Boston City Councilor District 7

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Kim Janey*
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Roy Owens
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Valerie Hope Rust
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About the Candidate

1. How do you move around your community and get to where you need to go?

2. What is a particularly dangerous problem or location in your community for people walking, biking, taking transit, or for people with disabilities that you'd like to see addressed?

3. Why do you think people who care about walking, biking, transit, and mobility issues should vote for you?

Kim Janey

I do not own a car so I rely on public transportation to get around our City. Fortunately, the bus stop closest to my home has 4 different bus routes. I live within a 12 minute walk to Dudley Station, the largest bus depot in the Commonwealth, and a 25 minute walk to the nearest train station.

Generally speaking I would like for the culture of our city to be much more people friendly, less car-centric. It is important that we embrace alternative methods of transportation and build infrastructure that supports multimodal transit. The plans for Melnea Cass Blvd and Dudley Square are worth noting, as they incorporate multiple modes of transportation. I am also proud of my work to help residents with their concerns, whether getting a handicapped parking sign in front of a neighbor’s home, or getting a crosswalk installed for senior citizens in Roxbury, or getting a sidewalks repaired, that previously was causing injury to senior citizens and disabled residents.

As someone dependent on the MBTA, I have firsthand knowledge of its shortcomings. I have been a strong advocate and ally on transportation equity issues. We need to do more to improve the speed and efficiency of our public transit system. We also need to increase dedicated bus lanes and expand protected bike lanes. This requires resources and a commitment to equity. As the City Councilor of a district who is heavily dependent on public transportation, I will continue to prioritize bringing together neighborhood residents and city transportation officials to tackle street-level problems, from traffic enforcement to improving our infrastructure investment.

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Policy Proposals

1. How will you ensure implementation of the infrastructure changes needed to slow traffic on your community's streets, and improve crosswalks and intersections to make them safer for people who are walking and using mobility assistive devices?

2. How will you improve the reach, frequency, and quality of public transit in Boston?

3. How will you ensure fast-tracked implementation of a city-wide network of off-street paths and protected bike lanes on major thoroughfares and connecting streets that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities?

Kim Janey

I see transportation equity as an economic justice issue and I’m proud of the work that I’ve done. In my first term, in responding to constituent concerns, I’ve had sidewalks repaired, crosswalks and handicap parking signs installed. I’ve also advocated for systemic improvements, including investments in our streets, sidewalks, and bicycle infrastructure. Additionally, I successfully advocated for expanding Dudley Square Complete Streets to include Melnea Cass Boulevard. In my next term, I look forward to continuing to work with advocates and residents to push for improvements.

While public transportation is largely viewed as a state issue, there is a lot we can do at the local level to improve our transportation system, beginning with improving our infrastructure. Our transportation system gets hundreds of thousands of riders everyday who use it to get to work, events or home. There is no reason why our transit system does not have the resources to be reliable, efficient and green. On the council, I have advocated for the 28 MBTA Bus to be fare free alongside my colleague, Michelle Wu. This hearing order aims to remove barriers and increase access on this key economic corridor. We also need to explore dedicated bus lanes for this corridor.

I will continue to advocate for improving sidewalks, curb-cuts, and crosswalks for greater ease and accessibility for all who use our roads and sidewalks. I will continue to work with residents, advocates, and city officials to ensure that new safety infrastructure is added equitably. I will also monitor the implementation of infrastructure improvements to Melnea Cass Blvd and work with residents and neighborhood groups to explore the Blue Hill Avenue Corridor. It is also important to note that I push developers to make investments in the public realm and I supported the advocacy of residents pushing for improvements to intersection of Washington Street and Mass Ave on the Roxbury/South End border, as the developer shared plans to rehab the Alexandra Hotel.

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Additional Questions

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Do you support:

1. Vision Zero

1. Vision Zero is an approach which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries and has been adopted by Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and many other cities across the country. Do you support the principles of Vision Zero policies and funding for their rapid implementation?

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2. State law allowing automated enforcement

2. One key strategy that has been proven to effectively reduce speeding, improve safety, and remove racial bias in traffic enforcement in other states and countries is automated enforcement (i.e. speed cameras and red light cameras). Do you support S.1376, An Act relative to automated enforcement, which if passed would authorize cities and towns in Massachusetts to opt into the use of automated enforcement? To see the full text of the bill, visit malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1376

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3. Bike Network Plan

3. Do you support the implementation of improved bike facilities identified in your community’s Bike Network Plan or do you support the creation of a Bike Network Plan if none already exists?

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4. Age-friendly walking conditions

4. Do you support creating age-friendly walking conditions in your community -- an issue raised by many seniors as critical to their ability to 'age in community'? If yes, how?

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Kim Janey

Strongly Support

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Kim Janey

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Strongly Support

 

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5. Restriction of parking for bus-only lanes

5. Do you support the restriction of on-street parking during rush hour in order to create dedicated bus lanes on certain major thoroughfares where bus riders experience significant delays due to traffic congestion?

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6. New revenue sources

6. Do you support exploring new ways of raising revenue to provide Boston with more tools to improve conditions for people walking, using mobility assistive devices, biking, and using public transit (e.g. increasing the gas tax, implementing congestion pricing, increasing fees on Uber/Lyft)? If yes, please give examples that interest you.

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7. Dynamic parking meter pricing

7. Do you support the rollout of dynamic parking meter pricing in business districts, which would increase meter rates during periods of increased demand, to free up on-street parking and reduce cars "cruising" for open spaces?

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8. Traffic signal timing that prioritizes people walking

8. Boston has many traffic signals that do not work well for pedestrians. Do you support making signal timing safer, easier, and more convenient for people walking and using mobility assistive devices at all paces?

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Kim Janey

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

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9. Charging for residential parking permits

9. Do you support charging an annual fee for residential parking permits?

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10. Reducing/ eliminating MBTA fares

10. Do you support reducing or eliminating MBTA fares for people with low income?

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11. Ensuring large-scale developments are walkable, resilient, green, and connected

11. Do you support ensuring large-scale developments (including Sullivan Square, the Allston I-90 Interchange, and Suffolk Downs) incorporate the community's desire for walkability, connectivity, open space, and resiliency?

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Kim Janey

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About the Candidate

1. How do you move around your community and get to where you need to go?
Lydia Edwards
I travel most often by car or the MBTA Blue Line.
2. What is a particularly dangerous problem or location in your community for people walking, biking, taking transit, or for people with disabilities that you’d like to see addressed?
Lydia Edwards
There are many. East Boston and Charlestown in particular face huge traffic congestion problems due to the Sumner Tunnel, redesign of Rutherford Ave, North Shore commuter congestion, Logan Airport and other sources. The North End receives an immense amount of tourist traffic, including huge Uber and Lyft utilization. Due to the serious volume of cars, sidewalk design along major roadways and the literal island status of East Boston, transportation can be slow, unsafe and the system is highly vulnerable, such that an outage on the Blue Line can strand the whole neighborhood for hours.
3. Why do you think people who care about walking, biking, transit, and mobility issues should vote for you?
Lydia Edwards
I have been a strong advocate for sustainable transportation and transit-oriented development, building the Red-Blue connector, expanding ferry service, promoting electric scooters, reforming our parking permit system

Policy Proposals

1. How will you ensure implementation of the infrastructure changes needed to slow traffic on your community’s streets, and improve crosswalks and intersections to make them safer for people who are walking and using mobility assistive devices?
Lydia Edwards
I support funding for Neighborhood Slow Streets and actively participate in planning with residents and resident groups about the redesign of streets and signage in my district. Calls to BTD and Boston Public Works are frequent in my office. I've worked with and will continue to work with resident associations and advocates to make minor small changes to crosswalks, paving, signage and other issues as they emerge.
2. How will you improve the reach, frequency, and quality of public transit in Boston?
Lydia Edwards
We need more resources and more accountability. I have testified multiple times at the FMCB and will continue to press for greater investment in the MBTA. I will also continue to support diversification of transit modes, primarily by participating in and hopefully expanding efforts to site water transportation or water transportation station for East Boston
3. How will you ensure fast-tracked implementation of a city-wide network of off-street paths and protected bike lanes on major thoroughfares and connecting streets that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities?
Lydia Edwards
I welcome conversation on this, but I feel that a metric for expansion that compares peer municipalities' response would be a good starting place.

Additional Questions

1. Vision Zero is an approach which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries and has been adopted by Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and many other cities across the country. Do you support the principles of Vision Zero policies and funding for their rapid implementation?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
2. One key strategy that has been proven to effectively reduce speeding, improve safety, and remove racial bias in traffic enforcement in other states and countries is automated enforcement (i.e. speed cameras and red light cameras). Do you support S.1376, An Act relative to automated enforcement, which if passed would authorize cities and towns in Massachusetts to opt into the use of automated enforcement? To see the full text of the bill, go here.
Lydia Edwards
Somewhat Support
I support this legislation but would consider also enabling certain privacy protections.
3. Do you support implementation of all of the Better Bike Corridors and other bike projects in the Go Boston 2030 Plan, and making sure all short-term projects are planned and implemented within three years, and long-term projects are implemented by or before 2030?
Lydia Edwards
Somewhat Support
4. Do you support creating age-friendly walking conditions in your community -- an issue raised by many seniors as critical to their ability to “age in community”? If yes, how?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
5. Do you support the restriction of on-street parking during rush hour in order to create dedicated bus lanes on certain major thoroughfares where bus riders experience significant delays due to traffic congestion?
Lydia Edwards
Somewhat Support
6. Do you support exploring new ways of raising revenue to provide Boston with more tools to improve conditions for people walking, using mobility assistive devices, biking, and using public transit (e.g. increasing the gas tax, implementing congestion pricing, increasing fees on Uber/Lyft)? If yes, please give examples that interest you.
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
I support the Fair Share amendment, congestion pricing, fees on Uber and Lyft, raising Sumner Tunnel tolls to match MBTA fares and and am open to exploring
7. Do you support the rollout of dynamic parking meter pricing in business districts, which would increase meter rates during periods of increased demand, to free up on-street parking and reduce cars “cruising” for open spaces?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
8. Boston has many traffic signals that do not work well for pedestrians. Do you support making signal timing safer, easier, and more convenient for people walking and using mobility assistive devices at all paces?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
9. Do you support charging an annual fee for residential parking permits?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
10. Do you support reducing or eliminating MBTA fares for people with low income?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support
11. Do you support ensuring large-scale developments (including Sullivan Square, the Allston I-90 Interchange, and Suffolk Downs) incorporate the community's desire for walkability, connectivity, open space, and resiliency?
Lydia Edwards
Strongly Support