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South Boston residents to discuss alternative transit options for neighborhood

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 24, 2012 12:57 PM

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With newcomers moving into South Boston and development booming in the neighborhood, many residents have raised concerns about parking and traffic.

But one group wants to take cars out of the equation and is looking for ways to bring more “green” and healthy transit options to the neighborhood.

Planet Southie, along with the South Boston MOMS Club and various neighborhood organizations, will hold a meeting Thursday Sept. 27, to gather input from residents about ways to increase alternative transit and improve accessibility.

“Parking gets worse every year, the car-free transportation options are not ideal, and dangerous intersections make walking a challenge. A lack of bike paths makes biking dangerous and buses are overcrowded,” said Stefanie Valovic an organizer with Planet Southie.

“Additionally, sidewalks are not all suitable for people using wheel chairs and baby strollers. These are just a few of the transportation challenges South Boston residents face,” Valovic added.

At the meeting, which will be held at the Distillery Building at 516 East 2nd St. from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., residents will review and develop a transit vision for the neighborhood, coming up with ways to make sure everyone from City Point to West Broadway have safe and easy access to train stations, shopping, and other parts of the neighborhood and city.

“With development booming in South Boston, now is the time for neighbors to come together to advocate for car-free transportation options,” Valovic said. “For every person walking, biking, or riding the bus, that is one less car is on the roads of South Boston. It is not enough to encourage people go car-free; there have to be safe and convenient alternatives.”

To find out more about the group or to get a copy of Thursday’s agenda, click here.

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