Boston, MA – Boston is famous for a lot: our sports teams, our top-tier colleges and universities, and much more that makes this city special.
One thing we probably aren't proud of though is our traffic. In fact, we've been named the city with the worst traffic in the United States by Forbes. Not exactly what we want to be making headlines for.
Truth is, if you've ever driven, rode with an Uber driver, or seen cars driving around Boston, this won't come as much of a surprise. Now, though, our lawmakers are trying to do something about it.
Rep. Adrian Madero of East Boston and Sen. Joseph Boncore of Winthrop have decided that the Sumner Tunnel, the tunnel that connects downtown Boston and East Boston, is ground zero for Boston's traffic issue.
The Sumner Tunnel is one of two ways to get from downtown Boston to Logan International Airport. So what has caused the intense traffic here?
Uber and Lyft. When you request an Uber from Logan, that driver has to come pick you up, often with no one in the back seat. Meaning, for every individual person who orders an Uber or Lyft to get home, there is a car en route to Logan Airport.
The proposed bills, among other things, would mandate the state to do an in-depth traffic study and increase fees on ride-sharing in general, but specifically for trips that aren't carrying any passengers.
While this could decrease congestion, it would be just the first step in what will be a long process to improve our roads. Furthermore, it's unclear how Bostonians will feel about having to pay more to get to East Boston and Logan.
My advice? Take the Silver Line. The Silver Line gets you from Logan to South Station for FREE. Plus, you're saving some unfortunate Uber driver the headache of being stuck in the Sumner Tunnel trying to come get you!