At the best of times, navigating traffic and finding parking in Coolidge Corner is a challenge. This week, a few more changes were thrown into the mix. How the latest round of changes impacts the overall problem is yet to be determined.
As of Wednesday, November 18, there was additional movement in the search for balance between parking and traffic flow in Coolidge Corner. The most recent changes were part of the Transportation Board's 30-day parking/traffic trial program. They include :
- Restoration of two parking spaces, bringing the total restored to four of the six spots lost initially.
- Repostioning the merge lane marking moved back by 40 ft.
- Making of four restored spaces with temporary paint.
- Creation of a loading zone on Green Street using temporary signage.
Further, as of Friday the 20th, the cab stand on the northbound side of Harvard St was moved to the eastbound lane of Beacon St.
Traffic flow tapes taken over the course of the trial program will be reviewed to determine its overall impact. Initial traffic patterns will be compared against those resulting from removal of six parking spaces, four parking spaces and two parking spaces. It is hoped that comparison of these stages against the initial benchmark can identify a solution. The goal is to determine the point of equilibrium between parking and traffic congestion that meets the Transportation Board approval.
Public debate over the issue contines Monday, November 23rd at the Transportation Board's next meeting. It is scheduled for 7:00 pm in Room 103 of the Town Hall. The issue is slated for to come up for discussion at 7:55 pm unless the order of items on the agenda is changed.