All Things Travel: MassDOT Announces Mode Shift Goal

October 9, 2012 7:44 PM
All Things Travel: MassDOT Announces Mode Shift Goal
" BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is getting serious about getting people out of their cars and into biking, walking and more use of public and private transit.

In separate events in Springfield and Boston, Richard Davey of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced a goal of tripling the share of travel by modes other than automobiles in the next 18 years.

To make the point, Davey and staff members made the trip to Springfield on a regularly scheduled Peter Pan bus as well as the return trip to South Station where the afternoon event took place.

The first speaker in Boston was Thomas Tinlin, commissioner of Transportation for the city. That fact alone shows that all branches of government are working together on this ambitious project under the direction of Governor Patrick.

“As Mayor Menino has said many times, the car is no longer the king of Boston,” commented Tinlin. The city now has 57 miles of bike lanes in the city. About 570,000 people have taken advantage of The Hub Way bike sharing program, burning some 20 million calories "

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