Boston ranked number one among the 52 largest metropolitan areas for pedestrian safety, according to a "Pedestrian Danger Index" compiled by Transportation For America.
The Index considered average annual pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people for the years 2000-2009 along with the percentage of people who walk to work.
Boston had 483 pedestrian fatalities, or 1.1 fatalities per year per 100,000 people. A higher percentage of people walk to work in metro Boston, 5%, than in any other city except New York.
Promoting healthy and safe transportation including bicycles and walking is a MassDOT priority.
MassDOT's GreenDOT Policy has among its goals to promote the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit.
The Healthy Transportation Compact is a partnership among MassDOT and other state agencies charged among other things with increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel and effectively implementing a "complete streets" policy for all users consistent with MassDOT's award-winning Project Development and Design Guide.
MassRIDES has tips for commuters who choose walking, bicycling, and carpooling.
MBTA: Fitchburg Line Weekend Service Suspension posted on Mar 27
The MBTA has issued a Service Alert: No Weekend Service on the commuter rail Fitchburg Main Line for the period from April 25th, 2015 through November 22nd, 2015. The suspension of weekend service will allow construction of major improvements on the Fitchburg Main Line to …Continue Reading MBTA: Fitchburg Line Weekend Service Suspension
Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options posted on Mar 26
The efforts of more than 170 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities, who promote active, healthy, and sustainable commute options, were celebrated today for helping Massachusetts to reduce traffic congestion, to promote healthy lifestyles, and benefit the environment. The Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards …Continue Reading Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work posted on Mar 26
MassDOT on Saturday, March 28 will begin preparing to dismantle the downstream “salt and pepper” towers as part of the Longfellow Bridge Restoration Project. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), coordinated with the cities of Cambridge and Boston as well as the MBTA to begin dismantling …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work