LWVMA Urges Action on Transportation

Recent MBTA shutdowns in the face of severe weather are vivid reminders of the costs of postponing maintenance and investment in essential infrastructure.  LWVMA has for years advocated for adequate transportation funding and we adopted a new position supporting transportation at our 2013 Convention.

Unfortunately, the state has not kept up with predictable deterioration of trains, buses, tracks, roads and bridges, and has not improved service to keep up with demand.  These transportation failures harm our personal budgets and the state’s economy.

LWVMA has joined a statewide coalition, Transportation for Massachusetts or T4MA, that tracks transportation needs, policies and investments. It’s clear from T4MA’s latest study that we need billions of dollars of revenue to bring transportation to a state of good repair and for new service to encourage responsible growth. We must make smart reforms.

LWVMA’s transportation committee urges local Leagues and members to contact your legislators directly and to write to your local newspaper asking the legislature to close the transportation funding gap, support overdue MBTA maintenance and adequate Regional Transit Authority funding, and repair roads and bridges.  You can find more information at T4MA’s website.

Forum on Criminal Justice Reform: Opportunities For Legislative Action

On Thursday, February 26 at 7:30PM, a forum on Criminal Justice Reform: Opportunities for Legislation Action will take place at Acton Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Room 204.  The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters – Acton Area.  It is open to the public and free of charge.

Sen. James Eldridge will provide an overview of several relevant bills currently under consideration in Massachusetts.  Erin Freeborn, Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), will speak and show “Finding Courage,” C4RJ’s video about their work.  In addition, an individual will share a personal account of experiencing restorative justice.  Time for Q and A will follow presentations. For additional information:  mgeken@comcast.net

LWVN Meeting on Austin Street Project

On January 14th, LWVN welcomed Scott Oran to present the current proposal for the Austin Street parcel (currently where the parking lot is now.)  Click on the link for notes on the Q & A session after the presentation.  There were still many unanswered questions (listed at the end of the notes) which have been submitted to the Austin Street Partners.  As soon as we had answers, we will post them.

Special thanks to the West Suburban YMCA for the use of their meeting space for the event.

January Topic Meeting-Austin Street

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Next Steps for the Austin Street Proposal: Topic Meeting

Please join us
January 14, 2015: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton 02458
Open to the public, but space is limited

The plans to create new housing and commercial space at the Austin Street parking lot in Newtonville have their origins in the City’s Comprehensive Planning process from the mid-2000’s.  The Mayor, City staff, Board of Aldermen, and several citizen groups all advised on or passed ordinances on the project.  However, the project has been paused for citizen input since the selection of a development partner last spring.

Austin Street partners will present an update on the project based on input from the community and further discussions from the City.  They are ready to share these with the public.

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