Imagine saving two weeks on your commute every year . . . Dedicated bus lanes, signal priority, and other techniques that prioritize people on buses are an essential ingredient for Complete Streets in Boston, helping to anchor a world-class transportation network.
What is a Better Bus?
- Provides consistent, reliable service on a network of streets where buses are given dedicated right of way.
- Improves safety for bicyclists and pedestrians by traveling in specific, predictable lanes with platform-level boarding.
- Stops at enclosed bus stations that welcome riders with real-time data and device-charging stations.
- Appeals to all commuters because of its reliability, speed, comfort, and cost.
Learn More: The 5 Essential Elements of Bus Rapid Transit
Why Better Buses?
- Cities around the world are searching for sustainable ways to transport residents quickly, efficiently, and safely throughout their streets. From Mexico City to Bogota to Istanbul, Better Buses are proving to have a wide range of benefits for quality of life.
- Compared with cars, buses consume far less public space per passenger trip and can help relieve congestion, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- When buses are reliable, fast and comfortable, they become a more attractive and viable option for commuters, reducing dependance on cars and increasing physical activity.
“An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it's where even the rich use public transportation."
– Former Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa | quoted in Commonwealth Magazine
- Metro Boston cannot build its way out of congestion. For our transportation system to accomodate future growth we must use road space and bus facilities more efficiently and move towards becoming less car dependent.
- Better buses benefit everyone. They improve connections between communities and other transit modes, including cycling and walking.
- Go Boston 2030's goals to increase bus ridership and lower greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved with changes that prioritize streets and signals for buses.
“If you know that 40 percent of people traveling along a corridor take the bus, you can make a much stronger case for giving half the street capacity to transit vehicles."
– Scott Hamwey, Transportation Planner, MassDOT | CityLab
- LivableStreets' programming will have a strong focus on buses in 2016–17.
- The MBTA has launched Focus40, a strategic plan to improve MBTA transit services and investments within a more transparent public process.
- GoBoston 2030 will be releasing their Action Plan this year, including results from a survey that asked people to identify which modes should have priority on the streets.
- A number of projects will be implemented during the next two years that will help to publicly demonstrate transit priority techniques in Boston.
What You Can Do
Volunteer: Join us in spreading the word about the importance of safe and livable streets. Our volunteers are actively involved in tracking projects, tabling at events, and serving as Street Ambassadors.
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