule and save on their parking fees.

317.

It is inconvenient for almost everyone outside of the inner city.

318.

Passangers who eat inside public transportation vehicles and leave their trash; and are otherwise discourteous and hostile make the experience highly unpleasant. Additionally, the appearance of most stations and vehicles are sad and worn out. Compared to other US city transportion systems, our’s is embarrasing.

319.

This isn’t “another” reason but an elaboration. I‘m in my 60‘s and have foot and back issues and, recently, a debilitating cancer. I was much more willing to take public transportation when I was younger and healthier. The last time I asked a young man in a red car “priority seat” if he were disabled or if I could have the seat, I got a lecture on racism from about 6 people because he was black. I“d said nothing racist or rude, but he and apparently several others thought I was being sarcastic when I asked if he were disabled. He could have been; I’m not obviously disabled either, and people are sometimes shocked when they learn my age. (My white hair looks platinum in some lighting, especially if you didn’t grow up among many blonds.) Another recent ride involved a woman pushing me very aggressively and becoming more hostile when I asked her to stop. A much younger friend with a broken ankle, temporarily on crutches, has horror stories. My pretty young daughter, who has a problem that makes it painful for her to grasp a railing when standing, reports no problems at all asking for seats.I see posters on the T urging courtesy, but I think it would take bus monitors: or even a system of fines (maybe humorous tickets?) to make it better. Generous free passes to people seen giving up seats?

320.

There are three reason I do not use public transportation – slow, inconvenient, unavailable.

321.

Public transport does not fit a sub-urban lifestyle, i.e. “soccer mom” of shuttling children around to several locations for activities and running multiple errands. Serious urban transportation must accompany transit-oriented development.

322.

With 17 medical conditions; 9 prescription pills daily,+ 4 medical devices; these take their toll on my energy level; I get treatment for 1 medical problem in Burlington-had tried MDs in Boston area little improvement,the Burlington-Waltham round trip would zap my energy/take all day to complete; ditto for 2 other conditions treated in different towns; I see 4 specialists, + my PCP + paraprofessionals; grocery stores here are pricey, my religious observances are in Camb.

323.

Limited to no public transportation in the Taunton, Bridgewater areas!

324.

A problem you didnt ask about is the availability of parking. The parking is provided by the towns for their own residents. in some this is reserved for town residents (Sharon, Mansfield. Unless you catch the 5:52 train at Mansfield, you dont park. Race to Sharon. Its filled. Race to Westwood, OK. So far, Westwood, 128 is great. Many trains [pass thru so you usually can find something, even at mid-day. At least, up to a year ago. Its been a while.

325.

inconvenient and crowded. especially the #1 bus!

326.

I try to stay local to my community, so I end up walking everywhere in my local area. you also missed a factor of why people walk rather than take public transit: exercise.

327.

I think people are ignorant about transit, and are creatures if habit. Than sit needs to be more frequent and faster

328.

Crowded buses and cars jammed in with the public that constantly invade personal space. To be perfectly frank no one wants to take their child on a bus or train to have them sit or stand next to someone who is drunk or has no personal hygiene this is not something the MBTA can manage but let me tell you it is a total none starter when your crammed toe to toe. I would drive first or not travel at all.

329.

dirty, CROWDED, really difficult to transport large items, or even small items when its crowded, more convenient to drive

330.

It doesn’t exist

331.

Bus lines are not enough, and that’s what you give us in Somerville.

332.

Poor reliability. If I am going to take public transit, I need to know that I will get to my destination at a reasonably expected time at least 80% of the time, preferably 90%.

333.

* Not enough parking facilities around T stations* T doesn’t go out far enough from Boston in most directions.* Schedule on weekends and after commuter hours.

334.

Not convenient for travel times and not fast enough. Costs can be prohibitive compared to car and lost time

335.

I live in suburb, so have to drive first just to get to public trans, so might as well just drive a little longer.

336.

when I lived near the rail I took it every day! Make a commitment to bring rail to New Bedford and the Southcoast! It is essential and long overdue!

337.

there is no public transportation to the hockey rinks, ball fields, supper market, restraunts, dry cleaner, etc

338.

Signage and notice are inadequate

339.

Not bicycle friendly

340.

COST, SAFETY

341.

Some cars are filthy; I’m not talking about graffity; I’m talking about dirt.

342.

Dirty, slow, when hot there is no air. When cold no heat. People are rude....

343.

1) Parking is free to private auto drivers (subsidized by developers); 2) Auto fuel prices and taxes are artificially now and do not reflect the real costs of fuel and road construction/maintenance; 3) Public transportation does not run frequently enough; 4) Public transportation is not marketed well; and 5) New developments and redevelopments are not required to include public transportation facilities (but they are required to provide roads and parking for private autos).

344.

Not enough rail lines and hours of service

345.

Its image is associated with poverty and the inner city. For suburbanites public transportation is not trendy.

346.

There are also safety issues on many campuses and high crime areas where it is unsafe to use the buses because the drivers are not able to screen unrulley passengers when they are trying to keep on schedule and keep their riders safe. Some of the buses need an extra staff person on board to keep down on crime on drug sales like springfield, holyoke and possibly some boston and other low income high crime areas. It would provide more comfort and safety for the passengers and more protection for the drivers and less damage to the buses.

347.

Lack of parking availability at busy stations.

348.

biggest reason is convenience.. routes aren’t conducive to accomplishing where one wants to go

349.

For me it is almost entirely about the fact that I usually have to take at least one bus and one train to get anywhere I want to go. I think once the green line comes to Medford/Somerville I will be taking it much more often. Also, there is really no way (that I know of) to get from Medford to Waltham in any timely fashion via the MBTA, so I doubt I will ever find myself taking public transit to get to work. I would if I could.

350.

Variability of travel times, no service at night

351.

In western MA, we don’t HAVE public transportation!

352.

I answered previously that the transit fare costs too much, but what I really meant is that it costs more than using the car for transporting two people commuting.  That cost factor and the need for making several stops on the way home or on the way to work, or going to appts during the work day make personal car travel a more rational choice.

353.

Buses, especially, are often unreliable (“Out of Service”) so you have no idea when the next bus actually will arrive, too infrequent, slovenly service, etc.  All bus stops should have GPS enabled arrival information, common in so many cities.

354.

Not allowed to put bikes on trains. Stop locations do not have enough parking.

355.

Paying fare via charlie cards etc limits you. Credit card, cash option needed.

356.

In my case, the bus runs about once an hour and for short trips for local errands in and around downtown Winchester I would walk. Occasionally I go to the Burlington mall and again, the schedule of once an hour would never make me want to take the bus. Also, since I own a car it is more expensive per trip to go to the mall.

357.

I live in Weymouth and have to be in Brighton at 5:15 AM. Aside from earlier weekday commuter rail service, I would love to see quicker connections between South Station and Brighton.

358.

need shuttles to commuter rail

359.

I also feel personally that not accepting cash or correct change more pr about getting bus passes should be explained. If it were for not seeing a bus on street you wouldn’t know they exist.Bus company should have outreach program.

360.

Using a private car is generally faster. People don’t like to be tied to a specific schedule.

361.

Location

362.

Too infrequent; perceived as unreliable; perceived as used only by low-income people who don’t own cars.

363.

Usually I am dropping kids off at school ( 1st grade, kindergarten and daycare). It is easier to drive everyone since there is a lot of gear (bags, diapers, wipes, snacks, lunch,ect). I am also concerned about the hand to mouth touching of common  hand rails with disease transmission in younger children out in public.  Also concerned about air circulation and disease transmission in subway (dust from rat feces or any potential passengers with tb or related illness that could become airborne or aerosolized when breathing.

364.

I live in rural Berkshire County where low population density makes public transportation difficult and expensive.

365.

Cars are too cheap. Either make public transportation free, or charge people more to drive. Also, transit providers usually do not follow basic planning principles when designing transit systems. For example, the stops are too close together, or the routes are circuitous. Also, the people who design American transit own and drive cars, so they are not sensitive to the needs of people who rely on transit. It would be very interesting for you to do a survey of the service planning department at transit agencies to see how many people use transit as their primary mode of transportation. This should be a requirement for planners.

366.

No same as mine

367.

does not fit in with my time

368.

Stigma attached.

369.

Neighborhood safety around stations. Muggings/etc are a risk for people walking to and from transit stations, particularly in Quincy

370.

Convenience. More hours, more stops.

371.

Personal transportation is too easy and accessible

372.

Your survey is too simple. We use a lot of different forms of transportation, but it is mostly walking, biking and car. Student passes are too inflexible in terms of time restrictions. My daughter’s pass doesn’t accommodate her weekend needs for school or late stays at the school for sports and other meetings.

373.

sometimes, when erranding, it’s too crowded to be hauling groceries, dry cleaning, large items, my dog, etc. etc.

374.

The stops are too far from where they want to go.

375.

The amount of time it takes to get from point A to point B.

376.

Primarily out in a rural area like the Berkshires – lack of public transportation in many places and, if it is available, it is not convenient (1 hour between buses), if are combining trip purposes (which I often do), it doesn’t work at all.

377.

I think convenience is king – the closeness of the stops to where you need to go is the determining factor for everyone I know.

378.

People need to walk a distance to access the system. It takes extra time which can be difficult in adverse weather conditions, rain, snow , cold, etc. The route may not bring them to their destination.

379.

no

380.

Negative stigma associated with “taking the bus”. No commuter rail available in Berkshire County.

381.

Weather

382.

I enjoy the solitude of being alone in my car, listening to my radio stations or music, going my speed, avoiding eye contact with complete strangers and mentally challenged individuals, not having to sit next to “chatty Cathy”, etc.

383.

More Public involvement:1) Day a year for each town to promote ONLY Mass Transit, walking, biking (a no-car-day), you get the idea.2) Random escort by “friendly” City or State Police of transit buses to promote deference (not right-of-way) and (also) regular use of bus turnouts.

384.

Like me, perhaps they do not live in an area serviced by Public Transportation. I use it whenever I can when I travel.

385.

no

386.

because of the people that are forced to use it. Thant and no WiFi.

387.

IF YOU NUMBERALE OF STOPS AND GROCERIES IT CAN BE HARD TO TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

388.

Because the frequent delays, breakdowns, etc. are too much trouble to be worth it.

389.

Many origins/destinations are suburb to suburb, not easily served by public transportation. The reverse commute options are limited.

390.

have too much to carry; late in the evening do not feel safe using public transportation; too crowded

391.

Many lack the physical and/or mental health ability to successfully ride (and make transfers)on public transportation – older (70+) riders simply lack the mobility needed to feel safe and comfortable. Further, seniors/elder feel that riding on public transportation is beneath their dignity – they have never had to be dependent before – they are terrified of losing their INDEPENDENCE!

392.

a lot of people who choose to drive cars live in a public transportation dead spot. Certain parts of JP and Somerville are very difficult to get to or from compared to the rest of the metro area.

393.

It doesn’t serve their locations, or the service is too infrequent, or it doesn’t have a convenient route (thinking of the sparse bus lines). Frankly, I used to take the T a lot more before your stupid Charlie card/ticket (why have two things, and why can’t I get a card in the stations?  and why the heck don’t you publicize where one CAN obtain a card?) – the cost is now significant enough to be a deterrent, whereas before it was not. Also the fact that you made my ticket expire EVEN THOUGH IT DID NOT SAY SO with more than $10 still left on it is BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE. I am in favor of public transportation but I am not in favor of being cheated. ALSO, while I am at it, your trolley drivers that start at BC frequently actually prevented me from putting in my money, which I always have ready in my hand – that is not good policy.

394.

Stigma against buses, when they are really awesome. Riding a bike is a lot more convenient, and free (other than upkeep).

395.

No. Make service frequent and people will use it – look at the MBTA trains and buses along any route with frequent service.

396.

In Worcester, there are NO direct routes from the west side to the east side of the city. To take public transportation, with a needed transfer of bus, it would me 2 hours to go 9 miles across the city! The bus stops are unsafe and too far away.

397.

It’s unpredictable. Even if the bus goes almost directly from my house to my friend’s house and theoretically takes less time than biking, I hate going to the bus stop and not knowing whether I’m going to have to sit there 15 minutes past the scheduled arrival time before it gets there. Also, with public transportation you can’t control where you are, so if you go the wrong way, you can’t just turn around, you have to go wait for another bus or something. The fact that you are not the one controlling the vehicle makes you have a much worse sense of where you are.

398.

inconvenience is main issue; cost is second.

399.

laziness, inconvenience

400.

Too crowded (Green line)

401.

To save the environment!

402.

No

403.

T is pretty loud sometimes. sometimes stinky stations. hot stations in the summer. Buses are nice, but the old buses still in service can’t be lowered for wheelchairs or strollers, so that discourages riding by those folks. Buses still aren’t on time in Somerville. Especially #80.

404.

Yes, all those reason I have checked off.

405.

No

406.

Easily taking your bike on every train is important for a multi-modal lifestyle.

407.

UNRELIABLE. If I need to get to work, I can’t trust the MBTA to get me there in a timely fashion.

408.

maybe they don’t like being crowded into a full train or bus.

409.

There is none available in Upton. Lots of people would use it, but there isn’t anything.

410.

The amount of time it takes to take multiple public transportation modes then compared to taking one vehicle.

411.

No direct access to the airport and downtown Boston from the North Shore. 

412.

Distance to trvel to stops. Amount of time for next bus (some stops it is one hour between buses).

413.

When I look at the City of Chicopee, I think some routes are drawn well, going along Front Street to Walmart, Stop and Shop, Big Y, and Riverbend, but it seems that other areas of the City do not have bus transportation that meets their needs ( Granby Road...)I’m not sure that people living in projects off of Meetinghouse Road have a way to get to Price Rite which is a popular, low cost grocery store. With the  Holyoke bridge (Cabot Street), and the Davitt bridge to Chicopee Center closed (soon), this might be a good time to evaluate the bus routes and who has the greatest need for public transportation.

414.

No

415.

The subway cars are too crowded on some lines. No train stations in outlying areas. Not enough parking areas in present outlying area stations. Not enough coordination between train schedules and other public transportation or private business shuttles for commuters.

416.

Primarily because the nearest T stop is too far for me to comfortably by walking. I can’t wait for a T stop to be built near me!

417.

as a general statement, the public has become over-dependent on the automobile. there are likely as many reasons as you can think of to explain this. to list some in no special order:the automobile was the most significant american invention and the industry over time has attempted to put more than one car in every driveway. in massachusetts we have the most arcane transit system. some would tout the aged trolley system as quaint history. unfortunately we have an inconvenient and baffling subway system. the hub and spoke pattern creates inconvenient and lengthy routes. without cross-town trains some of the larger stations are not connected. noticeably absent are suburb to suburb routes. no longer are the daily throngs of people just travelling into boston. and in boston the two major stations are not connected – build the north-south link. despite traffic driving has become preferred because a greater emphasis has been placed on highways. as population expanded away from the network of subway stops, the system was less accessible. expansion of the public transportation system did not follow population growth, but the highways did.books have been written on this subject by authors more knowledgeable than i. these are some of my thoughts

418.

I worked as a carpenter. Like most tradespeople I needed tools. I did actually work for months carring my toolbox on the T, but my truck is more convenient – if there’s parking. Now I’m retired. I seldom go to the center of Boston, which is where our radial T lines go. And since I have more time, I walk, which I prefer.

419.

Gas is too cheap

420.

I live in Somerville (Winter Hill). I would use the T subway every day (and leave my car off the road) if I had a green line T stop near my house.  The Green Line Extension cannot come soon enough!

421.

habitlack of knowledge about how to use the system

422.

Inconvenience, and for those who DO make the commitment and must commute for work from the greater Boston area, the cost is starting to get beyond a break even point for owning a low-cost-of-ownership car.

423.

expensive cost per trip for less the regular users

424.

Late night service not available. Routes from north to south lacking (i.e. Somerville to Cambridge)

425.

Not enough “loop the loops”.

426.

I“d rather ride my bicycle. More flexible, cheaper, more fun, etc.Others? Lazy and unconcerned w/ planet – they’d rather drive.

427.

life is too busy and a car is faster and you can get more errands done in a shorter time.

428.

bus is the loser cruiser of last resortit is not electric and on tracksour town hates mass transittown has no trouble getting money from state to make car use all but compulsory through getting free roads and land use policy

429.

I believe that the key reason is that public transportation doesn’t go where they want to go, or, if it does, it takes too long to get there.

430.

If you want to take a late train there is never any parking at the station. Many people take and early train just to find parking.

431.

There should be more frequent bus and train service outside rush hours

432.

I think some people feel there’s a stigma attached to it – along the lines of “mostly people who can’t afford cars use public transportation’  Also, plain laziness, which I admit to – it’s much easier to just jump in the car.

433.

lazy, too col, too hot

434.

I live in the neighborhood that will be serviced by the green line once it is extended. Right now to take the T to work I have to walk to a bus, wait for a bus, take the bus, wait for a train, ride the train, and have a 15 minute walk once I arrive to the T station closest to my work. From all this I’m exhausted and sweaty (in my business suit) before I even start my day. If the green line extension was in, taking the T would be a much more viable option for me since I could just get on the train and enjoy the ride for a bit.

435.

Green line is slower than walking

436.

Most people don’t live in propor proximity of this kind of transportation. This transportation only works for people in the cities.

437.

Muchas personas no conocen el transporte publico debido a que no saben leer o hablar el idioma donde puedan comunicarse con el personal.

438.

In the suburbs it’s very harsh to wait for the train on winter days.

439.

many don’t know how or it may not be the times that they need. or maybe the bus doesn’t stop near their street

440.

Accessiblity is the main reason people give me.

441.

In my case I am mostly doing things within walking distance at the moment.

442.

Just not available especially in Western Massachusetts

443.

Where I live, buses are the only option and they are perceived as unreliable. Particularly on the weekend, the service is so infrequent that it makes it much easier to drive my personal vehicle.

444.

I think the major issue is the longer travel time with public transportation compared to a personal car – especially coming in from the outer suburbs.

445.

Wheelchair and mobility challenges. The commuter rail is fantastic; the conductors are completely aware of passengers with needs. The subways are horrible; the gap between the platform and subway cart is wide and sometimes almost a step high or low.  There is NEVER anyone to put the “plate” down to bridge the gap, nor does the conductor acknowledge you on the platform if no one is there to help...PLUS, once the passenger is on the subway, how do they get off without the same plate? Who is there to put it down? I’ve been stuck many a time on a subway because my stop wasn’t safe for me to jump the gap. It’s a terrible system.

446.

Most of my errands require carrying a number of things, so I need the car. But when parking at the other end is a problem, I take the T. It is a good service, and we bought our house to be located near the T and bus service. Many people don’t use it because they don’t live near it.

447.

There should be an easy way to get from North Station to the Red Line (South Station). Due to the lack of this connection, if I were to commute via public transportation, it takes me an extra 30 minutes to get to my destination and therefore I drive. We had a chance during the Big DIG to make this connection, but our city planners failed to make it happen.

448.

For it to become a way of life, buses, trains etc. need to be frequent and near.

449.

not available

450.

Public transportation does not serve my neighborhood. If it did, I would use it when time and schedules allowed.

451.

1. $7 is TOO expensive for for parking elderly having to go to appts in Boston. 2. Public Transportation should be low or fress so many more people could use it. It is one of the most polluting sources of the environment and the pollution has to STOP TODAY! 3. There is no bus service on Rte 53 in Hingham any longer so there is no option to take public transportation. Residential development is occurring and employees could use the service as well.

452.

For me this is the only reason, I would like to use public transportation if this could work better with my schedule.

453.

It is too cheap and easy to drive, use gas, and park. The American mindset is individualism, so people want to be in their own vehicles “king of the road.” Inter-city public transportation – trains! would be the best thing, especially on the east coast. right now trains are very expensive compared to buses and even driving.

454.

Buses make too many stops, gets very tedious and slow.

455.

AFRAID OF SYSTEM UNTIL THEY HAVE TRAININGCOGNITIVE ISSUES MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR SOME TO UNDERSTAND SYSTEMNOT NEAR HOME – I HAVE NO BUS STOP ANYMORE NEAR MY HOME, OTHERWISE I WOULD RIDE DAILY

456.

parking and security in available parking. Parking cost too much!

457.

There is not much available in our sparsely populated areas.

458.

I live in southern NH. It would be 20 mins driving to the train, park, transfer to train and subway to Chinatown T. Around 2 hrs minimum. I need a walker to ambulate and this is too difficult. I can drive in 1.5 hrs with mental stress but less wear and tear on my body. I would rather relax and take the train.  $$$ is not the issue.

459.

I prefer to bike, especially in nice weather.  When the weather is bad, especially with my kids, I like the T. I’d like to have better bike access on the T (peak hours, etc.) If I can take the T instead of driving, I do. If I have cargo or kids for a long trip, I drive.Parking, gas, and highways are way too subsidized! That is why people do not take public transportation. We should have high gas taxes and congestion pricing!Public transportation is comparatively expensive, so this is another reason people choose to drive instead. I wish it were free, like in this article: BBC News – German drivers offered free public transport: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17660780

460.

No

461.

not sure

462.

Inconvenience of bus stops

463.

Yes, it is not convienent, weather in MA is unpredictable, children-if I need to get to my son in a hurry it would be impossible on the bus.

464.

I think most people who don’t use public transportation, don’t because they have their own personal vehicle. It is just more convenient to get from point A to point B in the time that i want by driving my own vehicle.

465.

Uncomfortable, not enough information on routes and times, worried about accurate arrival and departure times.

466.

It takes too much time. I commute from Roslindale to UMass-Boston. There is no direct public transportation that is efficient. Plus once I get to JFK-Umass I have to take another shuttle. It would take me an hour or over to get to work using public transportation. I can drive to work in 25-35 minutes.

467.

Not available where they live.

468.

Social status and concerns about crime are likely drivers of non-use of public transit by professional workers in the Springfield area.

469.

Some have told me they don’t feel safe or have to walk too far.

470.

Stigma of being on the public bus and convenience of their own vehicle; needing to make multiple stops, etc.

471.

no idea

472.

NO

473.

There are plenty of stops in and around cities like Northampton, Amherst, or Springfield, but it is very, very, very difficult to get between them. Increasing links – fast links – between the valley’s cities would be an excellent step towards sustainable, filled to capacity public transportation in Western Massachusetts.

474.

the nearest stop is over a mile from my house with no parking. As I hear the fair keeps increasing and schedule reducing

475.

Rural towns, tough to get to where you want to go, particularly work in a reasonable amount of time.

476.

In Berkshire County the routes and times that are available are extremely limited. A route that used to run near my home has been eliminated and now the closest but is 1/2 away. It is quicker to just walk to work or drive my car.  Many times when a car is not available I have chosen to just walk to work.

477.

Transportation does not go to rural neighborhoods.

478.

Cannot take a bicycle on commuter rail during rush hours.  

479.

No

480.

The B line is outrageously uncomfortable with the new cars. They are packed and the seats face inward, leaving no personal space for comfort or security of purses, skirts, etc. Please please go back to the old cars where the seats face forward. Also the cars are packed, totally beyond civilized standards.

481.

Safety issues Inconvenience Lack of flexibility

482.

people like to be a lone it looks. I ride a nice bike where I go now. Stinks when it snows or rains.

483.

time factor

484.

A lot of people have their own car

485.

There are no places to wait at a stop that protect you from the inclimate weather conditions. Many people who use public or who would use have a disability that would prevent them from driving, therefore, they need public transportation, however, they cannot afford to wait in the rain and hope they do not exacerbate their medical problems by getting wet.

486.

to slow it take all day for a few stops

487.

No, I think people who do not have cars use public transportation. However, if my car were broken down, I would use a cab to go to work.

488.

Taking public transportation always takes longer than driving – not that it is slow, but getting to and from and changing (from train to T, for example) takes more time than the door-to-door convenience people experience with driving. Everyone is in such a rush all the time.

489.

Affordability, accessability, and lack of services routes to the areasthey need to get to.

490.

confusion with how the system works

491.

classism, status

492.

It is not nearly efficient enough as compared to other major cities in this country. If it were absolutely reliable and consistent AND less expensive (BECAUSE this CAN be done) it would be hard not to use. Unfortunately, right now my job requires a car.

493.

Price and proximity

494.

Because it is not readily available.

495.

Destinations difficult to get to with public tansportation. Many of the destinations are in the suburbs where public transpotation is minimal. In-town destinations are easier and cheaper to get to through public tansportation. For coastal communities, the ferry is convienient and nice but expensive.

496.

Inconvenience

497.

Being in Western Massachusetts, where public transportation is sparce outside of Springfield, I believe there is a stigma attached to “taking the bus” for anyone other than college students.

498.

No

499.

For some people (not me), perhaps people who move to the city from the suburbs, they are nervous about it or think it has a stigma. I used to use it regularly, but since moving I have found that my current commute is faster on a bicycle. I will likely use transit this summer.

500.

When I lived on the Red Line, I used it all the time. The Green Line has been my line for 20 years. It is very slow. Trains sit in the tunnels once they enter downtown Boston. I would prefer to see money spent on modernizing the downtown tunnels of the Green Line than on expanding service. Even with expanded service, the trains will still move too slowly. The Green Line is very inefficient especially the E Line.

501.

My reason is I live in Loweel area and work in Somerville. Although the comuter ral runs through Somerville there’s no stop. So I either get off in W. medford Sq or North station. Not very workable if you are going to Somerville.

502.

Even the best bus routes do not have sufficiently frequent service and some bus routes come very irregularly.

503.

safety/convenience. It’s not NYC, so public transportation is not that popular, places you want to go are usually far away, it’s just easier to take a car.

504.

Driving is convenient and relatively inexpensive.

505.

the green line is too slowpurported bus schedules are unreliable

506.

other than the schedule and safety reasons that’s what i think

507.

I see people at the bus stops looking down the block for a bus....snow...rain...kids....packages.....How do you go for a big shop at the grocery store? Buy a TV?

508.

Buses get stuck in traffic and take forever to get anywhere. The Greenline is crowded and painfully slow. The T fails to keep undesirable unpleasant homeless types off of the system.

509.

Not always accessible to folks, especially people with mobility impairments.

510.

reliability

511.

A lot of people in my town simply do not know about it, mostly because it would not meet their needs so nothing much is being done to let them know about it.

512.

no, they’re pretty much the same as mine

513.

It does not compete with the automobile in terms of being able to make many stops in different areas.

514.

I live rurally and I have a substantial commute to work. That in a nutshell is why I driveI LOVE public trans... but it has no bearing on the reality of my geography.

515.

Yes, the public transportation is inconvenient. For me to go 7 miles to work I either need to take an Express Bus/Orange Line/Red Line, Bus/Orange Line/Red Line or Car/Orange Line/Red Line. All 3 take at least an hour. I can drive into Boston in 30 minutes and park 5 minutes away.

516.

I do not know

517.

Buses only run once an hour in most cases so it is not convenient and it does not alway coordinate with epople’s work schedules.

518.

time and convenience

519.

In the Springfield area, the only option is a bus.Springfield area needs trains.

520.

if you have to drive to it, it’s hardly worth the time and expense...it would be better to carpool to work, which is what I’m currently doing.

521.

Inconvenient, makes too many stops, and transfers aren’t convenient

522.

Service is not common  in the suburbs

523.

I live in Palmer and work in Spingfield. Palmer has rails that cut through it and if the total cost of operating my vehicle (28 mpg)+ other costs exceeds the cost of the fare by say 30%, I might consider public transportation. Otherwise – no.

524.

Physical laziness and the fact that the car industry has somehow gotten a stranglehold on modern culture. The car has become the biggest status symbol, and consequently become increasingly bigger, faster, more powerful and more wasteful of resources (including building and maintaining highways).

525.

I don’t use it, but I hear other people complain that in Springfield, it is not frequent enough and not enough stops to be convenient. I have used the Boston subway and my complaint is it shuts down too early at night for events and bars – it encourages drinking & driving by not being available when bars close.

526.

Location of bus stops

527.

It takes a long time to go from point A to point B and many times the routes are not as many. People have to cater to the routes instead of the routes catering to the people.

528.

Limited routes and not enough runs

529.

no stop announcements.

530.

no

531.

Boston’s transit infrastructure is poor for going places other than downtown.

532.

Can’t get to Holyoke from Belchertown

533.

cost and convenience – there is no convenient way to get where i want to go from my home. would take 2+ hours instead of 30 min to get to work

534.

The buses that serve satellite T stations aren’t given priority over passenger cars, so getting to the station takes as much or more time than just driving. If there were express buses to the stations, it would be faster to use public transit and more would use it. Or at least, I think so.

535.

People don’t think it’s convenient enough, the T is actually pretty quick (at least on the Orange line). People need to try other types of transportation and get out of their cars. They need to be convinced its cheaper, convenient, and better for their health and the environment.

536.

unreliable service (for buses, they may get stuck in traffic; for subways, they may break down). Fear of getting sick during flu season.

537.

Not available

538.

Not sure

539.

Laziness

540.

Slow, unpredictable delays

541.

It breaks down a lot!

542.

We are so reliant on our cars – we grow up with cars, and mentally become dependent upon them. There is such a convenience with them too. We don’t think about the cost of maintaining them or the effect on pollution. It’s hard to think about other travel options in our daily life. Our transportation thinking has to be reworked.

543.

fear of the unknown, they never have so they think the worst. Also, the thought of giving up the “freedom” of driving their cars.  Public transportation is seen as something “poor” people do, which makes many of my fellow middle classers not want to use it in my experience. needs to be marketed so its not seen as “beneath them”

544.

Convenience...........it would take me at least 45min to 1 hr to make it to work on a bus, requiring a bus change. I can drive from door to door in 8 minutes.

545.

Safety, overcrowding, waiting time....and probably not enough stops

546.

It does not go to the places they want or need

547.

Sometimes for rail use there is a considerable expense and not enough planned stops and varied hours.

548.

Too round about to get where you are going

549.

It’s not convenient enough

550.

If you’re going to charge the same rates as New York City, then the MBTA could at least try to provide as much as them. I understand the city is smaller and the MBTA is having a major budget crisis, but it doesn’t provide nearly enough to meet my needs. Even though it’s more expensive to pay to drive and park, it will always take less time, often substantially less time, to drive myself. I feel like this is especially true living in Somerville (near Union Square). It’s just not a reasonable alternative to having a car.

551.

Stigma

552.

I like to smoke when traveling

553.

Need more advertising so I know schedules – can you send something to my home once a year?

554.

High parking fees at the commuter lots. It is unnecessary to charge so much for parking.

555.

Small Children

556.

No

557.

Because it’s too expensive and poorly run/operated.

558.

Difficult to carry many items if shopping

559.

we cannot get the buses to run concurrent with the work hours of service establishments foolishness, cussedness, etc

560.

There is no public transpotation near me so I have to drive as far to it as to the store or P.O.

561.

There is a stigma that if you use public trnasportation, you can’t afford a car. If it were expanded, and the true costs of gas were applied via a gas tax, more people would take public transportation,

562.

In some urban areas of Mass., people are fearful of crime.

563.

I ride my bike because I always have a seat.

564.

It is unreliable.

565.

I would ride my bike more, however we don’t have enough safe bike lanes in my community... yet.

566.

Bikes are faster, more convenient, cheaper, and better for the environment, if you are a healthy individual. I think people drive cars over using public transportation because they do not know how much harm they are causing to the environment.

567.

It’s just not built up enough and doesn’t serve the sprawling metro area. And the 1:00AM last service is really outdated, and rather stupid

568.

I work in high-tech in Waltham, and it’s not easy to service many office parks. It would take me 3 hours or more to commute via public transportation from Scituate. Commuter rail to South Station, then red line to Alewife, and then shuttle to office parks. It’s not worth wasting all that time.

569.

Cult of the Auto as an extension of Self

570.

filth

571.

Not dependable, can’t guarantee get places on time. Unsafe waiting at stops/stations, particularly for women at night. Felt very vulnerable waiting for buses after dark – or even just walking to stations.

572.

Boston is a car city we need to change that. If we invest in public transportation and heighten our ability to make the streets more friendly to cyclists then people will feel better about leaving their cars behind. We need to improve services on the trains and busses and possibly highlight perks to commuting.

573.

Cleanliness concerns, unreliable, cost.

574.

primary reason=not convenient; no ease of access; once in my car, I just continue to my destination

575.

Reliability/unpredictable delays compared to cycling, Hubway or walking.

576.

The United States of America economy is over 99% dependant on the automobile. To spend more on the 1% than the 99% is foolish.

577.

Convenience 

578.

There isn’t a lot of service outside of Boston and what there is runs hourly until 7 pm.  Service needs to be at least every 30 minutes ]– and available on the weekends and nights!

579.

For people who live in a rural area – like the lower Cape – the public transportation options are minimal – with infrequent service and very few options for people who live on the lower Cape but work in the mid-Cape.

580.

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581.

Cost

582.

cost, schedule, logistics

583.

too expensive, not enough buses so they become overcrowded, not enough seats

584.

El horario – no transportente temprano para poder ir al trabajo. La falta de frequencia del transporte

585.

Because it such on The Cape

586.

no

587.

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588.

Outside downtown Boston, driving is faster and cheaper.

589.

First mile and last miles needs. 

590.

Better intermodal options would be good- bike racks on buses, better foul weather shelters.

591.

It’s not available and/or accessible.

592.

There is no public transportation service where I live.

593.

central mass is a forgotten place when talking about useable public transportation

594.

Schedule hours not always convenient.Do not know how to use it.Does not run the hours they need. not available in the evening.Does not go where they need easily. Multiple stops to get to location.

595.

Public transportation is an unorganized department, particulary when it relates to small towns and cities. Obtaining efficient and accurate transportation is an impossible feat.

596.

Travel time from origin to destination is five times the driving time in some instances – because there is service, but it is circuitous instead of directly across from Route 28 to Route 6A.

597.

The stops are too far away or they can’t read.

598.

no reason

599.

It’s not accessible!!

600.

They don’t come all the time.

601.

Public transportation is not always reliable.

602.

inconvenient

603.

no

604.

no

605.

If they don’t live in the Boston area or near a major city it’s not practical.  Other than that, it’s probably because of the convienience of using your own vehicle

606.

it is just gross on the buses

607.

WAIT TIME

608.

They don’t run in enough places and most buses are an hour or more wait for the next one to arrive.

609.

No, like to use my car

610.

Convenience

611.

Trains are not always reliable. I use to use the train, went back to my car for reliability.

612.

I would prefer to bike but do not feel safe biking on the street

613.

I believe the quality of services offered is not adequate and the frequency of services not appropriate.

614.

no

615.

more frequent neighborhood bus service

616.

Safety issues

617.

Lack of availability where I live and go most often.

618.

I would have to take approximately 3 busses in order to get to work and I work in the next city.

619.

It’s not clean, or safe, and not very child (stroller) friendly

620.

when I worked in Boston as a Health profession transportation was best for those working 9-5p, not shifts like 3 til7p or 11p or 11p-7p.

621.

I have my own personal car.

622.

The public transportation system in Massachusetts is dirty. The system needs a complete overhaul.

623.

Too many crazy people that like to grop women and or steal from another rider.

624.

safety is the big concern.

625.

don’t have the money

626.

don’t know how to acquire it

627.

no

628.

unsanitarytoo many creepersalready have a car, why use public transportation?

629.

easier to take personal vehicle, matter of personal preference, too crowded, congested.

630.

not at all

631.

everyone I know

632.

not sure

633.

don’t feel safe

634.

I used the subway most times going to Boston. The cost of parking now $5.00, subway ride for two people and another subway ride for two people if we went to another part of the city – the cost was just about as much as using my car and using a parking garage. I use the subway less now.

635.

por el horario

636.

quizas por el horano

637.

por horario

638.

Cleanliness, and safety.

639.

takes longer than driving door to door

640.

Less access in central ma area and western areas

641.

to get to their destination, oftentimes that means going to city center (hub) to transfer... that adds time onto commute.

642.

In our town, public transportation is very limited and there are only one or two routes so you have to transfer and that takes time. It’s inconvenient.

643.

Safety issues (real or perceived) at many stations Increasing costs and decreasing service in many areasLack of progress (real or perceived) with the MBTA getting efficiencies and costs under control

644.

no

645.

OCD, selfish, scared, don’t know how

646.

safety

647.

no

648.

available stops

649.

need better route!

650.

they don’t run late

651.

Schedule is not flexible, routes do not accommodate people’s needs

652.

Perception that other than urban populations who rely on public transport it is the so-called “poor” who must rely and do use PT

653.

one reason is that they might not understand the bus schedule and don’t like to wait to long for the bus to arrive.

654.

Stigma and lack of confidence in service.Where are the bus stops??? Except for terminus stations, it’s impossible to find a bus stop. They should be marked with signage and shelter.

655.

Boston’s public transportation system is slow and outdated. Personally, I do not use the commuter rail because it is uncomfortable and crowded. If there were more express trains that didn’t make such frequents stops, I would consider using it more frequently. It is also a hassle to commute from North Station to Kendall Square when taking the commuter rail from the north shore. I commute on I-93 from Andover in my personal vehicle during rush hour and I arrive at Kendall Square more quickly than I do when taking the commuter rail.

656.

safety, no direct routes to destinations. It takes longer to ride than drive

Are there any other suggestions you have for how to improve walking in your community?

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Response

1.

Construct more sidewalks.

2.

I think it would be helpful if MassDOT ramped up its Complete Street initiatives to include more thought into pedestrian comfort, and did more to think about how sidewalks are designed. The sidewalk just shouldn’t be added, but added in such a way to encourage people to use it.

3.

Create a denser town center with pedestrian friendly design

4.

Widen sidewalks. In downtown Boston there are more people than space on sidewalks, especially in the vicinity of South Station. Narrow or eliminate driving lanes to accommodate more walkers. Add more street trees. Around North Station, Causeway St. is too wide. We don’t need 7 lanes while sidewalks are narrow. Narrowing lanes will also, hopefully, get drivers to slow down.

5.

Make it easier to walk/use transit than take a car.  More frequent trains and lower cost of public transit.

6.

More crosswalks!

7.

none besides above

8.

better signage, wayfindingbeautification of public realm, trees etc.

9.

Randolph does a fair job of plowing and the main street sidewalks are plowed as well.  I live far enough away from the center of town that I usually drive when I have to, but commute by bus and train.

10.

Make walking paths available off highway.

11.

“If more people were walking, still more people would walk.” Suggestion: one day a month – “Walking Day”.

12.

Require housing/shopping to be at a higher density by zoning laws or require by law a higher urban density.  The closer we live together, the less reason to drive. The nearest store is about 1.2 miles from my house...

13.

Fund the building of the Somerville Community  Path Extension!

14.

Prevent water from pooling near curb ramps. I can’t walk to work with wet shoes, and I shouldn’t have to buy rain boots for a small walk.Prevent water from pooling on the street near sidewalks. Cars will frequently drive by splashing me.

15.

Have the cross walk & pedestrian lights work.

16.

Cyclists frequently do not observe traffic laws in Cambridge, and are a great hazard, especially at night.

17.

I obtained $600K+ in enhancement funds to rebuild Conway’s sidewalks in 2005-2006 and make other improvements enhancing pedestrian safety.  The town has been unable to develop a plan for clearing snow from the sidewalks, making them unusable for most of the winter (the plowing of Rt 116 puts the snow and slush on the sidewalks, most of which are in the state layout; if not removed immediately, these snowbanks become rock hard within hours). MassHighway has refused to regularly and fully repaint high visibility crosswalks along Route 116 in the center of Conway (design elements that were all approved by MassHighway prior to the construction which installed them!!!). As a result, most drivers are unaware of cross walks most of the time because they aren’t evident.

18.

Maintaining sidewalks and enforcing the law around crossing in crosswalks would be key.

19.

OUr community is very spread out, so there is often not enough time that would be required to get from point A to point B. Many activities and shopping are several miles away

20.

more sidewalks

21.

I live in a country town in southeastern MA and walk every day for pleasure.  We all need to get tougher!

22.

Life is busy. Walking takes too long, besides, almost where ever I go, I’ll need my tools with me.My life and my work don’t lend themselves to walking, though I don’t dislike walking. What I dislike a lot it spending a bunch of money messing up traffic arteries in the interest of bike lanes and crosswalks. I’m happy to ride a bike or walk if I can, but mostly driving is what works. See the comment about tools above. When I do walk or ride, I DO NOT need any special lanes or walkways to get where I want to go. I am a Bostonian. No matter what form of transportation I’m engaging in, I can fit into existing traffic, and do not need any “help”

23.

Require waljking paths/sidewalks to and from all major commercial destinations

24.

Creation of trails in wooded area or around town.

25.

DO NOT EXPECT DRIVERS TO PAY ATTENTION TO “YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS” SIGNS. GIVE THEM A RED LIGHT AND DO NOT ALLOW RIGHT TURN ON RED.

26.

My community is not conducive to walking. We need more investments in walkways that are enjoyable to walking/biking. Rail-to-Trails and waterfront walkway/bikeways, are a start. Developers should be encoursged to include walkways in their plans.

27.

Actually, none of the above are relevant since there is no place to walk to.  I assume you are not interested in recreational walking for which we have many wonderful trails.

28.

Bicycle lane construction/improvement separate from pedestrian/motorist lanes.  Enforce parking regulations, especially for business delivery vans double parked recklessly on a regular basis that impair visibility.

29.

Better lighting.

30.

Better lighting on side streets.As a woman, I will always be hesitant to walk alone in the dark.

31.

capital plans to add sidwalks to towns (not just cities) and not just to schools

32.

More rapid, ped cycles at trafffic lights.  Enforce against left turning motorists turning through ped cycles to gain the red light advantage.  The “1-10”;question above asked from the perpective of a walker, but how does it account for bias as drivers and cyclists against one group or another?  i.e as a ped, jay walking by other peds not a concern, but turning vehicles is.  As a cyclist, jay walking peds and driver error make it unsafe to ride.

33.

My community is good.

34.

I live in a town with a bike path. It has cyclists that RACE along the bike path at phenomenal speeds past little kids trying to learn how to skate, mothers pushing strollers, and older people trying to get some exercise. I would like bikes to be licensed so there is some accountability for their actions and I would like to see a bike officer on the path occasionally to enforce any regulations. Right now it feels like a free for all. Besides, the state or towns could use the revenue from requiring a license plate on the bike to improve roads and bike paths.

35.

increase the crossing time allowed at some traffic light crosswalks; especially those on divided roadways. On many of those, crossing the street is a 2 part operation. First you cross to the half-way point – then you have to wait for the next crossing cycle to reach the other sidewalk. This is particularly true for seniors who are no longer as quick as they used to be. It can get rather scary waiting on those little traffic islands while the cars zip by eiher side of you.

36.

Get the pedestrian signals to work correctly:1)  many do not respond to the push button 2)  many in Boston, particularly, do not show WALK during protected phases. (Being a civil engineer, I am very aware of this!)  Fixing this would maximize the pedestrian crossing time at Zero impact to vehicle time .3)  ensure that private land owners responsible for shoveling sidewalks do the following:  a) shovel out wheelchair ramps at intersections  b) do not shovel/plow their driveway in a manner that leaves a snow bank blocking those walking along the sidewalk  c)  shovel out bus stops

37.

Education of DPW & Police how important pedestrian access is. Improve accessiblity using Accessible Ped signals, placed of curbcuts, etc.

38.

Better street lighting.

39.

Cure my arthritis.

40.

there are sidewalks along most but not all major roadways –  we need more

41.

Special lanes on roads, bike paths, short cut trails

42.

Better trail system in and around town – from outskirts into the village of Ipswich.

43.

Enforce laws governing motorist behavior

44.

Get communities to all adopt Complete Streets policies. Provide matching funds to communities through an MPO/TIP program to share capital costs of building sidewalks.  i.e. increase fund for Clean Air Mobility Program but make the program easier to use (local design and implementation instead of MassDOT consruction implementation w/ FHWA design review – takes too long).

45.

Better Lighting

46.

No because, as a person who is blind, I need to ride door to door.

47.

This village of Onset is remarkable for drivers stopping for predestians.

48.

It all starts with infrastructure

49.

I live in Somerville, which is extremely walkable.

50.

Cleaning the stop areas....Stoughton is filthy. Provide shelter from the eliments.

51.

Being a single parent, I am always in a race with the clock. Walking or riding my bike takes to long.

52.

Really fix the pedestrian access to and from Forest Hills Station.Fix pedestrian acess to and from Dudley Station and inside Dudley Staion

53.

Many area of the twon where I live do not have sidewalks a lot and construction of sidewalks is needed

54.

Build more sidewalks and off-road bike paths

55.

I live in a rural area. There is very little to walk to within a 10 minute walk.

56.

Add pedestrian walkways under/over passes crossing limited acess highways

57.

Put police back on the streets – this city is so unsafe my child, who lives 1/2 mile from his school, cannot walk to and from,

58.

More bike lanes!

59.

Improved snow removal on sidewalks would be nice.Improving snow removal in the streets is unnecessary and usually counterproductive (when I’m driving a car, I can drive on the snow without any trouble; when I’m riding a bike, I would be safer if there weren’t a large snowplow berm filling the side of the road).Many communities in the Boston area have made great improvements in pedestrian and bicycle-related signage over the past several years. This is fantastic, though we still have a long way to go – keep it up and do more.

60.

Concentratate destinations in walkable locations.

61.

Too many crosswalks are poorly visible, have huge turn radii that let motorists speed, and the crossing distances are excessive.  We need more curb extensions, raised x-walks, and other traffic calming measures.  Some intersections don’t have crosswalks on all four sides, which is very bad.  Every pedestrian desire line should be served.

62.

OUTLAW CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING. THIS IS THE MOST HAZARDOUSE TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. PEOPLE ON PHONES ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

63.

Add some more pedestrian crosswalk lights at some particularly hard to cross intersections.  Also make the walk portion of the cycle longer in some intersections.

64.

imrpoved coordination between modes, locations (municipalities and regionally), and integration with points of interest (shopping, events, parks)

65.

my city (Lynn) allows parking on sidewalks, this is anti-pedestrian, unsafe and deplorable!

66.

If the sidewalk were clear, flat, and wide enough for my double stroller I would walk more places, particularly in the winter (assuming those sidewalks were also clear of snow).

67.

More and better sidewalks!

68.

Crossing major state roads in Somerville (ex. Rt 28 and Mystic Valley Parkway) is very difficult and dangerous.  The duration of walk times at the cross walks really needs to be extended.

69.

a) Better streetscape design – sidewalks, trees, furniture, curbcuts.b) More walking trails and clear pedestrian paths, i.e. along Mystic River.c) Street/intersection improvements with structural pedestrian safety/traffic calming enhancements – especially near bus stops.

70.

More sidewalks are the biggest improvement and cross walks at busy intersections. 

71.

Make sure that the sidewalks are clear of snow and make sure that drivers and Bicycles know to yield in crosswalks.

72.

better enforcement of vehicular laws

73.

If you build it, they will come.  If you plow the snow, they will continue to come.

74.

I live in a rural area where one should be able to walk but the street design does not accommodate safe walking.

75.

extend the green line so that it goes close enough to my house to walk to a station. The walking infrastructure is fine (although the biking infrastructure is definitely NOT fine), just need a reason/destination to walk to.

76.

I currently drive to a place where I can walk for exercise because of high speed traffic and few destinations nearby.  When I ride my bike it is dangerous and there are steep hills here. Roadway edges are poorly maintained and dangerous for bikes. Walkways are rough and poorly maintained. Bike paths are not considered valuable enough to plow in winter.

77.

Make health insurance companies offer incentives for walking as a healthy solution to weight management.

78.

I don’t like being hot or cold.  The climate is not conducive to walking for about 8 months per year.

79.

Slow down vehicular traffic; provide more amenities (shade, benches, crosswalks); provide more interseting walks

80.

better lighting

81.

Better street amenities – shade trees/benches – would improve the walking experience.  As we age, it is helpful to have a spot to sit while on a long walk.

82.

doggie bags and waste receptacles at more locationsthe use of de-icing materials that don’t hurt dog’s paws (or that aren’t laid on too thickly so dogs can get around them)better street lighting

83.

Encourage pedestrians to take responsibility for their own safety – i.e. not to rely on walking into an unsignalized crosswalk and assume everyone will see them and stop for them.

84.

Ice is probably the biggest impediment to walking.  The river paths are now being plowed, but sometimes ice is still a problem.I walk a lot and it is better than it used to be.

85.

Finish the green line extension.

86.

MA drivers often try not to yield to pedestrians when turning right on red or green, when pedestrians have a walk sign – enforcent might help.

87.

Create or improve off-road trails or sidewalks between towns. Need a sidewalk along Adams Street in Burlington from Lexington border to Middlesex Turnpike, or a foot trail through the forest between North St. in Lexington and Wheeler Road office park in Burlington.

88.

All of the above are important, but are currently being performed at an acceptable level. Bikeway over Tobin Bridge to Boston. Poorly worded question.

89.

no

90.

my community West Concord IS walkable.  I moved here specifically because of this.

91.

Many old sidewalks have highly irregular surface, many tripping hazards.Community bike path between north Cambridge and Davis Square has serious flooding problems in any rain, a primary route for me and many pedestrians and bikers.

92.

1)  Enact law prohibiting driver use of mobile phones2)  Enforce existing traffic laws

93.

No

94.

No

95.

Again, in a rural area, driving is easiest.

96.

Enforce ordinances against bicycles on sidealks

97.

Sidewalks are essential

98.

My neighborhood is very walkable – short blocks, good sidewalks and crosswalks, desirable destinations. T bus service could be improved.

99.

No.  Melrose is a very walking-friendly community.

100.

Enforce parking rules, so crosswalks are not blocked.

101.

Better street lightening.Crosswalk signals that work when pressed.Have police/fire sirens sync to stop traffic lights.

102.

Put crosswalks at street corners. No one is going to use a crosswalk if they need to walk 20 feet down the street in the wrong direction to where the handicap ramp is.

103.

regular policing by foot patrols

104.

make sure there is no ice on the sidewalks

105.

There is good walking in our community.

106.

Some sidewalks are in disrepair i.e. uneven because of tree roots.

107.

Pedestrians need shortcutsBig intersections and 4 lane roads are barriers.

108.

Reduce speed limits/allow municipalities to adjust speed limits without state approval.Require some percentage of Chapter 90 funds to be spent on pedestrian infrastructure.

109.

In the winter, the city DPW piles snow at each corner, making sidewalk use difficult, even if residents clear their area.   There should be a STATEWIDE ban on DPW an private contractors piling snow on the corners.

110.

Snow removal is most important than all of these.  Walking on ice and through puddles are so uncomfortable. The same as driving on black ice or slushy slipper snow.

111.

Reduce lane widths to stop the induced speeding. More traffic calming measures.

112.

No

113.

no

114.

Educate and enforce crosswalks. Eliminate right on red or enforce stop regulations.

115.

Bicyclists going the wrong way on one-way streets is a great danger.  Sudden silent crash can cause great harm to pedestrians.  And, great liability to auto drivers.  Bike lanes are a horrible danger for all – see Cambridge for examples, particularly Central Sq. Slow and inadequate snow removal in commercial areas is a problem.

116.

Overhaul of pedestrian access, light signaling, safer timing with the traffic etc. at Wellington and Medford Square.

117.

better street lights, more of them

118.

Improve Motorist Safety Education!!!(the driving tests are a joke, and any muppet is given a license)

119.

As a person with a disability I find that pedestrian and bicycle behavior is atrocious.  When in groups of 2 or more, pedestrians do not yield to allow other pedestrians to walk in the same area.  This situation is also true as well for my husband who has mobility impairments.  Folks will not yield in courtesy to allow him to walk with his can.  Bicyclist in down town Boston in particular do not obey the law and I have often had to dodge from getting hit by a bicyclist in the crosswalk, even when I am half way across the street.  People walking with hand held devices often stop short in front of you while walking, not paying attention and you accidentally bump into them.  I am visually impaired and this is a major problem for me.

120.

Provide street lights.  A light both allows you to see animals, obstructions, and people directly, but also provides a light source against which you can see silouettes of objects that would otherwise not be visable.

121.

I do not walk in Springfield because the stores near my house are a 20 minute walk (at least).

122.

I walk across Wellington Circle in Medford almost every day, I obey the traffic/walk signals and I come close to being struck by an automobile at least 1x per month. The traffic turning from Rt28 Northbound onto Rt16 Eastbound rarely if ever stops at the red light.

123.

My community (Brighton) is very pedestrian friendly.

124.

Improve on bicyclist need to use a bike as transportation. With bike safety on the roads I would use a car far less.

125.

Get people to use the crosswalks already in existence.

126.

More consistent 77 bus service, which would encourage me to take it rather than drive (and therefore walk to and from the bus stops).

127.

Provide safe walking routes to schools.

128.

improved lighting, shelters at bus stops, timed walking signals in good repair, smooth pavement

129.

In Somerville there is a “Linear” park. Sometimes it is referred to as “the bike path”. It serves many purposes and is a joy to walk on. More facilities like this would make walking beter. As a rule, contact with cars is the worst part of walking.

130.

Reduce perception in some communities that it is unsafe to walk due to criminal activity.

131.

Need more places/reasons as destinations.

132.

Curb extensions at crosswalks to slow down aggressively turning traffic and allow better pedestrian visibility at intersections where cars always either blow through or do a dangerous half ass “rolling stop”.

133.

Allocate resources to sidewalk ADA compliance

134.

Why didn’t you include “Provide motorist safety education” Cars cause the most damage and death out of all transportation options. If you want to improve walking, then zoning laws need to be changed to allow mixed use development in dense residential areas. You also need to give pedestrians the priority at intersections and not cars. For example, if it is raining or snowing, the act of pressing a pedestrian actuator button should immediately allow peds to cross. Also, there are a lot of intersections in MA where cars have the green light for a turn over a crosswalk with a walk signal. This has caused many deaths and is a flaw in design. Connectivity is also important. Many roads in MA do not have sidewalks and cross walks. It is very unfortunate that so much connectivity exists for motorists but not for peds. For example, if I want to walk to the subway in Malden, I have to cross the Fellsway and there is no crosswalk where I want to cross. Pretty simple solution, yet it is far down on the list of things to do. MA should not be afraid to raise taxes on gasoline and use this revenue to pay for ped and cyclist improvement and re-engineering of non-ped friendly intersections and roadways.

135.

better lighting near crosswalks and MBTA train station/tracks

136.

In my rural town, the roads are dirt and there are no sidewalks. As a powerchair user, during the winter, this makes it impossible for me to get out and about. In the summer, there is the problem with potholes and loose gravel, and always the steep hills, but it’s more possible.

137.

I don’t walk much in “my community” – I do walk from the commuter rail station in Cambridge to my work place in Somerville, but I live in western Mass. where I don’t walk as much.

138.

more specific suggestions: snow and ice removal is huge. Also, narrow sidewalks can be a problem on busier roads, as can trees and tree branches hanging down blocking the sidewalk. Better crosswalks, and somehow forcing cars to actually SLOW DOWN when someone is at a crosswalk.

139.

Walkability means nothing if “proximity to services” is not married to:  safe, accessible, code-compliant (521 CMR) pedestrian facilities. MassDOT has a perfect platform to help the public understand how necessary it is to remove all carrots from cities and towns (such as Somerville) that routinely use State funding to construct pedestrian facilities and city-owned transportation amenities in a manner that is not even minimally compliant with State  architectural accessibility code and other safety standards that are triggered by State-funded projects.When MassDOT leaders and Gov. Patrick engage in public interviews and press statements about walkability, transit-oriented development, TIP projects etc.,  these are ripe and ready opportunities to educate the general public about what we should learn to expect in local and state-funded transportation investments.  The time is NOW for Massachusetts to be a real mover and leader in “doing things right”  and “reversing the trend” of noncompliant, wasteful infrastructure construction.When a MA municipality fails to ensure compliance with 521 CMR (and other industry safety and architectural standards) while reconstructing and altering and even “beautifying” pedestrian facilities – using State funding, such as Chapter 40B, TIP, MPO, Mass Highway –  they should be PENALIZED.For example, the Architectural Access Board is a key State Agency that has the authority to enforce the regulations where violations are found, with FINES that are triggered, for example, whenever 521 CMR violations are cited on facilities that were altered, constructed or renovated using State funding in that design and construction (for example, in all public pedestrian work, municipally-owned bus stop locations, and public rights of ways leading to MBTA facilities).The State has been, and continues to, waste an enormous amount of time and money by investing in noncompliant streetscape construction statewide. These as-yet unacknowledged and unsustainable construction practices are harming the work and objectives of MassDOT in the short term as well as the long term.  Please end this trend now.Bottom Line:  Raise the level of public understanding about the importance of 521 CMR in ensuring the long-term viability of State-funded transportation investments.

140.

Re. enforcing laws governing motorist behavior, I would *love* to see a campaign to get more motorists to use turn signals. It seems no one does any more, and it can become very problematic for walkers, cyclists, and other drivers.

141.

Make using a cell phone while driving illegal.

142.

Improve crosswalks in vicinity of rotaries

143.

no.  It is a personal choice

144.

Build covered bike storage on the streets for heavy duty utility bikes (with a trailer, back flatbed, etc) that are too heavy to lug up three fl;ights opf staris

145.

connecting sidewalks to adjoining communities

146.

Setup community/collective walking targets, get to know which of your neighbors walk to the same transit destinations (but a different time), health care deductions for HDL increases.

147.

Fix sidewalk and road potholes. Remove snow and ice on sidewalks so a stroller and children can pass.

148.

More grant money for (a) more city parks and (b) more city walking paths similar to the one in Chicopee extending from Front Street across from City Hall to Grape Street.  

149.

The biggest one here in winter is snow removal.  Just a couple of residential homes not shoveling their walks can make an entire trip on foot practical.  Even worse, one of my most common walks is about a mile to the Medford library, and the bridge where Winthrop St. crosses over the Mystic River, which must be city owned, never has shoveled walks.

150.

If there is a “walk” button, it should work and do so promptly. When a walk light is illuminated, pedestrians should have exclusive right of way.

151.

Better street lighting.

152.

Reduce motor vehicle speedsReduce the number of cars

153.

provide better lighting 

154.

Make more crosswalks and maintain them!

155.

Not in my community, but having places worth walking to is important – I used to work in an industrial park on the North Shore where you had to drive even to get a cup of coffee (unless you wanted to drink the bad workplace coffee). The nearest businesses of any kind, outside a small deli open for breakfast and lunch, were about a mile away. This was for a large industrial park with probably hundreds if not thousands of workers in all the businesses.

156.

Keep pedestrian and car traffic lights operative by cheking on condition of those lights on a regular basis.

157.

Sidewalk snow plowing.Illumination

158.

sidewalks

159.

Larger sidewalks, more salting in winter months, better understanding of how to use the traffic lights and knowing when to cross streets

160.

have a store that sells fresh fruit in town

161.

I’d love to see better bus shelters at busy locations!

162.

Study ways to improve crossing safety on DCR parkways; drivers have been known to honk at other drivers who commit the apparent offense of yielding to pedestrians at unsignalized crosswalks on Memorial Drive near Ames St in Cambridge, and the intersection of Alewife Brook Parkway and Rindge Ave in Cambridge is pedestrian hostile.Develop standards that encourage pedestrian refuge islands down the middle of streets, so that a pedestrian only needs to find a gap in traffic large enough to cross half the street at a time.

163.

Better street lighting, get rid of the hoodlums roaming around my neighborhood 

164.

Longer lights to allow people who can’t run across the street to get across safely.

165.

The new downtown green is Westfield is difficult to cross.

166.

Direct more transportation funding from auto-focused improves to pedestrian/transit improvements

167.

Streets need to be narrowed and traffic slowed not by regulation but by design speed. Sidewalks need to be cleared of snow, but the cities can’t take that on proactively. We need a clearer system of citizen self-enforcement, whereby residents can report uncleared walks and expect that followup will take place. We do not ask too much of residents, and it is fair to ask them to plow.A secondary but important issue is that our beautiful trees often tear up sidewalk pavement, which makes it impossible for wheelchair users to roll effectively. And... brick is quaint and lovely but only for the segment of the population that doesn’t have to roll on it.

168.

Walking is great here, but I would normally bike anywhere that took 10 minutes to walk.I like the consistency I find in Cambridge, with nearly every light in town having the same program of non-exclusive pedestrian signals, no useless buttons, with a few seconds’ advance on the green light.

169.

Increase use of traffic circles and other technologies for managing traffic that do not involve traffic lights, which primarily cater to serving the needs of motorists.

170.

encourage communities to enforce residential snow removal

171.

As I stated above provide sidewalks on all roads.  I live off of Rt 138 in Canton and I would love to walk to and from the market and other shops instead of driving but there are no sidewalks.

172.

Improve the weather!

173.

In my community (Brockton) a more visible police presence downtown would make a huge difference in people’s willingness to walk around.  Also, zoning that better concentrates commercial nodes.

174.

There is no sidewalk in front of my house.

175.

Snow removal is a huge issue in my community.  I also think improvements to lighting and visual features (trees, trash removal) would promote more walking.  Finally, cars should not be permitted to park on sidewalks at all.

176.

Make Charles Circle more pedestrian friendly

177.

better lighting at crosswalks

178.

Slow traffic down (traffic calming, speed bumps, road narrowing) and improve safety (better crosswalks and lighting.)

179.

mixed-use development – it doesn’t matter if there are sidewalks when the nearest destination is miles away. 

180.

Enforce the rule that prohibits parking on sidewalks.  Enforce speed limits. Install raised walkways across streets to discourage speeders.

181.

no

182.

I live on Route 20 in Shrewsbury.  I live within walking distance of many shopping plazas, but there are no sidewalks along route 20 for a pedestrian to walk on.  I feel as though I would risk my life if I were attempt to walk outside of my apartment complex.

183.

I often walk with my daughter in her stroller and with my dog on a leash. As much as I love the older trees in the community, many of them have roots that have made the sidewalks impassable to anyone who is not walking alone, or single file. This needs addressing in Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington especially.In addition – many homeowners are allowed to let large bushes grow beyond the edges of their property, again impeding onto the sidewalks and – especially when combined with one of those root-filled trees or even with a fire hydrant – making it again impassible for any pedestrian who is not walking solo or single-file.

184.

Finish the construction

185.

i live in cambridge and walking facilities are quite good

186.

No other suggestions.

187.

Walking is usual adjunct to bus travel, so better frequency, reliability and comfort (enough seats) would improve the experience.

188.

I live in Arlington; a major problem esp for the ‘littlest’ walkers getting to school is the large amount of private ways.  The town and state currently have no jurisdiction to make private ways safer (sidewalks) on these streets.  If an alien came down from space and saw some of the private ways with terrible road conditions and lack of sidewalks, they wouldn’t say ‘can’t do it, it’s private’, it would say “it should be fixed because it’s unsafe”.

189.

audible signal at Rt 16 and Mass Ave

190.

If public money is spent to remove snow from streets for cars, then it should be spent to remove snow from sidewalks for pedestrians. It is unfair to remove snow from streets with public funds but ask residents to remove snow from sidewalks themselves. It leads to more car trips, isolation for those who can not travel on foot on ice and snow, heart attacks from shoveling for residents, and much reduced physical activity in the form of reduced walking in the winter.

191.

Traffic calming – raised crosswalks and tabled intersections PLEASE! Reduce speed limit to 20 mph everywhere!

192.

need streetlights

193.

more sidewalks on route 30, southborough, westborough area

194.

Treat it like it’s the most fundamental and important form of transportation to protect....then take care of the other modes.

195.

A community walking center, where weather is not an issue.

196.

Have stiff penalties for aggressive motorists.

197.

Better lighting and clear passage after snow falls.

198.

Improve lighting. Improve the general community – when I have to walk past/through trash, pockets of people who make me uncomfortable, in neighborhoods/areas that are very run down it decreases the level to which I feel safe and/or enjoy the experience, which then influences how often I’ll endure it.

199.

Provide more adaptive technology for those who need it (tactile indicators at intersection curb cuts, chirping lights to indicate safe crossing at lighted intersections, etc.).

200.

sidewalks; greenery; places to stop & sit; stop & get warm; places to grab hot tea along the way

201.

improve driver safety and awareness

202.

Snow is a big one!

203.

Decrease the size of roadways and intersections so they’re less intimidating for pedestrians to cross.  Add street trees and other buffers between pedestrians and vehicles.

204.

Make sure dogs cannot get to you.

205.

Prioritize walking as transportation and not just recreation: have paths that actually go places, and provide useful short-cuts, rather than just a pretty place to walk for pleasure or exercise.

206.

1. Pedestrians, esp. seniors, need to have many more public restrooms available.  A suggestion: Impose a new tax on bars and restaurants, then exempt the establishments that make their restrooms  available to the public.2. Put scales in all public buildings so that people can weigh themselves to see how they’re doing in controlling their weight.3. Every intersection should have signs indicating what the streets are in both directions.4. Make the default speed limit for cars in cities 25 mph.

207.

Fix the sidewalks, they are all up and down and non-existent and also have phone poles and mail boxes in the middle of them.  You have to walk with your head down all the time in order not to twist an ankle.

208.

Improved signals at crosswalks. It takes a really long time for the walk signal and then the amount of time to cross the street is extremely short.

209.

More off-road, mult-use paths.

210.

add places to walk to! no destinations in my rural community. I walk to the conservation land to walk, but would walk to commercial if there was some within a couple miles.

211.

Educate property owners on the importance of keeping sidewalks clear of vegetation and vehicles.

212.

Street lighting is very iomportant also retaining business will also encourage folks to take a walk to places. being that a lot of business are moving out of mass folks don’t see the need to walk any where.

213.

Make it easy to walk instead of drive. We need sidewalks and safe ways to cross busy intersections. My neighbohood, in Worcester, has no sidewalks. The streets around here are narrow, winding, and unsafe, day or night. The main street here is an old farm road, I think, that were never designed for cars or pedestrians. It is a challenge to walk in this area for exercise or any other reason.

214.

More sidewalks!

215.

Put in the damn green line extension to Union Square

216.

Sidewalk snow removal on STATE maintained roads,cross walks POLICE speed limit enforcements

217.

There needs to be communication between plowing needs for motorist and those of pedestrians. Plowed in crossing ramps is a pet peeve. This winter has been kind so far with the lack of snow.

218.

Use automated enforcement against red light runners and speeders

219.

I live a min of .75 of a mile from any shopping

220.

Try to time Ped crossing to encourage people to cross at the lights.

221.

Make it look nice. Worcester is just ugly and it makes you want to not go outside.

222.

Visible street signs for each street at each intersection, no matter how minor the roads.

223.

Moar subway stops!

224.

Organize more walking events.

225.

There are few sidewalks in my community. A sidewalk project is underway, but it only provides for a short distance of sidewalk.

226.

reduce vacant window syndrome / blight

227.

Make walking the easiest choice

228.

My community is pretty walkable. Shovel curb cuts during winter.

229.

Personal safety depending on the time of day.

230.

Increasing the number of police officers who are walking themselves to give the impression that city streets are safe.  Do a better job of keeping sidewalks clean, do a better job of making the sidewalks a friendly place to be.

231.

get rid of the street rats and pan handlers!!

232.

Ensuring that residents clear their sidewalks of ice. And if they are elderly or disabled, providing them with services or volunteers to help. This is critical not just for walkers, but also for people in wheelchairs. How can they get anywhere on their own and not worry or get discouraged?

233.

Need places to go to

234.

cross walks that work

235.

Create, or enforce, shrubbery/tree/ground cover laws to prevent intrusion over walkways. You can have the best physical walkways, but if there is intrusion on the walkway or intrusion at the body/head level, the usability of the walkway is compromised.

236.

We live in a rural area

237.

Walking route information. Organized walking groups.

238.

Take lighting into consideration as well for safety

239.

planning and design encourages building to meet needs of automobile drivers – so, big parking lots, separated from walking routes – poor lighting and maintenance

240.

better lighting

241.

We have a very spread out community and not many places to walk to. We have recently had sidewalks installed which helps, but there are very few crosswalks in Sturbridge.

242.

more sidewalks; seems like they could be thinner to avoid impairing wetlands and scenic routes

243.

Improved lighting – would increase my willingness to walk before dawn/after dark

244.

Repair sidewalks and streets

245.

By far snow removal is the largest impediment to walking comfortably and safely. Last winter, when I walked to the bus stop (approximately 1/2 mile) I counted that only five homes in that entire distance had properly removed their sidewalk snow. I would also add drainage is a problem. During rain or snowmelt, pools of water form at curb cuts forcing you out of crosswalks and into the street.

246.

provide side lanes for bicycles in addition to better sidewalks.  Maybe more people could ride bicyces and walk as well.  Better sidewalks a must.  Many of our roads do not have them at all!!!

247.

Better street sweeping to keep the trash off the streets and side walks

248.

Join committees which promote these alternatives at local and inter-community  levels as I have.  It’s well worth the effort

249.

My town was designed to be sprawling and it is not safe to walk to stores because there are few continuous sidewalks.  Just like roads are built for cars, sidewalks should be constructed for the people that live in the community.

250.

I’m afraid to cross the street even when I have a walk signal, because cars rarely stop even for red lights anymore, and there is no enforcement.  Drivers are insane now.

251.

improve pedesterians motorist interaction at crosswalks. If you observe safe walking practices,mostdrivers will reciprocate with similar courtesies.

252.

Walking is easy and safe in my community

253.

Snow removal is a huge issue in the winter.  Otherwise, I live in a very walkable area.

254.

Better planning is needed overall, walkable destinations (shopping centers, etc) need to be design with a multimodal approach and not so car-centric

255.

Wow, your questions as to enforcement and education are spot on.  I would add this:  having police on site during certain PEAK TIMES would possibly improve traffic flow.  I give as an example MA Pike exit 17 (leads to rotary in Watertown/Newton/B.C. area) during rush hour.  How about having a State Trooper get the hell out of a vehicle and guide traffic M-F from 430 to 630?  Local police, too, could positively effect traffic flow just by adjusting light signals during certain peak times and then hand directing traffic.  As for cyclists, when did it become the norm to bicycle AGAINST the traffic?

256.

Fine dog owners who 1) allow dogs out without a leash.2) Do not clean messes made by their dogs. Big dirty problem .

257.

Streets are more level due to cars impacting. Sidewalks seem to crack raise up and overall twist my ankles as I do not see the small obstacles well in snow or night.

258.

plow the sidewalks!!! and enforce motorist laws such as speed limit.

259.

Sidewalks, curb cuts and signalized intersections are all necessary for me to walk anywhere.  I do not like feeling unsafe when walking.

260.

Develop more (narrow) stonedust footpaths for exclusive walking and jogging. And develop more (wider) bicycle paths for walking, jogging, wheelchair movement, and bicycling EVERYWHERE. In the cities, in the suburbs, and in the rural and open space areas of the Commonwealth. Separate these pathways from congested sidewalks in commercial areas. Furthermore, separate bicycle lanes from as many roadways as possible.

261.

Having individuals keep their dogs on leashes. I live in an upscale community and many of my neighbors walk their “security” dogs without a leash or have dogs outside not fenced in and dogs have jumped on people walking down the street. This also happens at public parks in my area.

262.

Relamp streetlights as they burn out.Repair pedestrian activated button switches for walk signal at traffic light controlled intersections.

263.

Better long term planning of developments that are compatible and promote walking – people need places to walk to which will encourage more walking.

264.

1. Cedar Street (between Highland and Broadway): Cars drive much too fast making it dangerous to walk across, or enter/exit your parked vehicle.  I would LOVE to see traffic-calming devices added here.2. More pedestrian zones and corridors in general, following the examples of Southwest Corridor Park, Quincy Market and Downtown Crossing.  Harvard Square, Newbury Street, and the North End should go car-free at certain times each day, or just on weekends for starters.3. Prevent any vehicles (or just those taller than an average person) from parking too close to crosswalks.  With so many people driving tall SUVs, minivans and trucks, it can be hard to spot pedestrians about to cross the street.

265.

More walking paths, like the Linear Park in Somerville.

266.

The biggest issue is lack of crosswalk and traffic calming.

267.

Look at the sidewalk width on primary commuter paths. I regularly walk to and from north station to the financial district and in peak time the sidwalks are overflowing.

268.

local regulations requiring that homeowners clear the snow from their sidewalks. You cannot walk into town in this town during the winter because the sidewalks are covered in ice.

269.

Put sidewalks on both sides of the street, not just one side, or worse, none at all.

270.

Scenery, plant trees,

271.

Redesign streets to provide more pedestrian space, and fix walk signals to operate automatically. Narrow crossings with curb extensions and strictly enforce crosswalk yielding laws. Put all bus stops at curb extensions and aggressively keep them clear. Make snow removal a public service rather than blaming property owners as it goes undone.

272.

In my community, walking is very safe,and there are many sidewalks. How about havenig the dogwalkers moved aside, rather than the non dog walker having to walk around (often into the street)to avoid the dog on the leash.

273.

Make pedestrian crosswalk signal respond quicker.  Often when I push the button I have to wait several minutes to get a pedestrian signal.

274.

Cambridge, Central Sq. is pretty good, thank you.

275.

Since I live within the city, I am disheartened by parking lots for most of the newer shopping areas. There is no thought to pedestrians, or we are an afterthought. The focus is on cars, traffic flow, etc., so if they have to send us around the moon on foot, it doesn’t seem to be a concern. Who are the people who design these things? When they rearrange a parking lot, i.e. Porter Square, the traffic can become even more dangerous for us to navigate. And why does someone who is sheltered, sitting down with heat need the shortest, most convenient route, and heaven forbid you have to make them stop for me to get across a street as a trolley is coming. I am expected to miss my trolley, stand in the pouring rain and be splashed by puddles, etc. so that I do not interfere with one car being made to stop on demand. We need the city to be more pedestrian friendly. And by the way – not everyone who is disabled is on wheels. The hike I have to take to get to an elevator or a ramp is sometimes more of a strain than taking the stairs.

276.

create more mixed-use opportunities to walk to and from and/or bike.

277.

More bike lanes and fewer cars.

278.

Pedestrian signal timing is a big issue for me. Cambridge does it better than anyone, with automatic walk signals (they don’t even provide pushbuttons) that are timed concurrently and include a leading pedestrian interval, as well as countdowns to how much time you have left to cross. I never have to press a button, worry if my button press worked, or wait very long for a walk signal! Boston, Somerville, and Brookline are a mish-mash of some automatic signals, some where I must press a button, and MANY where I wait up to 2 or 3 minutes only to get 10 seconds or less to cross the street. Metro-Boston cities should follow Cambridge’s example! The signals work very well and people actually tend to obey them!Also, I really like the zebra-striped crosswalks that are standard marking in Cambridge and Somerville. I wish all cities in the Boston area (and especially that MassDOT and DCR) would adopt this striping pattern, as it is FAR more visible than just two parallel lines.Furthermore, I’d like to see more raised crosswalks and raised intersections. The ones in Cambridge and Somerville really make it easier to cross the street and force motorists to slow down.

279.

Wider sidewalks is a big one.  If there were less congestion and traffic (and associated fumes, noise pollution, etc) along the Charles River, I think more people would walk there regularly.

280.

The Surveys above are confusing and counter intuitive.  Many people will not read the instructions and will use ‘1’ as most important, 10 and ‘east important.’Also – I wanted improved snow removal on sidewalks and Paths; this does not differentiate from roads.

281.

can’t walk from my neighborhood to any stores, places of business etc. –  too rural

282.

Fix Southwest Corridor secondary paths to eliminate standing water

283.

Build the Community Path, connecting the Minuteman path and the Charles River paths.

284.

New road construction that has included pedestrian bump-outs at crosswalks has been helpful. Also, traffic calming measures are important – it’s unpleasant to walk along a high-speed throroughfare.

285.

Better design of intersections, especially on wide streets, making it less threatening and making it easier for cars to see you.  Better lighting too.

286.

no

287.

Bicyclists need to figure out how to either be motorists or pedestrians and not try to walk the line between that.  I’ve seen bicyclists get hit because they think they have the right of way when they don’t.

288.

Slow down traffic on corridors likely to have pedestrian traffic, by designing roads that do not encourage high speeds.  Improve awareness of pedestrians through signage, marked crosswalks, barrels in crosswalk, etc.  Improve accessibility of pathways – remove barriers, curbs, fences, broken pavement, obstacles in middle of sidewalks.

289.

some streets feel a little dark and thus kind of scary for walking alone at night

290.

Plant trees. Shade and wind protection, as well as aesthetic attractiveness, are more important to me than newly painted crosswalks. 

291.

UPDATE PRESENT SIDEWALKS AND LOOK INTO COMPLETE STREETS. WE HAVE SIDEWALKS GOING TO DEADENDS

292.

Children are obese, school buses are expensive, change the law and mindset so that kid walk to school (eg Google Lake Como, Italy)

293.

I live in a suburban community, and nothing is within walking distance

294.

Construct more bike and pedestrian “bike paths” that restrict any motor vehicle interaction with the trip taking place between two destination points.

295.

consistent and improved signal timing so that there is predictability for pedestrians and driversslow traffic speeds in many urban locations

296.

employ a shared space model for transportation infrastructure

297.

Construct new or connect existing bicycle/walking pathes.

298.

Ramps and snow removal for the stroller families would make it more family-friendly.

299.

Design urban streets, light timing, crossings, and corners for slower, local speeds so it is safe for everyone [walkers and drivers and kids and old people!].

300.

As an able-bodied, healthy person, I have a fairly easy time walking around.  In the winter, it becomes increasingly difficult with poor sidewalk clearance in the snow and terrible drainage in the streets.  I have a friend in a wheelchair whose mobility becomes extremely limited in the winter due to Cambridge’s narrow/uneven sidewalks especially when they’re not shoveled. Cobblestone and brick are charming but I think serious consideration should be made for the disabled, the elderly, parents with strollers etc with concern for retrofitting sidewalks.

301.

Increase use of sidewalks. Safer bike paths

302.

Make it easier to get the schedule for the local GATRA.

303.

More sidewalks of reasonable width.

304.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN COMPLETELY RESIDENCIAL AREAS CAN’T WALK TO THE LOCAL STORE, RESTAURANT, ETC.i WALK FOR EXERCISE ONLY.  WHERE I HAVE TO GO IS TOO FAR AWAY. DON’T KNOW BUS STOP OR ROUTE OR SCHEDULE.

305.

Posted travel speed are insane. The “theory” that the correct speed is the speed that most cars travel, flies in the face of logic. Please stop this. The correct speed is the speed that functions adequetly for all users. We have too many places where people (young and old) are trapped in their homes simply because “someone” used this extremely poor methodogy for establishing speed limits. Speed kills. It destroys our neighborhoods, our communities, it fractures our lives. The best speed for a road should not be determined by how wide the asphalt is. Give community leaders the authority to post speeds that they feel will best serve the residents.

306.

retail store frontage, street trees, on-street parking and lights!

307.

Improve sidewalks or at the very least maintain the current sidewalks. They are overgrown with weeds and encroaching shrubbery and no longer wide enough to walk with a friend.

308.

Better signage and maps

309.

Clearer,more well Painted Cross-walks. More Police vigilance & stiffer penalties for Drivers who do not respect pedestrians rights. Cars drive too Fast in the 1st place. More Police vigilance & stiffer penalties for those who use cell phones & text while driving. More State-Wide & Community Education about these issues. God Bless!!

310.

more public awareness – encourage smart growth

311.

better timing of lights for per crossing

312.

Making sure sidewalks at intersections whether they are two way threeway or fiveway intersections are easily linked and that traffic flow allows for time for crossing.  All traffic intersections (because of visual impairment) should be required to have audible signals for crossing.  Traffic signals should have an audible beep if cars pulls up beyond a certain point.  Intersections should not start or stop at the very top or very bottom of a hill – it is too dangerous. Strong enforcement of vehicles that block accessibility ramps or crosswalks (including police and public safety and works vehicles because they are the biggest violators).  More trimming of tree branches above standard head level.  Signage along walkways should be heightened above head level.

313.

not realyy

314.

We need less government interference, sevice & regulation.Contract out construction, maitenance & clearing of side walks, lighting, etc.

315.

THe city should get a small machine to clear sidewalks. We need to keep the bike path cleared of snow everywhere.

316.

Better audible walk signals would be helpful to my visually impaired friends.Better lighting would be helpful at night.

317.

Teach drivers to behave more responsibly. Many drivers go too fast, don’t yield to pedestrians as often as they should. Actually enforcing moving violations and taking drunk driving seriously might help. I think there is a role for more speed bumps and/or elevated crosswalks to emphasize the pedestrian right-of-way and reduce vehicle speeds.Massachusetts has low pedestrian and driver fatality rates because of old and narrow street layouts and generally small scale, not because of any real good traffic enforcement or compliance.

318.

Walking is just fine where I live.

319.

I am a daily walker, but I have to drive to work. My suburban town is geographically spread out. I walk every morning and often during my lunch hour. I liive six miles from where I work, too far to walk every day.

320.

I wish there wasn’t on and off ramps from I-93 right where I walk to the T station every morning. Motorists are still in “highway mode” when they get off the exit and want to speed through and not stop at the stop signs. There needs to be better enforcement, especially in the morning and at night-drivers typically do not stop at the stop signs (blow right past) and they run red lights at full speed.

321.

Make it easier for pedestrians to get from one side to the other of Alewife Brook Parkway at the Concord Ave circle in Cambridge

322.

Longer crosswalk times.

323.

there are no sidewalks

324.

There are no barriers to walking where I live (Arlington Heights) and work (downtown Boston). If I didn’t live at the top of a big hill, with shopping, restaurants, PO, etc. at the bottom, I might walk or ride my bike more to do these errands

325.

Longer traffic signals for pedestrian crossing.  Boston’s traffic lights are designed to make driving easier, many busy roads have very very short time periods for pedestrians.

326.

Require snow removal from sidewalks. Stop building sidewalks with utility poles, signs, etc, right in the middle. Provide a buffer between roadway and the sidewalk to make them more usable.

327.

Market the health benefits.

328.

improve sidewalks and do not put telephone poles in the middle of new sidewalks. Improve curve cuts.

329.

Most important is forcing the cars & pedestrians to abide by the walk/stop signals!!!

330.

decrease cars parking on the sidewalk

331.

sidewalks on all roads (at least on one side of the road, please).

332.

Have police ticket people who park on sidewalks, thereby forcing pedestrians to walk in the street.

333.

Bad legs so won’t consider walking much.

334.

fix the broken sidewalks and put sidewalks in where there are none

335.

adding lights at dangerous crosswalks,

336.

no, I live in a small town where walking is no real issue. I do walk and bicycle, but only for recreation.

337.

Pedestrians jaywalking and crossing against traffic signals create life-or-death situations, and in the best light cause inordinate delays.

338.

My neighborhood already has excellent pedestrian infrastructure, which I why I didn’t rank it as “high” above.

339.

Add benches or even small stools where people canrest.

340.

Need more sidewalks in better repair.

341.

Invest in traffic-calming road engineering like somerville and cambridge, MA such as raised intersections and curb-cuts.

342.

my reasons are medical; I need to continue loosing weight; and tackle 17 medical conditions; wish me luck + perserverance

343.

Crosswalks emplaced and marked on all sides of each intersection

344.

Improve intersection crossings.  Install traffic lights to control speeds of vehicular traffic on one-way streets.  Repair crosswalks.

345.

Improve sidewalks where they are non-ADA compliant

346.

media campaign to encourage walking, healthy behaviors!

347.

I am a cyclist. Bicycle and Moctorcycle. I sometimes ride my MC to work. Nice. The bicyle I use for fitness. In th old days i used to roam far and wide. Now I cnat do that because of traffic volumes and disdainful moterists. Its dangerous out there. On my workout days i stay on the few remaining back roads suitable to ride.

348.

More dedicated bike/walking paths!

349.

More paths and rights of way. Better lighting

350.

More trash cans, so peds arent’ tempted to throw trash on the sidewalk.  Water fountians wouldb e nice, but that’s asking a lot  :)

351.

More Pedestrian bridges. So many of the bridges in my community are clear obstacles to foot travel because of lack of proper sidewalks and the overall condition of them not the least of which is the actions of trucks on the bridges I will not usually walk to someplace that I have to cross a bridge. They are just not user friendly.

352.

More painted crosswalks and enforcement of the stop for pedestrians in cross walk laws – even police cruisers do not stop as required.

353.

start cracking down on the more offensive jaywalkers

354.

Signage – improved walk/bike access to transit. Post signs on escalators, e.g., at South Station, to stand to right so others can walk up escalator on right.  It’s standard around the world and makes all more efficient.

355.

Zoning.  Quit laying out our suburban towns so that people need to drive everywhere.

356.

None.  Walking is easy.

357.

Better walk signals – show how long til the signal change.

358.

More crosswalks and better enforcement

359.

We use the Community Path/ Bikeway heavily in Somerville, but it becomes impassable due to flooding during rains;  the landscaping is beat down to dust, with silt building up in drainage;  and serious slope erosion and retaining wall rot threatens abuttors properties as well as mature trees that are losing root anchoring.  Remedial maintenance needed on drainage problems and slope stabilization.

360.

Require sidewalks to be cleared of snow and overhaning tree branches.  Require sidewalks in housing areas

361.

Make areas more walker friendly – wider sidewalks, more prominent crosswalks, more trees, plants, etc. (no one likes walking past a dump).

362.

I live in a seaside community where people walk for recreation.  The nearest supermarket is 8 miles away in another town and there is only spotty transportation to get there.

363.

we have many streets that do not have sidewalks

364.

Improve the area shopping. That will allow for more walks in the neighborhood. People are visual.  If they see things that are worth walking and stopping in to have a look, that (I believe) would benefit the community.

365.

Perception of safety is always an issue. MBTA delays to my place of work is a serious problem which got me to reduce my use of public transportation.Public transportation services to lower income communities like Chelsea are not sufficient particularly during mid day hours.

366.

Create walking paths.

367.

Build more sidewalks and cycle paths. Require all new developments and redevelopments to build and maintain pedestrian facilities. Require all developments to follow MassDOT street design guidelines. Reduce parking requirements and charge for parking.

368.

More sidewalks and require removing any overhanging brush /limbs

369.

Change existing Massachusetts laws to have bicycle lanes and have riders to rider towards on coming traffic so the drivers can see the bicyclists and the bicyclists can see the drivers.  Also Pedestrians need to be re-educated to walk in the opposide direction of on coming traffic so that they can see the cars approaching them. This would be easier if we had sidewalks on both sides of the road.  Many school districts and heavily walked shopping centers and malls and intersections do not have sidewalks on both sides of the road.

370.

Time the walk signals to align with the traffic lights.  There are far too many walk/don’t walk lights that signal ‘don’t walk’ when it is safe to do so.  This frustrates pedestrians and encourages them to ignore the signals all together.

371.

Education is more productive, than regulation.  Educate the kids in schools about walking and the rules of the road. Kids will then educate their parents.

372.

Install traffic signals at cross walks across major streets.

373.

have local planning boards understand urban design

374.

Make it mandatory to clean up after animals.

375.

Creat a state statute that all bridges that go over interstates and state highways that link  municipal roads on either side be the responsibility of the municipality to clean and to remove snow and ice on both the roadway and the sidewalks of that bridge.  It is ridiculous to have a town or city say it is a state bridge, therefore the state needs to do that removal.  If the underlying highway did not exist, the municipality would have to remove snow and ice on the road portion at least.  It should also have to do this on the sidewalks of the bridge too.

376.

Fewer cars, better public transportation, easy to understand transfer among bus, subway, train, agressive litter removal and sidewalk and gutter washing.

377.

Reduce encroachment of shrubs on sidewalks.

378.

I chose to live where I live because I can walk places so it is not too bad.  The worst thing is when there is a lot of snow and the town does not deal with it quickly or at all.

379.

Do as New York does, and time crosswalks with traffic signals so that when motorists have a red light, pedestrians crossing that roadway have a “Walk” sign, and turning vehicles must yield to pedestrians in the crossing. At present, you can be standing at an intersection with a “Don’t Walk” sign in either direction. 

380.

ensure sidewalks clear of over grown branches and snowenforce traffic laws esp left turns

381.

Slow down speeding traffic!  There’s no excuse for driving any faster than about 30 mph through congested, historic neighborhoods with many pedestrians.  Traffic calming should be the norm: Narrow travel lanes, wide sidewalks, raised ped xwalks and raised intersections, curb extension, chicanes, bike lanes.

382.

I’m very tired of dodging bikers who don’t stop at crosswalks, blow through red lights and stop signs.

383.

Improve the number of curb cuts for handicapped rampes at sidewalk intersections.  It is usefull for baby carriages, strollers, wagons and for children learning to ride bicycles.  Right now, i avoid certain streets if i know that there are not any handicapped ramps in place at the sidewalk.

384.

Traffic speeds are a major issue for pedestrian safety. Currently people expect to drive fast in urban areas (more than 20 MPH) – this even when the average speed is about 15 MPH or less.  We should design our streets for a maximum speed of 20 MPH or less.  This would make streets much more walkable.Pedestrian desire lines are also useful.  Often we channel pedestrians where it’s convenient for cars, not pedestrians.  We should map where pedestrians actually walk, and place the crosswalk there. Hint: this may be mid-block.If people who relied on pedestrian planning made the rules instead of car-drivers, the streets would be much more pedestrian friendly.  Unfortunately, most traffic engineers own and drive cars as their primary mode of transportation.

385.

More bus shelters needed, with heat.

386.

Specially during the snow season, the sidewalks get blocked by snow. It would be a great improvement for everyone if that wouldnt happen!

387.

Improvement,enforce speeds nad rules of moving vehichles

388.

My sense is that walking is most helped by (1) better urban planning, making walks ‘feel’ shorter (2) get the cars to behave better, they run amok and it’s unsafe, could be a good revenue source too (3) better transit leads to more walking (make mixed mode easy)

389.

Pedestrian behavior is intollerable, attitudes about the drivers right to travel along streets are nasty.  People deliberately stride slowly across a street, when there is a green light for the car to continue on, J walking which takes more time in crossing a street.  Enforce no J-walking and do not cross on green light should be put into action.

390.

undergrounding utility lines

391.

The brick sidewalks in Cambridge can be a PAIN to walk on both literally and figuratively.  I end up staring at the ground when I walk to make sure I don’t twist my ankle from a missing brick, or from a section of the sidewalk where tree roots and the weather have made a roller coaster of the bricks.

392.

Pedestrian signals are largely ignored in the Boston area.  Either pedestrians should be encouraged to abide by them via education or enforcement, or else money should not be wasted on them.

393.

Fix the roads so bicycles can ride on them. Provide wider shoulders.

394.

Change the Zoning. More mixed use zoning overlays are needed so that there is a better mix of commercial and residential and the distances are walkable.

395.

Add more trees and landscaping....a greener community actually reduces stress.

396.

More off-street paths!  People love walking on them, rather than being subjugated to cars on the streets.

397.

walking parks, trails

398.

snow and ice removal are by far the most important!

399.

Better crosswalks, better education to motorists about pedestrian priority at crosswalks.

400.

wider sidewalks, narrower intersections, more reconstruction of sidewalks

401.

Traffic calming to slow motorists down.  Probibiting “short cut” turns through residential areas to avoid traffic congestion.

402.

Remove growth over sidewalks, especially poison ivy.

403.

Providing safer pedestrian access to the surrounding area. Russell transportation uses the sidewalk to park trucks during transition and they block safe access to the area. Could there be concrete barriers from the corner and part way under the bridge to provide a buffer from cars speeding through the area and prevent trucks from parking on the sidewalk? A wider sidewalk would create a reasonable place to walk. Currently one is forced to use the street because people use the sidewalk to park vehicles. Clear stripes and a caution light on both sides of route 28 would be great. During a typical winter the steps from the bridge are covered with snow as well as the bridge. I have two children and I find it difficult to walk anywhere with them during the winter months.

404.

no

405.

Walking routes are somewhat roundabout in the the Brickbottom industrial area. More direct underpasses/overpasses for crossing large roads and, especially, the train tracks would be great.

406.

Make the education part of driver licensing and part of the school system

407.

Walk signals that change quickly after people press the button. It shouldn’t take 30-60 seconds.Repair and maintain sidewalks.

408.

Winter snow removal of bus stops and sidewalks. The snow removal on streets actually usually piles up on sidewalks and crosswalks encouraging pedestrians to walk on the roads with traffic.

409.

Have more exclusive pedestrian phases at signalized intersections.

410.

Keep pedestrian and bicycle traffic away from vehicular as much as possible. Do not require that bicyclists ride on the street. Provide bike lanes on highways separated from vehicular traffic.

411.

Please get the City of Medford to take snow removal seriously, and start looking at improved traffic flow through Powderhouse Square (as well as policing the ass-hats that blow through lights and ignore crossing guards).

412.

Key: Clear and frequent crosswalk marking to ensure safe crossing for pedestrians – and enforce pedestrian yield laws so drivers pay more attention.

413.

Enforce, no parking on sidewalks! Fresh Pond Parkway between Huron Avenue and Brattle Streets (out-bound)

414.

Get more frequent commuter rail/ bus especially in the evenning

415.

Enforce cars to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. I have witnessed countless times in which cars do not yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, particularly for elders. I’m interested in improving pedestrian areas in places such as Somerville, MA by limiting the speed and access of cars through major pedestrian thoroughfares such as Davis and Union Squares. As a cyclist, pedestrian, and someone who drives once every three months using a zipcar, I am familiar with all the gripes of each cohort. I practice courteous behavior no matter what mode I am using. In a dense city such as Somerville, I believe facilities should be created to support more pedestrians and bikers. As far as bike enforcement goes, if the roads were safe enough to ride a bike (I am not afraid to ride them), then more people would be on the roads versus the sidewalks. I do not appreciate bikers riding on the sidewalks.

416.

no

417.

you are not considering the extent of people that use ambulatory assistance devices in this community.

418.

REDO SIDEWALKS, MOST ARE WARN AND OR DAMAGED

419.

I find walkability and bikability go hand-in-hand. They ought to be equal, and primary, concerns when planning road projects through residential and commercial corridors.

420.

Eliminate push button walk lights, they encourage jaywalking.  Find whatever state has a model that makes it easy to fine and collect fines on bicyclists and pedestrians who violate traffic laws and pass that law in Massachusetts.

421.

make it safer; better lighting; clean sidewalks; have bicyclist obey laws

422.

I live near downtown, and walking there is generally easy and safe. Enforcing crosswalk laws I think need to be stepped up for both cars and bicycles (bikers are often the worst transgessors)... I would like to see more attention paid to sidewalks that have become very uneven/broken.

423.

Better sidewalks, better busses, quicker response to crosswalk buttons

424.

Ensuring that the sidewalks are the appropriate width – narrow sidewalks to allow for 7’ of a parking lane isn’t always the right way.Also, when a driveway intersects the sidewalk, the black pavement should be bisected by the concrete sidewalk, not the other way around.  This way, there is a visual cue that the motorist is invading on the sidewalk and ought to yield to the peds.

425.

As a walker AND a sometimes driver, I think pedestrians really need to stop walking out into the road when they do not have the right of way. I see so many walkers ignore DON’T WALK signals and really snarl traffic. This also creates unsafe conditions for everyone involved. It’s my biggest city pet peeve. I guess maybe more enforcement or education for pedestrians? I’m not sure what would actually improve things b/c people seem to be self-centered when it comes to getting around the city, no matter how they are getting around.

426.

Brookline is very walkable, save for the errant bicyclists that disobey the laws.

427.

“Everything” is so convienient in Coolidge Corner don’t need much improvement.

428.

NO ONE stops for pedestrians in the crosswalk. I live by the Market Basket in Somerville, and almost get hit by a car nearly every day while crossing in a crosswalk. It is ridiculous and dangerous!!!

429.

Walking in Davis/Porter area is pretty easy.

430.

Just a note that in my community (N. Cambridge) walking is quite easy. However, I have noticed that some communities walking is much more difficult due to a lack of pedestrian infrastructure. For example, I took the bus to Waltham for a work event, and was dismayed to discover that there were no sidewalks or cross walks at the bus stop or surrounding areas.

431.

Make signage esier for low-visition pedestrians, including greater contrast and larger print street signs, audio street crossing, reflective paint cross walks, longer time to cross streets.

432.

Many of our sidewalks are in hideous shape, full of potholes, frost heaves, etc., which really do need fixing. Also, the area between Brickbottom and Union Square, in the McGrath-Obrien highway overpass should be made more pedestrian-friendly and safer to walk around in at night.

433.

Enforce cars actually stopping at stop signs. The corner of Day Street/Orchard and Dover Street/Orchard in Somerville consistently has ppl slowing down to see if anyone’s coming... and then running the stop signs. Terrifying.

434.

IMPROVED LIGHTING

435.

Make the city more welcoming as a whole

436.

More/brighter streetlights, especially on the McGrath highway overpass (right behind Shaw’s).

437.

Lighting the sidewalks is VERY important! For a woman it is not safe to walk home in the dark. Also the stairs are not lighted from the Mcgrath Bridge down to Fitchburg Street! Very Dangerous!I would love to use public transport as it was always my choice form of transport when I lived in England, Switzerland and France. But the times are so unreliable and infrequent that it makes it impossible! Pair that with walking home on condemned sidewalks...That’s why I drive!

438.

I live in Somerville & work in Allston, both of which are already pretty walkable as it is, so no, not really.

439.

Smaller storefronts, less parking lots directly off the street.

440.

More bike path and improve access for people with disabilities.

441.

Bicyclist are the real problem.

442.

law enforcement!!!!!!!!!!!!!driving schools!!!!!!!!!!!

443.

Get bicyclists off the sidewalks!!!  When they come up from behind you, it can be frightening and throw you off balance.

444.

Mark Streets more clearly for shared-use.

445.

add bike lanes to the 128 underpass next to Burlington Mall.

446.

I work in Beacon Hill and live in Somerville (Winter Hill). If there was a way to walk to my house, I’d walk home when the weather is nice. However, I’d have to walk along side highways, and there’s one part where there is no sidewalk at all (part of Medford St, Somerville as it exits from McGrath Highway).

447.

In somerville the pedestrian signals could be a bit more intelligent. The signal at School and Highland doesn’t take into account that School is ONE WAY at that point, so if the traffic light for School traffic is RED, then just automatically turn on the pedestrian signal on the city-hall side. One of many examples.

448.

Provide any public transportation at all as a start.

449.

Periodic inspection of pedestrian operated push-button switches for requesting a “walk” light.  In my town the controlled intersections that I use have usually two corners with non-operational pedestrian operated push-button switches and telephoning city hall does Not get this some remedial action.

450.

improve crossing lights at coolidge corner:all red for crossing then green for traffec

451.

Homeowners are required to clear snow but don’t.  There is no enforcement.  They need to get tickets or they will not clear.Motorists are too aggressive and do not stop for pedestrians in the road/crosswalk or at stop signs.  There needs to be a LOT more enforcement.

452.

Need traffic and walk light controls at Rte 16 and Rte 28 (Mystic Valley Parkway and the Fellsway in Medford – it’s terrifying to cross Rte 16 to get to McDonald Park where I would like to walk my dog.

453.

Light all urban streets.Bycyclists of all ages are now routinely using the sidewalk for the duration of their travel.  I do not mind children traveling alone using a bike on the sidewalk.  Everyone else should get a $1,000 ticket.Keep the motorized vehicles (tyhe kind ylu stand on, with two wheels) off of the sidewalk at all times.  Anything motorized, other than a wheelchair, shluld not be allowed, by law, on the sidewalk.

454.

litter cleanup (look at the MBTA Yawkey station fence area along Beacon St) would help foster a safer walking route for me. Car break-ins along that area also leave a lot of broken glass.  

455.

teach the building inspectors how to inspect accessibility.  withold chapter 90 funding for inaccessible sidewalks, curb cuts and other inaccessible “ped improvements.”  talk about Walkability in terms of SAFETY and ACCESSIBILITY instead of merely proximity to stuff.teach the public that accessibility is everyone’s safety concern, not &“just” people with disabilities.

456.

Enforce Motor vehicl elaws.

457.

Traffic calming measures would be very helpful

458.

better lighting

459.

more sidewalks

460.

Connect one facility with another such that any one person can get from one part to another without any issues. Have local towns create bike and walk maps so that residents can view them either at the town halls or onlines. That way people can plan their activities better.

461.

While I use my car, I completed this for the many low income people who come to school here.  For the most part day students must walk 1/2 mile in all kinds of weather, and generally take two buses to get here for day classes.  The lack of a bus at the end of evening classes severely limits adults from Springfield who would want to learn more English.  While Chicopee has sidewalks,little enforcement happens requiring individuals to shovel the sidewalks in the manner required by local ordinance.  Such an effort would require the Mayor and Police Department to use the ticket ( and fine) to enforce the law.

462.

No

463.

Availability of drinking fountains

464.

Enforce illegal parking on sidewalks (either partially on roads/sidewalks, or people’s driveways protruding onto sidewalks)

465.

Sidewalks on both sides of streets and as many miles of them as feasible.

466.

Reintroduce local shopping areas. My use is not recorded above because I’m a five minute walk from drug store/supermarket/bookstore, etc. Not many are as fortunate and malls, etc. are not well served by mass transit.

467.

Make sure the walk signals are long enough for people to actually walk from one side of the street to another. Also, make sure the green lights are long enough for pedestrians crossing with traffic (like when people cross a main street when the cross street light turns green).

468.

the bump-outs that reduce the width of the street at the cross walk are great – more of those.public information campaign to improve driver behavior (to try and reduce left turns into cross walk, etc..)

469.

Widen the sidewalks.

470.

blowing trash, more trash receptacles.

471.

Better lighting

472.

More facilities that are within walking distance

473.

Provide more reasons to walk: decrease traffic flow, noise, and pollution; add more interesting things along the way (less purely residential areas, more mixed shops/cafes/homes); keep safety high..

474.

Narrowers vehicle lanes, mid-crosswalk Yield to Peds signs, raised crosswalks/tables, speed and red light cameras, tighter corner radii at intersections, bump-outs.  Wider, smoother sidewalks without obstructions.  ADA ramps at *all* crosswalks.  Removing all the push-button pedestrian signals and implementing concurrent pedestrian signals with a leading pedestrian interval (this is standard in Cambridge).

475.

Since you asked about snow removal, one of the biggest problems is the unwillingness of communities to cite (and fine) property owners who fail to clear the snow on their sidewalks. I don’t care if you feel uncomfortable giving fines to “little old ladies.” Being a property owner comes with responsibilities, and one of them is clearing the snow. If someone can’t physically do it themselves, they should hire someone. If they can’t afford to hire someone, they should sell and move. There are condos where the building association will do it for you. If you’re afraid to fine “little old ladies,” maybe you should consider the “little young kids” that have to walk in the street to get to school.

476.

Continue to provide healthy street trees and public parks.

477.

Transit is too unreliable unfortunately; I use it a lot, but prefer to walk or bike because I’m then in control of how long a trip takes me – even if it takes longer. Trains and buses stop all the time with no obvious reason, they do not run on schedule and then 2 or 3 buses come at a time. Bus drivers also usually do not wait even if they see you running to the bus, and my pregnant wife had buses drive by when they had a green light when she was at bus stops. Other than that, continuing to fix potholes (as they do in Cambridge very quickly when reported) and loose bricks on sidewalks will help.

478.

Somerville seems to have a lot of push button signals for pedestrians. Pedestrians should have concurrent signals at most intersection instead of the push button. Davis Square in Somerville is Particularly bad for this. Since there are so many pedestrians entering and exiting the T there and crossing traffic there should be more opportunities to cross for pedestrians. 

479.

Get owners to cut back overhanging shrubbery that block sidewalks.

480.

My big problem is that because of back problems I can walk very little these days.  None of these things has as much impact as my condition.

481.

I live in Brookline.  Walking is already good there.

482.

Extending the walking path in Somerville cannot come soon enough – I would use it every day.

483.

encourage it!  In the Brookline TAB there is a weekly column that encourages recycling, and I believe it has been effective.  Similarly, a regulr upbeat promotion of walking AND CYCLING woudl make a difference!

484.

Fine buildings that put sandwich ads, or other obstructions in the middle of sidewalk, making access difficult for people with disabilities.  Also give fines to buildings that allow vendors/contractors to block sidewalk by placing hoses, etc. across walkway, blocking access to people with disabilities, and not having a staff person monitor the sidewalk and need of people to walk on it.

485.

In particular the clearing of snow from publicly owned properties.

486.

Install crosswalks; fix broken pedestrian signal

487.

green the streets

488.

Relax zoning regulations so more (clean) businesses can open in residential areas. Take more cars off the road (by raising the cost of driving by instituting a “congestion fee” and by raising parking fees. San Francisco has done very well raising parking fees in high-demand areas. Less car traffic means faster buses, which means more walking.

489.

enforce cross walks, build bigger sidewalks, plant shade trees, clear snow

490.

Add more cycle lanes to promote less sidewalk bike riders.

491.

stick to the plan of removing the McGrath overpass and don’t waste money and time rebuilding it.  This is the kind of short sighted thinking that has us in this mess in the first place.

492.

incentives away from suburban zoning mentalitystop rewarding suburbs for doing it wrong with free highway money in lavish amounts

493.

Improve traffic light schedule to allow more time to cross street

494.

bump out curbs to make crossing distances shorterenforcement of cars running stop lights and not stopping at crosswalksreduce waiting time for pedestrians at intersections with traffic signals (these are long in Boston!)

495.

we need wider sidewalks and grade separated bike lanes, better sidewalk ramps, less on-street parking (space better used for wider sidewalks and/or grade separated bike lanes)

496.

I would go for an automobile-less  society. If we have to go to another planet, will we only be able to go where there was a history of dinosaurs or other fossils for organic fuels? I would go for a planet that provided eletromagnetic energy in abundance which is a much more likelier find.

497.

Footpaths around the city, and into Boston and Newton.

498.

The sidewalks are the biggest problem.  Roads are really narrow and two cars and a pedestrian cannot coexist.

499.

Walk signals should be in sync with traffic signals (when cars move through intersections pedestrians should get the “walk” signal to go in the same direction, with turning cars yielding to the walkers).  Having to press a button to be able to cross a street as well as all the illogical “Don’t walk” signals when there is absolutely no reason not to walk (for instance across a one-way street where no vehicle can turn and pass through that crosswalk) are just two of the major reasons we have such an extraordinary culture of jaywalking in this region.  Pedestrians are constantly taking the right of way away from vehicles, or pressing for “Walk” signals when they have no intention of waiting for it to appear, again reinforcing the endemic culture of jaywalking we have.  Fix the walk/don’t walk signals to make them more logical.  It will slow the vehicles, too.

500.

Emprove lighting

501.

Encourage homeowners to cut back shrubs that partially block the sidewalk.

502.

more trash cans. cleaner sidewalks. longer “WALK” signs at  large intersections. Police presence during rush hour, to avoid “gridlock” and people running red lights. Enforce bike rules. Speed bumps. Better lighting on crosswalks at night. perhaps using  a color that will glow at night

503.

Reduce motor vehicle traffic

504.

More trees along sidewalks to make walking in summer more pleasant, for god’s sake fix that whole thing where the turn light goes green at the same time the pedestrian light tells you to cross, so the cars turning are mad that you’re walking in front of them and vice versa. Also I think it would be great to have covered corridors along major walking paths, like leading to Market Basket where so many older folks walk to and from. Covered to shield from hot sun, cut into the sidewalks that are very deep and put strips of soil with plantings to break up the oven effect and improve air quality.

505.

Reduce speed limits.Charge to get into the city center.Widen sidewalks, reduce the number of car lanes.Shade, street furniture.

506.

Better street lighting

507.

Put some sidewalks in, at least on the main roads.

508.

1. Snow removal in my town and in boston are pretty good already. In fact they go down the street 5x and just scrape pavement! I’d rather see that wasted money spent somewhere else.2.Give tickets for cars that park on the sidewalks! 3, Take away all the “junk” that take up all the sidewalk space like marketing signs, poles, excess paper boxes,etc.

509.

IF there are sidewalks, many have roots pushing them up, or are broken, or don’t drain.  Enforce parking bans or parking NOT on the sidewalk.  You can’t walk to school or to a store without walking in the street.

510.

Educar mas a los residentes a mantener su comunidad en mejor mantenimiento.

511.

working crosswalk signals

512.

Studies and evidence show that the litmus test of “making cities and towns safe for children” ends up being the ultimate benchmark that just automatically, by default, will result in near-perfect safety and liveability conditions for all. So when you improve and prioritize cycling infrastructure and pedestrian infrastructure, interesting, you also reduce motor vehicle accidents in those areas as well. Just do this research – this has been demonstrated consistently in other cities and represents “Vulcan logic.” It’s time to de-emphasize cars and actually prioritize, through funding and projects, safe walking and biking routes, as well as making mass transit a convenient option for everyone living in “smart/dense” cities, towns and village centers.

513.

Clean streets, better lit streets, infrastructure that is safe (i.e., the underpass of the McGrath Highway is crumbling away and pieces have fallen apart recently), rodent control such as pigeons that leave guano all over the place, clean up of dead animals such as dead pigeons and rats.  Much of the streets in Somerville are a disgrace and it’s not a pleasure to walk anywhere.

514.

Provide my town with money to build sidewalks. We need sidewalks, sidewalks, sidewalks!

515.

Living in a fairly urbanized area of Somerville, I think a lot of the necessary improvements have been made already.

516.

NO

517.

Improving sidewalks and signals will do a lot to improve motorist, pedestrian, and bicyclist behavior, I think, without spending specific money on enforcement. But who knows.

518.

More community paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

519.

More indicators in a crosswalk would help.  Improving sidewalks would be great.

520.

We need paths created and sidewalks.

521.

The only factor that could improve walking in my community is improved snow removal on the sidewalks.  This is not a concern for me, but it probably is for other people.

522.

SNOW REMOVAL IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM ON THE HARVARD STREET BRIDGE/OVERPASS BETWEEN GLENWAY AND NORWELL.  NO ONE EVER SHOVELS THE SIDE WALKS!!! EVER!! AND THEY ARE NOT SANDED EITHER.

523.

I highly believe that bicyclist need to be educated about the laws. Motorist are doing thier part but with more people bicycling and not obeying the laws of the road makes it pretty tough on both the motorist and the pedestrian. As far as the inner city pedestrians also need some education on what is not only the law but what it logic.

524.

Need new side walks, new street pawing

525.

again it has to do with the way a community is designed.  we live close to shops and public transportation – by choice and design.Motorist and cyclist and pedestrian behavior could be improved!!!

526.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

527.

Better system for snow clearing in winter- the current system has plows clearing the road, but pushing snow up onto pedestrian and wheelchair ramps, with no apparent follow up to shovel out.

528.

Enforce laws against vehicles running through stop signs, red lights, etc.

529.

Safer roads better signage for safe bicycling, enforce motorist/ bike laws. reaffirm bikes have reasonable rights on roads.

530.

Boston sidewalks are horrible for people using things like rolling walkers. I fall weekly due to poor sidewalks.

531.

More visible cross walk lanes that make people aware of pedestrian presence and right to be there.  Fix sidewalks with broken surfaces from tree roots, make neighbors cut overhanging vegetation that narrows the width of the walkway, and enforce snow removal with a wide enough space for passage.

532.

Walking is good in my community (Beacon Hill).I’d like more bike infrastructure.I DO NOT want police or anyone “governing pedestrian behavior.”  That is insane and would significantly reduce my quality of life. Cars and bikes, fine.

533.

Should have sidewalks available on most major streets

534.

more sidewalks!

535.

I’m disabled and use a motorized wheelchair so any improvements to sidewalks and more curb ramps would increase my mobility.

536.

Oh yes.  Make it safer.  Is a bullet going to go whizzing by my head?

537.

NO

538.

Promote it is the healthy and economical way to travel.

539.

Mandate that ALL sidewalks be TOTALLY CLEARED when only a small path is cleared in the winter it forces pedestrians to walk in the street.

540.

remove bricks

541.

Engineer walkways and streets so pedestrians and motorists can see one another (no blocked views).  Educate pedestrians on “distracted walking”.  Too often I’ve seen pedestrians step off the curb into traffic while on the cell phone.  Ban cell phone use for drivers unless stopped.  Educate them on safe places to stop and use the phone.

542.

safety must be improved

543.

Provide compleat streetscapes

544.

need security in crossing streets.  traffic signals not properly set; walk, don’t walk signs out of synch and often direct pedestrians to cross at dangerous times, some lights too short for comfortable pedestrian crossing.  Also cars make right turns whenever they want to, whether or not pedestrians are seeking to cross.  Suggest ending right turn on red signs in particular; right turn on right is the most dangerous practice

545.

Homeowners should trim hedges that grow out onto the sidewalks.  Homeowners living on sloping streets should shovel more promptly after storms.  Storefront owners should shovel more than their doorway and not block access to the sidewak with shoveled snow piled at the curbs and corners.

546.

all my life I have riding bike on the sidewalk. I am sure aI won’t run over anyone yet I am breaking the law. dang

547.

Brookline is extremely walkable

548.

sidewalks in my town are in need of repair. Tree roots have damaged many. More than walking, I am most interested in a bike way to Boston. I would like to see the bike way discussed with the Greenline extension project constructed. There is no safe way to bike to Boston from Medford.

549.

No

550.

Not at this time.

551.

side walks there are no side walk people with small children, eldly,walk and runs have to walk a the street not safe

552.

No sidewalks in my community it is unsafe to walk rural area.

553.

When I was younger, I did not like to walk in the city because of people bothering me.  In addition, a couple of times people tried to grab my purse while I was walking.  (I held on to it both times, and the person ran off.)

554.

Replace brick sidewalks with concrete and never do brick in the walking R0W.  Keep cafes from encroaching on walking ROW. Speed changes to concurrent signal timing; make cycles short and Walk time long; add LPI.  Keep crosswalks painted and across both crossings. Commit city to keeping curb ramps clear of snow and some jurisdiction ditto for bus stops.  And lots more.

555.

Complete construction and always consider pedestrian flow when setting up construction sites.

556.

More frequent weekend transit options.  30-60 mins between buses/trains is not going to encourage people to use transit

557.

I think ensuring sidewalks is important. It is not neccessary tomake elaborate or grandeous improvements-just the simple ones!!

558.

I do not drive, and as a frequent pedestrian, I am very concerned about distracted drivers – either in cars or on bikes.  I would like to see a total ban of cell phone use while driving, including a ban on the use of hands free cell phones, which still contribute to distraction.

559.

motorist behavior is a real issue – for peds and bikers.  not so much a matter of enforcing laws for peds and bikes but more making laws that are actually relevant.  Many laws – jaywalking, complete stops, etc – make zero sense from a non-car perspective.

560.

Get rid of Mcgrath Obrien overpasses. addmore direct paths to centers

561.

wider sidewalksstreet treespublicity pointing out the cost savings and health benefits of walkingguerrilla signs as in this article http://www.freep.com/article/20120412/NEWS07/204120596/Student-s-guerrilla-project-aims-to-get-more-people-walking

562.

Smarter signals for pedestrians – why shouldn’t I be able to cross a one-way street where traffic is stopped?

563.

Provide funds for extending the Ashuwillticook Trail into Pittsfield

564.

No

565.

Incease the number of bike/walking trails that are free of traffic noise and mayhem. Our community is a commuter cut-through community that has no bike/walking trails. 

566.

make sure that people are not allowed to use cellphones while they drive!!!!

567.

no

568.

Wider sidewalks

569.

Facillities for walking are fine in Brookline

570.

More Pedestrian Paths

571.

Not really. I live in Davis Square and I count myself very lucky. I think it’s extremely walkable. A few more street lights along Elm St. at night might make me feel a little safer, but that’s all I can think of.

572.

Around Boston University on Comm. Ave., the pedestrians and cyclists – especially the students – completely ignore all laws. I have to go there daily, and it’s terrifying every time.

573.

walking in brookline is great. enforcing rules about snow removal would really help in the winter. enforcing red light running by autos would also be great.

574.

There is a cultural problem that fosters a disdain for all non-car transportation. Pedestrians are inherently wrong when crossing, cyclists are inherently taking up too much space in virtue of existing, and buses are deemed too slow-moving at all times. The car is perceived as king, and systemic steps must be taken in order to quell this misnomer. Perhaps a public awareness campaign that tames the driver’s ego would manage this task.

575.

I think that my community is great for walking.

576.

Implement traffic calming measures, such speed humps, parking on alternate sides of the streets, narrower motor vehicle lanes, one-ways.Plant more and larger shade trees.Make sidewalks wider. Encourage small-scale neighborhood commercial activity imbedded into residential neighborhoods.Build the green line.Don’t cut buses.

577.

I walk all the time – Cambridge is perfect for walking.

578.

Encourage people to learn about safe walking routes in their communities...

579.

Look at the major walk linkages first and make sure they are in place and are safe and convenient. With limited funds there needs to be a prioritization based on use.

580.

Walking is an extremely dangerous urban activity. There are holes,broken sidewalks and, even the people who repair these are negligent. Work areas are left unmarked after the workmen leave.I even found a hammer in a cut away while the workers were a few feet away. . .

581.

my community is very walkable.  In fact, most trips are

582.

At some point, turning on a red light is going to have to be phased out. As a pedestrian, there is really no good time to cross since people can turn even when you have the crosswalk sign.

583.

Get rid of cars.....or make crosswalks more visible...enforce laws...obey stop signs, one way streets, speeding.

584.

Somerville is already a great place for walking.

585.

Educate pedestrians on how to cross the street.  I see so many people who push the walk button and then walk out across the street anyway (against a green signal).  Motorists get rightfully pissed and don’t yield anymore.  The worst law we have is that the pedestrian always has the right of way.  Now they just walk out in front of cars often pushing their baby carriage out in front of them.  This law should be changed to except when light is green for cross traffic.  We have created a dangerous hostile pedestrian vs. motorist environment.

586.

Time the light signals better and slow down motorists. 

587.

What about wayfinding signs with walking times on them?  If people knew it was only a 10 minute walk (or 3 minute bike) from point A to point B they may be more likely to walk.  You could probably even add “calories burned” to that sign.  People may not think of walking & biking as a great weight management tool, but it’s so much better than sitting in a car all day.

588.

streets are not welcoming, and sometimes don’t feel safe

589.

I live in Wendell. There are many miles between “here and there” and biking, not walking, is the way to go.

590.

Consistent enforcement of driving laws that protect pedestrians. I can’t tell you how many cars continue through intersections while I’m standing in the crosswalk. More stop signs, speed bumps and blinking yellow lights.

591.

On Huntington near South Huntington a lot of people leave trash on the sidewalk. It would be much nicer if they would use trash barrels , and wait for trash day if it is bags of household trash !Next to where I live by the corner of the J-Way and Huntington,  there is a sidewalk that could really use repair . It’s the one that curves around the gas station by the exit ramp from the J-Way. It is really crumbling badly. Thanks!

592.

I am a person with a disability and I find pedestrian’s and bicyclists very rude to my community.  Pedestrians walk side by side not making room for others coming in the opposite directions and bicyclists do not watch for pedestrians and cut you off at cross walks.

593.

Get the recycling companies to be accountable for the objects that blow off of their trucks and litter pedestrian paths alongside the side of the road.

594.

Your questions were for people not in wheelchairs!

595.

I work in on State/Armory/Federal area.  I walk often on STCC campus, but would be too afraid to walk on the streets.  MORE POLICE PRESENCE IS MANDATORY.  ALSO POLICE MUST FOLLOW PEDESTRIAN SAFETY RULES...NEVER STOP FOR CROSSWALKS.

596.

connect rail trails to shopping areas

597.

safety

598.

build more sidewalks and bike paths

599.

I’m in a rural area.

600.

Invest in local economic development and community building

601.

No more brick. You can’t imagine how difficult and dangerous it is to navigate brick with any kind of mobility or balance issue.

602.

Make using a cell phone while driving completely illegal and socially unacceptable. Promote walking and cycling as sensible and healthy alternatives to driving everywhere. Demolish all shopping malls and bring commercial life back to downtown areas, and illegalize those loud car stereo systems that make the entire neighborhood vibrate.

603.

make sure there is police presence in some of the high crime areas. make sure street lighting is working.

604.

more sidewalks

605.

Promote traffic-calming by redesigning streets & intersections to slow traffic and increase the safety & desirability of walking & public transit.

606.

More police patrol

607.

Walking in Wilbraham is very convenient

608.

more snow removal is highly needed for wheelchair users.

609.

After snowstorms clear snow & ice from all sidewalks or institute walkers’ lanes in the streets.  To avoid falling on icy sidewalks I walk in the bike lanes because they have been plowed & sanded and usually no bikers are using them. Enforcing laws is great but punitive. How about a courtesy campaign that asks everyone – walkers, bikers, skateboarders, drivers – to look out for each other? Biking has become safer but I still observe impatient and unsafe behavior daily.

610.

better walking signals

611.

It’s good

612.

Knock down the elevated section of McGrath!

613.

walking on the hill. gina’s car with tommy and brittany be with close friends and i will behavior and follow the rules and van 96 gina

614.

Infrastructure. Both sidewalks, better signal timing, crosswalk timing – and also, benches, and lights!

615.

Provide LPIs (leading pedestrian intervals) for pedestrians crossing busy signalized intersections with permitted turns. Allowing peds to get into the road before vehicles start turning will help peds cross roads safely. Providing concurrent ped phasing is also nice because peds don’t have to wait as long for their turn to walk.

616.

No

617.

Try to encourage as much high-density, transit-oriented, mixed use developments as possible. Limit car amenities as much as possible to encourage more pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy commercial, cultural, and civic opportunities. 

618.

My community (Cambridge) has great access but many areas in the suburbs it’s literally impossible to walk anywhere because there are no sidewalks.

619.

In Somerville, I’ve noticed a trend of shifting side-walk ramps and crosswalks to the side (ie, Broadway St. crossing Willow). I assume this has to do with sewer grate placement and sidewalk ramp grade, which are good concerns. However, it would be nice if the crosswalks and ramps were more in line with pedestrian desire lines. As is, most people just step of the curb and walk across the street next to the crosswalk, as you would expect.

620.

More raised intersections, narrower lanes, narrower streets.

621.

Mixed use zoning and development. Don’t design for the passenger vehicle – use a complete streets model – multi modal. More Bike Lanes – Less traffic lanes

622.

The most dangeros condition I encountered recently was an uneven concrete sidewalk, near the JFK building in downtown Boston. I tripped and nearly fell forward but caught myself in mid-fall. Otherwise it would have been extemely painful. Women complain about bricks. Uneven concrete is the worst problem for me as a pedestrian and a rider on bike paths. More bike lanes. During winter time, bike lanes are more likely to be plowed and allow an alernative to slippery sidewalks for walking.

623.

Slow cars down. Deprioritize driving infrastructure, parking, etc.

624.

Make it a health issue, obscenity is out of control in this country people need to start walking short distances. I think in my neighborhood (Roxbury) some people find it too dangerous. Also cars do not respect cross walks or lights so it’s dangerous for people to walk...also people walk on the SWC bike path which is frustrating when there’s another path or sidewalk right next to it. 

625.

I think the biggest thing is mixed-use development, making sure that origins and destinations are close together.

626.

Keep the “T” going as often as it does.  Maybe it could be more on time!

627.

More cycletracks and off street paths for cycling will help with all modes of transit.

628.

Provide more maps and guides. Reconfigure dangerous intersections

629.

Most sidewalks are far too narrow and result in pedestrians being forced to walk in the street.

630.

Many sidewalks do not have adequate space to walk.....because of trees and roots ... home owners bushes that extend over the sidewalk....plus the uneven sidewalks....It these issues could be corrected...one could walk, not to trip and fall, with out obstructions ....Thank You for asking...

631.

I think there needs to be MUCH more emphasis on providing bicyclist safety education and getting across the message that bicyclists are required to follow many of the same rules of the road that motorists do (i.e. not ride on the sidewalk when there are bike lanes; not run through red lights; yield to pedestrians in crosswalks; not go the wrong way on one-way streets; etc. – I have had many close calls (as a pedestrian) when bikes have nearly hit me while I crossed in a cross walk with the green light!

632.

Remove barriers on sidewalks like signs for businesses. Also make beautification improvements for encourage businesses to do so. Like plant grass or plant shade trees for a cooler walk in the summer. 

633.

I am a wheelchair user and rough, unkept sidewalks are very tough for me to navigate. Brick sidwalks are also extremely difficult. The most significant improvement, from my perspective, would be to re-pave the sidewalks we already have with smooth concete surfaces, and replace bricks with concrete (or a similar smooth surface) as well. This would make a tremendous impact on my quality of life.

634.

better monitoring of cars @ dangerous intersections;

635.

Plan areas such that preference isn’t given to cars, i.e. plan for the pedestrian instead of the car. In areas such as these that already exist, safety doesn’t have to be at the fore front of your mind all the time. Crosswalks are good, but they don’t go far enough.

636.

Walking is fine, but our climate could be better.

637.

The most dangerous condition I encountered recently was an uneven concrete sidewalk, near the JFK building in downtown Boston. I tripped and nearly fell forward but caught myself in mid-fall. Otherwise it would have been extremely painful. Women complain about bricks. Uneven concrete is the worst problem for me as a pedestrian and ride on bike paths.More bike lanes.  During winter time, bike lanes are more likely to be plowed and allow an alternative to slipper sidewalks for walking.

638.

In Ashland, I am located off Route 126, near lots of stores and conveniences.  However, there are no sidewalks!! I could walk everywhere if there were sidewalks and better cross signals.  I find this to be the case in many suburban areas.

639.

The traffic signals in Davis Square are a disaster, for all modes of transportation. For the City of Somerville, improving the timing of these lights should be the highest priority. They significantly hinder the flow of buses exiting the station, the long waits anger drivers which leads to reckless driving through the square, which in turn is a huge danger to bicyclists and even pedestrians. There has got to be a better system here. 

640.

there needs to be a crosswalk across Belgrade Ave where the steps from the commuter rail parking lot come down

641.

we need to make there be places to walk to.  in springfield we don’t have a lot of destinations or small businnesses, restaruants, etc that deserve to be walked to

642.

Visible policemen walking around

643.

Build infrastructure that lowers the speeds of cars in neighborhoods. Cambridge does a pretty good job of this. Great examples here: http://calmstreetsboston.blogspot.com/

644.

Better road conditions for bikes to share the road with cars.

645.

Sidewalk bump outs are not suitable to a state which has snow 5 months out of the year.  They are a hindrance to plows which give them a wide berth and thus the adjacent parking spaces are lost to snow mounds.  They are not statistically proven to improve safety, unlike medians which are sensible as long as they don’t block side street and driveway access.  Unruly bicyclists are a scourge on safety.  Eliminating travel lanes to add bike lanes is a travesty and harmful to our economy.  China is adding travel infrastructure while we eliminate travel lanes and increase driving times.  Which practice do you think enhances an economy?  Duh.

646.

raised intersections

647.

more lighting at night do not have obstacles on the sidewalks

648.

Promote “Let’s Move” walk in the community!

649.

Safety:  Good lighting in public places, lighting that is reflected down at the sidewalk and that is regularly maintained, cross walk signal buttons  that actually function and are maintained many simply don’t work, signs in crosswalks telling drivers that they must yield to pedestrians in cross walksPurposefully thinking about walking when designing/improving city spacesAdditionally mixed zoning so that things are within walking distance – again tied into planning

650.

Ever since Brookline redid Beacon street, access for handicapped, old, and parents of young children has become impractical. This is a huge segment of the population that is denied access to the city.

651.

Removal of snow, sleet and ice are paramount; Chelsea has many trucks – difficult to walk around them.

652.

There are many sidewalks that are ‘wheel chair accessible’ but as soon as it rains, giant puddles form making them inaccessible for everyone. I have seen blind members of the community struggle with these giant puddles and almost walk right into them. These passage ways need to include proper drainage!

653.

Require that residents trim plantings to keep branches from growing out over and narrowing the sidewalks.

654.

Simplify street traffic patterns.  In Boston motorists have too many options.  They are accustomed to doing whatever they want.  This breeds impatience.  Coupled with poor enforcement of all sorts of motorist laws, the roads are lawless and seem dangerous.

655.

get rid of the McGrath bridge between Twin Cities Mall and Brickbottom. Provide green space in it’s stead. Don’t wall off communities with expressways and transportation rails – this is a city after all, of PEOPLE NOT CARS OR THE RAILS. These decisions will effect the city for the next century. 

656.

no

657.

No

658.

Develop the two rail trails that are under study and planning in Sudbury

659.

No

660.

fix the bridges, signage, pave the roads and sidewalks, and Massachusetts will be fine.

661.

provide more sidewalks in non-urban areas

662.

we could never get the funding, but wider shoulders would be good

663.

Wider shoulders or paths by the roads.

664.

Fortunately, I live in a pedestrian-friendly community.  But there are still some change that could be made.  Walk signals on traffic lights should cycle to “walk” a lot faster...it takes forever to get a walk signal at some intersections.  Also, more sidewalks, with shade trees for summer.  Good lighting during the dark winter months. Enforce laws for motorists to yield to pedestrians, and to bikers.

665.

Too many busy intersections do not have turning lanes and people have to take their lives into their hands to cross. 

666.

The walk signal at intersections should be simultaneous for people crossing at all four corners, such as what there is at Longwood and Brookline Avenue. That is standard in The Netherlands. It is unsafe to have cars turning into a pedestrian’s path as the person is trying to cross the street. Walk signals need to accommodate longer crossing times. People should not have to wait longer than 20 seconds for the walk light.

667.

Give cyclists a separate place to travel if possible, keeping them off crowded sidewalks.  Demand that drivers observe laws concerning care with pedestrians.  Keep up with sidewalk repair (have fallen in the past).  Maintain night lighting to keep sidewalks safe and pedestrians visible to each other.

668.

At least, include walking strip on roadside.

669.

get people to shovel their sidewalks better, but this winter, it was not an issue.

670.

My neighborhood is relatively pedestrian friendly, but there are several improvements that could be made to increase pedestrian safety and convenience, including sidewalk bump-outs, Leading Pedestrian Interval signaling, traffic calming, and improved bicycle facilities, among others.

671.

Enlarge the sidewalks so that 2 wheelchairs traveling in opposite directions can comfortably pass each other.  Clear the sidewalk for 2 way pedestrian traffic.  Don’t make pedestrians have to stressfully dodge tree pits, misplaced bike racks & mbta bus stop shelters on busy streets.

672.

Reduced the number of surface parking lots. Make the city vibrant at a human scale. Create a sense of enclosure with street trees and buildings with small setbacks. Provide separate facilities for bicyclists, pedestrians and automobile drivers. Outlaw building big-box stores with large lots and blank walls and fastfood establishments with drive up and parking in the front.

673.

no

674.

Dense neighborhoods and not typical sprawl.

675.

Our streets and policies need to be designed first with the pedestrian in mind, then the cyclist, then the car. Always begin with the most vulnerable user and work toward the least. Only this way can we truly make our streets safer.

676.

Get serious about eliminating cars from city centers. Remove parking, fund public transport and cycle hire, build real bike lanes, build raised crosswalks, give pedestrians and cyclists right of way over all car traffic. 

677.

Make it accessible to handicapped & elderly- both better sidewalks and light timing. Seen people in wheelchairs having to go down middle of street, or elderly not having enough time to cross. Enforce cars, particularly right turns. Had cars honk at me to move while they are taking right on red and I have a walk signal. Perhaps more restrictions of right-turn on red. Also, when a traffic light goes out they fix it. But many walk signals/buttons do not function forcing pedestrians to play chicken with cars. Broken walk signals should be equal priority to broken car traffic signals!

678.

Make the “walk” signs last longer.  Some are insanely short for someone who isn’t sprinting across the street.  Also make more “no turn on red” signs.  Often I have been nearly hit by cars clearly not looking for pedestrians while turning right while I have the walk sign.  Finally, create more multi-use roads. I feel the more roads that have many uses (separate but adjacent bike, walking, and car facilities), the safer everyone will feel, the more bikes & walkers will come out of the wood-works, and the safer the roads will actually be.  Also, reduce the driving speed to 19 mph in the city (Boston). This is proven to radically reduce accidents.  Enforce instances of cars parking or traveling in bike lanes and stopping on top of crosswalks. I’ve never seen this behavior enforced, even when police were present.

679.

Sync up the street lights with crosswalk signs. Too many pecs just jaywalking it’s dangerous.

680.

More raised intersections, pedestrian priority signals

681.

Close Newbury Street to vehicular traffic, or restrict it to early mornings.

682.

More sidewalk cleaning.

683.

Provide four crosswalks at typical 4-way intersections no matter what!  I’m tired of seeing only three crosswalks because of turn phases etc.  Please prioritize pedestrians.

684.

As students people do not learn or understand walking against traffic and biking with traffic.Ignorance is bliss.

685.

We have no sidewalks! And very few crosswalks!

686.

Bike paths, public art – make it interesting, mixed use zoning

687.

Clease sidewalks of utility poles hydrants, mast arms, signs to the greatest extent possible.

688.

I live in a very walkable community. I had trouble answering this question because none of the measures would make walking easier for me since it already is easy. Your survey shouldnt assume that respondents a) dont walk or b) would walk more if...

689.

Better lighting at night on busy roads.

690.

MORE sidewalks

691.

Traffic Reduction.  Most pedestrians have to fight traffic, even when they have a signal in their favor.  Everything in our city planning is set up for cars.  We need to take better care of pedestrians.

692.

Increase the gas tax (increase the number of people walking)

693.

Tener la temperatura agradable todo el tiempo...

694.

Sidewalks!

695.

Local public transit connectivity, so that people can walk to a bus to get to places too far away to get to on foot.

696.

Consider where pedestrians are crossing consistently and repeatedly where there are no facilities (e.g. Cambridge St in Allston near N.Harvard intersection) Peds walk for efficiency though the city often ignores these realities.

697.

Sidewalks are great, but in a suburban/rural community unlikely.  Establish and mark bike lanes and “walking lanes” on the side of the road and educate the public- and enforce rules.

698.

Sidewalks

699.

I live in a rural town and most streets don’t have side walks.  Having side walks is much saver and easier if you want to walk somewhere. I work in Leominster and walk at lunch times and some of the streets in the city do not have sidewalks either.

700.

Good lighting, good sidewalks, improve safety.

701.

Reduce speed limits on state and regional roadways with higher development density to provide for improved bike ped safety.

702.

Sand is another big issue this time of year there may be no side walk but a large pile of sand on the side of road, forcing you to walk further into the road. Also the pot hole/ road conditions can be cause for concern. If there are no sidewalks and poor condition bumpy roads, same as sand, you walk further out into the road with cars trying to avoid you, pot holes, etc, not safe for all.

703.

Better and more abundant streetlights.  More APSs.

704.

Add more of the yellow bumps for the blind

705.

yes

706.

Put more sand on walkways.

707.

more street lights

708.

no

709.

better sidewalk and lights

710.

lights

711.

Funding for sidewalks near/around school areas and downtown/community facilities (city hall, post office, shops etc)

712.

too many times people are hanging on the streets. safty becomes an issue.  harrassment is an issue.

713.

Clean the street more often

714.

Neighborhood watch, better lighting.

715.

no

716.

no

717.

Safety issues

718.

Walking is good where I leve.  Where I work the streets and side walks are dirty, including a lot of animal filth.

719.

Make people responsible for clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice, especially private homes near public buildings.  (school, library, etc)

720.

Walking trails

721.

At many lights motorists do not stop. This is very dangerous especially for children. Many times there are not lights and it is too dangerous to cross without one.

722.

Remind drivers to stop at stopwalks.Remove snow from sidewalks.

723.

no

724.

yes, less money for the transportation

725.

better sidewalks

726.

more street lights and stop to make sounds for the blind

727.

cars should stop and let people go by

728.

cars should stop and let people go by

729.

no

730.

provide better lighting at night

731.

better lighting at night, safety improvisions

732.

penalize people that do not walk on the pedestrian lane

733.

make sure all street lights are working and have access to payphone for emergency purposes.

734.

for people when crossing the street to use crosswalks

735.

no

736.

use caution

737.

put a working traffic light for pedestrians in front of Union Hosp in Lynn,Ma. Far too many pedestrian accidents including fatality.  People get of the bus and try to cross Lynnfield St, Lynn,Ma

738.

en carro

739.

Reinforcing snow removal during heavy snow days would be very helpful as it is nearly impossible to walk on snow/ice covered sidewalks and walking in the street amongst cars is dangerous.

740.

get rid of potholes so cars don’t have to swerve to avoid them thereby endangering pedestrians & cyclists

741.

none

742.

improve infrastructure making it safer to walk. (sidewalks, traffic calming measures, dangerous intersections, no crosswalks)

743.

improve lighting and police patrol for safety

744.

more traffic lights

745.

If time permits, I gladly walk, but I do not often have the time, as things are far away.

746.

Rail trails

747.

not at this moment.

748.

Perhaps way-finding maps and linkage of neighborhoods and shopping districts through parks and side streets.  Landscaping – where possible – between sidewalk and road to improve safety – whether real or perceived.

749.

Improve existing sidewalks

750.

it’s tough where i live, in a suburb roughly 25 miles from boston. but services have moved out of downtown to malls in other towns. much harder to get to groceries and other services.

751.

Complete streetsTraffic calmingImprove esthetics of walking areasImprove lightEngage law enforcement

752.

Our sidewalk conditions on Dudley Street and Columbia Road are very poor dispite repeated requests to the City of Boston; to rate this as a 10 does not adequately reflect the drastic improvement to walkability that flat surface sidewalks would make.

753.

Improve sidewalks on Topsfield Road leading to Ipswich commuter rail station.

What other types of roadway improvements would you like to see in your region?

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Response

1.

Repaving

2.

better traffic signaling, especially where I have to stop at 8 traffic lights, at 6:30 in the morning, when there are no pedestrians or cross traffic, but there I am, sitting at a red light on my way to catch a train.Also, improve road surface

3.

Fix The Rt 2 Rotary in Concord

4.

Pervious pavement should be used.

5.

Clearer sight lines at intersections

6.

Improve merges on highways. The southbound Mass Ave to SE Expressways is stupid. Also 44 east to 3 north has a lane drop and a merge in the same place. Dumb.

7.

More Train transit options, more frequent commuter rail trains.

8.

see above

9.

traffic calming for safety of vehicle bike and pedestriansmart signalization for efficiency

10.

Would love to see rt 28 Randolph/Milton thru the Blue Hills upgraded to two lanes since the backup at rush hour is rediculous. It takes an hour for the bus to go from Avon Square to Ashmont.

11.

Enforce speed laws on residential roads.

12.

speed timed traffic lights on Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

13.

Raise the speed limit.  Higher speeds increase the flux of traffic.  Require police cars waiting for an incident to be concealed from traffic.  Too many slow-downs and fender benders from people reducing speed to below the limit, because they see the police.Build curtains/wall between lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions... too many times a traffic accident in the opposite direct of traffic causes curiosity delays.Require tow truck/police/fire to erect visual barriers around an accident, so people know to slow down for safety, but not just for morbid curiosity./

14.

I notice you ahve not asked about bike-friendly road improvemnts...Traffic calming measure for dangerous intersections (see http://www.cambridgeday.com/2012/01/24/bike-rentals-to-come-with-helmet-dispensers-safety-brochure/ to see what i mean), minimize traffic lanes and increase bike lanes – protected bike lanes. Step into 21st centruy and do not give higher priority cars over ped/bike modes. And build the Green Line Extension – that would help roadway congestion a lot in Somerville.

15.

DEDICATED BIKE LANES FOR TRANSPORTATION, NOT JUST RECREATION

16.

Better road quality. Bumps and potholes and uneven surfaces are not only dangerous while driving but increase auto maintenance bills.

17.

Toll both at the Zakim Bridge on I-93 for all (especially the NH plates).

18.

timely maintenance

19.

The time is coming to expand Route 91 from Holyoke to the VT border from four to to six lanes. Passenger car and truck traffic to and from VT and NH from CT, NY, NJ is very heavy and increasingly dangerous. A minor incident or accident currently can entirely stop north or south travel for hours at a time. I’m familiar with the long lead times required for projects like this (planning, funding, construction)...often 15-25 years...so I hope it’s on the drawing board...And then there’s Route 2.  The divided highway that ends west of Gardner needs to be extended all the way to Greenfield.  In many places the right of way already exists.  The current two lane road remains extremely dangerous despite safety improvements and is a major impediment to car and truck transportation to and from northern Western Mass.And finally, worsening congestion on the stretch of the Mass Pike from Sturbridge to Auburn clearly indicates the need for more lanes,  Traffic on weekend afternoons is predictably bumper-to-bumper and can be stopped or slowed to

20.

Traffic and Pedestrian Enforcement

21.

The roads are in terrible physical shape. I wouldnt think of biking on them because of the potholes and general disrepair. I am not looking for anything new, just repair what you have!

22.

bike lanes

23.

1)Third travel lane on I-90 from Sturbridge to West Springfield. Both directions. 2) “Open Road” tolling.

24.

More sidewalks.  More crosswalks.  More pathways that are not necessarily on streets.

25.

Why are you asking this if you are going to reduce commuter rail.  The fact that I might walk to a store if I now have to drive in more becuase I can’t take a train at night means that you have improved my life 1% if you make it easier to walk, and made my life 99% worse by forcing me to drive to work when I otherwise should not have to

26.

road resurfacingdeal with Middleboro Rotary Circle – make it less of a logjam

27.

Snow removal is a sore spot. MassDOT is using highly corrosive chemicals on the roads that are eating our bridges, signs, pipes, trucks and anything else that is metal alive. STOP IT. I don’t care if somebody wants to drive their BMW at 80 MPH in a snow storm. Black roads is a terrible policy that is costing us a fortune. The Town of Lincoln does fine with a little sand, and snow covered roads. Sand with enough salt in it to keep the sand from freezing goes a long way. Depending on the weather conditions,(eg. freezing rain) yes, there are times when straight salt is required, but you guys way overdo it. You should NEVER use any of the more corrosive chemicals. On another note, adding the forth lane to 128 is good. Maybe even 5 lanes, 128S @ I95 to Rt. 24. The bridges on I93 are much improved. Never let bridge surfaces get that bad again. Do the I93/128 interchange ASAP. Add a hill climbing lane at 128N and Rt 3 Lexington, Add dedicated entrance lanes to 128N at the Pike and Rt 30 that run up to Rt 20 or even Winter St. (I know, there are bridges in the way) and stop wasting money on bike lanes. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here

28.

Specific requireemnts for pedstrian and bicycle access for ALL projecs paid for by DOT. The state currently does NOT do a good job including pedestrain access when it does its roadwork.

29.

Fix roads – provide funding

30.

Rather than zipper lanes, split bridge underpasses into 3 sections. The middle passage could be opened/closed according to rush hour directions and construction needs. Coastal communities should utilize ferry commuting in a more bus like manner (as in Bermuda) and with an understanding of destination needs such as U Mass Boston.

31.

“Add more travel lanes” – I don’t understand what this is referring to – do you mean on the highway?  We don’t need more lanes – we need to encourage people to get out of their cars and use public transportation more.  More bike lanes on roads are the best travel lanes you could add – even better would be dedicated lanes that are separated from the car lane with some kind of barrier.  It increases one’s sense of safety when biking. “Upgrade traffic signals” – again, I’m not really sure what that means.  It makes sense to review traffic signals in an area to make sure that they are timed correctly.  Also, as a pedestrian, it would be nice if pedestrian signals worked all the time, and were better maintained.I would like to see more speed bumps and traffic calming techniques employed in residential areas.  I think these types of measure work much better than traffic enforcement to slow down vehicles.

32.

More bike lanes with improved safety.  

33.

Smoother pavement.  Fewer or shorter construction disruptions.  Better-maintained roads, regarding drainage, pavement markings, sweeping, filling pot holes and clearing/cutting vegetation.

34.

bus/van lanes and the public transit system to use them

35.

Better on-road bike accomodation and maintenance, icluding bike lanes and stop-as-yield laws for cyclists.

36.

Make more bicycle and pedestrian friendly

37.

in my town i would like to see restricted street parking during snow storms.

38.

I have never driven so I don’t think it right for me to offer any opinions on this page.

39.

Smart sensors in the pavement to tell the maintenance operations center what the environmental conditions are and how they are changing.Use high-speed tolls with transponder readers overhead – like weigh-in-motion.

40.

Improve signage on roadways: steet signs that inlcude both the main road and the side road (and not just the side road, as is the case in many locations) – signs to clearly indicate the continuity of state numbered highways.  Examples:   a)  Route 28 through Boston   b)  Route 38 between Woburn and Medford   c)  Route 99 south out of the Route 16/99 rotary in Everett

41.

Better signage.I don’t think car pools really work as well as they should since most folks need to go different places before or after work (school drop offs & pick-ups, errands, etc.)  We don’t just go to directly to work & home anymore.

42.

On main freeway commuter roads such as southeast expressway, masspike,rte 128, & Rte 1-93 add aerial reversible lanes down the median with very limited access. Say for masspike have access at Alston/Brighton, Rte 128, & 495

43.

Set signal timing to accommodate actual traffic needs. A lot of fuel is wasted when you have to wait a minite or so for the light to turn when there is no traffic on the crossing street. 

44.

More frequent pot hole repairs in winter.

45.

Extend the red line to a large, inexpensive parking lot on Route 128 near Route2.

46.

sidewalks

47.

Special bicycle lanes for all future road constuction.  More bike paths.  Widen narrow highways to include bicycles and walkers.  Accommodate mopeds/scooters.

48.

More bike trails/lanes/shoulders.

49.

Improved lane markings and more reflective lane markers for better navigating in poor weather, and more of the high speed fastlane tolls (you maintain roadway speed) similar to that on I-95 in NH

50.

Faster road repair.

51.

Build more sidewalks and trails to encourage multimodal roads.  Improve drainage of water off higher speed roads.  Make small intersection upgrades to reduce idling time (let the communities implement themselves with state funding as locals know what to fix).

52.

Allow The Ride to use any and all roads that would make travel more direct, quick, and efficient.

53.

Add a lane each way on Rt. 495, from Rt. 24 to Rt. 44. It is a bottleneck in both directions.

54.

Better pavement conditionsBetter pavement stripingBetter use of pavement area (road diets)Make the main routes function better so that motorists don’t need to resort to taking side roads to avoid problem areas

55.

Dedicated bicycle lanes and multi-use paths.  Even a small increase in the number of people walking and biking would yield tremendous benefits in terms of public health, emissions, and energy use.

56.

Roadway maintenance and upgrading the phasing of traffic lights to reduce travel times.  Phasing traffic signals to the speed limit would reduce speeding and traffic.

57.

Paint lane lines for saftey and visiblity. Repaving rutted roadways. Having tracktor trailer truck travel in slow lanes only.

58.

Carpool lanes do not work. We should use this lane for general public.

59.

Make sure the roads are pitched so that water goes into street drains and doesn’t pool in the street.

60.

Complete streets with bicycle lanes, right there is only very few streets with bicycle lanes present.

61.

More off-road bike paths, extend the Ashuwillticook at either end. Buy the Housatonic Railroad right-of-way NOW while it is being offered for sale.

62.

Reduce (not eliminate) traffic law enforecment during rush hours which tie up traffic and increase enforecemnt during “off” hours.

63.

reconstruct Rte 2 between the rotory in West Concord and I95 adding overpasses and off/on-ramps at the interestions.  Make Rte 2 4-lane between Greenfield and Athol.  Relocate Rte. 2 to the south side of the Millers River instead of going through Erving.

64.

Pedestrian crossing lights

65.

I marked “disagree” on “add more travel lanes”, but if we’re talking about adding bicycle travel lanes, I would agree to that.I marked “Don’t know” on “improve snow renoval” because I believe snow removal is already more than adequate on the streets. But we need bike paths and sidewalks to be plowed as well.

66.

Fewer potholes – roadway resurfacing. Greater capacity(more lanes/expanded roadway width) wherever possible, particularly on highways.

67.

Complete streets – accommodate all modes, not just SOVs.

68.

Reduce vehicle lane width to 10 feet to keep cars from speeding.  Prioritize bike lanes, buffered bike lanes/cycletracks, and high-visibility x-walks.  Put advance stop lines at all intersections and eliminate wire-suspended traffic signal heads so that cars cannot block the x-walk without no longer seeing the signal.  Standard practice in many European cities is to only install post-mounted signal heads IN ADVANCE of crosswalks – let’s do the same here in urban areas.

69.

IMPROVED PAVEMENT AND STRIPING CONDITIONS. FASTER MAINTENANCE ON POTHOLES.

70.

Bike lanes!

71.

better maintenance activities to improve and maintain the current transportation system

72.

Fix potholes, not just an asphalt patch, but really fix the potholes so they do not return.

73.

better and more consistent signage, especially for complicated intersection, better light timing and considerations for both local and regional throughput – look directly at travel paths and times for common destinations to improve overall flow.

74.

pothole filling is an issue.  We spend $gazillions on roads and although they’re not great they do get the job done.

75.

More bike lanes and bike paths

76.

None.  Please expand transit, pedestrian, and bike service.

77.

Fill potholes.  More bike lanes.  Better signage, particular street names.

78.

Bike/Pedestian lanes or separate paths.

79.

Rt. 2 needs more lanes!

80.

1) I want to see improvements such as raised intersections and bump-outs that enhance pedestrian safety.2) I want to see major intersections signalized which currently are not.3) I want to see bridge repairs. And roads and sidewalks.1) I want the Green Line to terminate at Route 16, with pedestrian access across the river and from all sides of the station.

81.

less pot holes and more lanes

82.

Strict rules penalities and training for cab drivers and police. These drivers should be a role models rather than the worst offenders.

83.

Raise the price of gasoline, so people wouldn’t drive so much.

84.

Increasing Fast Lanes would be a relatively inexpensive and possibly quick solution to some of the peak travel problems on our toll roads.  Improved design would also help in terms of some weaving challenges along interchanges with I-495.  Open road tolling should be explored with greater urgency.  And yes, capacity is a major challenge but not always the ultimate solution.  It really needs to be a combination of expansion, improved design, more transit options and innovative technologies such as open road tolling.

85.

Paving to improve road conditions.

86.

better signage and lane line marking. There are a lot of “games of chicken” set up by lack of a yield sign, and people inventing new lanes because the lanes aren’t marked. Also some poorly designed intersections out there. Would love to see dedicated bicycle lanes separate from vehicles.

87.

High speed routes without on-street parking in commercial areas make these areas less walkable.  Deep setback sprawl development discourages walkability.  Shading in summer is critical, trees are useful.  Many recent traffic signal “upgrades” have resulted in far worse driving situations with long light cycles restrictive lane use to no advantage.  Bike lanes would be good, going back to 4 way stops rather than more and more stop lights and expensive intersection beautification. Raised intersections are good though.

88.

Fill potholes. have farmstands at service centers and make them a destination spot. Turn them into entertainment centers. 

89.

I would like to see the intersection of Route 116 and Route 63 in Amherst changed from a signal to a roundabout.  This is a dangerous intersection that is prone to high speed crashes.  Also the 5-way intersection in Amherst of Route 63, Montague Road, Sunderland Road, Meadow Street and Pine Street needs state assistance for improvements.

90.

Eliminate potholes and bumps in the road

91.

Highway, Road and Bridge repair and maintenance

92.

better signage; including street names; improve the condition of the roads; rest stops; bike routes separate from vehicle routes

93.

Better signage!

94.

bike lanes

95.

visible, well-maintained lane markings on highways; reduction of visual clutter so driver can focus on important signage

96.

Good sidewalk access

97.

More bike lanes

98.

Better sidewalks.  The BU bridge is a step in the right direction.  I hope the Longfellow has the same commitment to non-motorized traffic.

99.

Light rail.

100.

More bicycle facilities (ie bike lanes and cycle paths)

101.

Have bike lanes. Create better awareness that bicycles are allowed in the lane, especially in downtown Pittsfield. Get rid of rumble strips on Route 7 & 8 – or make them bike friendly.

102.

Any improvements that will decrease the traffic in Somerville.  I have a one year old and worry about the air quality since many delivery truck and commercial vehicles cut through Somerville.

103.

More bike lanes, more dimensional traffic calming.

104.

1 – Every street sign should identify BOTH streets, not just the minor crossing street. On most major streets, it is difficult to know what street one is on.2 – Better bike lanes.

105.

Allow FastLane in ALL toll gates at MassPike Sturbridge plaza.

106.

Speed regulations and attention to right of way issues for pedestrians

107.

not sure

108.

repair the roads that exist now, add bike and pedestrian facilities.  Make all of the street signs larger.  Remove old signs, obstructions to existing signs, etc.  Car pool lanes have not proven to be useful, probably because people are not commuting to a “central city” the way they used to. They are traveling to AND around the city (on 128, 495, Rts 3, 95, etc to get to work.

109.

Coordinated traffic lights wherever possible.Review restrictions on ‘right turn on red’ corners – inconsistent standards for which intersections get this designation, and many more should be considered to keep traffic moving.

110.

traffic-calming, incentives for car-pooling, designated lanes for commuter buses: ANYTHING to get people OUT of their cars in into public transportation/reduce fossil fuel emissions!

111.

Construction projects take an extraordinary amount of time and usually end up reducing the ease of getting from one lane to the other.  Rather than reduce the number of car lanes, it would be nice to see more creative ways of incorporating bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

112.

Better shoulders and bike lanes, and I notice dozens of “For bicycle signal stop here”  but have seen very few of the bicycle logos actually painted on the roads.

113.

Anything that removes cars from the roads.  Encourage carpooling, improve public transit so people get out of their cars, etc.

114.

bike lanes. pedestrian only areas. traffic calming. parking garages

115.

None

116.

REPAVING!  Not all roads are state roads, but there are major streets in my neighborhood where you could dorwn in the potholes.

117.

I don’t want to see any roadway improvements, aside from maintaining what is there, because I would rather see the money spent on highly efficient rail lines which are not dependent on fossil fuels. I’d love to see a line along Rt 2 from Boston to Greenfield.

118.

Better lighting and lane markings, e.g. reflectors

119.

Add a reversable express lane in the median which people can pay to use 

120.

Speed controled on streets of city,I’m sure tax money and grant money have paided for radar guns which I feel are very seldom used in city.

121.

too many one way streets concentrate cars and increases aggravation, traffic, and rude driving. Bike lanes

122.

Move the I-95/93 interchange project in Woburn forward!  This cloverleaf is a huge backup even during a reverse commute.

123.

Highway improvements – interchange improvements are the key. Backups of traffic waiting to get off Route 2 at 128, or getting off Route 128 at Route 3, are the choke points in my ride. Major routes like Middlesex Turnpike, where the lights are timed to stop at every intersection, would be a help. Prohibiting left turns and moving traffic along Mystic Valley Parkway and Fresh Pond Parkway would help. Unclog Alewife, and find a way for buses to get in and out without major delays. The one place there should be widening is the Mass Pike between Exits 9 & 10.

124.

More, many more, rotaries, or round-abouts, at busy intersections so as to decrease the delay posed by the sequence of stopping traffic at traffic lights.There is a new one at the UMass Amherst campus thta works very well and tow in Keene NH thta alsl allow for a steady flow of busy traffic.

125.

More bus and HOV lanes on crowded inner city roadways to promote use of other modes as opposed to cars.

126.

More bicycle lanes

127.

paving

128.

better snow removal

129.

Repair trucking bridge over the Connecticut River/canal in Turner’s Falls

130.

Fix potholes in a timely manner, even if it is a temporary fix until it can be done correctly in the spring.  Not only for ware and tear on vehicles, they collect water and splash people that are walking.

131.

Traffic calmingStreet trees

132.

Improve snow removal by: including full bike lanes/shoulders and sweeping sand and glass regularly.De-emphasize car culture.

133.

Lanes should be reconfigured to provide wider curb lanes so that bicycles and automobile traffic can more easily share lanes on major arteries and smaller connecting roadways.

134.

stripe roadways with wider outside lanes for so bicyclists can share lane safely with motor vehicles.

135.

repaving; better striping

136.

More “road diets” please.

137.

There is room to widen a great deal of i93N, primarily between 128 and 495 and much of 128. When the new concrete guards were installed in the median in Woburn, a 5th lane could have been added. During i93 Fast 14, the movable jersey barriers could have remained and HOV lanes created between Winchester and the central artery. My suggestion was not followed through on by DOT traffic engineering.Not a single state highway with a speed limit of 55 should remain. All should increase to 65. Any state highway with a speed limit of 65, should increase to 70.Most residential speed limits on state roads should increase by at least 5 miles per hour, especially 2 lane per side with a median.90% of all No Turn on Red signs should be taken down.Passing should be allowed on single lane back roads with long visibility.Snow Removal in some areas is poor and create very dangerous road conditions.Special funding should be given to Chelsea, MA to improve their streets that haven’t been paved in 30 years.Overall, more work should be done to get people to where they are going faster, without sacrificing safety. Doing things as simple as adding breakdown lane use during rush hour on any highway with room to create periodic pull off lanes, i.e., 128 N between 93 (woburn) and Rt. 9 in Natick.I know construction is expensive but simple changes like this can reduce congestion, road rage, and the overall satisfaction of lifelong Massachusetts drivers, like myself.

138.

Beltway around worcester

139.

n/a

140.

Better striping and signage would go a long way in reducing road rage. Many highway markings are gone or improperlyapplied.

141.

Better optimize lights.  Too many poorly timed traffic lights impeding the flow of vehicles – and pedestrian respect for signals.Ongoing driver education and enforcement: stay in lane, signal before turning or changing lane, keep safe distance behind, keep slower to right lane, preference to right at stop, preference to changing to right lane, KEEP INTERSECTION CLEAR...

142.

better striping of roads, paving of roads more frequently, more street sweeping

143.

Much clearer road markings (hasn’t anyone here heard of thermoplastic paint?), signage, and BETTER DRIVER EDUCATION

144.

I believe it would behoove the state to require driving education courses every five years for current drivers to refresh and reinforce the need to drive safely.  We need more state patrol enforcement.  My husband and I drive throughout the year to different states and find HOV lanes much more productive and more numerous in other states along with better enforcement.  Also in states use to a lot of traffic flow, they put work signs up way in advance of the construction site to warn travelers.  Massachusetts is not good at providing either street signs for travelers not familiar with an area nor in posting warning signs in advance.  It is almost as if the state is unwelcoming of people.

145.

Widening of route 2 to provide for different speed choices and limit intrusions from the roadside.

146.

More ‘Smart Signals’. The signals that can detect when a car is waiting and act accordingly. 

147.

Paving – fix potholes for pedestrians and drivers

148.

Let’s continue to work on taking down the elevated portion of Rt28 in Somerville and Cambridge....

149.

Don’t focus on roadway improvements. They provide little net benefit. Focus on mass transit, carpool lanes, bike lanes, etc.

150.

Make it safer to ride a bike. Educate drivers of their responsibility when dealing with a bike in traffic.

151.

Don’t give licenses to teenage girls.

152.

I think that MassDOT needs to demonstrate that autos are not necessary in the city. Money spent in improving sidewalks and crosswalks benefits more people than any road project. Bicycling needs to be on equal funding with the auto for every MassDOT proposal.

153.

As a bicyclist, potholes and gravel from road degradation are the worst. Street sweeping to remove gravel and sand would help. More attention to potholes would help also.

154.

Curb extensions and better connectivity of bike lanes.

155.

REPAIR THE ROAD SURFACES A POT HOLE SHOULD NOT EXIST LONGER THAN 48 HOURS ONCE REPORTED

156.

Create better multi-modal options, better sidewalks, bike lanes where appropriate, and better walking environments

157.

On road bike lanes or shaared lane markings (Sharrows)

158.

Improve bicycle lanes and traffic signals to accommodate cyclists

159.

More bike lanes

160.

IN the above question, what kind of &“travel lanes” are you referring to? Yes for bicycle and pedestrian travel lanes, no for motorist travel lanes, unless the engineering dictates it would provide a safer, more efficient travel environment.

161.

Traffic calming at rotaries and at some of the intersections that are particularly wide

162.

better road surfaces – more money in Chapter 90

163.

Ideally, paving some of the dirt roads, but I think that’s unlikely. Failing that, maintaining the dirt roads better. And adding sidewalks.

164.

I don’t see the need for roadway improvements in my region.  I do see the need for more transportation alternatives.

165.

Every roadway improvement needs to come with a concurrent effort to enhance the surrounding pedestrian environment.  Accessibility issues should be raised to a top tier priority and the scope of every project should involve evaluations and planning and construction of feasible accessibility upgrades adjacent to the roads.  The State needs to review its policies and practices in order to ensure that safety and access for pedestrians is adhering to Federal statutes, regulations and codes.

166.

I’d love to see more “left turn only” lanes at intersections. The light could be a green arrow or a “yield on green” type of situations. I’ve seen these lanes in other states, and they work well to keep from getting gridlock in intersections.

167.

Improved pavement quality in terms of smoothness and cleanliness. This is very important for bicyclists.

168.

ALL ALL ALL Traffic signals should be smart signals and avoid idling traffic with no one coming in the other direction. Also detection should be able to tell when a vehicle going the opposite direction cuts the turn too sharp and trips the loop detector in the opposite direction.

169.

Surface improvements to roads like Boston Avenue in Medford and Mass Avenue in Boston (between Berklee and Symphony) would do more to encourage bicycle riding.

170.

more bikelanes; putting large city streets on a diet

171.

More bike lanes, more bike boxes.

172.

Better biking infrastructure. Bike lanes that are NOT in the “door zone,” next to parked cars. Separate traffic lights for bikers.

173.

Roadway projects, sidewalk projects, traffic signal upgrades, bridge rehabilitation, noise barriers, streetscape projects

174.

Only improve roads that support transit ortented development.  Put more money to mass transit, less to road

175.

pedestrian crosswalk lights

176.

1. Extend the North i93 inbound H.O.V. lane from Somerville to Woburn-Anderson.2. Create a H.O.T. zipper lane in each of the inbound and outbound directions on i93 and assign the funds to transit funding and OM cost to run it.

177.

Add more public transit options

178.

Better attention to potholes. Remove most of the “No Turn on Red Light” signs.

179.

Fix potholes and any road impediments that damage tires and cars

180.

More crosswalks with lighting or overhead cross walks on busy highways such as Route 33 in Chicopee at each rotary and across from mall and other shopping areas.

181.

The best thing you could do to improve roads around here is extend the Green Line all the way to Route 16, so that traffic congestion would lessen.

182.

I want to get out of the car.

183.

Fill those potholes more promptly.

184.

improve intersections to include roundaboutsinclude traffic calming when possible

185.

Road surfaces should be repaired (e.g, there were major potholes on I-93 S just N of I-95 for many months). More signs are needed; existing ones are confusing and should be improved. Also, signs at intersections should show the names of both streets. Timed traffic signals and smart traffic signals would help reduce pollution and fuel wasted while idling at red lights.

186.

Fix potholes; replace signs that have been damaged and removed; remove McGrath/O’Brien elevated structure and replace with boulevard at grade.

187.

Why didn`t the questionnaire ask about improvements for bicycling? More separated bicycle facilities should be built to make it safe and easy for everyone – including children – to bicycle.Motorist education should include more focus on bicycling and walkingThere should be more enforcement against motorists who double park in bike lanes and don’t drive appropriately around bicyclists MassDOT should overall do more to focus on bicycling and walking

188.

bike lanes/cycle tracks, raised intersections/crosswalks.  Improved signal timing.  Dedicated lanes and preference at traffic signals for buses.

189.

I’d rather see the money spent on public transportation than the roadways.

190.

Signage

191.

Reduce construction projects during the day. Improve pothole repair.

192.

Crackdown on people running red lights

193.

Better maintenance – fewer potholes

194.

More pedestrian walkways properly indicated by the upkeep of painted lines.

195.

Maintenance is an issue. Expanding roads it the most expensive way to invite more people to drive.

196.

bikeways

197.

I’d love to see the following roadway improvements: 1) Eliminate the HOV lane which is costly and under-utilized, making traffic worse during rush hour, and do not consider it for other roads in the future; 2) congestion pricing to discourage drivers in Downtown Boston during peak times; 3) In addition to increasing the number of Fast Lanes, make it easier to sign up for it (ask people when they renew their license if they want Fast Lane? or when they change their address with the Post Office?); 3) Encourage all cities and towns to adopt similar snow removal ordinances so that the best practices in some places (such as Somerville, which has exemplary local snow plowing) can be spread around, improving snow removal and compliance with sidewalk clearance laws everywhere; 4) coordinate traffic light timing in key congestion areas; 5) Instead of adding more travel lanes or HOV lanes, why not dedicate certain lanes for buses and rapid transit vehicles (even things like private vans run by corporations) to fill gaps in areas where transit isn’t as accessible, such as the Weston-Waltham-Burlington corridor?

198.

Fix the potholes in a reasonable amount of time.Enforce cyclist laws.Enforce pedestrian laws.Enforce motor vehicle laws.

199.

More law enforcement re speeders and DWI / OUI offenders.

200.

maintain pavement markings

201.

Improved safe areas for bicycles and pedestrians.

202.

Reduce road widths – will force drivers to drive slower and less recklessly

203.

There are a lot of dangerous oblique-angle intersections around here.  I am always happy to see them rebuilt to be closer to perpendicular.  Longfellow EB approach is nice e.g.  How about Brattle & Mt. Auburn in Camb or Forest & Trapelo in Waltham,

204.

More use of traffic circles and other traffic management technologies that do not involve use of lights.  Massachusetts has been very slow to adopt many of these approaches, which generally tend to improve safety and reduce long-term costs.

205.

Repair potholes.

206.

Upgrade Route 128 between Peabody and Beverly to three lanes NB and SB.Please construct the 128 and I-93 Interchange!!!

207.

More frequent resurfacing of major arterials.

208.

Bike lanes

209.

Improve ITS100% Electronic TollsMake texting illegal

210.

PLEASE address the fact that people go through red lights ALL the time.  This is a disaster waiting to happen for pedestrians and other drivers. (it already has been the cause of many accidents)

211.

Keep current roads in good repair.   We should also eliminate manned toll booths.  There is no reason not to use Fastlane or EZpass.

212.

More traffic calming infrastructure, and a lower default speed limit – 20 mph.

213.

Raised walkways crossing streets to deter speeders.  I live near Winthrop Street in Medford...drivers race down the hill not caring about pedestrians, spraying filthy slush in our faces in winter.

214.

don

215.

Better repair of road surface defects for smoother roads.Smart signals that sense traffic to improve flow and save energy and time.

216.

Addressing major traffic problem areas with better traffic signals and more rational traffic flow. Alewife Circle and Fresh Pond rotaries are huge impediments to getting around in the Somerville/Cambridge area.

217.

Better planning on projects so they don’t take as long to complete.  The 128/rt1/93 project in and around Dedham has been going on for YEARS with very little to show.

218.

More bicycle friendly street markings.

219.

better maintenance of local roads – Cambridge is OK but many local roads have potholes that makes it hard for cyclists and motorists.also, we need seperate bike lines – between parked cars and the side walk and with a barrier so cars can’t use them to double park or idle..

220.

No other suggestions at this time.

221.

Highly visible signage at major intersections, like Arlington MA center (Mass Ave/Pleasant-Mystic Sts)that make it absolutely clear to motorists that bicycles may take entire lane.  Better yet, bike priority lanes with signage like:  “Bicycles have priority in this lane.  Please maintain safe distance.”  By this, I don’t mean bike lanes, although they can work in some circumstances.

222.

I’d say that on roads that can handle the additional 3-5 feet, bike lanes should be made where they are needed.

223.

bicycle facilities!

224.

road diets on busy streets so it is easier for pedestrians to cross.  Remove double jeopardy for peds wherever possible.

225.

Roads, trucks and cars should get their fair share of funding to repair and improve infrastructure. Right now, they get far more than their fair share. Motorists and trucks need to share the road and the money more fairly.

226.

Build in traffic calming and separated bike lanes!

227.

reduce pot holes and time to repair them; use pavement materials that reduce road spray in rainy weather

228.

bike lanes

229.

Public financing of roadway improvements that improve public access rather than waiting for private funding, which is nonexistent in this economy.

230.

more sidewalks!better lights; some of them are way to short; especially improvement in the mount auburn/route 2/alewife brook parkway interchange

231.

Fix potholes, more streetlights

232.

Potholes fixed. My car is ruined every winter.

233.

pothole and asphalt repair/resurfacing

234.

More bike lanes and education for motorists to share the road with bikes!

235.

More bicycle lanes and greenways.

236.

More signals and less potholes

237.

bike lanes on all roadways, except high ways.

238.

bicycle lanes

239.

bicycle lanes

240.

Roads are not my big concern. We spend enough money on cars already!

241.

Eliminate the tolls on I-90 and add high-speed rail up the center.

242.

less potholes, they wreck my bike wheel alignment and force me into traffic to avoid them

243.

I would not like to see any types of roadway improvements. There is too much attention and money paid to roadways as it is.

244.

Reduce the number of lanes and parking for autos and trucks.  Add bike lanes and cycle tracks.  In general de-incentivize driving.

245.

Remark the lanes and arrows.  After a snowy/icy winter, the paint wears away and you can’t see the markings anymore.

246.

more bus waiting shelters

247.

Resurface areas with large amounts of potholes- some of Boston’s major roadways are crumbling, and we really need to allocate resources accordingly to address these problems- its hard on vehicles and is absolutely unsafe and unacceptable that these conditions exist

248.

better street signs.  Impossible sometimes to know what is the name of a street.  And better signage to be able to anticipate turns in unfamiliar areas.

249.

Add bicycle lanes, enforce motor vehicle laws, fix potholes

250.

bicycle accomodation on the the roadways through wide shoulders instead of in the vehicle lane

251.

Bike lanes or at least fog lines at least 2 feet from the edge of the road.

252.

more toll workers so more booth are opened. reduce the amount of tolls.

253.

Sidewalks, street designs that are pedestrian friendly, and safe ways to cross busy streets and intersections.

254.

more sidewalks

255.

Add more bicycle lanes and infrastructure

256.

The roads get beat up every winter, but I believe they are adequately maintained.

257.

Clean up Union Square to make it less of a driving disaster and put in the Union Square T station

258.

Better bike facilities like in New York

259.

add bike lanes

260.

Better maintained street lighting

261.

More bike lanes

262.

MORE BIKE LANES. MORE BIKE LANES. MORE BIKE LANES. Or, even better, bike paths that are separated from the road by a divider. This does so much to increase cycling and make people feel safe. I would love it if they build these in Worcester.

263.

More bus lanes and bus signal priority. Snow removal went really well, then again only one snow storm this year (knock on wood!)

264.

Bicycle is my main mode, so I’m concerned that there be attention to bike flow.  I like bike lanes, but sharrows can work if attention is paid to layout to be sure that are legal negotiable paths at all points.  Police education about cyclist rights is also paramount, this seems sadly lacking.

265.

Please recognize that Worcester should have a better commuter rail and that the main stop shouldn’t be Framingham

266.

More analysis of local traffic safety, road conditions, and calming measures.

267.

bicycle paths

268.

Improve highway pavement and lane marking quality, especially for evening commutes. More use of civic art and landscaping in roadway projects. Better use of alternatives to traffic signals at intersections (more roundabouts).

269.

Improve road conditions

270.

more and higher tolls

271.

Please make streets more bike friendly. Smart Signals with sensors that can change light length depending on time of day and number of cars waiting.

272.

I would like to see more “complete streets” in the Boston area to improve walkability/bikeability

273.

Keeping the roadways and ramps better looking.  The trash at many on and off ramps are disturbing.  Do a better maintenance job of the grass and greenways on the roads and ramps.  I travel to other destinations and the roads and greenways are in much better shape and appealing to drive by.  Some of my biggest gripes are the way that median strips look as you enter a city.  Many are overgrown with weeds and filled with trash.  This is not a welcoming sight to travelers, and bring to mind if you are not taking care of the items that are visible, what else are you not taking care of.

274.

less potholes

275.

Improvements of Route 9 through Hadley. Improvements to pavement and re-timing of critical traffic lights to improve flow.

276.

more policing for traffic violations

277.

fill pot holes

278.

Improve ment of “main” or arterial streets

279.

Overall improvement of infrastructure- potholes, etc. It would be great if highways on/off ramps were designed in a safe manner. Specifically, why do the on ramps enter the highway just before the off ramps? It would make sense for this to be reversed so exiting vehicles aren’t avoiding the new vehicles entering the highway.

280.

Better quality roads: why the same potholes year after year? Better quality cross walks: why does the paint fade and disappear every year?More traffic calming and general planning for how to deal with more cars than our region was built to accomodate.

281.

Implement greater use of dotted-lane lines at transition points such as lane shifts thru intersections, or for multiple turn lanes at intersections. In my extensive travels, and long-period stays to other states, I have seen and experienced much better use of this feature than here in Mass.. Also, design roads to eliminate dead-ending drivers into forced turn lanes.

282.

Eliminating Mass Turnpike tolls would be better for the environment, reduce accidents, eliminate travel time, and save money.

283.

Southbridge needs to do a better job cleaning them.

284.

better road repairs

285.

Better paving of the highway. The pot holes are horrendous

286.

Use bus on shoulder to make transit more time competitive with POV – provide more effective linkages among modes to encourage leaving the car behind.

287.

Don’t underestimate the importance of cosmetic improvements – better landscaping, lighting, etc, would motivate me far more than any of the above.

288.

Clean up the litter.Complete highway projects more efficiently, e.g. add a lane along 128.

289.

More signage for attractions.

290.

less salt usage

291.

More bike lanes

292.

Extend car pool lanes north of Boston on I-93 to the Wilmington town line where the highway goes from 3 to 4 lanes. Then add Express Busses from the Anderson Transportation Center in Woburn to downtown Boston.

293.

Be better about fixing potholes

294.

Fix the poor design recently completed at Route 27 and West Streee in Brockton.  Many drivers are confused and go through red lights from all directions

295.

The maintenance of and snow removal on freeways and major interstates tends to be good, but local and side roads need better attention, especially in communities that may not have the budget/means to adequately maintain their roads. I drive on Route 1A. The condition of the road through the City of Lynn is appalling. Also, with crumbling infrastructure, I want to see continued investment in bridge improvements. Some interchanges could use more ramp exit/entrance length for safety and traffic flow, along Route 128 specifically.

296.

Traffic and congestion are not bad here. I’ve lived in Atlanta and D.C., those areas are bad.

297.

bike lane

298.

I dont know if I would say upgrade the traffic signals but a better understanding of the dynamics of demand at individual traffic signals. For example the other day I was on foot at the corner of congress and state street in downtown and the cross walk had atleast a 75 second cross walk for a road that doesn’t take more than 15 seconds to cross. This was at 8pm when there are minimal pedestrians out. I know if I was in a car I would have started to get irritated after 30 sceonds of waiting at the signal.

299.

I would like to see better enforcement of cars blowing through School Bus stop arms.  It is outrageous that people put students in jeopardy.  Communities and Schools do not always have a choice of right side pick up/Drop off and children need to cross streets in order to board or alight from a bus.  This has to end.  Students are getting killed in this country because of bad driving behavior.

300.

FIX THE POT HOLES ASAP

301.

rural area, most do not apply

302.

More “sharrows” (share the road arrow/symbols) on busy streets.  I do not think dedicated bike lanes are generally helpful because this encourages motorists to believe that bicyclists should always ride therein and not share lanes for turns and travel.  Dedicated bike lanes also need extra-lane space to avoid “dooring” of cyclists by parked cars, using inordinate road space

303.

Turn lanes on roads like the one I live on.  It is very dangerous to turn into stores or turn into my condominium complex.

304.

Bike lanes.  Wider sidewalks. Improved enforcements.

305.

locating high density parking facilities like those at park and ride lots near the ends of all subway transit and bus lines in metro Boston and get more commuters to and from workplace using subway and bus as part of the ride. better than current approach, I believe. keep more cars out of interior Boston.

306.

*** more bike lanes and cycle tracks

307.

In this area, I think roadway maintenance (potholes!) and better signage/striping are the most important issues.  Many areas are striped/signed so poorly that only people who drive them every day know which lane they should be in.  Within the Boston metro area, smart design of travel lanes is more important that quantity of lanes – sometimes reducing the number of lanes actually improves things (for instance, Prospect Street in Cambridge).

308.

Better synchronization  of traffic lights, working loop sensors (especially during low-volume nighttime periods)

309.

Be proactive on potholes. Don’t wait until a small hole becomes large and a driving hazard.

310.

bike paths and better shoulders for cyclists.

311.

Better lighting on rural roads for night driving.  Very dark and could have lights that turn on as you approach or just use solar lamps at lower levels. Actually, painting the lines would help when lights illuminate the path.

312.

Lights triggered by bicycles, especially crossing Route 2.  Piper Rd, Old Rd. to 9 Acre Corner, Rt. 62, Sudbury Rd all need light trips by bicycles.  If there isn’t a car, the only way to cross is against the light. Better paved and patched roads so cyclists don’t have to use the center of the lane (though it is legal to ride there) to avoid debris or pot holes.

313.

More marked bike lanes.   More sidewalks.

314.

Better lane markings – once painted they fade away in no time.  In SC the middle lane is marked with reflective lights so the road always appears well lit whether there are street lights or not it would also make it easier for older drivers.  With all of the technology that we have today we should be able to better mark roads and streets for safety sake.

315.

Resolve the Braintree Split to Route 24 backups.

316.

install traffic calming measures

317.

How about a train from Pittsfield to Boston and return that gets in and returns on the same day that would actually allow you to spend the day in one place or the other without having to stay overnight? i.e. one that does not rely on the Lake Shore Limited – which was 6 hours late earlier this month.

318.

More “smart-eye” traffic signalization at intersections to reflect exisiting traffic status. More exclusive “left-turn” turning singnals at all traffic lights. More timely pavement repair of potholes and road deterioration. More bike lanes on state roads.

319.

The constant traffic jams during road repair and construction when three lanes merge into one. Also the work is intermittent, on for a few months and off for a few months, just fix it and be done.

320.

Adding bicycling lanes.

321.

Snow removal operations should not block pedestrian walkways with removed snow at intersections as the roadway is cleared.

322.

Maintenance of lane striping throughout the municipalities needs to be improved.

323.

Having less lanes where analysis warrants removal to open up land for better developments that promote alternative modes of transportation.

324.

1. Please re-pave Cambridge!Primary and, to a larger extent, secondary roads are in rough shape, and have been for years.  Potholes and cracks are patched, but rarely repaved.  Patches are a very temporary solution.  Driving around my city often feels like navigating a minefield.2. Remove parking from streets that are too narrow to accommodate it on both sides.  Replace parking lanes with bike lanes and wider sidewalks. Install curb extensions at more crosswalks.

325.

Please use reflective white paint for lanes, instead of flat white.

326.

In Arlington specifically, Mass Ave does not need four travel lanes, or does not need to be nearly as wide as it is. There are blind spots for drivers and bikers all along Mass Ave.

327.

Maybe better street lighting at dark intersections, but really I’d reather see train improvements not roadway.

328.

No talking on cell phones

329.

bike lanes

330.

Reconstruction of existing roadways and bridges – not expandsion.

331.

Spot fixes of congestion points. e.g., traffic signal timing that creates a multi-mile backup, widening by a couple of feet at a key spot where left-turning cars block the road and create major backups. This is Route 117.

332.

better bike lanes

333.

Build I-95 thru Boston and the Inner Belt (I-695), build the Route 2 extension into Cambridge, build the Route 3 extension from Burlington to Belmont, expand Route 128 from four (4) lanes to eight (8) lanes between Peabody & Beverly MA, Extend the Orange Line to Univ. Ave. station in Westwood, Extend the Blue line to Northshore Mall in Peabody, extend the Orange line from Malden to Wakefield.

334.

Bike racks, lanes

335.

less construction during peak hours

336.

Fewer distractions, e.g., commercial signs, billboardsBetter-maintained road markingsStreet-name signs for main & side streets at all intersectionsMore police presence on Memorial Dr.

337.

Bike Lanes, please :). Maybe even bus only lanes during rush hours?

338.

In these times – climate change, the price of gas, etc. we should be making it more pedestrian and bike friendly, not less. Adding bike lanes only to the sides of the roads, where there are ruts, gutters, trash, parked cars, opening doors, etc. gives a false sense of safety, while making it more hazardous. And as a pedestrian dealing with dueling bikes and cars, this is insane.

339.

I think most of the above are done fairly well here.  Sometimes lights could be better timed, but they are generally quite good, especially compared to other parts of the country.

340.

More bicycle lanes, including where possible, barriers from cars, better pothole repair, allow bikes to start a few seconds ahead of crs, along with pedestrians.

341.

designated bus/taxi lanes

342.

How about just repair the roadways as they are.  The roadways are in terrible condition and not just normal winter pot holes, but many of the commonly traveled roads are in desperate need of basic repairs.  Some roads get repaired when they aren’t that bad while other roads are totally ignored year after year.

343.

Bicycle lanes in hospital area

344.

egE

345.

safe, dedicated bicycle lanes

346.

I don’t think we need more motor vehicle lanes of any kind – I don’t drive and I don’t particularly think it makes sense to do so in Cambridge.  More bicycle lanes would be welcome, though.  In general, I think traffic improvements in Cambridge should favor bicycles at this time.

347.

We do NOT need to be adding more general travel lanes to our roadways. If anything, we should be reallocating space to pedestrians, bicycles, and transit (i.e. road diets). ALL of our major roads should have adequate sidewalks and bicycle lanes or cycle tracks. There are far too many with little or no sidewalks and little accommodation for bicycles. MassDOT’s policy of including 4’ shoulders that taper in and out as a bicycle accommodation is a total joke and does nothing to encourage more people to bicycle or to even properly accommodate the ones who are bicycling now. 5’ continuous bike lanes should be the MINIMUM accommodation. DCR roadways are even worse, and often include multiple high-speed lanes with zero shoulders at all. These parkways are more like highways. DCR should be reducing the number of travel lanes and adding bike lanes (and left turn only lanes where needed) to help calm traffic and make them more multi-modal. Because DCR roadways are often the only connection between certain neighborhoods, bicycling to certain places is almost impossible in many cases.On our highways, we should be converting existing lanes to HOV/HOT, especially so that buses can use them and not get stuck in traffic. (Perhaps the new lanes on Route 128 could be converted into HOV/HOT lanes!) We should also be adding tolls to our highways in the Boston area to further encourage transit use and help properly fund our transportation network.

348.

More bike lanes, please.  The lack of bike lanes means we bicyclists anger either automobile drivers, who don’t think we should be on the road or pedestrians, who resent that we are on the sidewalk.  Thank you!

349.

I’d rather see bus and rail improvements.

350.

More bike lanes

351.

Enforce traffic laws – speeding, carpool lanes, idling, parking on sidewalks.For snow removal – stop using salt!  Use cost-saving, greener alternatives to rock salt‏ like this:http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2011/01/17/low_salt_diet_has_some_roads_getting_greener/?page=2Better and more bike paths and facilities.The lowering of MacGrath and the bridge in JP/Forest Hills, surface option for Rutherford Ave – all good.

352.

snow removal should happen during night and be cleared by morning commute-  especially when we know ahead of time about sotrms and snow

353.

Road Diets.  Simplify and calm traffic.

354.

Add more bike lanes and improved sidewalks where there are none or where in poor condition. In spring/summer/fall, I like to bike with my children to school and work but don’t feel safe biking on the roads with them, but know that we shouldn’t be biking on the sidewalks. Presents a dilemma.

355.

Build the Community Path, connecting the Minuteman path and the Charles River paths.

356.

More left turn signals (and fewer delayed greens), improved signal timing/engineering. Signage that tells me what road I’m on (in addition to cross streets).

357.

These options all seem to be highway-oriented. I rarely travel by highway, even when I drive. I’d like to see more pedestrian improvements to residential areas. The biggest change I’d like to see made to highways and state roads is to reduce their footprint on communities (e.g. Rt. 28 through Somerville cuts through the community and is extremely difficult to cross.)

358.

1. Improve signage, both on highways and on city streets.  It is more often than not IMPOSSIBLE to know were you are, because THERE ARE NO SIGNS.  Why are there no signs on the main streets, only on the side streets in most places?  How can there be multi-approach intersections with NO street signs?  Why are there no advance signs for rotaries showing the differen exits from the rotaries?2. Replace rotaries with real roundabouts.  Consider real roundabouts in many more locations.

359.

Systems to decrease traffic jams during rush hour, such as traffic light timing.

360.

better enforcement of driving regulations

361.

Make sure all intersections have street signs for both streets.

362.

Bypass around Boston metro area

363.

Actually, less travel lanes improve safety, and as I am primarily a walker, I would rather have less travel lanes.

364.

more bike lanes please

365.

removal of select trees at curves in roads on back roads.  Correction of blind knolls & blind corners (there are far too many of these), and many could be corrected with modest changes.

366.

Information about problems ahead on congested roads.

367.

more bike lanes! for work and play.

368.

SIGNAGE. Make signs clearer and larger so that motorists aren’t always doing crazy things at the last minute. INTERSECTION DESIGN. Congestion is really uneven throughout my neighborhood, and my impression is that it has a lot to do with poor intersection design impeding the flow of traffic.

369.

Snow removal is expensive, use the old Cambridge, Ma. system “God put it there, he will take it away.”

370.

Improve pothole repairs – less patches more renovation of roadway

371.

First, create more bike lanes on existing roads. Second, create more dedictated bike paths, as commuter options, throughout the State.

372.

Don’t improve roadways!  Spend the money on public transportation.  Roadway improvements just encourage more use of private automobiles and do not solve the problem.

373.

create more complete streets that accommodate pedestrians, transit, bikes AND vehicles in such a way that all are safer and better served

374.

employ a shared space model for transportation infrastructurereduced speed limits

375.

Do not know

376.

better drainage especially on rural roads

377.

Increase repaving schedules.  Pot holes throughout Massachusetts roadways system are ever present.

378.

Residential areas need traffic calming in my area (Medford).

379.

narrower lanes. fewer lanes. BRT lanes. human scaled edges and lights

380.

Street signage in Boston and Cambridge is horrible, often even on major streets there are no signs for cars or pedestrians to now which street they are turning onto it.  The potholes in Cambridge (Boston, too) are extremely dangerous.  I was thrown off my bicycle last week when I went over a pothole at night at a very safe speed.  Items have also dropped off of my racks when bicycling over potholes and rolled into moving traffic.  Pllllease make this a priority item.

381.

Improve public transportation BEFORE improving roads. If you increase road capacity, it will just fill up again with more cars. We need to get people out of their cars.

382.

Bike paths, expansion of roadways where there are traffic issues. Convert to smart streets

383.

more chapter 90 money to the towns, use virgin asphalt on the main highways. Have time penalties for road reconstruction projects.

384.

Road repair.

385.

Bike lanes, separate pathways

386.

Clearer signage (for instance, street signs)

387.

Bicycle paths, walking trails, transit enhancements, exclusive bus lanes.

388.

IMPROVE TWO LANE ROADS ( ONE LANE EACH DIRECTION)TO FOUR LANE (TWO LANES EACH DIRECTION).DO THIS AT LEAST AT BUSY INTERSECTIONS. ON TWO LANE ROADS (ONE LANE EACH WAY) SOMEONE TAKING A LEFT TURN CAN REALLY SLOW DOWN TRAFFIC.

389.

bicycle lanes

390.

Add wide shoulders where bicycles can ride

391.

There are many roads that have excess capacity. They were planned for “future” growth that did not happen. The extra capacity and right-of-way should be devoted to improved sidewalks and bike lanes.  Remove one way streets. 2 way roadways make for better neighborhoods and foster local businesses.Adopt “Complete Streets” principals in roadway design.

392.

narrow over-designed highway systems and repave and paint deteriorating facilities. Focus more on pedestrian environment.

393.

I’m very concerned about proposed traffic/roadway plans for the Walmart project in Wareham.  Although they have increased lanes, they refuse to recognize the safety risk for an over 55 park that is 350-400 ft. from the entrance. There is only one egress and the residents of 226 homes will have GREAT difficulty turning left onto Rte 28.  Although residents have voiced this at each Planning/Zoning meeting, Walmart has no plans to address this serious safety flaw in their traffic plans.

394.

Bicycle Lanes & more Sidewalks. God Bless!!

395.

Improve signage- both directional and street signs. Fix potholes.

396.

Better management of detours during construction to alleviate congestion

397.

build/redesign roads for all users, not just motorists. dedicated bus lanes? bike lanes/sharrows? neck downs and bump outs to narrow pedestrian crossings but not impede traffic flow? all great ideas

398.

Repaving or resurfacing existing roadways.  Repainting lines not just in the middle of the road but crosswalks.  Spend more time looking at traffic or flow patterns.  

399.

repaving, some bridge reconstruction.

400.

On major roadways, numbered routes and highways, do away with left hand turns at traffic lights and intersection; they serve only to enduce accidents. 

401.

I’d like to see a mroe mixed approach: not all the money for cars.

402.

Repair of bridges, potholes

403.

Reduction/elimination of intrusive and overbuilt infrastructure: Bowker Overpass, Storrow Drive, New Rutherford Ave, McGrath Highway, etc.

404.

Add PRT

405.

On the highway, I think the merging lane and exit lanes are too close together. One very bad stretch is coming from the Pike towards Boston and merging onto I-93, drivers have to first merge over to the left and for some of us who exit at Andrew (exit 18), you have to quickly merge over 4 lanes of traffic in order to exit, it is very dangerous. I would also like to see traffic reduced in most areas, especially on Dorchester Avenue and Boston Street to about 20mph

406.

I don’t drive. Would like any improvements that improve pedestrian and bicyclist accessibility and safety.

407.

traffic calming, bicycle lanes, more crosswalks.

408.

Don’t drive enough to know what to contribute here.

409.

bike lanes

410.

The roadway system is fine.  What would be great would be fewer cars using it.

411.

Bicycle lanes

412.

I see traffic as a problem because of people’s driving habits and methods, rather than because of the infrastructure.

413.

repair bridges

414.

Bike lanes or sharrows

415.

turn arrows when a light has a protected greenbike lanes!

416.

bike lanes

417.

Reduce time for construction projects.

418.

sidewalks and crosswalks

419.

Stop making so many one ways....more time traveling around the city!

420.

improve condition of roadways (pot holes)

421.

bike lanes

422.

sharrowsenforcement and education for motorists to share the road

423.

Replace toll booths on the Mass Pike with ZipCash lanes (See the recent improvements in the Dallas, Texas toll system.) Slowing down to nothing is a waste of everyone’s time, gas, and patience.

424.

more lanes on rte. 128 north [Salem, Peabody area]-improved road surface

425.

more lanes or other better traffic control at one-lane corners where often traffic gets backed up because someone needs to make a left turn.  left turn signals at corners like prospect/broadway and prospect/harvard in cambridge.  crosswalks and walk signals on all 4 sides at corners like wendell/mass ave and linnaean/mass ave (stupid to cross three streets when you only need to cross one, so make that one a little safer)

426.

Enforce existing rules.  “No turn on red” does not mean zoom through without looking!  This is the most abused rule.

427.

The condition of the worn-out pavement in Massachusetts is horrendous. My two-car family has huge expenses repairing our vehicles from damage caused by lack of road surface maintenance. The City of Chelsea particularly has the worst roads I have ever experienced in any location in the US.

428.

How about adding street signs? The state should make it nearly mandatory for people to buy FastLane.

429.

Bicycle comment – I did bicycle some until my own weakness made it unsafe in ways unrelated to the roadway.

430.

Designated bike lanes for all roads.More street cleaning.  Glass punctures tiresTrash pick up and enforce anti-littering to make it more pleasant.Fill potholes more regularly

431.

MORE BIKE LANES

432.

The Braga Bridge in Fall River has been under repair for at least 10 years.  This is a major Southcoast nuisance.  When are you guys going to finish the repair – never?

433.

more bike lanes or just a couple of extra feet on the shoulder.

434.

Towns such as Burlington and WOburn have given commercial development free reign to build office buildings and strip-malls without the necessary traffic study and improvements. This has contributed to congestion on roads and highways in and around these suburbs.

435.

I live in a complex of some 250 seniors/disabled people. there is a traffic light just before the rail road tracks, we could use another 1 closer to our building; 1 that is “on demand” +/or 1 that allows seniors more time cross the street. Drivers here are inconsiderate of the pedestrian walk lane + some several speed thru to avoid being held up by the commuter rail.

436.

More Complete Streets redesigns

437.

Simple maintenance.

438.

Add travel lanes only where essential to relieve congestion and where environmentally sound.  Very few opportunities for new travel lanes.  Add more bike lanes, transit accommodations, and sidewalks where they fit or are environmentally sound.

439.

pot hole repair.

440.

I dont agree with the proliferation of signalized intersections. Oter people want them and then after they are placed, they complain of congestion. Roundabouts are good but Mass drivers dont give right of way, they seize it.Cities and towns are realiy into double yellow lines, NO PASSING, everywhere. This is nutty, BUT, with the caliber of the avaerage massachusets driver, this is safe, and thats she shineing buzzword; “SAFETY”

441.

Increase number of “FastLane” lanes – and make them the high speed ones like in Southern California, where you can drive through the toll collectors at full highway speed. I HATE the traffic that backs up at tolls, like Sturbridge!

442.

More transit service with Parking at key locations, i.e. exit 24 on 128. Saugus branch at route 1.

443.

More transit options

444.

Improve the interchanges 128-95/93, 128-95/3, improve rte 2 interchange at 128 as well. Route 128-95 is just a joke mass transit is none existent and travel at peak commute times is a parking lot and getting worse. Get employers to stagger start and stop times and fix the on and off ramps the full length

445.

Elimination of tolls on Mass Pike outside the west side of Rt. 128.

446.

fix potholes

447.

Complete Streets – better accommodation of walking and biking. Where demand calls for it, add protected bike paths.  Improve connectivity to transit from longer distance destinations like Portsmouth-Seacoast. Car from NH is every bit as much of a Boston traffic concern as one originating in Boston communities.

448.

Take down toll booths.  Mass Turnpike authority is an overbloated, unionized bureaucracy.

449.

Bus lanes and bus signals. Enforce traffic laws on pedestrians and, particularly, bicycles.

450.

roadway surface improvements. Traffic signal timing to better reduce congestion.

451.

Better separation of cyclists and motorists on roadways

452.

Maximize bike supports (bike lanes, bike parking).Maintenance of roadways (potholes, etc.)

453.

Maintain the qulity of pavement.

454.

Build more commuter rail lines.Build the Boston to New Bedford commuter rail line.  This vital rail line has been promised for years to relieve congestion on Rt 24 and expand business in SE MA.

455.

Better bike lanes and better bicyclist education

456.

Crossing signals should be better timed with the lights.

457.

Improve technology to accept Fast Lane passes at highway travel speed.  The current mode of slowing to 5, 10, or 15 MPH defeats the concept of Fast Lane.  If other states can use the technology I cannot see why Massachusetts remains in the technology past.

458.

Unfortunately I have to drive 100 miles each day to commute to work.  The pavement on Route 495 between Rt 24 and Rt 95 interchanges is breaking down and there are numerous potholes out there now.

459.

repair the roads and bridges more aggressively

460.

Signage – how to get to major highways

461.

Bike paths

462.

MORE POLICE TO ENFORCE LAWS

463.

No comments.

464.

Pedestrian friendly sidewalks and crosswalks.Safer bicycle paths.Better driver’s education.Smaller cars in the cities. MBTA keeping their bus route schedule.Commuter rail line should get less polluting engines,current fumes are detrimental to customers and residents near track health.

465.

Don’t put bike lanes on roads that are already narrow.  Makes for traffic congestion and dangerous.

466.

Complete Streets. Incorporate sidewalks and bike lanes into street reconstruction and improvements. Like the MassDOT roadway design guidelines call for. Come on! Why wasn’t this option included in the survey questions above???

467.

Upgrade traffic signals. Include more protected left turn signals.

468.

Improve pavement conditions, reduce bottleneck locations, reduce incident response times, coordinate signals

469.

De-elevation of McGrath overpass to allow beter east-west movement in Somerville.

470.

I would really like to see more bike lanes in Quincy, especially on major routes.

471.

More updated traffic signals with audio and visual signals for the hearing impaired.  also we need to have better curb cuts that are sloped atless of a incline.  Many curb cuts are too steep and follow regulations that are not appropriate for todays electric wheel chairs which are heavy and need a longer incline to provide safety indepenance.

472.

Improved bicycling access to encourage bike use for a greater number of casual bicyclists.

473.

provide narrower roads to decrease speed on the local roads.  widening roads just increases speed and decreases safety.  add bike lanes and/or multi-use paths.  better bike/ped education for drivers. better lighting at crosswalks (i.e. blinking bollards, blinking signs)

474.

More/better bike lanes! REAL bike lanes that aren’t just part of the standard traffic lane... lanes like that are worthless and scary to ride in.

475.

More dedicated bike lanes, especially connecting the Minuteman to the Charles.

476.

maintain or add shoulders on roads for safe bike access

477.

More traffic enforcement

478.

the bridges are in bad shape and need much more investment

479.

Add/repair sidewalks & cycle tracks – remove excess auto lanes

480.

Repaving of some rough local and state roads.

481.

FastLane isn’t fast if the number of those lanes are restricted – the folks who don’t use transponders should be the ones waiting on lines, not the transponder users.Also, we need to go to a system where via wireless sensors we can track use of roadways by each car so that we can pay for car travel that way rather than the gas tax.

482.

Better litter removal.

483.

Repair potholes.

484.

Too many to mention.

485.

Nothing in particular.   but since I have to walk to the T (at Mattapan), snow removal (meaning ability to walk on sidewalks) is a particular issues...others not so much.

486.

I think bike lanes are awesome.  The last bike trip I took I fell because I did not feel safe on the roadway and wiped out trying to get to the sidewalk.

487.

I would like to see lane reductions for vehicles on wide avenues with light rail. Brussels is changing over to a system on such avenues where private vehicles have only one lane in either direction, while buses and taxis travel on the designated light rail tracks in the middle, with sidewalks on either side of the light rail tracks.

488.

bike lanes/markings/signage encouraging share the road

489.

In New Bedford,Left turn lanes & signals at busy intersections.more traffic enforcement red lights & speed enforcement.

490.

More road based bike accomodations 

491.

Generally smoother pavement, especially city streets.  Wider curb lane on major arteries.  Signs indicating bicycle traffic and that bicycles may use the full lane at all times.

492.

Larger Street Name Signs, More Of Them

493.

Carpool lanes/express bus lanes/bike lanes taken from existing cross sections can very negatively affect congesion.  Congesion means air quality degradation.  Most congestion occurs in urban areas where most minority and EJ populations exist. Health impacts to abutting neighborhoods has to have an important role in the decision-making on these issues.

494.

See above: most roads are perceived as for cars only.  Need to adopt “Complete Streets” policies, and make sure streets are welcoming and safe for all road users: bike, ped, transit, handicapped, as well as motorists.

495.

Carpool lanes make no difference unless there are at least three people in the car.Very tired of traffic signals being staggered to keep traffic from flowing.

496.

Highways without traffic at every time of day.  The big dig was nice but it didn’t solve any traffic problems from the Braintree split to Boston.    It appears that the big bottle neck in the morning is the HOV lane merging with the normal traffic near the yacht club / Boston Globe area.   The next major  hurdle is the merge from Columbia Road on ramp.  The biggest tie up is the off ramp for Melena Cas Drive / Mass Ave / Boston Medical Center.  After that it usually frees up.  It is very frustrating to commute every morning.  Lately, it is bad all the time no matter what the weather is doing.

497.

Mass Tpk is a critical factor to Berkshires and in needed tolls could be reinstated

498.

I live in a suburb of Boston with two major regional highways. There are many studies documenting increased heart attacks and asthma due to the highways located near to homes. These health costs need to be assessed to the drivers using the highways and passed on to the neighboring communities to mitigate the health impacts of driving.We should to the degree possible make driving costs pay as you go, the funds raised could be used to improve transit and compensate neighboring communities for the health impacts that highways have.

499.

lower speed limits

500.

Better marked roads,cross walks, major hwy middle barrier

501.

lane markings seem lacking in many urban areas and allow drivers to make bad choices based on ambiguity.  this ends up being bad for other drivers and non-auto users.

502.

This was a very poor question; there are far more improvement types that are worthy of mention.  Improve/add interchangesReconfigure intersectionsBuild more roadsImprove surface conditionEtc...

503.

Pot holes of course, and repainting lines on all roads.  Really hard to see if it’s raining or no lights are available at exit ramps or ends of streets.

504.

better defined shoulders for bicycle travel; shorter crosswalks and longer pedestrian intervals

505.

PAINTED LANE LINES, please!  It feels like in a LOT of Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/Medford (the places I frequent)... the lane lines are either so faded you can’t see them in good weather (which is so hazardous in the rain or snow!) or there are NO lane lines and you’re not sure if it’s a one or two lane road (going in one direction).

506.

More bike lanes

507.

We need to invest in transit and active transportation, not automobiles-centered improvements.

508.

I would love to see the McGrath Highway de-elevated.

509.

Better bicycle accommodation:More signs indicating that it is okay for bikes to use the full lane.More bike lanes.More paths for non-motorized vehicles.Better connectivity of existing bike-related amenities.

510.

Full depth reconstruction of most of the roads. They are all deathtraps full of potholes. Add wider shoulders.

511.

complete streets

512.

Install designated bicycle lanes as a rule on all arterial city streets.Traffic calming measures on city and residential streets are definitely needed.Planting street trees for shade would encourage walking.Install bike racks and bike lockers to encourage bicycle use.

513.

I would like to see McGrath Highway rethought as a boulevard ...more integrated into the city it bisects. Too many cars speed on it through Somerville and it is horrible to use as a pedestrian or on a bike. The lights also seem to be timed to move traffic through rather than aid the flow across the city. The overpass is a neglected eyesore and needs curb cuts for handicapped access.

514.

I would like to see the McCarthy/McGrath highway removed and replaced with a human-scale urban boulevard.  I would like to see the Somerville Community Path completed all the way to the Charles River.

515.

More safe bike lanes and paths. Bus lanes. More electric public transportation vehicles. Bike share. Fix potholes and smooth pavement!

516.

Fix the potholes!

517.

Going through every downtown, when on a longer distance trip, is a real problem (it takes about 25 minutes to get to the turnpike from downtown Pittsfield, before driving the 2+ hours to Boston on the Pike.  The lack of signal coordination also unnecessarily creates alot of delays for motorists.  Improved pedestrian crosswalk markings, particularly when outside of immediate downtowns, is needed.

518.

Better maintenance.  The potholes are more than bad for cars – they are dangerous.

519.

Widen roadway shoulders to accomodate bicycles.

520.

more bike lanes

521.

More consistent bike signage and designated bike lanes. Education to motorists about being courteous to bikers.

522.

I think the biggest improvement for both communities and congestion would be to implement alternative designs to the typical intersection. Removing traffic signals altogether in town centers could reduce bottlenecks, perhaps with roundabouts or other traffic slowing (but not stopping) techniques. Let’s do it!

523.

I would like to see route 28, Mcgrath highway, made into a Boulevard as originally intended. This a potential critical pedestrian core but the current sidewalk proximity to roadway and volume/speed rate of traffic makes it a very scary place to walk. Trees, stop lights and real sidewalks would be wonderful.

524.

Fix Potholes!Improve/add lane markings in confusing intersectionsdecrease traffic backups due to SE expressway, Storrow at Fenway exit, and other traffic bottlenecksAdd dedicated bike lanes which are not sandwiched between parked cars and right traffic lanes.

525.

Add bike lanes especially as roads are repaved. Feels like MassDOT overlooks good opportunities for encouraging alternative transportation.

526.

Repaint lines and other markings on the streets so that they are visible.Maintain street signs and prune trees and bushes that obscure them.

527.

Bike lanes

528.

Full implementation of complete streets.

529.

more & better bicycling inclusion in planning, design & maintenance.

530.

Conflicting patterns at intersections are by far the biggest cause of congestion in the city and at highway exits

531.

Restrictions on some streets to local traffic only.

532.

Better road repair (of potholes, etc.), wider, well-marked bike lanes. Although I don’t bike, this is helpful for me as a pedestrian too. Every mode has their own lane (sidewalk, bike lane, car lane).

533.

More round-abouts to replace aging traffic lighted intersections, thus creating safer intersections by slowing traffic down while reducing maintenance costs for towns.  Also reduces greenhouse gases by eliminating idling vehicles.

534.

Removal of “temporary” yellow cones now over 5 years at the RR crossing of Fresh Pond Parkway between the Circles at Concord Street.

535.

I’m starting to see that this survey is not at all intended for people living outside the Boston region.  Is the DOT for the whole state, or just the city? All roads need designated bike lanes. On many roads, wider shoulders will do.

536.

more bicycle lane (continuous)less road more pedestrian crossing with less waiting time and get rid of the turn right on red light , dangerous for pedestrian and bicycle

537.

I am interested in “road diets” in which lanes are taken away from motorists (in urban areas). I am also interested in tearing down specific highways (McGrath Highway in Somerville/Cambridge). I would like to see that torn down, and replaced with a four lane boulevard that allots enough space for bike lanes and pedestrian areas.  I am also interested in lowering the speed limit in dense urban areas. Additionally, I would like to see separate lanes for bikers and improve connectivity throughout the Boston-Metro area.While I would like to see efficient travel, it is important to slow motorists down once they enter the city where people live. I am not interested in motorists speeding through an area in which people are active and about.These questions are very car-centric.

538.

pave our section roads.

539.

Traffic signals and operations here are deplorable compared to similarly sized metropolitan areas across the country.

540.

ROAD IMPROVEMENT ESPECIALLY AFTER WINTER FROST HEAVES.

541.

Get rid of the toll booths on the Pike. They create traffic backups. If you must keep them, then keep the FastLane booths on the left (passing) side so that faster moving traffic doesn’t need to cross over slower moving traffic. Also, if you must keep the tolls, convert the FastLane booths so that you can pass through at higher speed.

542.

Fewer signs, better information

543.

Road diets – reduce excessive widths and poorly defined paved areas, both of which encourage drivers to travel at speeds above posted limits, contribute to pedestrian perceptions of lack of safety.

544.

get rid of potholes; maintain roads; better lighting on some; better snow removal

545.

Not many, I would prefer to see investment in improving mass transit and little or no additional new highway construction (maintenance only).

546.

More well-designed bike paths.Should be:- At least 2 ft wide- Out of the distance of car door opening- Well signedThe new bike path on Concord Ave. is a good example.

547.

more Bike lanes

548.

More bike lanes, fewer potholes.

549.

Replace highway signs along Rt 6 on Cape Cod – in the daytime they are pretty readable, BUT at night these same signs DO NOT REFLECT properly – in some cases (Rt 130 interchange) the State route number is actually unreadable at night – Example: Route “130” looks like “180”. Some signs actually do not show the letters or numbers when car lights hit them. It is a disgraceful way to great our seasonal tourists and guests. I have driven in virtually every state in the nation, and I have never seen such crappy signs at night – anywhere!

550.

* Bike lanes, both with- and contra-flow. * Traffic Signal Prioritization (TSP) for MBTA Green Line and buses. * A roadway toll system which rewards both carpooling and high MPG vehicle usage * More roadway tolls, especially on commuter roads in and out of Boston.

551.

I follow the law that pedestrians have the right of way in many situations, but sometimes I wonder if that is the safest option. For example, in the middle of a majorly busy roadway, like Beacon Street or Mass Ave, there are occasional crosswalks that are NOT near stoplights. I think these are SO dangerous!! I’d like to see more signage for the crosswalks that are, from a driver’s point of view, in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes you’d going 35 and a person appears in the road and it’s really scary. Also, people behind you don’t know why you’re stopping and try to go around you, which is so dangerous for the person in the road. I almost wish that ALL crosswalks would have lights at them, but i know that would be a traffic nightmare. I also don’t understand why a driver gets a green light and the pedestrian gets a walk signal for the cross street. This causes major snarls in busy intersections for all people trying to turn right at an intersection. Why can’t there be separate walk signals for pedestrians where they don’t have to compete with people turning right? I feel that the flow would be so much better. Maybe we can station a police officer at every busy intersection! Ha ha.

552.

High-speed Fast Lanes would be nice, such as they have in some other states.

553.

Harvard and Beacon is an impossible intersection, something must go over or under.

554.

Make gas more expensive so fewer people drive – use earned money to help the MBTA so it doesn’t have to raise fares. We pay too little for gas!

555.

Fill potholes and mark pedestrian crossings more clearly, including the “Fine for not stopping” signs.

556.

Bike lanes!

557.

Bike lanes! I would be more willing to bicycle places if there was better focus on bicycling infrastructure and safety. This would also involve providing better education to bicyclists and motorists about the laws governing sharing the road.

558.

improve sidewalks, including repair cracks and holes

559.

dedicated bicycle space (lanes, etc.)

560.

Runoff of rainwater is important – because one cannot legally park in front of a hydrant anyway, cut the pavement there and let it grow. this reduces load on the storm drain system, reinforces a no parking zone, and improves health of the soil underneath, while reducing roadway upkeep costs and providing additional greenspace/beautifucation.Maybe the small savings can be used to fix potholes. Fixing roadway surfaces has got to be a priority of any government in any era in history.

561.

Crosswalks, speed limits.  Police enforcement of speed limits on inner city 4 lane roads.

562.

I wish that there was a way to make it so that there wasn’t such a gridlock at the overpass at the end of Linwood Street during morning and evening rush-hours, and that the DO NOT BLOCKINTERSECTION policy was strictly enforced in Union Square, because traffic really gets horribly backed up in Union square.At one point, there was talk about making Prospect Street and Webster Avenues two-way streets, instead of one-way streets.  I think that that, too, might solve a lot of problems, and I hope they do that.

563.

Separated bike lanes and roads (i.e. Roadway, parking, bike lane, sidewalk)

564.

I’M A WHEELCHAIR USER SO IMPROVED ACCESS IS KEY.

565.

more bike lanes; eliminate “right on red”; reduce speed limits

566.

POTHOLES! Also Please re-paint the road lines in somerville! you cant see them and I am 28 so It’s not like I have cataracts!

567.

Hybrid car lanes maybe?

568.

Express bus lanes. Tolls on all highways entering Boston.

569.

narrower lanes, raised intersections

570.

Strictly enforce laws regarding bicyclists. They DO NOT seem to follow basic traffic law and are a danger to themselves and others.

571.

Add bike lanes to every road.

572.

Improve bicycle travel safety.

573.

More bicycle lanes

574.

Put up signs telling bicyclists to stay off the sidewalks, to verbally warn people when they are approaching from behind, to observe the traffic rules.

575.

Street stencils to show shared-use.

576.

Narrow the roads to discourage the use of cars for commuting.

577.

Fix the constantly reoccurring potholes on 93N and S. Do something about the Rt3 merge onto 495 North as there’s almost always a traffic snarl there.  Widen, flatten and straighten 128 as it seems that people can never, EVER drive around curves and up hills without slowing down enough to cause a jam. lordy i hate driving on 128.

578.

Removal of unnecessary (i.e. politically required) traffic signals so that minor traffic flows such as those from side streets NEVER have the right-of-way over the busier main traffic flows.

579.

Bike lanes and bike parking

580.

Effective drainage of standing water in handicap accessible crosswalks.

581.

enforcement of speed limits, and all other laws especially for bikes

582.

separate bicycle lanes (tracks) on roadways and bridges

583.

Protected bicycle lanes.

584.

Better roadway markings and street signage

585.

More four-way stops instead of lights.

586.

pothole repair –I have tripped on potholes.

587.

Your questions allow me to tell you very little.  What is the intended outcome of this set of questions?I am looking for fewer cars on the roadway, not roadway improvements.

588.

crosswalks need to be safe for the pedestrian.  they need to ALWAYS have accessible (by code and regulation standards) curb cuts on both sides.crosswalks need to be straight across- those wild designs by the city of somerville are really stupid.

589.

More accomation for biking, with separation from cars where possible.

590.

Bicycle Trails.

591.

I would like it made more difficult to drive to places well served by public transporation.  Of course we’d need to get the “well served” part down first.  But if public transit was the more attractive option, people, including me, would use it more and leave our cars at home.

592.

Resurfacing more often & generally better upkeep on the road surfaces in the Boston area. Road surfaces are terrible in many parts of Boston & Brookline.

593.

better sidewalks

594.

More roadway work to improve traveling efforts in the smallest towns in the region. More education for all users of the roadway and enforce more laws that govern such activities. Create more visible signage such that out-of-towners can clearly see which direction they should go. Upgrade traffic signals so that intersections closer together are timed to reduce the sitting que waiting for the light to change on one end or the other.

595.

Complete Streets for every town incorporating safe pedestrian and bicycle facilitiesEstablish a network of separate cycle tracks to encourage many more people to choose to cycle

596.

At each turnpike exit, provide parking so that people could park and then carpool with others  to a specific location.  Often people from diverse areas will be going to the same conference and the only current solution is to park at a McDonalds or Convenience store parking lot and then wonder if anyone will notice you’re there all day.  If you could pick maybe six locations ( one near Springfield, near Rt 495, Worcester, Boston...) and create 10 new spaces and publicize that commuters could park there or designate private commuter friendly spaces for more  Park & Ride, this would be helpful.

597.

Don’t know

598.

More frequent lane painting

599.

More traffic calming; more dedicated bicycle lanes; better bicycle lane markings; automated light signal timing that does not force autos to idle at red lights for lengthy periods during off-peak times

600.

Frequent full surface repaving of all roads.

601.

Shift the income derived from drivers to the MBTA! A constant source of aggravation is the fact that transit users like myself are forced to subsidize the Big Scam.

602.

FIX POTHOLES FREQUENTLY!

603.

More and safer bike lanes!

604.

Better street signage

605.

more bikelanes that are painted a different color. bike turning signals.reconfigure intersections that are dangerous for pedestrians to make them safer

606.

The bottom of storrow drive, turning left onto rt28, the traffic light is too short, around 10 seconds.

607.

More separate bike lanes! Bikers like to be cars or pedestrians when it is convenient for them and that makes it very difficult to share the road.

608.

Better pavement – the roads in some areas are almost impassible.

609.

Fewer travel lanes for cars, increased speed and travel for buses, trains, bikes, and pedestrians.

610.

Although the MassDOT 2006 Design Guide allows 10’ wide travel lanes, very few MassDOT projects actually include them!  Reducing lane widths in city and town roads improves speed compliance and encourages safer driving.The Route 128 “Add-a-lane” project should only be adding a carpool or bus lane, not a general travel lane.  We cannot build our way out of congestion by simply adding more lanes.  Adding general lanes will degrade air quality by inducing more congestion while wasting taxpayer money.

611.

How about if the police start enforcing traffic laws instead of allowing the “anything goes” culture on our streets? I see people running red lights and failing to yield to pedestrians RIGHT IN FRONT OF COPS who don’t lift a finger to do anything about it. “No left turn” signs are treated as a suggestion.

612.

separate lanes for bicycles; better road upkeep; lane and barrier reflectors on more highways

613.

more bikelanes, and specifically separate cycle paths separate from the roadway used by cars. Also coordination between traffic signals at intersections maintained by different entities – i.e. Memorial Drive.

614.

More bike lanes.

615.

The lane markings on many streets are complicated and worn out.  Refresh the lane markings.Add more of the da-glo pedestrian crosswalk signs so there is warning when we’re supposed to stop.  I’m often afraid that the car behind me will crash into me if I stop too quickly.

616.

Improve pavement, get rid of potholes

617.

Better marked bike lanes.

618.

More bike Lanes

619.

I know there is a boom in bicycling as a mode of transportation, however, I feel like the cyclists have gotten too bold.  They expect cars to always yield to them, and don’t do a good job of staying aware of traffic around them.  I feel pedestrians have gotten too bold too.  What happened to teaching kids in school to look both ways before crossing the street?

620.

More bicycle provisions, including parking, sharerow street markings, contraflow lanes where appropriate, and safely marked bicycle lanes.

621.

Improving road travel starts with driver education and enforcement of laws such as: yielding correctly, tailgating, BLOCKING INTERSECTIONS, etc., the only traffic laws enforced it seems are speeding.

622.

Fix potholes.

623.

Traffic calming, more landscaping, trash removal

624.

logical user  friendly bike lanes  and dedicated bus lanes visible crosswalks

625.

Better-paved streets! VMT or gas tax that can be used toward public transportation.

626.

repavement and prompt filling of potholes.  Rt 28, North Main St., Randolph, waits years for repaving while Milton’s section is done regularly!!!time given for pedestrian crossing is totally too little, een if you speed walk, you can’t make it across before the light changes.  Randolph is bad; the intersection at Quincy-Adams is worse, really bad.our sidewalks need repaving as well.Way finding at Logan at night is a real trial.  Signs contain lists of up to 10 locations and are NOT lit.  Trying to find the cell phone lot was a real challenge and involved more than one trip around the airport.  If the signs were lit and the lists shorter and symbols (big enough to see) were used it would help.

627.

Better snow removal on local roads, can’t speak to highways.

628.

In terms of traffic signals, I often find that a larger, high-traffic road is stopped for a red light while a smaller crossing road has a green light but no cars/bikes.  I’m not sure how feasible it is to add sensor lights (and I do not drive much myself, but in other places I have lived, it has made traffic smoother along such stop-start routes (i.e. Mass Ave).  Also – I have commuted by bike in other places, and would do so more often here if there were more bike lanes and/or community paths that went most of the way to where I needed to go.

629.

As stated before, congestion fee like London, and higher parking meter fees. Also, in congested neighborhoods like Beacon Hill, the resident parking permit should cost a LOT more (triple digits!).

630.

more bike lanes, calm (slow/reduce) auto traffic

631.

Please keep on top of pot hole repair for bikers.

632.

bike lanes should be on all roads and on the INSIDE of the parked cars as they do in Europe.  In Kendall Sq area there are some such.

633.

streetcar tracks

634.

Fill potholes

635.

create designated lanes for buses so they don’t have to wait in traffic!make intersection more pedestrian friendly!more designated bicycle routes on roads! (i.e. make space on roads, not necessarily separate lanes or paths)

636.

More bike lanes!

637.

Better organization of traffic:  designated turning lanes, well maintained crosswalks where pedestrians are visible, bike lanes on heavy-biking routes.

638.

less $ going to highway, more to transit and bike/pedestrian facilities.

639.

I would like to see trackless railroads, unpaved roads and biways taking advantage of wheeled vehicles for land transporta5tion. Also multimode transportation devices. i.e. bring a bike on a catamaran to a harbor say Providence and anchor and bike the final leg. Won’t need interstates.

640.

Bike lanes, sharrows

641.

More bike lanes

642.

The highways are overcrowded. Before we increase population we need to improve the roads.  All anyone needs to do is drive on 95 at rush hours to wonder why the politicians want to increase the population.  I am glad people are leaving the state if it means traffic will improve.

643.

The only place I know of where more traffic lanes are needed is the I85/I90 interchange in Charlton.  An incredible amount of time is lost there by motorists and truckers during the high driving seasons.  Besides that, we are only dealing with rush hour jams and where that is the case in this region there is no room for additional lanes.  

644.

More bike paths and bike lanes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

645.

traffic calming projects

646.

Synchronize traffic lights. speed bumps near crosswalks and intersections.

647.

repaving; better lane markings; more bike lanes

648.

More bicycle lanes

649.

Install the smart bikelanes that are wide or have slight barrier from the car lane

650.

Smoother bike lanes – all construction seems to happen in the bikelanes, and they’re not filled well.

651.

Fill the big potholes on Rt. 28 north from Boston to Somerville. I hit them every time.

652.

Spend a little money on repairing highways and roads so people whom are walking or riding their bikes can safely do so.

653.

More bicycle lanes.

654.

1. Get rid of pot holes. 2. Roads are very crowded and people run red lights etc. It’s every person for themselves. Cops need to enforce traffic rules not just give speeding tickets on the highway. 3. I hate when traffic backs up in my direction and it takes 3 light cycles to get through but the cross direction has a green and there are no cars even there!

655.

Que los trabajadores gubernamentales se dediquen mas a sus tareas diarias en vez de estar en los establecimientos tomando cafe y leyendo el newspaper.

656.

more bike lanes

657.

By “Add more travel lanes,” I mean bike lanes. The age of the car (and the ensuing unhealthy urban sprawl and national obesity epidemic) is thankfully coming to a close. There is a shift of consciousness – Americans are doing the research, seeing the results in other places in the world, and want bike lanes, bike signal lights incorporated into city intersections, dedicated bike highways and roadways linked intelligently, safe pedestrian ways that lead to mass transit hubs – in short, all roadway improvements, from highways to smaller roads to bridges need to not just “include” cyclists and pedestrians, but actually PRIORITIZE them. This is fast becoming, if you look at the increasing numbers (coinciding with decreasing car use), the preferred way to travel, not an “alternative” way to travel. It’s not just because gas is expensive. Even then, people are preferring, and will continue to prefer walking, biking and mass transit. It would be wise to consider this.

658.

fix up the pot holes on streets and do over the crossing paths on the streets

659.

Roadwork that allows for smoother travel.  Lanes that are clearly marked. Clear signs.

660.

high speed rail, build better highways. Update traffic signals to work together so you do not block traffic at every other light so there can be a flow of traffic

661.

Bicycle lanes and cycle tracks

662.

Potholes need better repair. Pavements are in bad condition.

663.

Beyond basic safety upgrades for roadways, I am MUCH more interested in improvements to public transportation. More bus routes, more frequent service, quick completion of the green line extension, etc etc.

664.

Snow removal is good in Somerville but surprisingly crappy in Cambridge...

665.

Demolish the McGrath Highway bridge in Somerville.

666.

Gas tax, more public transit to get people out of cars.

667.

More law enforcement to witness and stop smart-phoning and driving as well as basic road laws..

668.

Add more bike lanes!

669.

Fix potholes!  They are everywhere, particulary in Boston and I-93 North. Today, ther are MASSIVE potholes on the entrance to Storrow drive, next to Mass Eye and Ear.

670.

more dedicated bike lanes and motorist awareness of bike lanes

671.

Sidewalks and bike lanes

672.

more lighting on side st.

673.

Add left turn lanes

674.

POTHOLES OF COURSE

675.

Add more, and SAFER, bike lanes.  Add more rental bikes and car sharing.

676.

hmm y ou didn’t make it clear that this is for cars.  I would like more travel lanes for bikes.  making driving easier, faster, cheaper will kill any effort to improve public transportation.

677.

Time traffic lights better, fix poor pavement conditions

678.

Better traffic enforcement on parkways

679.

Get rid of bike lanes. Bikers are hazardous as they do not use proper road etiquette. They slow traffic around the city.

680.

More right and left turn lanes at busy intersections.

681.

Add more bike lanes.

682.

more people cited for making illegal u turns on interstates like 107 in Revere where it happens all the time.  This would make for a better roadway.

683.

Having done this for 20 years, the big dig helped a lot. The tunnels are fine. That snarl though coming into Boston from 93 southbound, by the old cinemas is ridiculous. The lane drop is a problem, but people being selfish is the real issue.

684.

More signals that are triggered by cars so you don’t have to spend time waiting in off peak hours.  Enforcement of no turn on red!

685.

Our roads and highways are just fine, please maintain, but expense on improvements would be a waste. More lanes invite more traffic, discourages carpooling, if you don’t believe me ask a Southern Californian.

686.

I don’t drive typically, but I know many friends are concerned about potholes. Having a leading bike signal would be great and more bike lanes where possible. However, more than roads or sidewalks, I want investment in the T. I can bike safely, walk safely, etc., but I want to make sure that the T is functional when I want to use it.

687.

More lanes on routes such as 110 or 113.

688.

Create “cars only” fast lanes.

689.

Better maintained, or rebuilt to current specs

690.

Restrict use of bycicles on major routes that lack sufficient bike lanes or sidewalks.Enforce jay walking laws in Springfield.

691.

Re-pave side roads

692.

Fix bad roads (potholes)Stop people from parking on side of road (in no parking zones) and blocking traffic in the lane.enforce laws in turn only lanes (ticket people who go straight in turn only lanes) it causes traffic backups

693.

NO

694.

Continual repair of potholes, including in residential neighborhoods.

695.

less patches

696.

Sidewalks – there are none in my area (Barre)

697.

bike paths that are safe

698.

more space/design for bikes

699.

would like to see more bike lanes and the lanes WIDER than they are. They are generally so narrow that bicyclists are vulnerable to car doors opening into them and to moving automobiles brushing them on the side.The biggest safety feature, though, would be the END of cell phone use while driving. I have had a number of brushes with death on the streets and it has always been when the automobile driver is using a cell phone and the driver never has a cluse how close he came to killing me.

700.

Fill the never ending potholes.

701.

Fix potholes

702.

a speacial lane for bikers

703.

additional bike lanes

704.

better lane markings and wide, well maintained shoulders for bicyclesreduction in on-street parking where door opening is a hazard to bicyclists

705.

Fix the roads and fix potholes

706.

More consideration of improving traffic congestion, such as better driving instruction/signage at Sullivan Square rotary and maintaining the Rutherford Avenue underpass.

707.

Potholes are of a major problem, as well as the bridges and overpasses are no t well kept.

708.

carpool lane would be nicesnow removel is awalys good

709.

Billerica roads are unsafe for bikes and pedestrians.

710.

For driving in the cities:  Cars parked illegally slow down traffic.  Poor road conditions (potholes, uneven road surfaces, etc) slow down traffic and cause damage to cars.For highways:  Road surfaces need to be kept up meticulously.

711.

Good paving. Slower speeds. Curb extensions.  Enforcement of law (Boston) requiring parking 20 feet back from intersection.  Lights progressively timed for cars. More stop signs, fewer signals.  More central-paying meters and reduction of sidewalk schlock – meters, signs, signal boxes, poorly placed bus shelters, trash cans.

712.

Bike lanes are the travel lanes I’d like to see more of.  I would definitely bike a lot more than I do, but the roads close to my home are not safe for cycling.

713.

This is regarding local roads: as a frequent bicyclist, I wish the roads were better maintained (pot holes are much worse for bikes than they are for cars) and cleaned (of broken glass and metal debris), and that they were wider (although I know this is often impossible).

714.

Less traffic signals, less one way streets.

715.

I think the roadways are being adequately maintained.

716.

Earlier parking ban along Trapelo and Belmont Road into Harvard Square

717.

Taking care of potholes.

718.

traffic calming.  Lowering lanes and speeds.

719.

wifi and satellite radio reception in big dig tunnels. less tolls, better road surface maintenance!! too many pot holes, etc

720.

protected bike lanes

721.

Improve lines on highways.  Repair potholes.  My biggest complaint is that they start road work projects and then do not act quickly to get it done.  There should be a penalty for not completing work in the agreed time.  I have watched projects started and then left for 2 years.  Meanwhile expensive equipment just sits there.

722.

Traffic signals for bicycles

723.

Provide more OFFROAD bike paths

724.

Better paving of city roadways in both Amsbury and Merrimac, MA.

725.

Add overhead signage to highways with slow/55 mph, travel/ 60-65 mph, passing lane 65+ mph. When I first learned to drive, the left lane was for passing only and the right for slow traffic. Now slow traffic will go to left lane and cause bottlenecks while the right lane has speeding traffic. Also  on the overhead sign would be speed guns that would cause a flashing light when travel is too fast.

726.

put in cycle paths that are separated from main car traffic

727.

Complete highway projects more quickly, thus allowing traffic to move at a better pace. Also increase the amount of projects done at night if possible, to decrease the affect on the traffic during the day.

728.

Upgrade traffic signals so motorists do not have to sit at red traffic lights at 4:30AM!

729.

It would be good to coordinate lights a bit better to improve traffic flow and avoid back ups into intersections caused by red lights.The new lanes on Beacon Street, Brookline, are ridiculous.  Driving is on Beacon like being on a slalom course as the lanes swing around to accommodate left turn lanes and try to find room for bikes, but I think it is hopeless to improve that now.  We spent a bunch, I assume, to create this silly configuration.

730.

Bike lines that are separate from motor vehicle lanes. Most bike lanes are dangerous as they are right next to parked cars; thus the chance of a cyclist being “doored” is high.

731.

Fund bike lanes!!!!!!!!!

732.

Bicycle Lanes

733.

There are a lot of poorly paved roads on my bicycle commute route. The bumpiness has been bad for my computer (lost the hard drive!) but also, it’s dangerous for me. When there are bad potholes I sometimes have to swerve into traffic to avoid them.  Beacon Street (the one that connects Inman Square to Somerville Ave) is very, very bad on the northbound side, even though there are bike lanes most of the way. Also, the northern part of Oxford Street, just before it connects to Beacon, is terrible!

734.

In Boston and east Somerville, the roads are in miserable shape. The McGrath Hwy is actively falling apart.In addition, there are huge areas of town where no lanes are painted, and it’s utterly unclear where one is permitted to drive. The result is dangerous chaos. We don’t need more lanes; we need lane paint!!

735.

Please make YIELD signs larger. People ignore them when entering rotaries. An especially dangerous rotary is the BU Bridge rotary where people entering form Memorial Drive heading east routinely ignore the Yield law.

736.

Redesign major intersections (such as Sullivan Square) to reduce congestion, after appropriate traffic pattern analysis

737.

Get rid of all the bike lanes. I don’t seehow it improves traffic flow to change roadway from two lanes, to one lane and a bike lane. Especially for people (bicylists) who pay no road user fees.

738.

do anything you can to get cars off the road

739.

more tolls

740.

PLEASE, DO NOT ADD MORE LANES. There is not a single instance in the history of the world that doing so has permanently improved transit times. Increasing the number of lanes temporarily speeds traffic, but the result is that it ends up attracting proportionately more motorists, and the problem is then regenerated anew, but this time on a larger scale.

741.

More bike lanes.

742.

more bike lanes!

743.

Make roads better for bikes and pedestrians.  Devote more space on roadways to bikes and pedestrian facilities.Build bicycle lanes, cycle-tracks and counter-flow bicycle lanes.Build speed humps.

744.

FIX POTHOLES!!!  REPEAT: FIX POTHOLES!!

745.

MORE BIKE LANES DAMMIT.

746.

i ride the mbta bus from chelsea,ma and they need to fix cary square streets..its ruining the buses with all the mess they’re making doing construction.

747.

There are certain hot spots i.e. difficult to cross in spite of markings.Give us forms to fill out as we walk and put up “suggestion” type boxes where the city can be updated regularly re: areas that need to be repaired – a missing brick, etc.  Thanks.

748.

fix potholessmooth over rough stretches of roads that get a lot of use

749.

better signage

750.

More bicycle lanes

751.

Better signage!

752.

More bike paths or bike lanes.

753.

Drivers who actually obey the existing laws...no tailgating, speeding...unneeded lane changes, texting, phone and generally not paying attention to anyone.

754.

Stop the nonsense of removing travel lanes for bicycle lanes.  This is insane.  Traffic is bad enough and our roads are already inadequate.

755.

Treelined roadways. Even when a road is necessary, it doesn’t need to be devoid of nature.  I suggest lining roads with trees and whenever possible adding islannds with trees/flowers/plantings, etc. Anything which adds more nature and helps improve the air as well as assists in slowing down motorists.

756.

These are all ambiguous questions.  Does “more travel lanes” mean add more lanes for cars or does it also mean for bikes?  We need to have more SAFE biking options.  Does “upgrade traffic signals” mean “add timed lights so that cars can go even faster and endanger more pedestrians’/bicyclists’ lives”?  In that case, I certainly disagree with this.  If it means adding better signaling for pedestrians and bicycles, then I’m all about it.  Cars get WAY too much attention in American cities, and Massachusetts is no exception to this.  Motorists need to know that they do not own the road and that pedestrians and bicyclists have at least as much of a right to the road as they do.

757.

Add rebates for folks using FastLane and open more lanes.

758.

Biking lanes are sorely needed around here!

759.

Less and more expensive street parking. The lanes could be used for automobile traffic during rush hours and bike lanes at other times. Or both.

760.

Local towns keeping roads in better condition. The state is okay but the cities and towns are generally very poor.

761.

Can’t think of anything. Since I always take public transportation, I don’t pay much attention !

762.

I would like to see a law eliminating cell phone use in cars while driving.

763.

They should extend the carpool lane north of Boston to Wilmington as a diamond lane. During the moring rush hour this would eliminate the 4 lane to 3 lane merge Somerville. Then the T should add Express Busses from the Anderson Transportation Center to Boston. This would do more to remove cars from Rt 93 then expanding the Green Line to Medford.

764.

Better area’s for disabeled folks to be able to get onto transportation bus

765.

Springfield has beautiful crosswalks, good street lights and pedestrian lights.  What is needed are enforced rules.  Young men in cars are traveling dangerous speeds and dangerous in and out of traffic.  Spfld residents walk even with babies against the lights.  As a pedestrian, no one including Police will stop at a crosswalk.ENFORCE RULES AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC.

766.

enforce traffic laws!!!invest in public transportation

767.

condition of streets is awful.  Lots of patches, potholes, and poor paved conditions

768.

repair ageing bridges

769.

Please, please, please fix the broken pavement on the MassPike between exits 8 and 6.  It’s a shame that I have to pay almost $1 to commute each daywhile NY residents get a free ride to exit 6.  And what’s most insulting is that the section of the MassPike from exits 1-6 is in far better condition than exits 6-8.  I do not like the politics of a free ride from 1-6 but if I have to pay at least the road should be free of broken pavement. There, I feel better.

770.

Add more cycle lanes. 

771.

Try to improve the bottleneck areas on Rt 91 such as the Longmeadow curve, and the Chicopee curve

772.

Narrow roadways to slow down speeding traffic.  Redesign intersections to increase pedestrian safety while crossing.

773.

Cleaning streets better for use of motorcycles

774.

Snow removal in Springfield is horrible.  The streets are never cleaned properly making commuting to and from work difficult.  A typical commute of 15-20 minutes becomes a 40-50 minute commute the day of and after and up to several days/weeks after a snow storm.

775.

Cambridge recently re-timed some of its traffic lights after a reading a study that disclosed average pedestrian wait time.Highway carpool lanes sound great but last time they were tried there was not much increase in carpooling. How about parking discounts for carpoolers who commute to work?  This would have to be coordinated with worksite parking facilities – maybe start with garages or lots where state employees park.

776.

improve road conditions, i.e. fill in potholes, smooth surface

777.

no

778.

to make less bumpy

779.

make the roads smoother

780.

less potholes

781.

fox potholes

782.

fix potholes

783.

Knock down the elevated portion of McGrath!

784.

yes and accepted

785.

keeping roadways under better repair, especially related to potholes

786.

fix potholesbike lanes

787.

walking space

788.

More bicycle lanes, especially separated bicycle lanes (“cycle tracks”). And designated bus lanes. Imagine if Mass Ave could have a designated bus lane for the #1 bus! The bus can move people more efficiently and faster, and it would be more attractive if it was given more of a priority. I also imagine, instead of adding travel lanes, turning a travel lane in to a designated bus lane on the highways, Rt 128, etc...

789.

walking

790.

walking space

791.

Encourage and adequately fund public transportation. This will decrease the demand for more travel lanes by taking the stress off the roads. Adding travel lanes actually INCREASES demand for the highway, which means it rarely helps much, not to mention it’s very expensive and bad for the environment.

792.

no

793.

More bike lanes, and keep the potholes fixed!

794.

Bikes lanes and ways! I’d like to see more separate bike lanes placed within existing streets.

795.

Commuter options like the RT 128 shuttles (buses) to provide service where there is no commuter rail. the Marlborough area and Framingham could use this. Cooperation between businesses and govt could share the cost burden and improve the MA economy. I don’t drive and I could not get a job in many parts of the state.

796.

fill potholes

797.

More bike lanes and especially some well-designed protected bike lanes. More raised pedestrian crossings. Narrower lanes to slow traffic. Shared streets where they make sense.

798.

More comprehensive planning (i.e. no lane drops) along routes. More trees.

799.

Build new roads

800.

More bike lanes. Segregated ROW transit lanes.

801.

road maintainence

802.

More Bike Lanes – everywhereCurb extensions and stormwater planterspermeable pavements in parking areasChange some streets to local/bike only

803.

More bike lanes!

804.

bike lanes

805.

Separated bike lanes, with physical barriers between motorists and cyclists. Wider sidewalks.

806.

BIKE LANES, CYCLE TRACKS! We need more bicycle facilities to make it safer for all road users, especially people that are thinking about cycling but are worried about safety. We need separate facilities for bikes like cycle tracks. We need to make biking a serious institution so people understand that it’s a real option for getting around...

807.

Maybe I misunderstood the question, but you asked what “people” are looking for. I imagine that most “people” who by and large use cars for transportation want it to be easier to use their cars. However, I don’t think that our tax dollars should be used to add more travel lanes when they only reduce congestion for a brief period. If you want MY opinion on roadway improvements, we should have a strict fix-it-first policy and a moratorium on any capacity enhancements across the state. VMT has declined over the past few years, and per capita VMT has been dropping for the past decade. Let’s quick throwing our money away on facilities that in twenty years will seem absurdly overbuilt.

808.

more bike lines

809.

Pothole filling and paving after roadway has been torn up...Planningin advance so that once it is paved it does not need to be immediately repaved because project have not been coordinated.

810.

Potholes and a little common sense scheduling road repair

811.

More bicycle infrastructure

812.

More bike lanes and less car lanes.  Studies show drastic reduction of traffic when road capacity is reduced.

813.

Allocate additional space to bikes. Offer more bike racks

814.

Traffic calming measuresRoad diets

815.

More signs pertaining to bicyclist traffic rules.  More clearly marked cross walks.

816.

More bike and walk lanes. Traffic calming and police enforcement of traffic laws. Also, better priority for trains

817.

There are many parts of the city which have worn lines which leads to traffic. Exit 18 (Cambridge) off the Pike has ridiculous traffic every day because of no traffic guidance (lines are worn and nobody knows which lanes to be in) and massive pot holes. Thousands of commuters are affected daily by this poor design.

818.

Drive through Fast Lanes that maintain regular speed limit and don’t have to slow to 15 mph. Longer walking cycles on traffic signals.More traffic signals that count down time.Police at poorly designed, dangerous intersections during rush hour.Don;t block the grid policy that’s enforced.

819.

improve driver education – for all ages; potholes

820.

Cars, bikes, scooters, peds, etc...everyone should be able to use the roads.

821.

Stop wasting money on lane removals, sidewalk widening, landscaping, and increasing greenhouse gas production via traffic calming bump outs and increased turning difficulty which do not save lives.

822.

Top priority – No more minimum WALK times for pedestrians of only seven seconds or less – as a proposed for the Casey Overpass Project. (except for rarely used pushbutton exclusives) Absolutely no pushbutton-Concurrent pedestrian operations, as are proposed in the Anderson Bridge. Take the De-elevating of McGrath McCarthy Overpass Project seriously. This 1950s highway construction is nearing the end of its “useful life” and is a monument for bad and ugly highway design. MassDOt should do nothing to perpetuate this mistake.Investigate how to design Cycle Tracks properly. Proposals at River, Western and Longfellow Bridges have many rough edges in design and the Highway Administration could make some fundamental early errors. Unfortunately they do not seem to be listening. We need to do something for high speed traffic calming, such as Storrow Drive. It is posted for 40 mph but many drivers go at 55 or even 60. At 3 AM in the morning crazy motorcyclists like to race along the supper sections of Storrow and Soldiers Field Road. I can hear them from my house in Cambridge. Enforcement.The highway corridor of I-93 up to the Zakim Bridge is a visual horror show, with blighting and ugly uses of land. No one seems in any rush to improve things. We are left with Son-of-Scheme-Z.Something must be done about the alleged “Seaport Boulevard” in South Boston. It is the ugliest road in Boston, even worse than Rutherford Avenue. It is wall-to-wall concrete and blacktop, bordered by chain link fence – without anything green (except for weeds that grow through the pavement). It is the worst product of the Big Dig era. Other than repair and maintenance, I do not see the need to any major roadway projects in the Boston area.

823.

I commute by highway, and most of my travel in general is done by highway.  I find it safer and faster.  I commute from Ashland to the city, to Plymouth- a huge triangle.  Route 3 on the South Shore past Exit 16 needs more lanes!  Two is not enough.  Where the Mass Pike feeds onto 128 in Weston needs more Fast Lanes for commuting hours.  It just gets too backed up.  On the weekends, these commuting lanes need to be converted back to coin collecting booths, because on the weekend, these lanes get backed up.  More versatility in our toll lanes.  Road Snow removal and sanding is impressive in Massachusetts.

824.

Add bicycle lanesIncrease bicycle lock facilities at T stations

825.

More bike lanes!  More attention to potholes and surfaces that are damaging to bikes. Wider shoulders and marked bike lanes, not more car lanes. All improvements need to be geared toward green transportation, anything else would be a step backwards and waste of funding.

826.

make sure roads are swept all the way to the sides so bikes have clear roads. Increase driver awareness of laws governing bikes. Increase enforcement of bike laws.

827.

road surface, especially along Washington Street between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills.  The bike lane is nice but the pot holes and uneven road surface make it frequently impossible for a cyclist to stay in the bike lanes

828.

bike lanes

829.

Additional lanes on the Turnpike west of exit 9 and east of exit 9

830.

Fix these roads my poor car is in good shape now but won’t be for long, roads are terrible, holes every where

831.

If you do build more travel lanes, make sure they comply with the Complete Streets doctrine. Roads should be for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and car drivers. Young and old.

832.

Fast Lanes for bikes.

833.

Stop eliminating travel lanes to add bike lanes!!  Eliminating travel lanes harms 99% of the roadway users to the benefit of 1%.  This does not make economic sense nor is it a rationale use of taxpayer dollars.

834.

extend merge laneslimit number of lanesmake all inner city lanes two-way, two-lane, with additional bicycle lane

835.

I do not drive at all.  However, snow removal often impacts my ability to access buses and the ability for bus drivers to pick up and drop off passengers in a safe way.  For handicap accessibility, this becomes even more important.  Often times road crews completely bury curb cuts/ramp areas meant for handicap access.

836.

-Increase bicycle lanes to make it safer and accessible to the segment of the population who would ride if they felt it was safe. Increase security by penalizing motorists who drive on red lights (South End)

837.

better lighting

838.

Congestion is a big problem causing time delays and extra fuel consumption. An effective way to reduce congestion is through some sort of electronic road tolling system that would vary in fines given the time and day. This would directly encourage the use of less congested roads and alternative transportation modes like public transit, cycling, and walking.

839.

Traffic lights along streets should be synchronized with one another.  This would decrease time waiting at an intersection thus decreasing gas consumption and carbon emissions.  It would also keep vehicles moving at a legal, constant rate of speed and would reduce attempts to run red lights.

840.

More bike lanes, or at least more signage or markings that make motorists more cognizant of the need to share the road.

841.

Signage- it is HORRIBLE to get around in this city (Boston) the signs are missing, never know what street you are on!

842.

Traffic should be manages by computer.  A smart highway system could predict traffic and slow down travel to avoid it.  With a small amount of enforcement, motorists could learn to obey traffic management instructions to improve flow.  Those who won’t get fined.

843.

Improve toll booths at major intersections on mass pike.  The sturbridge toll in particular causes huge delays extending to worcester west bound bound on weekends. This toll is a bottleneck that causes inconvience,  excess pollution, etc  A suggestion is to raise cash tolls so more people use fastlane.  Also install more  high speed fastlane stations so cars dont have to slow down at a toll like the one in sturbridge.

844.

Change fastlane on exit 6 and put all vehicle exit on right and left.  Cross traffic is bad in the morning and trackter trailers make it worse.  This exit needs evaluation.  Snow removal 2011 made roads impassable due to ice buildup on side streets.

845.

Require complete resurfacing after roadway reconstruction.  In Taunton, they dig up the roadways constantly then only patch the top course causing bumps and frost heaves and damage to snow plows.

846.

repair of potholes – enforcement of motorist rules – more marked crosswalks with pylons – painted lines on all roadways – electonic speed enforcement like toll gates – license suspension for many more infractions – enforcement of jay-walking statutes

847.

quicker repair of damaged roadways

848.

None

849.

construction get done more adequately

850.

more paving

851.

Better painted lanes, bike lanes or paths

852.

The state should give more financial support of the public transportation network we have:  commuter rail, subway, bus.  Increase the number of commuter rail trips.  Encourage people to forego cars for more environmental and people-friendly options.  Europe does this so well. Send your folks to Germany or Denmark to learn how it’s done so they can do it here.

853.

Intersection reconstruction that favors pedestrians over vehicles.

854.

Improve road surface and add bike paths and lanes where practical.

855.

There is a great need to reduce potholes on many stretches of highways.

856.

To encourage apprehensive women to bike, wider bike lanes and road markings that provide subjective safety & actual safety are needed.The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO now recommends wider bike lanes. A 6 to 7 foot bike lane adjacent to a narrow parking lane with high turnover, provides more operating space, for cyclists, to ride out of the area of opening doors. A 6 to 8 foot bike lane in areas with high bike use, allows cyclists, to ride side‐by‐side or pass each other without leaving the lane.Road markings extending 3 feet from the bike lane, show the distance cars can safely pass bikes.On roads similar to Comm. Ave. between Packard’s Corner & Kenmore Square, removing one of the multiple traffic lanes, or a parking lane leaves space for wider bike lanes. Not only cyclists, but also drivers, benefit from the building of cycling infrastructure and higher rates of cycling.

857.

Enforce large heavy vehicles (18-wheel trucks, etc.) not travelling on crowded city streets, which quickly destroys their surfaces and requires more frequent maintenance.  More parking spaces off road to prevent so much blocking of bus stops and double parking.

858.

Re-time traffic signals to meet current demand. Time signals to increase mobility all modes (peds, bicycles and auto) and prevent speeding of vehicles.

859.

I would like to see streets and highways widened with special strip for pedestrians, wheelchairs, mopeds, and bicycles.  I’d like to see all major towns connected by bike paths.  On major highways and interstates, I would like to see side lanes appropriate for slow alternative vehicles (electric, mopeds, scooters, low cc motorcycles). OR make max speed 45-55 on right lane.

860.

repair pot holes

861.

Fixing potholes to improve bike travel

862.

Increased bicycle facilities, bus right of ways and signal prioritization.

863.

Adding travel lanes is the worst thing that can be done! Nothing need so to be added on the highways. Instead, remove a lane from cars and give it to the cyclist and pedestrians! More safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needs to be implemented and improved all across the country.

864.

Improved cross walks. Better signal timing.Reopen roads that have been closed.Increase more on-street parking to provide an exhaust buffer for pedestrians & traffic traffic calming.

865.

Stop spending money on widening highways! Spend money on creating better cycling facilities. In the future the middle class is not going to be able to afford the 30 mile highway commute from suburbia to the city. Stop encouraging it. We need better active transportation facilities. Forget subsidizing the automobile.

866.

eliminate all RR crossings

867.

Bike lanes and signals

868.

More physically-separated bike lanes (cycletracks) and other ultra-safe bicycle facilities. And slower speeds for cars.

869.

Roadways should be reduced or eliminated to discourage car travel.

870.

More traffic calming (raised intersections) to improve driver awareness of mixed-use

871.

DEDICATED BIKE LANES AND BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE!!

872.

Better bike paths

873.

More Bicycle infrastructure, particularly separated/protected bike lines like cycletracks to increase safety and accessibility for riders. Currently biking from Mattapan or Dorchester to Jamaica Plain or Brookline via Morton street or Seaver Street is very dangerous for cyclists due to speeding cars, debris piled up along the side of the road, and little to no infrastructure protecting cyclists.

874.

Bike lanes and infrastructure, also more infrastructure for pedestrians. Ways to make cars slow down in dense areas! Roads encourage speed for cars, and put everyone else low priority.

875.

1. Cycle-tracks! (separate bike lanes).  2. More normal bike lanes, and ones that go both directions on otherwise one-way streets.  3. Bike lanes that are colored differently than the asphalt to make them very apparent, even when the white lines begin to wear away.  4. Separately marked crosswalks (maybe colored & hashed?) for areas where bike paths cross traffic (ex the SW Corridor in Boston) in cars must yield to bicyclists and a car that hits a mounted cyclists moving at a slow, cautious speed would be equally at fault as a car hitting a pedestrian.  5.  Better bike and pedestrian infrastructure on bridges.

876.

More bike lanes. Protected ones would be lovely perhaps with a door zone. It’s dangerous as a cyclist commuter.

877.

narrower travel lanes and less lane drops – just not have the additional lane there in the first place!

878.

More dedicated bike lanes, but *NO* separated cycle tracks. Do not place bike lanes within the door zone. Much stricter regulation of street patching contractors. More expeditious repair of substandard/deteriorated road surfaces. Stricter enforcement of double parking restrictions. Removal of old, outdated, or unnecessary signage.

879.

More bike infrastructure, especially more bike lanes, better signage, and bike traffic signals.

880.

Better bicycle lanes

881.

Please provide transit priority signals for bus and Green Line routes.

882.

The state highway that runs through our town is 4 lanes undivided.... I would like to see it remarked as a three lane (center turn) roadway with bicycle lanes created on each side!

883.

Bike paths!  I don’t feel comfortable riding in/with traffic

884.

Update pavement marking more frequently-use reflective markings on high speed highways

885.

Road diets to provide more room for bicycling.  Better striping of fog lines and lanes. More signage alerting drivers to share the road.

886.

Snow removal is already very good.Add carpool lanes, but make them for 3 or more riders.

887.

More accesss onto major roadways reducing congestion on the local roads feeding the highways. Longer merging lanes to avoid jamm ups.specific lanes dedicated to exiting.Change the street lights so they can sense on coming traffic and keep the green light on. Typically they are only senbsing the traffic stopped and it is making matters worse.

888.

more sidewalks

889.

The goal should be to reduce traffic and encourage people to walk and take Public Transit, while at the same time reducing congestion for those who must drive.  Most people have to drive once in a while, so traffic reduction will benefit all.  But the focus of transportation policy in urban Mass. should be incentivizing walking, cycling and use of Public Transit.  Current conditions of road congestion/pollution/hostility are unsustainable and degrade quality of life.Bottom line: we need new and better Public Transit.  Yeah, I know there’s no money.  But guess what?  We need to find it, because we will have a dim future unless we decrease our dependence on the automobile.

890.

Bike tracks

891.

La mejoria de las carreteras.

892.

Better roads!

893.

Improve multi-modal transportation connections so that car, public transit, and pedestrian options can be easier.

894.

Use of shared-use markings for bicycles

895.

More bike lanes, more sidewalks, improve outdated highway interchanges.

896.

En realidad – si se mejora la transportacion publica no necesitaremos nuevos carriles.  A mi me interesa la mejoria y expansion del transporte publico

897.

Bicycle lanesBicycle boxesUse of color(paint) in bike lanesBicycle signals at VERY tricky intersections (not all)Bicycle boulevards that route bikes away from general car trafficLower design speedsInnovate design treatments for residential streetstravel lanes that are PAINTED!

898.

I think there should be a bus lane, where permitting, so that it is easier for cars to pass the bus and also for the bus to move swiftly through traffic to pick up riders. Bike lanes should be pervasive around the city and bicyclists should be made to feel safe even in busy downtown areas. I personally do not bike because I am afraid of the cars, especially at rush hour on a road like Mass Ave. in Boston.

899.

Better access in and out of the malls.

900.

Less potholes, better road conditions, more upkeep of road.

901.

complete streets

902.

Better signage (slow, yield, caution)

903.

More walk and don’t walk red hands and white men. More sidewalks.

904.

I want roads to be safe.

905.

more road work

906.

none

907.

better sidewalks

908.

lights

909.

traffic calming, complete streets

910.

FastLane should be designed more appropriately and there should not be braking when using it (e.g. like in Florida)

911.

Clearly marked lanes and more street signs – many intersections and streets do not have street signs.

912.

can they stop digging the streets, finish and fix asap

913.

Simply more traffic stops for aggressive behavior, especially during morning peak hours.

914.

more lanes just lead to more bottlenecks

915.

More bike lanes

916.

pothole repairs

917.

stricter law enforcement.

918.

More pedistrian crossing lights so that people can safely cross the street.

919.

More traffic lights at busy intersections.  I travel on Hamilton St. in Saugus, MA and have to take a left onto (Lincoln Av/Boston ST).  I feel like I am risking my life every day and there is a lot of pressure from the cars behind to get out into the street.

920.

Remove the rotaries from the off ramps from any highway, people don’t get it even the mass residents don’t get it. too confussing.

921.

pothole repair

922.

To have them fix some of the roads and bridges

923.

new sidewalks on our mail street in athol, mass and all new roads in athol, mass.

924.

fix the bumps

925.

more transportation for disability. get more self advocacy groups.

926.

more fixing backroads

927.

fixing pot holes

928.

none

929.

get more on time, not to wait hours for the bus, want to be on time for appointments, better roads so I can see where I’m going, carpool

930.

increased investments in alternative modes of transportation. For example, more trains, buses and bike lanes.

931.

bike lanes, large pedestrian sidewalks

932.

more strict driving tests to reduce the amount of morons on the road :)

933.

clean up

934.

more handicap ramps on sidewalk ends

935.

more safety, more accessibility

936.

Las carreteras en areas residencia necesitan mejorar. Estan muy desinejoradas y arainan las llontas.

937.

no sabe

938.

repair

939.

traffic calming measures, more sidewalks, safer intersections

940.

Added bike pathsNot sure that this falls under this category, but better driver education and enforcement of existing laws (Just yesterday I was almost hit by a POLICE OFFICER in an SUV who drove right through a crosswalk in Boston – no lights or siren – there were no traffic lights at this crosswalk and it was very clearly marked)

941.

none

942.

walkways for bicycles and skates

943.

Major accessibility to cities and towns that are not close to the highways

944.

I would love it if existing lights were timed more often to coordinate and limit traffic jams.  I know of a few lights where this is a major problem. More street signs!!!!  I can try to find someplace and get completely lost because there aren’t any street signs for the road I am look for or signs to tell me if I am currently driving on the right road.

945.

Rail trails

946.

the road has way to many holes and the streets that need them the most are not being fixed as they should sometimes causing them to harm the vehicles.

947.

Make them more pedestrian-friendly.

948.

Fix Patholes

949.

Stoplights at on-ramps to ease the flow of vehicles entering highways (like they have in the D.C. area).  Better lane markings. Better traffic light timing to avoid getting stuck in a long sequence of red lights. More lanes on highways. Eliminate merges at entrance and exit ramps (such as the I-93/128 intersection). Create flyovers instead. On I-93 North, create express lane for those traveling north of 128 so we don’t get stuck in the traffic caused by peopole trying to exit onto 128.

950.

more attention to road surfaces.

951.

Better road identifications 

952.

Complete streets

953.

I think pedestrian countdowns on walk signs are helpful to pedestrains, but also to drivers gaging whether or not they will possibly run a light.

954.

Improved lighting.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about how transportation options could be improved to serve you better?

” that led to nowhere. Few clear signs on how to get out. Can’t imagine it at rush hour. Two cash-only exit booths. No pre-payment as I find about everywhere else. Again, can’t imagine it at rush hour.

 

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Response

1.

Expanding commuter rail service to Springfield would be beneficial.  Not only could it reduce traffic on the Mass Pike it would be an economic development tool and would increase educational opportunities for residents

2.

better service by MBCR personnel, keeps rates the same or reduce.  DO NOT RAISE. Improve reliability.Improve PA system on trains.IMPROVE AIR QUALITY AT BACK BAY STATION!!!!

3.

Need more funding. Raise the gas tax.Aggressively pursue on-line sales tax collection law.Raise tolls on pike.Add open road tolling on 93 to pay for big dig. Increase property tax rate on parking lots. They are a waste of good land. Add incentives to towns to reduce parking requirements in zoning laws.

4.

Make other options as appealing as cars.  If you have to wait 30-45 minutes for a bus it will be a last resort.

5.

A bus line that follows the Elm/Beacon/Hampshire route through Somerville and Cambridge and then goes to North Station.  It’s ridiculous that there’s a private shuttle from Kendall area to North Station. There should be an MBTA bus.  Thank you!

6.

no

7.

more visable safety presence on transit and around stationsbetter enforcement of mv laws – camera enforcement of intersections

8.

DO NOT REMOVE BUS SERVICE FROM THE SOUTH SHORE. I TAKE THE 240 AND IT IS VITAL TO THE COMMUNITY SO THAT WE CAN ALL GET TO WORK AND BACK.

9.

In Cambridge, occasionally provide a police car to escort a bus on its route, both to assure better speed and to assure use of bus stop turnouts – for example the one at Star Market on Mount Auburn Street in West Cambridge.

10.

Build the commuter rail-line from Boston down to New Bedford.This project has been delayed for too long... Highway 24 is too crowded!

11.

Build the Green Line Extension soon, quit dragging it out. In a metro are with so many brains it’s shameful how this project has been kicked down the road for so many years.Build the Somerville Community Psth extension.Demand that Patrick admin and legislature to do something about MBTA debt – don’t put it on the  backs of T ridership.Increase the #85 bus schedule to include nights and weekends. It runs so seldom (which is why it has light ridership) but is an important cross-town route linking central Somerville with MIT/Kendall and would get higher ridership if it had regular hours. Have MassDOT walk the talk on GreenDOT. Right now it looks like GreenDOT is a publicity campaign only.

12.

More reliability. Less delays and breakdown in scheduled service.

13.

Outbound train from Boston to Haverhill must pick up passengers on all runs.  Please stop the “dead-head” runs and the runs that go only to Andover and Reading

14.

The MBTA could use existing technology to improve its communication with passengers.

15.

fix what is broken!

16.

MBTA needs to stop being a haven for political hacks and their relatives.  Cushy jobs, overpaid, too many benefits.  That’s your biggest problem, and it pervades all of Massachusetts government

17.

Improving public transportation is too broad a subject. Bus shelters, sure, particularly if they are free ‘cause they have ads in them. We should have reliable locomotives and cars, but that means buying the right ones in the first place. Don't make decisions without placing more emphasis on the cost. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn’t the Silver Line cost $600 million to put in buses rather than $140 million for trolleys? And what is this I hear that after spending 100’s of millions on CNG buses and compressor stations that the T is now run by diesel guys, and they are just going to run the CNG buses into the ground and abandon the stations? Is that a good use of taxpayer money already spent?Don’t let cities and towns declare major traffic arteries off limits to trucks. (eg. Prospect St, Cambridge)Don’t get involved in funding non state highway projects. eg. Forest St., and Mass Ave., ArlingtonLet the cities and towns fund their own roads. You concentrate on the State highways, the Interstate highways, and public transportation.Hire people based on qualifications not influence. If we have public employees that know what they are doing, and are cautious(and there are plenty) then we should be able to avoid costly mistakes like trolleys with no back doors and popcorn pavement.I have and idea. Why don’t we lay off the entire MassDOT, subcontract road maintenance and highway design to the State of N.H. , and let them hire back all the MassDOT folks who know what they are doing. There is some reason why the State of N.H. spends about 1/10 the money per mile we do, and by and large have better roads.

18.

The DOT lacks vision. They need to “see outside the box”. They have cookie cutter solutions for all their problems. Maybe look at other countries for unique solutions. Utilize the harbor more...free infrastructure.

19.

Improve bike facilities – it’s a huge win in terms of getting people out of their cars, exercising, and improving the environment.  That means COVERED secure parking for bikes where possible.  Dedicated bike lanes, preferably with a barrier between parked and moving cars where possible (big avenues like Mass Ave, or Boylston Ave, or around the Boston Common, or Comm Ave would be great candidates).  Other older densely packed cities have done this; we can too.

20.

Sidewalks are not for bicycles.  Major streets should have marked bike lanes.

21.

Fee schedule on mass transit to correspond with distance traveled.  Better facilities for bike parking. Better bike lanes.

22.

Spend money on system maintenance, not expansion.  Provide better accommodations for bicylists and pedestrians to help encourage fewer trips by car.  Indirect congestion improvements can also be realized if more employers allowed flexible work schedules.

23.

THINK REGIONAL AND THINK 10 Years OUT.a lack of planning and small town control over decsions, are big reasons we have failed to date.Also recent decisions which require “new services” with a RTA area to be paid for by the town getting the service is unfair since the current system is and has been city focused and towns, which need to service now have to pick up the full freight.

24.

Maintain, but to not expand roadways.  Increase transit fare oer inflation (CPI) only and do not cut service.  Find alternative state transportation funding sources (i.e. gas tax) for transit.  Address reality of cyclists as ped with bikes and enact stop as yield laws. Recognize the % traffic law violations by mode and realize drivers and ped violations per capita far outnumber cyclist violations.

25.

More extensive public transit would be great.

26.

Require bicylists to have a license plate on their bike so there is some accountability for their actions. I see irresponsible bicylists on major roads (MASS AVE for example) not following the rules of the road and endangering the public.  Use the revenue from the tag to enforce the laws and maintain bike paths and roadways.

27.

since I’m a lifelong non-car owner, I believe the best way to improve public transportation is to get cars off the road. I’ve noticed on regular work day mornings when the schools are closed (for “professional days” and such), the busses have no trouble with traffic. It seems the main cause of morning rush hour traffic is from people driving their children to school.I am now retired, there is no selction for that in your “Which zip code do you work or go to school in?”

28.

Red light running is rampant and police are never around to enforce the law against it!Speeding is also rampant and offenders don’t ever seem to be ticketed.Motorists often speed through crosswalks, even when pedestrians are crossing, and when activated crossing annunciators (lights) are telling pedestrians it is safe to cross – a perfect example is on Broadway, at the Marriott hotel, in Cambridge.  Interestingly, this is right in front of the U.S. DOT building!

29.

I live in Cambridge where the 4 options (car, transit, walking and biking) are equally supported.  I’d like to see this in more communities!

30.

Better access to transit-

31.

I would like to see completion of the Neponset River walk way connect John Pope Paul Park to Milton & Quincy.The park is lovely, but you can’t walk all the way up to the Dorchester gas tank nor JFK/U Mass and that would be great

32.

I’ve run out of time.

33.

it appears that public transportation along major routes exist, services also exist well for seniors and the disabled – it is however, needed for the general public

34.

I walk, take buses, ride bicycle, occasionally use motorcycle to take longer trips.  I’m sick and tired of the whole “cars only” mentality that pervades, and would like to see special lanes on all major roadways for bicycles, pedestrians, and slow scooters/mopeds – including winter maintenance for those lanes.

35.

More options for bike/walking lanes and trails.  Do what you can to improve opportunities for plug in vehicles.

36.

Be innovative in transit services (ie incorporate more new technologies to expand information).  Provide incentives on statewide level for people to live closer to where they work and get employers to participate in supporting more TDM.

37.

High speed rail from Cape to boston

38.

Do not cut Paratransit service, try to keep costs affordable, and strive to make them more efficient.

39.

40.

Make it easier to pay for public transportation, parking, etc. Creating one fare payment system that can be used whenever and wherever you are is the first step. You can increase fares as long as the service is reliable and safe.

41.

The MBTA bus network is a diamond-in-the-rough. It could be significantly improved through the use of Transit Signal Priority, exclusive bus lanes, real-time info, and other technologies... all at a fraction of the cost of a new commuter rail expansion or major highway project.

42.

Read what I’ve already noted.

43.

Make sure all bus stops are properly marked.  Increase the number of bus shelters.

44.

Increase in frequesncy of fix route buses would allow me to use buses more often even during work hours.

45.

Use of public transportation would be greatly enhanced if parking was increased and more easily accessed to and from the public transportation station/stop. The fact that parking is not free makes the tradeoff for using public transportation and the inconvenience of doing so financially less competitive and less palatable than using a personal vehicle.

46.

Raising the commuter rail fares will discourge people from taking the Commuter Rail.  I’ve been taking the Commuter Rail between Leominster and Boston for 5 years, but if the rate increase goes through it will be cheaper for me to drive 

47.

Crosstown public transit. The MBTA hab and spoke is a 19th century solution to a 20th century problem that does not fit the needs of 21th century.

48.

Fully automate the Red Line with platform edge doors (like Paris Metro #1 line). It makes things run much smoother.Then, you could run more, smaller trains to improve quality of service.

49.

Come up with a better wway to fund the MBTA (e.g. gas tax). Shift MBTA Big Dig debt to the DOT.

50.

I’d like to see existing public transportation infrastructure improved and more new infrastructure projects to provide public transportation to underserved areas. Improved transportation links such as linking North and South Stations, or linking the Red and Blue MBTA lines, would also be great.

51.

Support expanded high-speed and commuter rail options, and focus redevelopment opporunities around new stations.

52.

Why do bus stop signs not have stickers on them with the NextBus stop code?  This simple, cheap solution would let me call NextBus on my regular cellphone and get the real-time bus arrival times.  Most people (like me) still don’t have smartphones, but would like to be able to know when the next bus arrives.  Also, next-bus info signs are long overdue at bus shelters throughout the MBTA.

53.

Extend Blue Line beyond Bowdoin to Charles/MGH. This would eliminate double transfers between Blue and Red Lines at the four most conjested downtown stations. Connect North and South Station so with thru commuter rail service.

54.

RECENT PROPOASALS TO CUT BUS ROUTES AND FERRY SERVICE ARE A VERY BAD IDEA. MANY PEOPLE SOUTH OF THESE CUTS WOULD BE GREATLY AFFECTED. I SUGGEST STOPPING THE QUINCY FERRY, BUT LEAVE HINGHAM AND HULL IN SERVICE. QUICY CUSTOMERS CAN DRIVE ANOTHER 5 MINUTES TO GET TO THE HINGHAM TERMINAL. ELIMINATE GREENBUSH SERVICE ON WEEKENDS, NOBODY TAKES IT. KEEP BUS SERVICE AS IS, POSSIBLY SPREAD OUT STOPS AND AMMOUNT OF RUNS AS A COST CUTTING MEASURE.

55.

Keep bicycles off the sidewalks and stricter enforcement of no parking zone at bus stops.

56.

Increase in transportation funds available for maintenance activities

57.

In your last question, you lumped walking and biking.  These are two different modes and questions should address them seperately.Better linkages between the MBTA and the local transit systems, including joint fares.Substitute motor coaches for commuter rail trains at night and off peak.  Use motor coaches for improved/additional commuter rail trains.  I am particularly interested in more frequent Sunday service Three hours between trains just does not cut it.

58.

the fragmentation of systems between modes, municipalities and locations is a hindrance to every form of transportation.

59.

Connections, multimodal and within public transit, are essential.  I’m specifically wishing for BlueLine to Lynn, Blue/Red Line connection.

60.

Improve the bike path through Arlington Center.  When my kids get older, I hope to bike much more.  Also, finish the green line station in Somerville.

61.

Bike Rte along Rte 117.

62.

Reduce commuter rail parking fees to ENCOURAGE more to use the system, and thus increase overall fare revenue while reducing individuals’ costs.

63.

1) My kids have a lot of friends and activities in Arlington, which is not very accessible via public transit from Medford. Currently they either walk a couple of miles or take bus 80 to Arlington Center and change to the 77 to get to destinations around Arlington. The Alewife Path is a great improvement, but the dedicated pedestrian route is incomplete. Further transit or pedestrian/bike alternatives (say, to the Arlington Boys & Girl’s Club) would help. 2) Some bus stops in my neighborhood are hard to walk to because there are no safe pedestrian crossings. Intersections need to be signalized and/or traffic calming structures in place before I am comfortable allowing my children to go to these bus stops.3) My husband works in the Longwood Medical Area, which has inadequate parking facilities to enable employees to drive to work. If all of the buses that serve our neighborhood were eliminated as proposed in the MBTA scenario, he could not continue to work in that location.

64.

Hingham commuter boat service is very important to continue.

65.

extend the green line! Increase transit circles around the city rather than just spokes running in and out of downtown Boston.

66.

Let us end our addiction to fossil fuel.

67.

Regional equity in transportation investment is extremely important. Also, challenging the the traditional MPO planning process especially when projects occur on the boundaries.

68.

I am afraid to bicycle on the streets... it is EXTREMELY dangerous. Bike paths are best, and those are few and far between (and they are disjointed and interrupted) in Mass. Separated bike lanes with barriers are next best, then bike lanes without barriers. Putting bike lanes on sidewalks like they often do in Europe might be better than on the streets. Would love to see some 2 way streets turned into 1 way streets with the other lane becoming part of a bicycle highway system.The green line extension project needs to happen in a hurry. Somerville and Medford are severely underserved. If I had the GLX to ride I would take the GLX (to North Station) and commuter rail to work most days instead of driving. If the bike path to Boston were completed, in nice weather I might sometimes bike to North Station to take the commuter rail to work. As it is, the car is my only realistic option.

69.

A balanced approach to vehicle vs. other modes of transport is needed. Addressing the future with regard to development patterns and considering that Boston-Centric patterns are not as sustainable as north-south connections, reverse commuting. As a large and expensive commuting system based on a single assumption of work in Boston may not be the future, a more robust approach to public transit is needed supporting localize work and shopping with the ability to use public transit for trips to other areas or Boston would be more useful.  We may end up being a polycentric region in a diminished economic future. We will still need transit betweens sub regions.  Could I take transit to the beach, to visit friends in another area? What is a changing work paradigm, where can I get to for work?  Now it’s hard. It seems clear that either money or capacity of the system may become limited –how do we adapt? 

70.

Quick responses to accidents along the highway.

71.

Please make the traffic cameras on I-91 and other road available to the public.  I would like to be able to check my route before heading out on the highway. The MassPike cameras already allow this.  As a taxpayer I am paying for these cameras and am entitled to access.

72.

The MBTA should be funded appropriately.  Local Aid to Towns for road improvements should not go for Flyovers at Route 2 but for more loca improvements.

73.

Extend commuter rail service to the western part of the state (past Worcester)

74.

transition to zero emmission vehicles – alternative fuels

75.

It is essential to find sufficient funding for the MBTA so that riders can depend on the service and so that trains and stations can be cleaned and maintained.

76.

Please keep up the quality and amount of public transportation. Don’t slash services!

77.

Bike paths have  nothing to do with transportation!!! They are recreational facilities that people DRIVE their cars and SUVs to. Bicycling for transportation should be on or along roads. Stop building bike paths through open space, wildlife habitat, and wetlands!

78.

Focus on maintaining and increasing efficiency of existing transit, maintaining but not expanding highway/road facilities, improving safe bike routes (lanes, etc), and providing safe pedestrian routes (sidewalks) EVERYWHERE.  I support raising gas tax and transit fares.

79.

It would be very convenient if public transportation was available near where I live, especially transportation to Boston.

80.

repair the infrastructure and raise the gas tax to pay for it.  Offset the gas tax “hit” on people of modest means by giving them some income tax relief.  Encourage folks to use alternatives (walking, biking) to accomplish short trips.  GET kids back on their bikes!  Encourage parents NOT to drive their kids to school (weather permitting)

81.

In dense urban areas such as mine, we really need to emphasize public transit as well as support biking and walking.    Ideas like the Boston bike system where you can use credit cards for short term use should be developed as much as possible.

82.

The MBTA owns an enormous amount of unused rail lines.  Dust off all the feasibility studies that have been done on the and CONVERT THEM INTO MULTI-USE TRAILS IN OUR LIFETIME.

83.

Remove rotaries wherever possible – the are traffic nightmares wherever I use them and very dangerous.  If they are not removed, at least mark them clearly and possibly reduce them all to a single lane.  No one knows how to drive in two lane rotaries from what I have seen.

84.

No

85.

I love the T – and the bus apps make bus riding viable! – but service should be far more reliable.The “security searches” – which impact only 1 entrance at a time and do nothing to prevent a &“bad guy” from, say, hopping on a bus and boarding the T at the next stop – do nothing to keep us safe and make even your loyal riders hate riding the T / believe you’re wasting giant sums of money. For a focus on safety, make officers a visible presense on the platforms...or an under-cover presense on buses and trains.

86.

Money that is invested into infrastructure that promotes transportation that is not dependent on fossil fuels (i.e. walking, biking, rail) will yield a far greater return over the years as energy prices continue to climb. To better understand why this is the case, watch the Crash Course by Chris Martenson at www.chrismartenson.com, for free. It will change how you see the world.

87.

Waiting for Green Line Extension!

88.

Make stations brighter...less dingy..not as  noisy

89.

Easier access for train going into Boston

90.

Medford needs more public transport connecting routes. East of Medford Square, it takes at least two buses to reach the Red line. The 101 bus connects two Orange line stops, when a connection to the Red lien would be more useful. When the Green line extends to West/South Medford, without parking, we will need buses to get to and from the station.

91.

Get rid of all the little RTAs and town bus services and create one unified system – think NJ Transit.

92.

Build more transit stations near major highway intersections outside of the city to promote transfers to the system and reduce congestion in the city. Add sensors to traffic lights to allow buses and light rail vehicles to have shorter trip times.Build tolls on the southeast expressway.

93.

More bicycle lanes and bicycle only (cars prohibited) city center areas

94.

additional bus routes in Cambridge

95.

more cash lanes on turnpike

96.

More train service!  Both local and long distance.

97.

Driving is very subsidized.  I would like to pay less property tax to support driving and have there be a higher gas tax or higher vehicle fees.

98.

In the previous questions, you implied that sidewalks were a suitable bicycle facility.  This is  very wrong.  The questions, therefore, are not valid in this survey.  I think that sidewalks should be improved for pedestrian access, but bicycles belong on the streets, and they should be improved for bicycle accommodation.

99.

Bicycle facilities sometimes good, sometimes poor:  Bike lanes should not encourage riding in “door zone.”  Bike lanes should be striped well before intersection to encourage straight-through cyclists and right-turning motorists to use safe lane position and avoid “right-hook” collision.  The design of facilities often teach/encourage good/bad behavior.  Very select T-intersections (e.g. Mass Ave north @ Rindge Ave) could benefit from “bicyclist may proceed on red after full stop if traffic permits” – that is, treat it like a stop sign.

100.

More rapid transit maintenance and expansions, please. Blue Line to Lynn NOW. Green Line to Somerville NOW. Red-Blue Connector NOW.

101.

I feel every subway car, bus, and rail car should have advertising as well as billboards on state-owned roads. This can bring in additional revenue for a financially-struggling government. The transit system should run until 2:30 am, in the very least on Friday and Saturday... and highways could be improved to reduce congestion. Commuting here through any means is very unpleasant and would love to see useful changes.

102.

no

103.

Raise the gas tax and fund better mass transit services.

104.

DECREASE AIRCRAFT NOISE!!!Pressure FAA and Massport to decrease aircraft noise intrusions.To comply with their Minimum Safe Altitudes Regulations.To move air craft away from homes – over non-residential and commercial and higher.With monitorin, reporting, and enforcement.All aircraft – jet, turboprop, propeller, and helicopters.  Cruising, en route, climbout, landing and takeoff.Media helicopters hovering over residential areas, are single greatest abusers – violating FAA Minimum Safe Altitudes and Careless and Reckless Regulations (with blind eye support from FAA Flight Standards and the rest of the pilot brotherhood.Mass State Police Helicopter even greater abusers, but not as often or long.

105.

Expand public transportation. If you build it, they will come.

106.

EXPAND THE MBTA!!

107.

Stop focusing on yesterdays travel patterns. Its near impossible to take transit across town from here in Arlington. Yet many of the people I know work in places like Watertown and Newton.

108.

Accessibility on the commuter rail is non existence in several areas.  If my husband comes to a meeting in Boston, he cannot take the commuter rail from West Medford.  He must drive to Davis Square and then take the Red Line where service is not always great for those with disabilities.  Hence, you think a Green Line extension would work for him, this is not the case as he would have to drive there as well.  Providing accessibility at commuter rail stations is major since I ride with many people daily who are mobility impaired.  Better commuter cars for those with disabilities and education of the general public on why areas are designated seating for those with disabilities and not set up so the able bodied can get off the train first.  I gave up a regular seat on the commuter rail for a blind woman because those in the disability seating area would not get up or too busy with their hand held devices to pay attention to their responsibility to others.  Also I have ridden the T since my mid 20’s when moving to Massachusetts.  Before that I rode buses in LA and use buses in other cities when visiting there.  First, I find buses more comfortable and more flexible if routes are planned according to ease of transfer.  Second now as an older person, I find the Tvery uncomfortable.  The trains and subways are way over crowded and sometime you often have to stand, others often stand on the commuter rail to get out first instead of sitting down so others can get on easily.  Last winter the delays and lack of communication was very frustrating and as an older person I find it more difficult to have to try to find another mode of transportation to try to get home during those situations.  For example, the commuter rail was delayed last year at one point for over an hour.  I then had to get back on the Orangle Line to get off at Sullivan and then catch a bus.  Delays were occuring there as well.  It took me over 2 hours to get home.  This is the kind of situation that makes you wonder why you do not drive your car to work.

109.

More attention should be focused to creating smaller vehicle services for the elderly and handicapped and zero-one car households.

110.

Extend the T’s commuter rail to Springfield.

111.

MBTA service cuts in summer will cripple the currently overcrowded system. Govt must stop talking about transit while this private and mismanaged group hacks away. Make it like NY, DC, bonds, receivership? Bring in a real biz to buy them out and turn it around

112.

Often too much money and time goes into highways and roadways. Other transit options (biking, walking, and mass transit) need more priority.

113.

Having commuted 26 miles each way to work by bike. Make the roads safer for bikes and you will save a ton of money by folks using bikes instead of cars.

114.

Keep the Greenline out of Medford.

115.

Please use intelligently controlled traffic lights with loop sensors and make it a standard that any intersection which is repaired or rebuilt has curb extensions. Bike lanes when built need to have connectivity as well. Bike lanes only get utilized to their fullest potential when they actually link destinations.

116.

GET  THE SO CALLED T POLICE OUT OF CARS ON THE ROADWAYS AND INTO TRAINS AND BUSES WHERE THEY BELONG

117.

Run transportation like a utility, privately run & publicly managed.  Bid out services and maintenance contracts.  Have a monthly minimum and usage charges with transit and auto use built into costs based on use above a base level.  Support multimodal upgrades based on use/potential use with public input to the public managers.

118.

Improve perception of safety on bicycles by improving bicycle lanes, traffic lights and creating coalitions for bicycle commuters from centers of cities around Boston. My husband and I ride our bicycles to work from North Medford to Boston and back almost daily in the Spring, Summer and Fall and I believe a lot of other people would too if they felt safer. I think safer bike lanes that reduce risk of getting &“doored,” traffic lights that allow cyclists to yield (not stop) at red lights and/or allow cyclists to go first when lights turn green increase safety.  Having a group of experienced riders to learn from and tag along with would also help newbies get started on bicycle commuting.

119.

Please raise taxes on gasoline. This will get people out of their cars and onto their feet and bicycles. This will provide revenue for the improvements that we’d like to see including better bicycle facilities, better transit facilities, and better ped facilities. This would also lower health care costs and contribute to the the well being of the entire commonwealth.The goals and criteria of designing transportation facilities could be revised to place a higher priority on connectivity for peds and cyclists. Also, the goals and criteria for zoning could be revised to encourage denser communities with more mixed use, connectivity, and wider transit options.

120.

I live in western Mass. and commute to Boston two or three days a week.  I have to drive for an hour to get to the closest rail station, and would love to see (a) a closer station and (b) an expanded schedule of trains (I currently have to choose between leaving very early in the morning or not getting to Boston until early afternoon).

121.

Statewide public transportation investments, including Chapter 40B reimbursements to local cities and towns, are unusable unless these projects and ongoing planning, design and construction is mutually reinforced by local governmental compliance with 521 CMR.

122.

Please don’t let the MBTA go forward with the drastic cuts to service that they propose. Especially their Proposal 2--this would devastate many communities who rely on public trans, and put many cars back on the road at an economic and environment cost that’s unacceptably high.

123.

I would love to see a dedicated and adequate funding source for the MBTA to allow service expansion and improvement and maintenance of MBTA vehicles and facilities.

124.

I feel that more people would bicycle commute if road surfaces were in better shape.  I feel, as a veteran year-round bicycle commuter, that my safety would be more improved by surface improvements, bicycle education, and motorist education and enforcement than by installation of bike lanes, etc.

125.

A safe way to bike to East Boston.  

126.

Change the policy of public transpotation from in/out of boston only to suburb to suburb public transportation

127.

improve the MBTA system so that T lines do not have to be cut or “scaled back,” especially in communities composed of mainly college students, because we do not readily have access to other types of transportation and the T is an a vital part of getting around the city for us. Especially the Northeastern T stop on the Green E line

128.

I think there should be smaller and more energy efficient buses during slack hours. It’s wasteful to see a huge bus 1/3 full. Maybe you’d save enough money with smaller vehicles to continue the off-hour schedules more reliably. More reliable service would encourage ridership

129.

Buses are too unreliable. Seems to be an attitude of discord with passengers against strollers.

130.

Have all local police enforce all traffic laws, especially those regarding pedestrian crosswalks and vehicles using breakdown lanes to pass on the right.  Have all drivers under the age of 35 be re-road and book tested every four years on the anniversary date of their license.  Immediately implement a west to east commuter rail service from western Massachusetts cities and towns.

131.

Extend the Green Line to Route 16, please! Everyone who actually lives or works here wants it.

132.

A commuter rail system that extended from Boston and Worcester to Western Massachusetts (e. g. as far as Berkshire County) would be extremely beneficial.

133.

During off-peak hours, provide single self-propelled commuter vehicles instead of 6-7 car trains.  On Lowell Commuter Rail line, provide more frequent service INSTEAD of wasting money building an extended Green Line.

134.

Cost of operating the system is too high.

135.

Build Green Line extension all the way to Route 16.

136.

Build the Community Path in Somerville along with the Green Line ExtensionConstruct the Urban Ring with rail

137.

bike racks on all buses including trackless trollies

138.

Do not take them away

139.

Regional train transport in Western MA

140.

Commuter rail from Western Mass to Boston

141.

Do not diminish the reach of the routes of the buses servicing the South Shore, particularly the 225 bus, which sees a lot of commuter patronage.

142.

rail service along Mass Pike from NY to Boston, with as many stops as toll plazas

143.

train service from western mass to new york city and boston should be competitive in travel time with going by car

144.

I would urge the state to focus their transportation improvements – both roadway and transit, as well as bicycle and pedestrian – in disadvantaged areas, such as those communities with large immigrant, youth and elderly populations. I personally would rather pay higher MBTA fares and/or suffer an increase in the gas tax in order to know that our systems will be maintained going forward than have to see something like the Green Line extension come to fruition. Medford doesn’t even want it, and the corridor it will serve in Somerville is already gentrified, meaning the extension will essentially improve service for higher-income people when projects like the Blue Line extension and Urban Ring have no future.

145.

You could speed up the Green Line extension. Do not reduce service on the T and commuter rail (ok to increase fares – if cost is an issues, why not offer subsidized public transportation in line with food stamps)Somerville could alternate the side of the street the plows push the snow to – my side is allows plowed in. I’m sick of motor-oil tainted snow on my property!

146.

Get the green line extension done.

147.

do NOT CUT existing public transportation services.  as a non-car-owning city dweller, i am very dependent on good quality public transportation.

148.

Wheelchair users and others who have mobility issues (some seniors, people who use crutches or other devices or simply have to walk slowly) need safer,less obstructed paths of travel as well as smoother ones (bricks, for example, are difficult for many people including the above groups and folks with baby carriages). This would help blind people as well.

149.

Many public minibuses circling towns, especially from outlying strip malls to suburban neighborhoods.

150.

The cost of The RIDE and other paratransit--critical services--should be shared by social services agencies and not just transportation agencies.

151.

I would like to see more raised and safe bike lanes such as on Belmont street along Fresh Pond Golf course in Cambridge, MA.

152.

Walking firstBicycling secondPublic transit thirdEverything else after those modes are fully funded.

153.

on snow clearance in Camb and Bos: too much effort is spent going after 3/4” of snow in a travel lane which will disappear promptly under traffic, and not enough removing real accumulation from bike lanes and sidewalks on major streets.

154.

The state’s primary focus for transportation should be on maintaining and improving existing infrastructure, discourage development of land with poor transportation access, and improve the efficiency of public transportation services.  The T is a very critical resource that has seen underinvestment for years.  This problem can only be resolved through improved funding and debt reduction, and better efficiency.  Boston and Massachusetts will never be competitive when it comes to highway access, nor should it try to.  It can, however, with strong public transit.

155.

Weather is a big factor in my decisions on how to get somewhere.Sometimes I need my car at work because I have to make multiple trips during the day to places without public transit access.When I take public transit to work, I also embed about 2 miles of walking round trip.

156.

Take the politics out of the TIP Program and fund the projects that are ready to go.

157.

stop wasting my money with the green line extention

158.

Would like to get cars off the road via more sidewalks, bike lanes.

159.

A side comment: I am concerned about the level of trash I see along the highways and ramps.I would be willing to start a program to change people’s behaviors so maintenance money doesn’t need to be spent to pick up litter.

160.

BEFORE incredible debt is acquired, put price increases and other stopgaps in place. It is outrageous that the exorbitant MBTA debt was not addressed earlier

161.

More transportation equity for non-car transportation is essential.

162.

Rail service to Western Mass (Springfield/Westfield/Lee from Boston and to destinations north and south.

163.

Comprehensive integrated transportation/land use planning with an emphasis on affordable, higher-density housing. The only way our regional transportation system is going to work is if more people can live in Cambridge, Boston, and inner suburbs, meaning that quarter-acre plot housing with minimum setbacks and no overnight parking cannot persist.

164.

I ride the #96 bus out of Medford Square.  It is also jammed.  Even at rush hours the 96 runs only every 20 minutes.  The buses are overheated...the MBTA could save money keeping the heat down.

165.

do not forget about roller bladers.  broken up asphalt or sections of gravel between asphalt sections of paths cut skaters off.  non maintained bumpy sections can also be dangerous for the small wheels of skates.

166.

Extend the Green Line. Get it built.Improve on-time performance for the commuter rail.

167.

We need electronic info on platforms and at bus stops that tells us in real time when the next bus or train is arriving. It cannot be only available to folks with smartphones

168.

Expanding transportation options into Western Massachusetts would improve the situation a great deal.

169.

On the public transit system: Around the world, these are not usually ‘self-supporting’.  They are an element of a larger strategy (a cost that the riders subsidize) of making good large metro areas.On Biking: I’d like to see every community have a network of useful bike lanes. Not every road needs or should have a bike lane, but there should be ways of getting from major points of interest to others by bike lanes.  Portland Oregon is a good city model to follow here.

170.

Pedestrian and bicycle needs and facilities are not the same. Please stop lumping them together. The majority of people who advocate for transit and walking are women. The majority of people who advocate for bicycles are men. Some aggressive men who advocate for bicycles are getting more than their share of attention and money that is not spent on trucks and cars. There must be more fair sharing of space and funds so cars, trucks, busses, trains, boats, bicycles, strollers, wheelchairs, and pedestrians all have safe places to travel.

171.

Bring back Jeff Mullan

172.

Convince the legislature to adequately invest in transportation with a renewed emphasis on non-highway public transportation.

173.

Partner with local initiatives to service senior and disabled riders.

174.

Integrate Charlie Card with other RTA services (BAT)

175.

Treat fundamental transportaton – our own 2 feet or wheels – like they are very important. Massachusetts does a very good job at this, but let’s be even better! 

176.

Connect bus route directly from Westfield to Northampton, up route 10, which would include towns of Southampton and Easthampton.

177.

incentivize the use of Charlie cards 

178.

Allow bicycles on T during all hours. Maybe have a bicycle-only car at the front or back of train.

179.

It disturbs me that “safety” and “comfort” were listed together on this first page of this survey... those are two VERY different issues, with safety being the highest priority.

180.

Let the people have more say in transportation needs and less government say.

181.

More service outside of Boston. 

182.

invest in community sustainability more broadly, so that waling, biking, socializing becomes part of the everyday ambiance of the community

183.

more facilities and lanes for bicycles

184.

Don’t cut back on trains to and from Worcester! You’re going to add another car to the Pike if you do!

185.

No

186.

I recently moved to Waltham from Somerville and would desperately love to be able to use public transportation anywhere near as much as I used to. The options available out here are completely focused on in-out commuting.  I would love there to be local bus service for travel WITHIN Waltham. At minimum, I would like to be able to use just the local portion of the express bus that serves my neighborhood and pay only a local bus fair. Ideally, though, I’d love to see a local bus running as well.Generally, I would most like to see options improved for other than traditional commuters: more cross-town options, rather than just spoke-hub focused; better service at non-rush-hour times; viable local options in the more suburban areas of service; etc.

187.

Install more benches and shelters for users of public transit.  Install wifi on all buses and trains.  Have maps and schedules at all bus stops.

188.

public transportation should be priorty ONE. Fewer cars, better public transit.

189.

Shuttle bus between senior housing and senior center

190.

Repave existing facilities!!

191.

The state legislature needs to allocate more funding for transportation, in particular public transit, and bicycling and walking facilities.

192.

none

193.

The ‘Big Dig’ cost were extreme but one way or another, all the citizens of MA benefit from it to one degree or another.  Increase the state gas tax, even if just 1 cent, and put all the money brought in toward paying off the Big Dig costs.  That debt should not effect the users of MBTA services by less service, higher fees, or outdated equipment.

194.

Yes, more enviornmentally friendly vehicles, educate the community about tyoxic exposure when constuction are being done with older construction vehicles. 

195.

I would like to see more rail service, and more options for rail service.

196.

The T has failed miserably the last few years. I know you are broke and have debt thrown on you, but you have to think radical solutions – like making the T unions nad T personnel change and actually increase the level of service. Gladly will pay more if I am not treated so poorly by the T, but to increase fares and treat us as you do is not acceptable.

197.

I think that public transportation needs support. If users need to pay more, that is preferable to cutting service. Compared to New York and other states our public transit user charges are low.

198.

Do more to support children walking and bicycling not only to school but in general – kids should be able to bike and walk to the parks, libraries, schools, friends houses, etc.

199.

How about doing things so cars can’t drive as fast on city streets?  Some drivers think nothing of doing 40-50 mph on narrow city streets.  Forget better pavement---people just drive faster.

200.

We need to fight to keep the commuter rail between Worcester and Boston from being shut down on the weekends and cutting hours!

201.

Give the T more autonomy to find money – let them set their own taxes, levy new ones, raise fares etc.

202.

Maintain and improve public transit! Bike lanes!

203.

Partner with non-profits and schools to do outreach comparing the real costs, hazards, benefits of driving compared to transit, biking, walking, and with google maps to publicize biking routes/shortcuts.

204.

safety is paramount

205.

Reduce the total cost of travel to Logan Airport from outside the Boston area.

206.

Local transportation in my town

207.

users should pay, especially for highways

208.

Keep building rail trails, and community walking paths. Just because it is there, I spend a lot of time walking on the Somerville Community path and it has been a great way to meet people and interact with others in my community.

209.

I would like walking and biking to be more of a priority to encourage more people to use alternative modes of transportation

210.

More needs to be done to look at our overall transportation system in MA and develop systems that will encourage people to get out of their cars and take public transit or utilize healthier options such as biking and walking to get where they need to go. This means schedules should be aligned to minimize transfer times. The system needs to operate in a way that people within the service area will consider public transit a preferable alternative to driving.

211.

We need to be on par with countries like Europe with our public transportation. Geographically, this is not a big state – and it’s essential to reduce traffic in greater Boston as well as Worcester and Springfield with the innovative light and heavy rail, buses, and carpooling.

212.

I hope that bus routes become more frequent and the commuter rail less costly. 250 for a pass is quite a lot of money and discourages people from using public transportation. I spend 2:30 minutes commuting to work each day because the rail and bus is so infrequent and uncoordinated.

213.

Maintain existing arterial streets

214.

More reliable commuter trains. This winter has been better than average but confidence that your train will arrive on time is still slim in cold weather.

215.

I would love the option of being able to commute to a job in VT or CT from where I live in the pioneer valley, via rail. I know there are some improvements in the works, but I want to add my voice to the group that favors rebuilding our railways.

216.

the current proposals to reduce service on the MBTA is poorly considered and perhaps disingenuous, particularly the reductions in commuter rail and bus service.  Making Boston less accessible to residents and tourists seems short sighted.

217.

Display “next train in # minutes/seconds” on status signs. Displaying the next train information will reduce anxiety at rush hour.

218.

train and subway

219.

Transportation Infrastructure is critical to the health and success of Massachusetts. Everything we do in our personal and professional lives, whether as individuals or companies, is fundamentally dependent on our ability to move ourselves and our products in a safe, comfortable, and timely manner. Do not underestimate or marginalize this need. To do so will be very expensive for the state of Massachusetts, and all of it’s citizens.

220.

Use civilian flaggers for road detail. Contract with non union workers. Eliminate the Mass pike tolls.. all simple ways to get Americans working, paying their housing, and taxes, reduce wasteful  state pensions, and improve the economy.

221.

increase the gas tax to make up for the loss of revenue – gas tax not incresaed since 1991 – so 20 yhears out of date – explore vmt type taxes – reduce transit costs per user

222.

Moving to and from Worcester is not the only needed transportation for South Central Massachusetts. Southbridge is a town of 17000 people and it has NO public transportation.

223.

local bus service that’s economical; most of my out of town trips are for shopping and libraries, although it would be nice to be commuting and earning an income

224.

Cycle Tracks in the Boston Area would improve safety and encourage cycling

225.

Fix the potholes in the I-93 bridge service in Somerville and Charlestown. Add transportation options to the Anderson Transportation Center to help get vehicles off of I-93. Stop spending tax dollars to expand the T, use the tax dollars to get the existing infrastructure under control first. Once the existing infrastructure is functioning at its optimal level, then think about extending the T service.

226.

Bicycles do not belong on sidewalks!  They are motor vehicles and belong on streets

227.

It’s critical that the MBTA financial mess, and transportation funding in general, gets sorted out. Service cuts and dramatic fare increases on the MBTA won’t alone solve the problem and will likely do more economic damage than good. The entire transportation system can’t continue to be operating the debt burden it is. We need LEADERSHIP and someone who is politically courageous enough to take the transportation funding situation seriously. Enough kicking the can. It’s time to level with people, lay the ugly financial situation on the table, and come up with a realistic and cohesive plan on how to deal with it. Our transportation system is so fundamentally important to every aspect of our lives - safety, economic prosperity, etc. – we can’t ignore it.

228.

expand volunteer ride services at senior centers.

229.

As far as traffic signals go I think there needs to be a holisitic look at the system. There are a lot of lights that are still running at what their day time demands are at 10pm. I think a lot more flashing lights could be used to eleviate/expedite time of travel.I would debate that in an urban environment you could get eliminate the majority of the pedestrian buttons for crossing the street if the traffic signals were properly sychronized and the cross signal crossed with the red. (But thats another discussion)

230.

USE THE BIG RED DURING PEAK HOURS EVERY DAYCLEAN THE TRAINSFIX THE PA SYSTEM SO THE PUBLIC AND HEAR AND UNDERSTAND ANNOUNCEMENTSGIVE ENGLISH LESSONS TO YOUR TRAIN CONDUCTORS SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND THEM

231.

Within towns, roadways should have speed platforms that moderate vehicular speeds, particularly around the schools.  There should be aggressive enforcement of school bus violations ( S1293) and enforcement of safe vehicle practices near schools.  Vehicular traffic should be single lane each direction (except turns lanes) whenever possible

232.

No

233.

Enforcement of traffic rules at crosswalks and intersections

234.

eastern Mass-western Mass rail link

235.

Ban all food and drink on MBTA. Be like Washington DC. Less garbage left on train i.e. take out containers, cups and paper bags.Enforce!!!!Hate sitting on train with someone standing over me holding a drink. Also all T surfaces are naturally grossly contaminated and food becomes contaminated by indirect contact. Gross.

236.

Rail schedule is insane.  Should have increased trains to and from Beverly from NBPT. Should start early both ways. Should have early weekend route before or at 7am.  Last train should be 11pm weekends or 1pm Saturdays from Boston and subways should be running all night. Video equipment can show when there is someone waiting. on overnight routes so they are not mugged . Should  have more predictive routes on subways. Should have schedule approaching trains on read screens.  Need a lot more elevators to exit stations not escalators.  Escalators should have plastic guard rails up 12 inches from handrail to on outside of handrails prevent kids from falling over and adults from fear of falling over.Possibly a metal handrail for grabbing that is more finger capable instead of wide handrail to hold on escalators. Plastic walls on elevators would be great except in open areas that project high over 20 feet.  That is poor for those who suffer from vertigo.  Need some flags hanging in waiting areas.  Would add color and warmth to dismal cold  drafty places. Could rent flag space to businesses.  High enough to not be stolen however.  All platforms waiting areas should have a windbreaker seating area that blow all year. All ramps for rail should be a stop car every trip. Trains are still bawking at stops for ramp use.  This is ridiculous.

237.

Better enforcement of motorist speed limit and passing laws.  These two simple laws, if enforced, would make bicycling safer and more of an option for many people.

238.

The legislature needs to act to improve and secure financing for Transit – NOW.

239.

Increase public transit, upgrade existing streets with better lane markings, provide bike lanes so bicyclists don’t have to have special bike paths to feel safe and slow down traffic with more traffic calming measures.

240.

At some point we have to admit that we have to invest in serious public transit. Stop enabling more cars and make it expensive to drive in urban/congested areas – especially in and out of Boston

241.

Redesign ALL commuter region-wide and state-wide freight and passenger railroad  rights of way – in order to seek to curtail remote and unimpeded access to these rail lines (with the goal of curtailing high speed rail personal injury accidents, including suicides).

242.

Safety, people need to feel safe waiting and using public transit. I live in the country and work in the city; there are no buses close to where I live. When I lived in the city, I did not feel safe waiting for a bus in the evening.

243.

More crosswalks with pedestrian lights.

244.

High Speed rail (200-300 mph) construction to NYC. Build the North/South Rail-Link between South Station and North Station in Boston.

245.

Transportation is one piece of a mosaic of a dynamic development puzzle that promotes better developments and neighborhoods that are more closely knit and would promote greater use of alternative transportation modes.  Think about how transportation fits into a larger picture!

246.

Build high-speed rail and rapid bus transit for long-distance travel. (Assign lanes as bus & bike-only for routes such as #1 and #66, something like silver line). The MBTA (esp. trains and buses) needs to be more reliable. The MBTA should receive increased funding from the state.More bike lanes, but not if they run between parked cars and moving traffic.Be bold, be innovative.  Make Massachusetts a leader in U.S. transportation reform.  If you are not a visionary, hire people who are.

247.

I want to emphasize how important extending the hours of the T are, especially on weekends.

248.

Now that we own the CSX ROW, and were promised more trains, looking forward to more train options on Worcester line and a new Yawkey station.Need to expand bike network regionally.  I bike from Natick to Boston once a week from April to September, and bike for pleasure on weekends.

249.

public transit needs improvement and an  infusion of $$ (penny on the sales tax to be distributed in the region it is collected); to be forward funded

250.

Transit services need to be enhanced – not cut back – Support increasing the GAS TAX!!!!!!!

251.

use existing ROW on major highways to construct new mass transit

252.

Transit lines should be co-located with highways, so they go where the cars go (Orange Line along an extended I-95, Red Line along Route 2 to Hanscom Field, etc.) , if you want more riders. This also avoids land takings and purchase of scarce and expensive land that could better be used to increase the supply of available housing.

253.

Please extend the Green Line into Somerville. The City is densely populated, with many commuters. There is currently an inadequate level of public transportation options there. In addition, if the bike path in Somerville could be extended as well, I think that would be greatly beneficial to the residents in Somerville (and other neighboring cities/towns) and provide for a safe and effective route for commuters to get downtown.

254.

Incentives for using bikes, walking, mass transit

255.

Don’t wait for infrequent major reconstruction projects to redesign streets for safety. Paint and bollards can be used today and for little cost.  If we make drivers pay for the costs they incur on the rest of us, our property tax money can be used on sustainable transportation facilities instead.

256.

cut the salaries of the execs at the MBCR and MBTA and put the money into new trains

257.

The more alternatives and the better the alternatives are to driving the better. It would have the benefit of improving traffic flow on the roads too for the times we have to use our cars.In our 2 person household we have two cars but we often go days without using them. We use them when necessary but as little as possible. We like walking. We like the T. Urban driving is exasperating and inefficient.

258.

Buses seem to get clustered together with long wait times in between.  Can’t they be timed to arrive at predictable intervals?

259.

I do not want to see another highway widened or road built that does not add light rail to it. Maybe a monorail down the median strip, with stations at major highway junctions. Our public transportation system is archaic. Everyone does not travel in and out of Boston for work, and hasn’t in decades, yet this is how everything is designed. To travel from Woburn to Melrose, you have to go through Boston???? Your new bus shelters are horrible, offering less coverage/protection from the elements. There isn’t any consideration for how they are used, the weather/wind directions, how they are open to passing cars that hit puddles and soak us, while we are waiting in all kinds of weather. Also, we do not all work 9-5 anymore. Even lines that go to the hospitals, and a stressed for available parking, do not take second and third shift workers into account, or visitors who would be leaving after 8pm. There is no common sense on how your system is used. Or could be used.I wanted to go to a 1/2 day conference in Worcester, but couldn’t attend unless I wanted to miss half of it. You do not have trains going out to Worcester from Boston, only in, until too late in the morning.This is a case of “if you build it, they will come.” Ridership is up, out of necessity, yet you are trying to cut services. Why not really evaluate your system, and how it could be used. You are stuck in a time warp.And I do not want to hear about fare increases, until I see all fares being collected. The buses wait, refusing to load until they are suppose to be leaving – so they wave everyone on, without requiring payment – your new fare boxes are too slow. You have most stations unmanned, and if they are manned, no one wants to leave the booth every few minutes to stop fair evaders. One out of three times that I enter the platform, someone comes in behind me, setting off an alarm, yet, never has anyone come to investigate.At the same time, your drivers have valid complaints re: break, bathroom, etc.Is there anyone with some common sense their? Do you not know anyone who is dependent on public transportation? You need to increase services, improve schedules – maybe buy shorter buses for less used lines, not cut those monstrosities.One last thing – the new buses, with no way to hold on as the bus is moving, but you haven’t gotten to a seat yet, or there are no seats – but lots of strollers in the way – I am going to fall on a child one day, and people will be mad at me.Your service to minority/poor/working class neighborhoods is pitiful. You treat them like cattle. You count on them not having a voice. You should be ashamed.

260.

Lets be careful not to penalize drivers be extreme measures to provide bike accomodations.  I think the trend is too much towards bike preferance.

261.

increase parking at the commuter lots.

262.

Cambridge is quite good for bicycling and walking.  Boston could be improved.  A bicycle lane on Cambridge Street from the Longfellow Bridge to Government center would be great.

263.

Think about multi-modal connnection – bikes and public transit in particular – allow bikes on trains, buses , and T more often

264.

The proposal to eliminate and stop planned expansion of, as well as cut existing (local and commuter and inter state railway) public transportation routes and reduce the weekend and weekday frequencies is crazy, daft and counter-productive. The Globe reported (possibly in error), that the proposal calls for elimination of the E Green Line trolley. The Commonwealth is under Court Order to extend the E Green Line. I will make every effort to re-involve the Conservation Law Foundation in litigation against the Commonwealth and the DOT

265.

Zipper lanes at rush hour congestion areas.

266.

The MBTA financial situation needs a long-term fix, not solely with service cuts and fare increases.  Infrastructure maintenance and improvements should be a high priority for all modes of transportation.

267.

I would love to see train and bus service improved but I understand the MBTA is basically bankrupt.  Instead, I would rather see money spent on lower-cost projects with a better return, including bicycle lanes and paths.

268.

Expanded and improved transit service would do a lot to increase my transportation options. In particular, I would love to see the following:- running the T until 3 am on Friday and Saturday nights- better cross-town transit connections between Somerville, Medford, Cambridge, and Boston (new routes and more frequent service, especially at night and on weekends)- faster travel times on bus and light rail routes (especially the B Green Line), through stop consolidation, express trains/buses, faster payment, traffic signal priority, etc.

269.

Please prioritize full funding to support infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists.  People who move around using modes other than individual automobiles are benefiting everyone (by reducing air pollution and traffic congestion and petroleum use).  We should be encouraging this behavior instead of encouraging individual car use.

270.

Have a train stop in Athol, MA to go to Boston or Amherst.  Train conductors on how to treat people with disabilities.  Hire more people to work at the stations in the evenings.

271.

Build the Community Path to connect the Minuteman and Charles River Path networks!

272.

Add peripheral cross-town public transportation such as a bus route from Forest Hills to Harvard Square

273.

Extend T to 1:30-2:00 am!  Install T and bus arrival time signs on popular routes (many public transit riders cannot afford a smartphone with apps).  Find a different solution to the unfair BigDig debt shift that threatens our public transit options.

274.

Speed limits need to be lowered and enforced – people drive too fast in the city only to stop at the next red light.

275.

Please build the Community Path to connect the Minuteman and the Charles River paths.

276.

It’s not currently the case, but in the past I’ve reverse-commuted by commuter rail (from the city out to Zone 3 or further) and the off-peak scheduling made it possible – evening and weekend service was vital to my commute, and that’s still true for several of my acquaintances.

277.

I would like more bike/pedestrian transit corridors in urban areas.

278.

More frequent bus service to West Medford during non-peak periods would make it much more likely that I would take the bus to Davis Square to pick up the red line.  But the buses are so infrequent that I usually drive.Improve signage on highways and streets. It’s hard enough for those of us that live here – imagine how hard it is for out of towners.  At least give them a few clues!

279.

maintain cleaner facilities (public transportatiuon vehicles and spaces)

280.

Save the MBTA!

281.

I’d like to see more walking and more bicycling in my neighborhood.  I am all for making it expensive for people to park/store/drive their cars which just seem like big money-wasting, dangerous pieces of junk.  Oh, wait, we already have made it expensive.  I don’t know why people haven’t given up their dumb metal children.

282.

It would be most helpful if there were more 66 buses running or if they ran more often. I, and others, have often been unable to get on a bus because it is too full and it has to refrain from stopping at subsequent stops because there is no room on the bus. This is the route inbound and outbound between brookline and harvard square during the commuting times during the week. This has been a problem for a coulpe of years now. Thanks.

283.

investing in the T and in programs to increase cycling safety are high on my priority list.

284.

Monitor and improve the timing of buses. Figure out a way to be more flexible with what you have – to quickly divert a vehicle or two from a route that has buses clumped together over to a route where the bus is 40 minutes past due.

285.

Use the gas tax as intended, maint & repair of highway infrastucture

286.

More trains for Mass commuters,  in general, each day.More express trains between further destination stations, and arrival stations.More “all stops” trains added to the daily schedule.

287.

More bike racks at commercial sites.  I did a survey of bike racks in Acton, and there are almost none at stores and shopping centers, and often no appropriate places to lock a bike.

288.

employ a shared space model for transportation infrastructure

289.

No

290.

People who rely on public transport especially disabled and elderly need more flexibility with schedules and routes to be able to access more places(employment)

291.

Public transit usually gets treated as an afterthought compared to the highways. I would like to see it become a priority. Improvements would increase ridership. The cost wouldn’t be as much of an issue if people felt it was value for that money.

292.

Would be great if the MBTA was more centered on the user experience than the employee experience. Would be lovely if the bus and T drivers didn’t floor the gas, then slam on the breaks.

293.

Some of the bus routes are chronically overcrowded and run off schedule.  The 47 to/from Central Square routinely overfills around rush hour in the AM and PM, leaving frustrated and cold passengers waiting at bus stops when the driver of the stuffed bus passes them by at the stop.  Please introduce more buses on this route at rush hour.  We pay for T services based on the published bus scheduled and it is not fair to advertise these services without adequate capacity to serve all your paying costumers.

294.

no

295.

Keep the T low cost and very available to all!!

296.

A neighbor wondered if there would be a way to provide shuttle service from the bar area in Plymouth Center to cut down on drunk driving.

297.

More people would walk or bicycle if they had a safe pathway which would reduce traffic congestions

298.

NO.  IF SOMEONE READS WHAT’S WRITTEN I WOULD BE HAPPY.

299.

more specific walking directions on websites, accessible real time tracking of trains and buses

300.

Massachusetts can build smarter. There’s a lack of education amoung many professional engineers the public and DPW officials. The state should profile some examples of what really smart,sustainable transportation project look like and help others see what/why these ideas make sense. Education is not easy, sometimes you have to do it over and over and over again until it gets drummed into their head. But few things worth doing are easy. And it takes time. There could be more support for “good efforts” and incentives in the form of funding, recognition and praise.  People generally don’t want to step away from their peer group, be that engineers,or neighbors. Lets find a way to support them.

301.

Having moved from a city to the suburbs, I miss the ability to use the rail service.  I would like to see the rail service extend to the Cape area.

302.

Please make sure that Bus Drivers wait until people sit down before they take off. This is a problem in my Community. God Bless!!

303.

Basic bus service is badly needed in Se MassExpansion of commuter rail is also an important need for this region

304.

Balance is key..it’s not that cars are bad, it’s that choice is good.

305.

Paratransit systems (RTA) should run on a more seemless methodology, utilizing resources that in many parts of this state that are mostly used for smaller increments of time (ie elder van services, school transport vehicles for special needs children could be used to offset lapses in service, making it easier for persons with disabilities and seniors to travel from one region to another).  Reduce billable services by subcontracting to local taxi services or paratransit services already providing limited service for short trips (under 5 miles).  

306.

Improved education and enforcement of Right of Way and Right on Red laws.

307.

Transportation reform in this state hasn’t worked.  Its all smoke and mirrors.  A bunch of hype without substance.  Don’t start over; instead learn from the mistake of the past; rely on what has worked in the past.

308.

How about speeding up the recovery and extension of rail service? There no way for me to go north by train and come back the same day and I must use my car to go south by train to get to the station 20 miles away.  No rail service going east or west from here. Stop thinking only about cars.

309.

Evening commuter rail frequency could be increased or substitute bus service could be provided between trains.

310.

The General Court needs to revise the funding mechanism for mass transit statewide; help improve the contribution of the private sector, too.

311.

A mature leveling with the realities of building and maintaining a sustainable transportation system that favors walking, biking, and public transportation. The future is unavoidable.

312.

PRT PRT PRT I dare you to look this up. Check o7ut Heathrow Airport, though that’s not the technology I would prefer.

313.

I think MassDot needs to embrace multi-modal transportation. Improve bike parking facilities at T stations and commuter rail stations. Make walking safer by reducing speeds on local roads and better enforcement so drivers are forced to stop at pedestrian crossings and stop signs and not speed through red lights. I think the cost of driving needs to increase so people consider alternative transportation before getting in their cars.

314.

Thankful for the new sidewalks and bicycle paths along Concord Ave between the Belmont line and Alewife Brook Parkway. Don’t know why the paths around Fresh Pond are not lit; if they were, I’d feel safe running there before or after work. In general, greatly appreciate the efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and would love to see more progress in those areas.

315.

The MBTA needs to be relived of its debt, and new subway lines need to be built.Narrow JamaicaWay and Storrow Drive to one lane of traffic, allowing wide bicycle lanes, and an easier connection to the Charles and Jamaica Pond for pedestrians.

316.

Although my situation may not work for everyone, I’ve made many friends and improved relationships by having the time to talk to them when I am getting rides with them to places.  There’s no substitute for it, and it has helped me in my business, work and personal life very much.

317.

Adding bicycle lanes is not the answer to addressing busy streets.  Traffic flow and parking concerns need to factored in as well.

318.

More bike lanes and bicycle rights awareness

319.

Provide weekend service to Middleboro/Lakeville Line more quickly.   Taking Much too long.

320.

give the town either buses or trains

321.

more t cars, esp on the green line

322.

I’d really love to see more bicycling and transit infrastructure and improvements.

323.

better signage for public transportation, bus stops and routes are unmarked

324.

I live in Lowell and work in Cambridge. I am grateful for the commuter rail. Though it can be a shorter trip driving, the commuter rail makes the trip more pleasant and means that I don’t have to use gas in my car. it would be hard to give up the train, but if fares increase and flexibility decreases, it would change the picture for me.

325.

There need to be more ways to get into Boston from points west. Driving is too expensive, and the public transportation anywhere west of Waltham is laughable.

326.

don’t make it harder for people who depend on transit to use it (i.e. don’t cut routes/schedules or raise rates beyond affordability).  people make decisions about where they live and work based on the existing transit – in general, more important to keep that in place and reliable than to add new.

327.

Have more frequent commuter rail service, with newer and more reliable equipment.

328.

Again, the deteriorated conditions of Massachusetts roadways (including bridges) are the worst I have ever seen in any US state. Comparing it to worn-torn Bosnia is not inapt. Pavement goes unattended year after year after year. The appearance of the MBTA system is sad and worn out (with the exception of the new stations, such as State and Maverick).

329.

There is currently no phone app to tell you when the green line is coming because the MBTA doesn’t have the data or doesn’t it provide it to app developers. Making it easier for people to use public transportation could boost revenues and reduce traffic. You don’t have to buy new subway cars or new buses. You just need to find ways to make them easier to use.

330.

I no longer work, but would have ridden the t (red to green to work) if the experience had been tolerable--or if I’d had no other choice. Older, sicker people than me are on the T every day, probably because they have no other transportation. I’ve often felt guilty about driving as much as I did and do; with a handicapped tag in the works, I’m letting go of that. But I think of all the more visibly debilitated people I see struggling with the system and almost want to cry,

331.

Just remember – finish the Braga Bridge repair.

332.

the proposed increase for the MBTA’s the RIDE is obscene; it is not scaled according to income, nor health care needs. As 1 who goes to several places monthly this is a huge increase. whenever possible I combine visits, it’s not possible to schedule 1 day to see providers, 1 sees people only on Tues., another on Fri. etc;going from MGH to the N E Baptist on the same day is squeezing things a lot; I am retired see next question

333.

Roll back MBTA service cuts and fare increases

334.

Install reliable devices at every boarding stop to indicate waiting time for next transport to arrive.  More frequent buses.  The reliability should match that of Kyoto

335.

I would like to see an entirely altered policy related to public transportation.  It should be privately operated and publicly managed as a utility, with monthly utility bills appropriate for the community with performance incentives and a basic fee.

336.

Improve the drivers. Get us off the road. Try suburban and rural trolleys.

337.

Fast frequent commuter rail service. Affordable 1day multimodal passes

338.

More and better transit!!!

339.

With an eye on the idea that we want to use less personal transportation trying to upgrade and improve the existing network to make it user friendlier is a key. Adopt a long range vision that rapid transportation is more then