Hey! Hey! I'm Walking Here! - How New York (and Other Big Cities) Should Solve the Traffic Problem - New York Times
Interesting article about transportation attitudes and suggestions for New York, many of which would be applicable here in Boston.
The Boston Transportation Department's website has some relevant information such as "Access Boston 2000 - 2010, Boston's Citywide Transportation Plan". The Allston and Brighton profile is here and has some factoids like 30,000 people each day use the Green Line, 11,000 use the route 66 bus, and the busiest roads are Storrow Drive, Soldiers Field Road, Cambridge Street, and North Beacon Street.
At last week's Harvard Allston Task Force, there was a request by the Task Force that the BTD prevent parking on North Harvard Street north of Western Ave on weekdays between 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. as a simple and feasible way to relieve some of the traffic crunch in the neighborhood. BTD will present a plan at the Sept 27 meeting (6:30 at the Honan Library).