Approximately 44 people attended Tuesday’s virtual meeting to assess the feasibility, utility and cost of extending the Silver Line into Everett.
According to MassDOT Project Manager Doug Johnson, out of 141 panelists, they were least likely to use Alternative 1 to Malden Center by Ferry Street; Alternate 2 – Wellington by Route 16 and Sullivan by Broadway; and most likely to use Alternative 3 from Chelsea to Sullivan. “The five tier 2 goals are to expand mobility and access, advance equity, improve safety, support climate change and advance feasible and implementable solutions,” Johnson said.
Project Team member Theresa Carr said that once alternates are at Broadway they branch out, and all alternatives will increase ridership. “We can make a high-quality investment, regardless of which alternative is chosen,” Carr said. “All alternatives provide great access to jobs, which is a reasonable 45-minute transit ride.”
All alternatives have high ridership, especially to Malden Center and Sullivan, and improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. All alternatives perform well for transit critical populations, including people of color and low-income travelers. All connect upper Broadway in Everett with Boston, according to Carr.
Ward 3 City Councillor Darren Costa asked them to take into consideration the large volume of traffic congestion when considering servicing Everett. “I believe having better and reliable service will lead to less cars on the street,” Costa said. “Approximately 70 percent of people rely on cars for transportation.”
Another resident, who was only listed as Adam, said Glendale Square needs servicing. “Walking up and down Broadway is a large hill,” he said. “Many of my neighbors take public transit daily.”