Quincy resident Hans1974 is very frustrated with the morning commute. Here's what he has to say:
Morning traffic towards the bridge into Dorchester over the past couple of weeks has been worse than ever, regardless of the weather. In my 8.5 years of living in Marina Bay, the past two mornings have been the most difficult commutes to the N. Quincy Red Line station via the shuttle service that runs between the station/Boston Scientific/Marina Bay.
On a typical weekday morning the shuttle takes 18-20 minutes to perform its round trip. On the past two mornings this trip has taken approximately 40 minutes! This is all attributed to the extreme congestion on both Quincy Shore Drive and Hancock Street towards the bridge, and the ripple effect it has on Marina Bay residents.
The backup on Quincy Shore Drive past the E. Squantum St. intersection has been so severe that many drivers are now attempting to circumvent it by turning right at E. Squantum Street, cutting thru Marina Bay and onto Commander Shea Blvd. This has resulted in significant backups on Commander Shea Blvd. For instance, this morning at 8:15, the backup extended onto Seaport Drive in Marina Bay - almost to the rotary!
Again, in my 8.5 years living in Marina Bay, I've NEVER seen anything like this! It should NOT take almost 40 minutes to go 1+ mile; walking from Marina Bay to the N. Quincy station would take less time.
The severity of the traffic congestion is hurting real estate prices and the quality of life for the many Marina Bay residents who work in Boston. I can't imagine even trying to sell a condo/townhouse in that community right now because of how difficult the morning commute into Boston has become.
November 8, 2011 8:23 AM