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Panel to examine Somerville transportation systems

Posted by Matt Byrne  April 23, 2012 10:04 AM

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The City of Somerville has convened a new working group to examine transportation practices and technology, the office of Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said last week.

The 13-member Transportation Research, Innovation and Planning group includes current elected officials, police, community groups, and consultants, and will have a broad mandate to recommend improvements to pedestrian patterns, vehicular traffic, bicycle safety, and parking systems, among other areas.

"We want to make sure Somerville continues to maintain best practices and the intelligent use of technology in transportation in much the same way as we have in administration, finance and communications," Curtatone said in a statement.

With the arrival of Hubway bicycles set for later this summer, ongoing work on the Assembly Square Orange Line station, and Green Line Extension plans moving forward, "it's time to take a fresh look at our various transportation systems," Curtatone said.

The group's analysis will also include cost effectiveness and applicability studies, said Matthew Dias, acting director of Traffic and Parking, in a statement.

"The Mayor wants to cast the net more widely and embrace modes and technologies that contribute to the convenience and mobility of Somerville residents, visitors, and businesses," Dias said.

The TRIP team:

• Tony LaFuente – Ward 4 Alderman
• Rebekah Gewirtz – Ward 6 Alderman
• Lieutenant James Polito – Traffic Enforcement Unit, Somerville Police Department
• Carrie Dancey, Executive Director, East Somerville Main Streets
• Mimi Graney, Executive Director, Union Square Main Streets
• Gregory Coughlin, Owner, Olde Magoun Saloon
• Ian Judge, Manager, Somerville Theatre
• Tim Talun,  Somerville Bicycle Committee
• Alyssa Rosen, Young Somerville Advisory Group
• Todd Easton, Independent Travel Consultant
• Courtney Koslow, Founder, Somerville Parking Advocacy and Reform Coalition
• Mark Chase, Transportation and Planning Consultant
• Joe Lynch, Founder, Magoun Square Neighborhood Association

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