Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In the News: Boston area among worst traffic; Inside the 40B rules

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

When the MBTA has trouble, it doesn't help to know traffic is worse
"If you spend a lot of time in bumper-to-bumper traffic you’re not alone. A new report says Boston has the worst rush-hour traffic in the country. 
The study from transportation data firm Inrix said gridlock during morning and evening commutes around Boston was worse than any other U.S. metro area in 2018. INRIX, Inc., the world leader in mobility analytics and connected car services. 
Boston was the only U.S. city included in the top 10 most congested cities worldwide. It ranked eighth, behind Moscow, Istanbul, Bogota, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, London and Rio De Janerio. Washington, D.C., which ranked second in the United States, come in 19th in the world, according to the report."

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Inside the 40B rules
"Want to ruffle some feathers? Bring up the subject of 40B in Massachusetts. 
The affordable-housing program, known technically as Chapter 40B, has existed for five decades and is the subject of endless debate across the Bay State. 
The subject, however, is often clouded with confusion surrounding the program, how it exists and why it creates so much friction in a state where affordable housing is so tough to find."

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280 units coming to West Central St via 40b
280 units coming to West Central St via 40b
Franklin currently sits above the critical 40B threshold

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