Mayor Drew introduced the presentation, praising them for taking into account comments on a previous proposal. Principal Engineer Will Britnell in turn thanked the mayor for facilitating the work of the DOT.
Britnell highlighted the financial costs of congestion and accidents caused by current conditions, and then presented the changes that would reduce these. He used data from traffic simulations to show that travel times would be reduced by the redesign.
Britnell's numbers indicated that the new design would put almost 500 extra cars per hour on Main Street at peak travel times. Britnell said that this was not a large number for traffic engineers, and indicated that changes in Main Street would allow for the traffic to flow smoothly.
But these extra cars were a big concern to residents of the city.
Over 30 people expressed their strong opposition to the plan, none spoke in favor.
Residents expressed grave concerns that the the increased traffic on Main Street would cause drivers to cut through residential areas in poor neighborhoods, with many minorities. Izzi Greenberg said that the plan prioritized commuters in cars over residents on the sidewalk and in their houses.
John Basinger spoke passionately about the importance of the neighborhood, "The North End is where people really live... they leave their shoe leather on Main Street."
Mayor Drew did not speak about the merits of the plan, but councilmen Gene Nocera, Phil Pessina, and Seb Giuliano expressed their opposition.