Boston mayor announces lower speed limits, ride-hailing zone initiatives

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proposed several initiatives to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure, designed to boost safety, ease traffic congestion and provide more viable transportation options.

Improvements include lowering the speed limit to 20 mph on city streets, a pilot for designated ride-hailing pick-up and drop-off points, a pilot of new bus lanes, and free transit bus passes for all students in grades 7-12.

Walsh also is petitioning the state of Massachusetts for help with initiatives included in a series of transportation bills he’s championing. The two most notable measures in the legislation are to use photo enforcement for certain traffic violations and to charge a rush-hour service fee on ride-hailing services that would go toward improving road, transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.