Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Study ~ Public Meetings at noon and 7 pm on Monday, November 26

Submitted by the Town of Bedford

Public transportation is vital to the future of our region. The towns of Bedford, Burlington, and Lexington are currently evaluating the effectiveness of the current transit services operating in the three communities. The Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Study is a joint effort to assess the overall mobility needs of the three towns and identify possible coordination opportunities that could enhance transit service and efficiencies through shared resources.

Transportation Advisory Committee Hears Criticism of Changes to Old Billerica Road Intersection

By Peter Manning

Recent changes to the intersection of Old Billerica Road and Route 62 West moved the traffic island to the side to form a T, improving visibility but also allowing a shift in turning lane priority. An extra turning-lane designed to help Old Billerica traffic filter onto 62 West was replaced to instead help 62 West turn onto Old Billerica, as noted in the attached illustration.

Many residents living along Old Billerica Road—and in the immediate area—have noticed a sharp increase in traffic, backed up into their neighborhoods. This increase also makes a once-simple route to Bedford Center difficult. Kevin Lach, a resident living with the negative ramifications of this change firsthand, represented his neighbors as he presented the following effects—both good and bad—to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) at their October 10 meeting.

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway Celebrates 25 Years

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Entering Bedford – the view from the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

Scores of cyclists traversed the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on Saturday, September 29 to mark the historic rail trail’s 25th birthday.

The Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway set up a bicycle repair station and free ice cream donated by Bedford Farms was distributed by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. Dave Enos and his touring bicycle ferried jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (along with her electric harp and its speaker) along the Bikeway, providing music to passersby.

The day in pictures:

Preparations Underway for Minuteman Bikeway’s 25th Birthday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 29, haikus submitted by residents are now applied to the trail! The haiku-mobile and dedicated volunteers used laser cut stencils and chalk paint in blue and white to add the words of wisdom (or humor!) to the trail. This paint will wear away with use and is expected to be gone by the end of winter.

Minuteman Bikeway Anniversary News

Submitted by Suzy Enos on behalf of Bikeway25.org

Governor Charlie Baker has issued a Governor’s Citation to the Town of Bedford on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. He recognized our ‘vision in planning, advocating, creating and maintaining the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway – a treasured resource providing healthy, clean transportation and recreation.” It’s great to have the Minuteman top of mind for Governor Baker as Bedford waits for funding for the Minuteman extension to the Concord line. Stop by the Friends of the Minuteman booth at the Anniversary Celebration to see drawings and status of the extension.

Bedford’s festivities begin at the Bikeway Source (across South Road from Depot Park) at 11 am on Saturday, September 29, with special events along the trail as it wends its way to Arlington.

Tri-Town Efficiency and Regionalization Transit Committee Fields Suggestions

By Peter Manning

On Wednesday September 19, two representatives of Bedford, Lexington, and Burlington’s local transit remodeling initiative—headed by consultants from Foursquare ITP—fielded suggestions and concerns from residents. This open conversation marked the beginning of a process to create a new system that excels both economically and functionally. While this meeting focused exclusively on Bedford’s two transit options—the Bedford Local Transit and the Bedford Dash—similar meetings were held in both Lexington and Burlington for the same purpose.

The towns of Bedford, Burlington, and Lexington are on the southern end of the busy Route 3 corridor and contain some of the area’s highest concentrations of employment. All three towns have limited service from the MBTA and The Ride, but each has elected to provide local supplementary bus service.

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