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Public transit must improve before easing parking requirements

CUTTING BACK on new parking in Boston must be accompanied by improvements in public transportation, certainly within the city, but also to communities beyond the city limits that contribute economically to the life of Boston (“City wants a cutback on new parking,” Page A1, July 5). Better public transportation itself would decrease automobile congestion and the number of parking spaces needed.

Living on the North Shore, it is possible to commute with a normal business schedule. However, using public transportation to go into the city for cultural activities, recreation, or shopping becomes problematic because service is limited outside commuting hours, with hourlong gaps between trains to destinations beyond Beverly.

I understand that there was better service to North Shore communities in the 1960s when all trains that left for Beverly split there and continued service on both the Rockport and Newburyport lines. Public transportation should have improved in the last half century, not deteriorated.

Deborah Cassady