Town Manager Sarah Stanton to Co-Chair new Commuter Rail Communities Coalition

By Julie McCay Turner

The Commuter Rail Communities Coalition, a group of municipal leaders served by the MBTA’s rail network, elected its first co-chairs, Mayor Tom McGee of Lynn and Bedford Town Manager Sarah Stanton, in Boston on March 12, 2019. With a seat at the table as important regional transportation decisions are made,

Stanton looks forward to working with Mayor McGee. As a state senator representing the Third Essex district in the Massachusetts Senate from 2002 to 2017, McGee joined the Joint Committee on Transportation in 2001 then served as its chair from 2011 until his retirement in 2018.

Selectmen Review Bike Path Extension, Hear Net Zero Presentation

By Jordan Stewart

At their February 25 meeting, the Selectmen were given a presentation by Trish Domigan and Pete Sorensen, the VHB civil engineers leading the Minuteman Bike Path extension project. While no progress has been made in the design of the extension since it was last discussed in February 2017, the presentation served as a recap for the Selectmen in anticipation of further work which will begin after a May meeting, when more public input will be available.

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.

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