While serving on the Select Board 2020-2024
The Big Strategic Picture
I worked with the Mobility Committee to create and implement a Sustainable Mobility Plan to address the use of current and alternative modes of transport in Wellesley, reduce reliance on single occupancy vehicles, and focus on reducing green house gas emissions.
Implementation is ongoing - the Mobility Committee meets every other month. Look for the new shared use path on Walnut Street, new safer crossing lights near Wellesley High School and an upcoming sidewalk extension to Elm Bank.
Small Things Add Up
To Big Things!
I worked with Town staff to identify and advocate for covered bike racks at Wellesley Middle School as a Community Connections grant of approximately $80,000. These covered racks at WMS are heavily used!
I worked with Hardy School leadership, DPW and Town staff to get an extra bike rack transferred to Hardy School to let bike riders from the west park their bikes without navigating the busy car line.
I worked with Catherine Mirick of School Committee to enroll all our schools in the Mass DOT Safe Routes to Schools program.
I worked with local volunteers to roll out a "Rules of the Ride" bike safety training. This popular event has run for two years now.
ADA Access at Our Commuter Rail Stations
None of Wellesley's 3 commuter rail stations are ADA accessible. Upgrading a station to full accessibility costs $30-50 million, and is dependent on funding and other pending capital projects. This is a critical gap in service for our local riders with impaired mobility.
With written testimony from our residents, legislators, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, neighboring municipalities, Chamber of Commerce, Colleges, and employers, Congresswoman Clark's office submitted a request for $1.5M to the federal budget under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to help fund interim ADA access.
I have worked with neighboring communities and Town staff to engage with the MBTA's capital delivery team to stay involved and updated on the long term plan to add an additional track between Framingham and Newton.
Small Things Add Up To Big Things!
I worked with our DPW to repair steps at Wellesley Square train station including yellow striping for visibility.
I worked with the MBTA to install simple platform signs at Wellesley Square station.
Funding for local services
I worked with the MWRTA Administrator to advocate for fair funding of our Regional Transit Authority (RTA) when compared to other RTAs. With the critical support of Representative Peisch and Senator Creem, state funding for MWRTA increased substantially from approximately $3.5m to close to $9m per year.
What that means for Wellesley in the future is weekend and evening hour service for bus and catch connect service, and expanded fixed route service pending driver hiring and training.
Working closely with the team at MWRTA, we launched the Catch Connect Micro transit service (like Uber or Lyft but run by our RTA) which replaced the route 8 bus.
Recent ridership numbers showed over 4,200 local rides a month. This means residents who have never before been served by public transit now have access.
Based on ridership data from the Catch Connect, the Route 1 bus route was enhanced and now runs through downtown Wellesley to Woodland T station.
Medical Area Shuttle
I worked with MWRTA leadership to roll out door to door pickup for Wellesley residents using the Longwood area medical shuttle.
WMS Bike Rack