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Derrick Z. Jackson

A gridlocked Boston

Will any mayoral candidate propose a bold solution to traffic congestion?

THE THIRD rail for the next mayor of Boston is traffic. Almost none of the 12 candidates has touched on solutions that other, more daring cities successfully implemented years ago.

At a mayoral forum on climate change this summer, I asked the candidates what they would do to ease congestion other than lobby for more public transit. I threw in the fact that Stockholm and London slashed or stabilized traffic with congestion fees at the perimeter of their city cores. I asked how they would work to bring such solutions to Boston. Four spoke: Charlotte Golar Richie, Bill Walczak, Felix Arroyo, and John Connolly.

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