Councillors Want Traffic Woes Addressed

REVERE – If you have been sitting in traffic on North Shore Road at Revere Street you know what the city councillors are concerned about.

Monday night the city council called for the MassDOT to improve the signal at the busy intersection. On one side the traffic backs up to the MBTA parking garage and on the other side commuters coming from Lynn often sit through 10-15 light cycles before they get through the light. To complicate matters the is an active fire station.

Council President John Powers, who represents the area, and Councillor Robert Hass Jr. dodged an accident at the intersection. Powers questioned whether or not the police detail should return to the garage area. He’d like to see the MBTA and MassDOT come in and address the situation, especially since new housing is coming to the area.

         “The state DOT needs to take immediate action,” Haas said.

         Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said he didn’t think adjusting the lights or the state would help. He wants to see the city’s traffic commission get involved too.

         Councillor Steven Morabito disagreed and said the light at the intersection “is way off.”

         “We need immediate results before summer,” said Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso. “This is a dangerous situation that needs to be corrected immediately.”

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  • Tinkering with the traffic signals can only do so much; the reality is, far too many vehicles want to travel through that corridor at certain times of the day, than the roads are capable of accommodating. In 1978, Governor Sargent cancelled new highway construction; including I-95 through Lynn; and also the Pines River Expressway, which would have paralleled Squire Road and Revere Street, connecting Copeland Circle to North Shore Road. At the time, the Blue Line was planned to be extended to at least as far as Lynn. The Blue Line extension was also promised as part of the Big Dig mitigation. It seems particularly unfair that this has never happened, as North Shore commuters must also pay heavy tolls on the Tobin Bridge and harbor tunnels. While, I'm not holding my breath for the promised Blue Line extension, there's no excuse for not providing better bus service between Wonderland and Lynn Central Square. The current 441/442 schedule is woefully inadequate; and the few busses that run are always extremely overcrowded. The new garage at Wonderland has a special section with several quays for busses, but too few busses actually providing service. A lot of people would use the Ⓣ instead of driving on North Shore Road if bus service ran as frequently as the Blue Line itself. Also note: The Ⓣ's reserved right-of-way north of Wonderland Station could be converted into a busway, allowing busses to completely bypass the congested Revere Street intersection. The only realistic long-term solution to traffic, is to improve mass transit so there are fewer cars on the road.

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