- May 25, 2006
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Yes, this is what we call shortsighted planning. Let's create a problem before we solve the problem.I get that Charlestown has transit issues, but paying for major solutions before the problem manifests is much harder than paying for minor solutions.
By the way, the problem, in some aspect, already exists. The Charlestown Bridge, IIRC, is one of the bridges in Boston that has been listed as "structurally deficient", hence why the two lanes in the middle have been closed off. The bridge needs to be replaced regardless of whether the Charlestown development takes off or not. Adding a bus dedicated lane on the replacement bridge would probably add an insignificant amount to the total cost. After the completion, having the MBTA run extra buses through Main Street and Bunker Hill Street once the redevelopment is complete will most likely increase bus ridership in Charlestown and wouldn't cost a lot. It's a no brainer. You don't even need to build a new train station or anything.