Never Again Will Mass. Build Superhighways Says DOT Head
We suppose such a pronouncement from "the only state transportation chief who doesn't own a car," shouldn't be surprising, but to hear the head of a state transportation agency discuss not building highways is still a bit jarring.
According to Tanya Snyder, the goal of Davey's mode shift campaign "is to triple the share of trips taken by those modes [trains, buses, bikes, and walking], as opposed to single-occupancy vehicles, by improving transit service and active transportation amenities like lighting, sidewalks, curb cuts and rail-trails."
In seeking to reduce congestion, improve the environment, and achieve positive public health outcomes, "[t]he mode shift will be a centerpiece of MassDOT's GreenDOT Implementation Plan, being finalized this fall, which strives for multi-modalism," says Snyder.
"'Of all the state's green policies, this is the one that really counts,' Marc Draisen, who directs the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, told the Boston Globe."