• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Comm Ave Remake Kicks Off

    1. Gary Nicksa, senior vice president for operations, says he is not aware of any city or state planning to redo the bike lanes between Kenmore and the BU Bridge.

  1. “The project will also bring changes to the Green Line, eliminating the BU West and Pleasant Street/Harry Agganis Way stops and enhancing platform areas for the St. Paul Street and Babcock Street stops.”

    While the roadway and bicycle plans have been discussed for years now, this is the first I’ve heard of eliminating the BU West MBTA stop! I gather that the St. Paul stop will essentially become the new-and-improved’ BU West stop? What will be done to improve the Buick/St. Paul/Comm Ave intersection now that hundreds more pedestrians will be crossing to get to 881, CFA, and CGS? It is already very dangerous for drivers (yes, drivers!) that are attempting to leave Buick Street in the 15-20 window where they have a green light. Since the Arena, FitRec, and Student Village were built, It has made this intersection much harder to navigate for all (car, bicycle, pedestrian).

    When the eastern part of Comm Ave was being rebuilt, the MBTA had a prime opportunity to combine BU East and BU Central into one stop, as those 2 stations are far too close to each other. That would have resulted in more efficient service and passage of the T through eastern BU.

    1. PRAISE THE ELIMINATION OF BU WEST, the most useless stop on the B line.

      Also saw someone legitimately took the T last week from BU Central to BU East — so I agree that they should just combine this stop.

  2. Please, please make it safer to cross Comm Ave at the Buick/St. Paul and Pleasant/Agganis street intersections. It makes NO SENSE to have pedestrians cross at the same time as vehicles. There need to be dedicated pedestrian cross lights at these intersections. As a driver AND a pedestrian, this is by far the worst area of my commute to work.

    1. The University Road intersection with Comm. Ave. has never had a pedestrian crossing light, and the street is so narrow that students quite frequently cross without bothering to look, thinking it is a minor side street.

      So much traffic uses University Road to get to BU from Storrow Drive, and to go to Storrow Drive from Carlton Street that a crossing light should have been installed there decades ago. When Carlton Street traffic has the green light and right-of-way to cross Comm Ave to University Road, pedestrians frequently cross in front of moving traffic, and end up causing gridlock conditions in that horribly designed intersection.

      Considering the state will be replacing the Comm Ave deck over the I-90/Turnpike and railroad tracks in 2017 and 2018, will anything be done to help fix this intersection?

  3. Will cyclist follow traffic lights like pedestrians and motorists? I don’t understand the design when it comes to intersecting streets. With the distance now greater between cyclists and motorists due to the buffer, how does one driving now see a cyclist flying through an intersecting street when taking a left. And on a side note, snow removal will be up to par with this great plan I’m sure.

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