(You can help too by writing a support letter.)
““With the completion of the Neponset River Corridor, pedestrians and bikers – our green commuters and outdoor enthusiasts – will have more access to public spaces that are safely cited off roadways,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward Lambert. “Investments in urban parks and pathways are a priority for the Patrick-Murray administration as these public spaces connect communities and provide healthy and alternative forms of transportation.”
Though the application for TIGER III failed to catch the feds approval (possibly due to a misperception that it would not be useful as a transportation corridor) the state is redoubling its efforts by applying for the new TIGER IV round of funding and making MassDOT a full partner with the DCR on the project.
To help out with the effort, the Union’s video department, a.k.a. volunteer Billy W., is working on a video that will illustrate the ease with which commuters can travel from Mattapan Square all the way downtown using the future path, as well as the amount of time it will take them from there and other locations along the way. Improving Old Colony Road and other roads leading to the path along Fort Point Channel is the Union’s strategy for carrying riders from the path at UMass Boston to Downtown, where they would end up near South Station.
Volunteers and interns are also working on calling a number of potential major donors who could contribute significantly to the path’s construction, including major employers along the coast and other landowners who might benefit from making the area more attractive for biking and walking. If you know someone who might be interested, please contact them and ask them to contact the Union or Cathy Garnett at the DCR! The grant’s deadline is March 17.
Union members and others can help out too by writing letters of support for the project to US Secretary of Transportation Ray La Hood on the issue (or updating their previous letters), click here for instructions.