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Boston Transportation Advocates Aren't So Sure About Their Mayor

Some in “America's Walking City” say Marty Walsh has brought big promises, but few results for walking, bicycling, and public transit.
Compared to his efforts to build new housing, some say transportation simply isn’t a priority for the mayor.
Compared to his efforts to build new housing, some say transportation simply isn’t a priority for the mayor.Bill Sikes/AP

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is poised to cruise to a second term this year, but an expected electoral landslide doesn’t mean everyone is happy. Transportation advocates in “America's Walking City” say the past four years have brought big promises, but not much on-the-ground progress for walking, bicycling and transit.

“The administration has done a lot of the right planning, and they’ve adopted a lot of the right policies,” says Matt Lawlor, a land use lawyer and Roslindale resident who serves on the board of pedestrian advocacy nonprofit WalkBoston and helped found StreetsPAC MASS. “The issue that a lot of us are frustrated with is that it’s not being translated into action on the streets.”