How Will the I-90 Allston Multimodal Project Impact MetroWest?

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As a long-time toll-paying resident of MetroWest, I have many questions about what the proposed I-90 Allston/Brighton project means for our communities - and our commutes. I raised these questions at the July 18th I-90 Allston/Brighton Forum at Framingham City Hall. They include:

  • When can we expect to see the state’s full plan to mitigate the impacts on MetroWest? Can we ensure that MassDOT will invest the same effort into the mitigation plan as it has spent on the design and engineering of the construction itself?

  • How can we ensure an ongoing and close dialogue between the residents of MetroWest and MassDOT on the impacts of the I-90 Allston Multimodal project on our region?

  • How will our region benefit from the Allston project?

  • How – and for how long – will our commutes be impacted?

  • What will be the impact on traffic and congestion on the Mass Pike?

  • Have you studied the impact on traffic and congestion on the alternative routes that commuters will use, especially Route 9?

  • What will be our toll discount while we deal with the inconvenience from this project?

  • How many buses are you going to put on the road to ensure employees can make it to and from work

  • What will the impact be on our commuter rail service? During construction, will it be able to accommodate more riders or fewer?

  • How many more commuter rail trains will you run to ensure we make it to work on time – and home in time to have dinner with our families?

  • How will these impacts be compounded by the second “air rights” Mass Pike project scheduled to begin this summer, and is it wise for these projects to be scheduled at the same time?

  • How will you use technology to make this project go smoothly?

  • How much will this cost and who will pay for it?

  • How much will the private entities, who are benefiting from this project, contribute?

Please see my full letter to MassDOT here.

Sarah Bldogett