|Cedar and Broadway|
Collaboration between Magoun Square business owners and the Traffic and Parking Department could bring significant changes to the vehicular flow from Trum Field through Magoun in an effort to slow speeding cars and increase pedestrian safety.
At business owners’ request, the Traffic and Parking Department conducted a study to see how Magoun could be more conducive to shopping and pedestrian activity, as well as, safer for cyclists. As it stands right now, the intersection of Broadway and Medford Street is home to cars speeding to merge as bus stops and parking force the main thoroughfare down to one lane. Pedestrians don’t know how many lanes of traffic to expect when crossing as vehicles line up in different numbers across with every turn of the red light.
|Broadway to Cedar|
|Broadway into Ball Square|
After conducting the study, Traffic and Parking realized it could incorporate a little Union Square into Magoun. Head-out/angled parking is being proposed to run alongside Trum Field increasing parking capacity by, roughly, 15 spots. This would take Broadway down to one lane, similar to Ball Square, and include bicycle sharrows. Considering the three bus stops and all available parking, this does make sense as it is what cars are doing independently when navigating from Trum to the intersection of Medford and Broadway. This one lane would remain as cars ascend up Broadway before entering the Winter Hill area.
With the increase in capacity, Traffic and Parking is also proposing to keep all available spots at Trum Field free from metering. It will be at the discretion of the business community to have the spots designated with extended timing should they realize the free parking is being abused. This will certainly be a huge relief to athletes and businesses as both, On the Hill Tavern and Olde Magoun’s Saloon, sponsor teams that play at Trum Field. These teams then stop at the respective establishments (other Magoun spots, as well) for food and refreshments and help carry the businesses until close.
This collaboration, study and implementation are all part of an ongoing effort to help revitalize the economy of Magoun Square. Should this prove to be a success, other areas of the square will be studied to see where further improvements can be made to help Magoun reach its full economic potential.