General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

millerm277

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This is the best point you made. Bus lanes require enforcement. One of the biggest missed opportunities (unless it’s been recently rectified) would be for buses to have cameras on the front with the ability to take a snapshot of a car blocking a bus lane or bus stop. I’ve talked to multiple bus drivers who would happily support that system.
To note: camera enforcement is not legal in MA currently for anything other than highway tolls. It's not a matter of the MBTA choosing not to do it, it's not legal at present.
 

donkeybutlers

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It should be done on Huntington too, really why not both here? Central stops also should make it harder to ignore the bus lane than turn lane bus lanes and provide pedestrians with safer crossing.

The expansion of public transit should be fast, I personally would like it to be a lot faster. There has been decades of inaction and even retraction. Population has grown a lot, new job centers have emerged. There are needs for better public transit and the car should not have priority in the city anymore, especially as we face impacts of climate change in the here and now and transportation continues to be the primary contributor of greenhouse gasses in the state.

Here is what that little stretch looks like on an MBTA bus map, this is a no brainer.
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JeffDowntown

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To note: camera enforcement is not legal in MA currently for anything other than highway tolls. It's not a matter of the MBTA choosing not to do it, it's not legal at present.
So maybe put "tolls" on passenger vehicles using bus lanes. Then the cameras would be legal? It is not 'enforcement" it is just a hefty toll for use (say $500 per mile or fraction thereof).
 

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