Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Time to ticket taxis say Friends of Meridian Street

Here's the latest from Friend of Meridian Street.
It's time for the Logan Airport unoccupied taxis to get cited for using the public streets of East Boston. The Logan taxi drivers that have been told to use the Coughlin Bypass Road or use the Logan Service Road to the new Chelsea Bridge and not use the public roads of East Boston must be cited now. They have had four decades of warning and it is time to take serious action. These Logan taxi drivers that have zero respect for the health of our children/residents ( improve air quality by reducing vehicle emissions such as volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen) and the quality of life issues (traffic safety, horn honking, increased traffic on East Boston Streets) must be sent a serious message. After the work of our East Boston elected officials and Hackney Division of Boston have fallen on deaf ears from the many Logan taxi drivers and owners let's start giving out fines with citations. Maybe then the Logan taxi drivers and companies will get the message.
After warnings from Massport officials: “The opening of the Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road marks a significant milestone in Massport’s commitment to minimize Logan Airport’s impact on our East Boston neighbors,” said Massport CEO Thomas Glynn. “Thousands of airport-related commercial vehicles will no longer use East Boston’s streets. Massport is proud to make Mr. Coughlin’s vision a reality for East Boston.”
“The Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road is a great example of the quality of life improvements that can be made by thinking creatively and collaboratively about abandoned infrastructure,” said Massport Board Chairman and MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “The new roadway also complements the new Chelsea Street Bridge by allowing traffic in the area to flow more efficiently.”