Safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable transportation is the foundation for shared prosperity and health. We need proactive city leadership to fix our broken transportation system: Boston currently has the worst traffic in the country, and Black bus riders spend 64 more hours on average each year on stalled buses than white riders. Michelle is fighting for transportation policies built on economic, racial, and climate justice, from dedicated bus lanes, to pedestrian safety, fare-free transit, safe cycling infrastructure, and easing traffic congestion.
Policy PrioritiesHow We Will Lead
Ensuring pedestrian safety
Boston’s streets should be safe for all road users, but too often residents who have been sounding the alarm on dangerous speeding hotspots don’t see safety improvements until after a tragedy occurs. We must ensure access to traffic calming infrastructure improvements citywide, maintain crosswalks and pedestrian-friendly signal timing, and expand sidewalks during the pandemic to allow for safe distancing.
Taking on traffic
Boston has been ranked as having the worst rush-hour traffic in the country, and our transportation infrastructure has not kept pace with the growing population and number of commuters. We must take action to empower commuters with reliable, safe multimodal options and public transit, evaluate congestion pricing, and manage curbside space for pick up and drop off from ride-hailing vehicles and delivery trucks that slow traffic and block bike lanes and sidewalks when parked.
Building a safe, connected, low-stress cycling network
Boston is committed to increasing our share of commuting trips by bike to move more people on our streets and reach our climate and public health goals, but to do this, cycling must be safe and connected. We must accelerate progress in building protected cycling infrastructure with a focus on equity, so every neighborhood has access to safe cycling options.
Improving bus service
Although the MBTA is a state agency, buses run on municipal roads, so city government can play a big role in making bus service more reliable and equitable. We must speed up the design and implementation of dedicated bus lanes in our most congested corridors, expand transit signal priority, and evaluate the location and condition of bus stops.
Championing fare-free transit
Transportation affects every aspect of our lives and how people connect with healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. If we are serious as a city and a Commonwealth about closing the racial wealth divide, advancing climate justice, and empowering communities, we need to remove barriers to public transportation as a public good.
Fighting for equity and transportation justice
Our transportation agenda should be built around access for all of our neighbors, including residents with disabilities, youth, and seniors, and prioritize safety and service to all of our neighborhoods, especially environmental justice communities.
Michelle's RecordWhat We've Done Together So Far
Brought together thousands of MBTA riders to oppose fare hikes, securing protections to shield bus riders, seniors, and youth from fare increases