Friday, March 16, 2018

Lots Going On Around The Neighborhoood

From art to seasaws to Dorchester Heights to wearing green and not turning green, there is a lot going on this weekend.

The South Boston Arts Association is hosting an Irish Open House tonight, March 16th from 5 pm - 8 pm at their gallery, Art Around The Corner. Purchase paintings of Ireland and South Boston from local artists including Fort Point artist Karen McFeaters. Light refreshments will be served. Art Around the Corner Gallery is located at 317 E Street (behind Neatly Nested).

If you live in the neighborhood, you most likely know March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday. If you are new, you may not be as familiar with South Boston's historic ties to Evacuation Day. In 1776 Col. Henry Knox moved 50 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights much to the surprise and dismay of the British who later evacuated 3,000 men and ships from Boston on March 17, 1776. The South Boston Citizen’s Association invites you to the annual Evacuation Day Memorial Mass celebrated by Father Joe White on Saturday, March 17th at 9 am at St. Augustine’s Chapel located at 181 Dorchester St., and the annual Historical Exercises to celebrate Evacuation Day at 10 am at the Dorchester Heights Monument. Watch the 2017 Evacuation Day Promo.

Closer to home it's a St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Seasaws at Seaport Common from 11 am - 4 pm on March 17th. Enjoy food, live Irish music and local craft beers for the over 21 crowd. There will be family friendly lawn games, a chance to win prizes and of course, no visit would be complete without hopping on a seasaw. Seaport Common is located at 85 Northern Avenue.

In addition to shamrocks, there are flowers galore at the Boston Flower & Garden Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Now about this Sunday's March 18th St. Patrick's Day Parade at 1 pm, we suggest you check out Caught In Southie's ultimate guide for all the details on where to watch, public bathrooms and general tips by seasoned parade watchers. View the parade route. If you wish to avoid the crowds, NECN will stream live and on air the parade starting at 12:30 pm. Coverage for St. Patrick's Day breakfast hosted by Congressman Stephen Lynch and Councilor-At-Large Michael Flaherty begins at 10 am. Remember bars throughout the neighborhood will close at 6 pm on Sunday.

The Fort Point Arts Community presents Misremembered, a group  exhibition examining the ever-changing emotional resonance of past events and how they can transform our perceptions of memory as we mature. The FPAC Gallery show runs  now through April 12, 2018. An artists talk takes place this Sunday, March 18th at 1 pm. The event will incorporate working with the public to create a site-specific installation of accordion books that bridge the gap between two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. opening reception of Misrememebered is Friday March 23d from 6 pm - 8 pm. Come see the artists intertwine displays of glass sculpture (Katie Dye), prints (Amanda Kidd Schall), and photographs (Brittany Severance) creating an experience similar to the process of making memories. FPAC Gallery is located at 300 Summer Street.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Winter Storm Warning: Snow Emergency, Parking Ban & Boston Public Schools Closed

updated 3/14/18 at 1:50pm: Snow emergency and parking ban will be lifted at 5pm. You have until 7pm to move your car from a discounted garage or pay full price. 

updated 3/13/18 at 5:30pm: Boston Publics schools will be closed tomorrow. There is still a snow emergency and parking ban in the City.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning. Total snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches is expected. Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13. A snow emergency and parking ban go into effect in Boston beginning at 7 PM tonight (March 12).

You may begin parking at participating lots and garages two hours before a declared snow emergency. You must remove your vehicle within two hours of the City lifting the emergency ban. If you don't remove your vehicle in time, you will subject to the standard parking rate.

Some garages only allow residents from certain Boston neighborhoods to park. Other garages allow all Boston residents to park. Please check the "fee and information" section for each garage below to make sure you qualify for the discount.

South Boston Discounted Garages & Lots

Boston Convention Center
415 Summer Street

No Charge. The discount is only for South Boston residents. You'll need to provide proof of your residency. After the parking ban is lifted, you have two hours to remove your vehicle. If you don't, your car will be towed at your expense.

Channel Center Garage
116 West First Street

$10 for each 24-hour period. Please bring a valid driver’s license with a City of Boston address to the garage office.

12 Drydock Avenue

$1 for each night. The discount is only for South Boston residents. You need to have a South Boston resident sticker on your vehicle. The garage only allows snow emergency parking on the fourth floor.

Municipal Lot #018
450 West Broadway
No Charge

Municipal Lot #021
650-652 East Broadway

No Charge

Space Saver Etiquette
Did you use a trash can, cone, or some other object to save your parking space on the street? Here's what you need to know:

·        You can only use a space saver when the City declares a snow emergency.

·        You have 48 hours to use a space saver after we end an emergency. After that, you must remove it from the street.

For more information on restricted streets, clearing snow and winter storm tips, visit

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Calling All Gardeners: Community Gardens Lottery

updated 3.4.18: If you missed us last Sunday, you have another chance this Sunday, March 11th at 10 am to enter the A Street Park Community Gardens Lottery.

A Street Park
Community Gardens Lottery

Sunday, March 11th
 10 am

Garden Plots

Medallion Ave Extension in front of Channel Center Garage
in case of inclement weather, meet at Midway Artist Studios, 15 Channel Center St (one block from A Street Park)

A Street Park is a City of Boston Park bordered by Richards and W. 1st Streets featuring 8 garden plots, tot playground, dog park, half basketball court and flexible field.

Names will be drawn for five open garden plots plus an additional 8 names for the waiting list. If you are unable to attend, you may send a proxy. Please complete Proxy form and email it to FPNA by March 10th at 5pm. Proxy may be involved in plot selection.
Garden plots are for a 3 year term to allow more people the opportunity to gardenView Community Garden Lottery Terms.

If you are designated a plot, you must be prepared to start planting your garden this spring.

Any questions, please contact FPNA.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Fort Point Landmarks March 2018 Meeting


Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 PM
Boston City Hall - Piemonte Room (5th Floor)
After 5:30 pm, enter and exit City Hall at the Dock Square entrance on Congress Street 
(across from Faneuil Hall).

Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, review of architectural violations and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance with Ch. 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended.from Faneuil Hall).


18.841 FPC 253 Summer Street
Applicant: Christopher Jamison, COJE Management Group
Proposed Work: Continued review of application heard on 2/6/18 to review patio proposal, updates to lighting; patio furniture; and bar tile finishes.

Applicant: Emily O’Neil, Fort Point Arts Community
Proposed Work: Continued review of application heard on 12/17/17 regarding the installation of art wall on Farnsworth St. façade.

18.689 FPC 25 Thomson Place
Applicant: Mark Blair, VP bartaco Design
Proposed Work: At side façade install outdoor dining patio and corresponding signage.

II. ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW/APPROVAL: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building’s appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing:

18.897 FPC 332 Congress Street
Applicant: P.J. Spillane Company Inc.
Proposed Work: At front façade, repair brick spandrels, replace deteriorated steel channel headers, repoint brick and replace the sealant joints.

David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy, Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Climate Ready South Boston Plan Update & Community Open House

Join the City of Boston for a Climate Ready South Boston Plan Update To Reduce Risk of Neighborhood Flooding & Second Community Open House on:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm*
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress St
5th floor conference room

*Presentation starts at 6:15 pm followed by Open House. It is recommended you attend the presentation and allow 30 minutes for the Open House. 

Over 200 people have already signed up. R.S.V.P today.

Climate resiliency planning is happening in Boston’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. The recent storms of March 3d, March 2nd and January 4th and subsequent flooding in Fort Point and the Seaport vividly demonstrate our vulnerability. Your participation will help inform the City's ongoing efforts to develop climate resilient solutions that will improve our neighborhood.

originally published 2/22/18

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced preparations underway ahead of the anticipated coastal storm and flooding that is expected to begin on Friday. As part of this storm, three high tides are expected to occur in Boston on 

High Tides
Friday, March 2,2018  at 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. 
Saturday, March 3. 2018 at 12:05 p.m.

Along with heavy rain and sustained winds of 20-40 miles per hour (MPH) with gusts up to 65 MPH.

I encourage all residents to be mindful of the storm and encourage employers to take the weather into consideration, which will mostly impact the coastal areas of our city," said Mayor Walsh. "As we saw with the coastal flooding in the Seaport in January, there is a need to proactively plan for our changing climate, which is why we're integrating climate resilience into all aspects of city planning moving forward, beginning with a Climate Ready project in South Boston."

Fort Point/ Seaport Neighbors: The Channelside (aka Gillette) Parking Lot will be closed Friday, March 2nd due to flooding of the Fort Point Channel. Please find alternative parking for any cars parked in areas prone to flooding. Read Flood Protection Tips.

Below are the various watches that are in place for Friday through Saturday:
  • Coastal Flood Watch in effect from Friday 9 a.m. until Saturday 2 p.m.;
  • Areal Flood Watch in effect Friday 7 a.m. until Saturday 7 a.m.;
  • High Wind Warning in effect from Friday 10 a.m. until Saturday 10 a.m.

The City will continue to monitor the storm throughout its duration. In preparation for the storm, Boston is taking the following proactive steps:
  • Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) is cleaning out low-lying areas of debris that could clog catch basins and restrict the flow of water through underground systems.
  • Boston Police Department (BPD) is prepared to institute barriers in areas that will be most affected by flooding, and redirect traffic as needed.
  • Public Works Department (PWD) will have loaders available to remove debris.
  • Several city departments, including BWSC, BPD, EMS and 311 will have extra support available to assist.
The City encourages residents to be aware of the upcoming weather, and understand their risk of flooding by looking at the latest FEMA flood maps:

The City is currently pursuing a Climate Ready project in South Boston that is analyzing the current and future flood risks to the neighborhood, with the input and feedback from residents, businesses, landowners and developers. Next week the City is hosting a community open house to share conceptual designs of flooding solutions. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Children's Museum. More event details & R.S.V.P.

About Climate Ready Boston
Climate Ready Boston is the City's initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare Boston for rising sea levels, extreme heat and increased weather events. Climate Ready Boston is aligned with Imagine Boston 2030, Go Boston 2030, Resilient Boston, and other planning initiatives to ensure that climate adaptation supports the Mayor's goals for economic growth and social equity across the city.

Climate Ready Boston is led by the City of Boston in partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission and with support from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Barr Foundation.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Difficult. Who Me?

The Gallery at 249 A presents Difficult Women, a group show of eight women artists considering "What does it mean to be labeled difficult?" 

Visit this intriguing show through March 30, 2018. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm with special events throughout the month.

Through a variety of media, the artists present work about women chafing at traditional roles or re-defining them, often taking risks or facing obstacles in the process. As apt today with women speaking out on social, cultural and political concerns as it was for the suffragists in their fight to gain women the right to vote. 

Exhibiting artists are: Laura Davidson, Joanne Kaliontzis, Lisa Knox, Amy MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Maria Molteni , Shirley Veenema, Denise Wallace-Spriggs.

For special Difficult Women exhibition events and hours visit the Gallery At 249 A. The gallery is an evolving project of the 249 A Street Cooperative, one of Massachusetts’s first limited-equity live/work cooperative for artists. The gallery is located at 249 A Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston.  

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grants Available

The Fort Point Channel Operations Board, comprising representatives from the Boston Planning & Development Agency (for the City of Boston), Boston Properties (representing the Fort Point Channel Abutters Group), and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (representing the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs), announced Monday that approximately $40,000 in grant monies for the 2018 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program for the purposes of advancing the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan. The Grant Program provides financial resources for capital improvements and public programming within and along the Fort Point Channel. 

  • Capital Improvements - Projects that include the construction of new water-based infrastructure that further implements the City of Boston’s Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan.
  • Public Programming - Projects that include the development of new public programming that activate the Fort Point Channel including, but not limited to, public events, new public art installations, and public education installations.
Funding for the Grant Program is from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License #11419 for Russia Wharf. The funds are held in escrow by the FPCOB.

Additional details on the application, qualified projects and eligibility is available hereContracts are expected to be awarded by March 31, 2018. Projects must be completed by June 1, 2019 and reimbursement requested by June 15, 2019.

The deadline for proposals is 12 noon on Friday, March 2, 2018 to Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change & Environmental Planning, BPDA.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Erikk Hokenson, Waterfront Planner, BPDA.

originally published 2.7.18

Friday, February 23, 2018

FPNA Neighborhood Mingle, A Look Ahead, Clean Streets, New Restaurant & Entertainment

Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association
A Fort Point/Seaport Neighborhood Gathering 

Tuesday, February 27
6 pm - 8 pm
Club Lounge at YOTEL Boston
65 Seaport Blvd

A Look Ahead: A Neighborhood Conversation
Bring your top neighborhood wishes


 New Street Cleaning Schedule for A Street
effective Tuesdays starting April 3, 2018

a Pier 4 restaurant
requesting a liquor license

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
requesting an entertainment license

followed by
A Neighborhood Mingle at 7:30 pm
Enjoy tasty bites, cash bar and full Club Lounge menu

Special thanks to YOTEL Boston for hosting.

originally published 2.20.17

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Community Preservation Forum Comes To South Boston

Community Preservation Forum South Boston

What: Come learn about the fund created by the Community Preservation Act.  Share your neighborhood’s funding needs and your ideas.
Format: Welcome/Introductory participant questions, Presentation with Q&A, Breakout Groups on Historic Preservation, Parks and Affordable Housing and Next Steps.
Hosts: City Councilor Ed Flynn & South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation

In November of 2016, Boston residents went to the polls and voted to adapt the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The Conservation Preservation Act places a 1% surcharge on residential and commercial property taxes to fund affordable housing, parks and open space improvements (including outdoor recreation facilities) and historic preservation. CPA exempts the first $100,000 in assessed residential value, and low-income home owners and low- and moderate-income seniors. The City projected that CPA would bring in $16 million to $20 million annually to the Community Preservation Fund.

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is responsible for recommending allocations of expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund. The Committee is composed of Mayor Walsh’s appointees: Chris Cook (Boston Conservation Commission), William Epperson (Parks and Recreation Commission), Felicia Jacques (Boston Landmarks Commission), Carol Downs (Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board), and Kate Bennett (Boston Housing Authority), and four individual City Council appointees : Matthew Kiefer for a term of 1 year, Kannan Thiruvengadam for a term of 2 years, Madeligne Tena for a term of 3 years, and Ying Wang for a term of 3 years. Christine Poff serves as the Community Preservation Director. 

In December 2017, Boston City Council voted to approve Mayor Walsh's appropriations order for just over $285,000 for the administrative and operating expenses of the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) for FY 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018). The Council also voted to appropriate $17.9 million from the Community Preservation Fund annual revenues for further appropriation upon the recommendations of the Committee. 

Bring your ideas and neighborhood needs for affordable housing, parks and open space improvements and historic preservation to the Community Preservation Forum on February 22nd.

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originally published 2.12.18

Friday, February 16, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At AirBnBs, Flooding, MBTA Assessment Fees Survey & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their February 14, 2018  meeting:

City Audit Update: Former Councilor Larry DiCara, in his capacity as Chairman of the Audit Committee, sent an update to the Council on meetings held with independent auditors KPMG. The results state that the City is in strong financial condition for the fiscal 2017 year. Boston continues to be heavily dependent on property taxes for its general fund revenues (about 69%), and new revenue from a robust construction market has resulted in growth exceeding the annual increase limitations of Proposition 2½. Should market growth slow in future years, the City could experience reductions in property taxes and find difficulty funding increases in spending for current service levels. The report suggests the City should continue to explore ways to make service delivery more efficient and effective in an effort to maintain costs while meeting the service needs of the City’s constituency. The Committee also believes that the employee recruitment and retention and succession planning must remain an operation focus of the City, with many employees considering retirement or other opportunities. With regards to the the use of student activity accounts at Boston Public Schools, the Committee believes that BPS should develop and enforce standardized District-wide policies and procedures over the establishment, use, record-keeping, and monitoring of these accounts and any other accounts established for funds received by individual schools. The Committee believes that a level of accountability for such funds needs to be firmly imparted on those responsible for their maintenance and use. The complete report is available here.

Short-term Residential Rentals: Councilor Flaherty reported back on yesterday’s 5-hour hearing on short-term rental platforms such as AirBnB. The goal on all sides is to stabilize neighborhoods because unregulated short-term rentals lead to long-term tenants being displaced for corporations to exploit a loophole to operate de facto hotels in our neighborhoods. Chief of Housing Sheila Dillon testified yesterday that the City had identified 2000 high-impact listers, with units listed more than 235 days per year. Even just returning these units to residential housing would significantly increase the vacancy rate to help stabilize or bring down rents. The Association of Downtown Civic Organizations has researched the issue thoroughly, with data showing that our downtown short-term rental offerings are more densely concentrated than in New York City, and developers of new residential buildings are routinely reserving units to lease to companies that operate short-term rentals full-time. This reduces the supply of stable rental units, displaces long-term tenants, and drives up our already-high housing prices. No one is saying that we should ban AirBnB outright, as many homeowners rely on renting out a spare bedroom or their entire unit when on vacation to help pay the mortgage. However, we must act quickly to close corporate loopholes. As a review, the proposed ordinance recognizes three different categories of units:
  • Limited Share Units: a partial residential unit e.g. bedroom or shared space offered for rent while the resident is present (limited to 3 bedrooms or 6 guests, with 1 bedroom occupied by the resident) – no limit on how many days these can be rented out; $25 registration fee
  • Home Share Units: an entire residential unit offered for rent while the primary resident is away (limited to 5 bedrooms or 10 guests) – primary residency is defined as residing there for at least 9-months of the year, effectively putting a 3-month limit on the number of days able to rent; $100 registration fee
  • Investor Units: an entire unit offered by someone who is not primary resident (limited to 5 bedrooms or 10 guests) – limited to 90 days of rental per year; $500 registration fee
Certain types of residential units would NOT be eligible for short-term rentals, including those designated as below-market or income-restricted; those designated as “Problem Properties” by the City; and those with 3+ findings of violations in 6-months of the short-term rental regulations or 3+ violations within 6 months of any city or state law relating to noise, trash, or disorderly conduct. Enforcement would be complaint-based with ISD able to impose fees of $300 per violation per day for offering an ineligible unit, and $100 per violation per day for failure to comply with a notice of violation.
Many residents testified at the hearing that Boston should significantly curtail the “investor unit” category to close a large loophole that companies will use to displace long-term tenants. Even with the 90-day limit, a corporation could buy a building, rent it out 45 weekends of the year (Friday and Saturday nights) and perhaps make enough money to keep it as AirBnB-only. Several residents cautioned against too harsh of a restriction though, citing that AirBnB helped them rent out extra units in their owner-occupied buildings in neighborhoods further from downtown, where otherwise they would have difficulty finding a long-term tenant. ISD Commissioner Buddy Christopher also emphasized that property owners would still be able to seek an occupancy change to Bed and Breakfast or Lodging House through standard processes. The matter remains in the Government Operations Committee for further working sessions. Because this is an ordinance from the Mayor, it is a 60-day order that requires Council action in that timeframe (even if the action is to reject without prejudice for a refiling with a new 60 days). Read the ordinance
here. For a good summary of the issue, read this article.

Protecting Local Small Businesses: Councilor Janey gave her first speech on the Council floor today, filing a hearing order to discuss barriers to and opportunities for small businesses in the City of Boston. She described two pathways to chipping away at income inequality by building wealth in communities: home ownership and entrepreneurship. As Boston’s housing crisis means that residents are struggling to afford homes, small businesses are also suffering from quickly increasing rents. Small businesses are critical to the economy, culture, and vibrancy of neighborhoods within the City of Boston. There are 40,000 small businesses in the city, which generate about $15 billion in revenue and create 170,000 jobs. She also noted that people of color make up 53% of the city’s population, yet only 32% of businesses are owned by people of color. These businesses often lack access to capital and face significant barriers to obtain funding. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Small Business and Consumer Affairs.

Flooding: I filed a hearing order to discuss flooding in Boston, and the legislative, funding, and governance structures needed for the city and residents to adapt. Boston is extremely vulnerable to flooding, from sea level rise, from our rivers and brooks swelling in storms, and from increased stormwater runoff overwhelming our drainage system. On January 5, 2018, we experienced a record-breaking flood as the high tide reached its highest level since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1921, causing damage to roads, public transportation, and many buildings. The City’s Climate Ready Boston initiative estimates that sea levels could rise 10 feet by the end of the century and 37 feet by 2200. But the impact is not limited to neighborhoods and homes on the waterfront; flooding also exacerbates unhealthy living conditions in older housing stock and homes where residents can’t afford to renovate. We will need to fund many infrastructure projects to adapt to climate change and flooding, including the potential for a major seawall in Boston Harbor, reconstruction of roadways, and renovation of many homes where residents can’t afford the entire cost of adaptation. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation for a hearing.

Resiliency Standards for City-owned property: Councilor O’Malley and I filed a hearing order to discuss standards for energy efficiency and resiliency for development or redevelopment of City-owned buildings or structures on City-owned land. The City Council is currently exploring ways to incentivcize net zero carbon standards for new development across the city through discussions about revising state building codes. However, the City could set higher standards for energy efficiency, resiliency, and transportation access for publicly-funded projects and for development or redevelopment of City-owned property without waiting for state or federal standards to change. Last week’s announcement that the Administration released an RFI listing 83 municipal parcels as potential sites for redevelopment to add housing units is an opportunity to build affordable housing to the highest standards of resiliency and efficiency--residents of affordable housing should be in homes that are as resilient, healthy, and efficient as any. Passive house standards would also mean that residents would need to pay little or no costs for electricity and heating, helping with household budgets as well. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation for a hearing.

MBTA Local Assessment: I called for a hearing on the City of Boston’s annual assessment to the MBTA, which will be $85.8M in Fiscal Year 2018. The revenue from local assessments levied on the 175 cities and towns in the MBTA’s service area make up the third-largest source of revenue for the agency, after state sales tax and fares paid by MBTA riders. Boston’s contribution makes up over half of the local assessment revenue, and it comprises 4% of the MBTA’s total operating budget. This $85.8M represents taxpayer dollars from all of Boston, and yet the MBTA’s fare pricing structure does not treat all Boston residents equitably. Hyde Park, West Roxbury, and Roslindale residents do not have access to subway service, and are categorized in commuter rail fare zones where it is more than twice as expensive to travel within the city. On Friday, several Councilors and BTD representatives met with a group of about 40 residents to begin mobilizing for commuter rail fare equity. Allowing all Boston residents to pay the Zone 1A fares would not only reduce the financial barrier for certain residents to access public transportation, but it would relieve congestion on the Orange Line and in traffic. Yesterday, the MBTA announced it was considering fare hikes for next fiscal year. This hearing order is meant to discuss any opportunities to leverage Boston’s investment in the MBTA to create more equitable access for our residents. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation for a hearing. If you are interested in commuter rail fare equity, please fill out and share this brief survey: .

Upcoming Hearings/Working Sessions (livestream)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 1:30PM: Tentative Working Session on Community Choice Energy Implementation (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 12:30PM: Hearing on a Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 1524 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury (Planning, Development & Transportation)
  • Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 2PM: Working Session on Plastic Bags Reduction Ordinance Implementation (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27th at 1PM: Hearing on BPS Transportation Budget (Education)
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