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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 11,2013 City of Boston Partners with State Agencies on Immediate Transportation Improvements in the Innovation District Collaboration Will Focus on Proactive Steps and Future Planning to Improve Traffic, Public Transit, Biking and Walking Opfons Throughout Growing Waterfront Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined representatives of MassDOT, the MBTA, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massport, and A Better City to an- nounce immediate, proac- tive steps that will allow the Innovation District to con- tinue its rapid growth by managing traffic congestion, improving public transit, and enhancing walking and bik- ing options throughout the Waterfront. "The Innovation District has become a busy and thriving mix of business, industry, cultural attrac- tions, restaurants, and resi- dences," Mayor Menino said. "The steps we are taking to- day -- and planning for the future -- to connect it with the rest of Boston will make it even more attractive and accessible to companies, their employees, residents, and visitors." The City of Boston has taken or will take significant steps to mitigate potential traffic issues and improve transportation options. They include: Creating and enforcing "Don't Block the Box" areas at the junctions of Seaport Boulevard and Sleeper Street, as well as Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street Restriping the road sur- face on the Moakley Bridge, a major route in and out of the district, to guide motor- ists to travel lanes to 1-93 and other destinations, pre- venting tie-ups caused by confusion Installing, by the end of November, "Time to Desti- nation" variable message signs that will provide driv- ers with accurate infor- mation on traffic to allow them to choose alternate routes Coordinating with Mass- port and MassDOT to take steps to mitigate potential traffic issues that may be caused by upcoming con- struction work in the Callahan Tunnel. This could include construction-related openings to general traffic of both the Bypass Road/Haul Road to motorists driving from the Southeast Express- way (I-93) to Logan Airport, and tl=e HOV ramp to the Ted Williams Tunnel. With the assistance of a $1.28 million U.S. Depart- ment of Transportation grant, procuring two ferries and implementing ferry service between South Boston and East Boston; Service is an- ticipated for a 2014 launch * Studying traffic signal timing and lane configura- tions at Atlantic Avenue and Seaport Boulevard, Sleeper Street and Seaport Boule- vard, and 63 other signalized intersections located along the Greenway and in the Innovation District. The re- sults of the study will ensure that the most up-to-date motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle counts are used to optimize signal timings and determine the most ef- fective lane configurations. Installing "smart park- ing" sensors, in coordination with Massport, on Seaport Boulevard and Congress Street that will use a phone app to show drivers available parking spaces to prevent them from driving around looking for a metered spot. In partnership with Light Boston, Inc, and in an effort to improve the pedestrian experience, working towards illuminating the Northern Avenue bridge with architec- tural decorative LED lights by the end of this month Continuing the design phase of the rehabilitation of the Northern Avenue bridge, including the establishment of stakeholder meetings in the coming months to com- plete the environmental review process Adding additional Hubway bike share stations through- out the Innovation District next spring Efforts are also underway to improve public transit serving the Innovation Dis- trict. The MBTA will assess and improve service in the Innovation District on key commuter bus lines such as the #4 and #7 within the next year. "MassDOT, the MBTA, the City of Boston, and other gov- ernment agencies are work- ing together to proactively improve transportation in and out of the Innovation Happy Colum&s Day order Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Carmelita Bello, State President and the State Council District today while prepar- ing for future growth of people and businesses in the area," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. "The solutions being implemented now, and in the near future, will boost our economy and help the Innovation District thrive by maximizing the capacity of key roads and bridges, improving public transit, and providing more biking and walking options." The improvements will not only benefit commuters and visitors to the Innovation District, they will facilitate better travel to and from Logan International Airport and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal while ensuring that trucks servicing the port are not contributing to, or having their routes blocked by, congestion. "The Innovation District and seaport are gateways to Boston for people and goods traveling by air and sea from across the world," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "Massport is con- tributing resources and working with the City of Bos- ton and other:key agencies to implemen t immediate and long-term improve- ments to ensure that the Innovation District, Logan Airport, and our port can reach their fullest potential without being restricted by congestion on our roads or public transit." With hundreds of thou- sands of convention attend- ees coming to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) each year, the Massachusetts Conven- tion Center Authority is working with the other gov- ernment agencies, provid- ing resources, and including plans in its expansion and hotel development efforts to improve transportation in the Innovation District. This work will benefit those attending conventions, (Continued on Page 14) F j00appy Columbus AL NA TALE and His CLASSIC SWING [ ORCHESmA News Briefs (Continued from Page I) I remember back in school sound-bite moved his book reading novels like "1984" onto the New York T/mes best and "Brave New World." selling list. George Orwell saw clearly Clancy passed away last in 1948 when he wrote his week at age 66. He will be novel "1984" the day our missed as a great story government would become teller. control freaks, no different Who is Worse to than Hitler's Nazis or Stalin's Figure Out communists. Government I like to watch the Fox stripping people of their News Network evenings to individual liberties for the find out the stuff the main- greater good of those in stream media won't tell us. charge of our government. 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