// THE MISSING LINK
MassDOT's Focus40 draft for the 2040 transportation vision has lowered the priority of the long-awaited (& originally, mandated as Big Dig mitigation) connection of the Red & Blue Lines at Charles/MGH in favor of a long walkway connection between State & Downtown Crossing.
status: PETITION & PUBLIC COMMENT
Focus40 Comment Deadline:
Friday, October 22, 2018
Focus40 comments are being gathered via a survey. Tell MassDOT & the MBTA your priorities, then comment about the Red-Blue Connector at the end. (See example comment below!)
A link to the survey can be found here: https://www.mbtafocus40.com/focus40theplan#howtocomment
Example comment you may copy & paste in the comment box at the end:
The MBTA should move a real Red-Blue connector from "Big Ideas" to "Next Priorities," due to the growing demand for mobility in East Boston, Logan airport, and Kendall Square. A true Red Blue connector will relieve congestion in the downtown core, enable greater access to work, healthcare and the airport, and provide East Boston the transportation infrastructure it needs to grow. A pedestrian connection will instead overcrowd State and Downtown Crossing platforms, and present a major barrier to disabled passengers and passengers carrying luggage. The T has already spent decades studying Red-Blue. In Focus40, it should move beyond that holding pattern and be identified as a "Next Priority."