Five elected officials who represent Allston/Brighton want the state to include the area around the Allston turnpike exit as a "priority place" in its 2040 transportation plans because development in and near the old Beacon Park rail yard will otherwise mean "unacceptable congestion."
The elected officials say the state's current plans seem not to care all that much about the mess that will result without adequate north/south public transit through the area - including the development of a true "multi-modal" West Station in the Harvard-owned Beacon Park complex - and say the state needs to look at linking Kendall Square, the Allston turnpike area and the Longwood Medical Area with a solid public-transit system.
Kendall and Longwood are two of the current "priority places" the MBTA says need the most attention in its Focus 40 effort - which seeks to develop Boston-area transportation plans for the next 25 years. The other two are Logan Airport and the South Boston Waterfront
The letter - signed by state senators William Brownsberger and Sal DiDomenico, state representatives Kevin Honan and Michael Moran and City Councilor Mark Ciommo - says that ignores the innovation district Harvard is planning for the former rail yard and all the other development that will spring up around it - some of it already underway on nearby Harvard land in Allston.
Linking Kendall, the impending Allston area and the medical area - possibly using some of the proposals left over from the once grandiose Urban Ring plans - would also benefit all of the residents in the area find and get to jobs. They added that the three areas already have large employers who might be willing to contribute towards the costs of any new system, much like Harvard has already agreed to help pay for the proposed West Station.