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We have power to change transit system – will we?

This letter to the editor by Adam Auster of Arlington was first published in The Boston Globe in June, and it has been republished here with the author's permission.


When it comes to driving, people do what the infrastructure tells them to do. That’s not wrong — even for the state’s transportation secretary, Monica Tibbits-Nutt (”If even the secretary of transportation won’t take the train, who will?,” online, June 18).

What is wrong is the collection of policy choices that create and maintain a climate-warming infrastructure. This has created suburban sprawl, a broken MBTA and a world where you have to have a car. Our moral challenge is not to make an extra effort to walk or bike or take the bus or train (kudos to those who do). The critical place for the choices we all can and should exercise is in the civic realm.

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YourArlington's policy about your views

UPDATED May 18: YourArlington welcomes opinions of all kinds from local residents, including national issues so long as you can draw a local connection. For example, the war pitting Israel and Hamas has echoes here, as a resolution this spring refkects. Closer to home, Town Meeting is wrapping up. Letters are reviewed for fairness, factualness and taste.


Fact-based letters and opinion pieces about Arlington issues are welcome. Length of such letters should be no more than 800 words.

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