Mayor Martin J. Walsh met on a recent traffic report claiming that Boston is the worst congestion in 2018 – wrote in an online post on Tuesday that a study tells that driving times are less than "half the story."
"Independent analysts pointed out that this annual report, historically, gives priority to driving fast over steady progress and makes points for older, closer cities, shorter areas and alternatives to Driving more abundant, "Walsh wrote in his position to his Media account. "In Boston, for example, less than 50% of commuters travel by car, so a driving study is saying less than half the story. Our focus is to help people move safely and reliably not only in cars and trucks but on foot, on bicycles, and on public transit. "
Walsh was in response to the INRIX report on Monday which meant that a $ 2,291 average driver in the city lost when he was waiting for a tougher question and lasting 164 hours lasting. Boston was the worst seventh city in the country in 2017 based on the total amount of traffic in one day only. However, in 2018, the study translated focusing on the time lost due to congestion. Washington, D.C., ranked second, although Los Angeles, a city that was famous for bad traffic, was a fifth.
Transport Secretary Stephanie Pollack said anxiety about the coming of the report, but said state officials would like to use a wider scope to tackle traffic problems.
"We did not have a general report from INRIX to tell us that there is a growing problem in Massachusetts, especially in Boston," said Pollack. "I think our goal is to understand why is congestion worse? Because of all that, we can do something differently."
Charlie Chieppo, a transport expert from the Pioneer Institute of government watch agencies said that the matter is only worse.
"This is a big problem that is harming the economy and keeping back economic growth," said Chieppo. "We need to be serious about dealing with this issue."
Chieppo says focusing on the MBTA and there is not a better way for many pedestrians. He said a recent proposal from the Carbon Free Boston report, which shows $ 5 for incoming and out-of-city drivers as a possible solution. Walsh rejected the proposal and said that the city would not implement that particular recommendation "at this time."
"I think that's what we need to be serious and considered," said Chieppo. "Folks may not like it, but it would reduce congestion."
Chris Dempsey, the transport director for Massachusetts, agrees.
"It is a tool that uses cities of competitors," he said. "I'm talking to people about Beat LA, but I do not want to beat them in a traffic contest. So we have to take this seriously."
– Herald's wire services contributed to this report