Critical Meeting For Casey Overpass This Monday!

If you follow our blog, you've probably heard now and again about the Casey Overpass project near the Forest Hills MBTA Station. This is a major project with the potential to remake and reconnect the neighborhoods around the station, linking them with each other, parks, businesses, and transit. If you live in or travel through the area by bike, we need you at Monday's public meeting. This meeting marks an important decision point in the project, where the public will express its preference for replacing the current Casey Overpass with another bridge or an at-grade, street-level roadway. MassBike strongly supports the at-grade option, but we need bicyclists who live and ride there every day to speak up. This option not only has our endorsement, but also WalkBoston, LivableStreets Alliance, Boston Cyclists Union, JP Bikes, and many other involved advocates.

Casey Overpass Public Meeting

Monday, November 21
5:30-6:00pm Open House
6:00-8:30pm Public Information Meeting
William Hinton Laboratory- Auditorium (also known as the State Lab)
305 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

While either option will improve overall traffic flow through the area, there are compelling reasons to favor the at-grade option. You can find a lot of information about the project and the proposed alternatives here, but briefly some of the benefits of the at-grade option would be:

  • Bike lanes through the entire corridor

  • Safer and more convenient connections to transit

  • Supports street-front economic and neighborhood development

  • Better connections between abutting green space and the parks of the Emerald Necklace

  • Separate paths for walkers and cyclists (in addition to on-street bike lanes)

  • No dark or hidden spaces in the corridor

  • Includes Washington Street improvements making it safer for walkers, cyclists, and motorists

  • Saves taxpayer dollars

If you don't have time to attend the meeting this Monday, please email your support to John Romano at MassDOT ([email protected]) and copy [email protected] and your local elected officials. Be sure to reference Project File No. 605511.

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