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Want to vent about slow commutes? Get in line

Beth Teitell’s article Monday about the Boston area’s excruciatingly congested commutes generated more than 300 comments on Here is an edited sample:

Investment in ferries, commuter rail, and rapid transit would benefit the commuters (Pedrojoyce) . . .

And when something goes wrong, it can take even longer than sitting in traffic. (Dm1120) . . .

“And when something goes wrong” is a phrase you can apply often to Keolis as well as the MBTA. (bceagle91) . . .

But it’s still a great place to live and work. Please, sir, may I have some more of the Kool Aid? (Gilly560) . . .

So who is stopping you from moving? (bljo) . . .


Did that 20 years ago. Can travel 25 miles to work in 35 minutes. Enjoy your commute this morning. (Gilly560) . . .

Yes, the city and Commonwealth need to put far more resources into alternatives like mass transit and bicycles, higher peak-hour tolls, and fewer parking spaces in the city. Clearly, 10 years after the completion of the Big Dig (which improved traffic flow in the short term), things are worse than before. As other cities have learned, as long as we put more and more resources into accommodating cars, their numbers will just keep increasing. That’s a losing game. Many people realize the problem (gridlock), but not the change in thinking needed to address it. (FlyingDutchman) . . .

I want to bike to work. I just need some physically protected lanes or off-street paths in a few locations and then I’ll stop driving to work (and thus take up less space with my car). I’m sure there are a lot of people like me — interested, but concerned. (toaster123) . . .

As I have said for years, when you are stuck in slow-moving traffic, look around you: 90 percent of the cars just have a driver. If we could only get people to carpool, the problem would go away. (mrbill) . . .


Car pools: a marriage of the burdens of car ownership, with the drawbacks of taking the bus. (11speedbike)