Washington Street between Forest Hills and Roslindale Square services nine MBTA routes and 19,000 bus riders every day. During the morning and evening rush hour, nearly 60% of the people moving along this corridor are traveling by bus, making it one of the busiest bus ways in the region.
Let’s Keep Rozzie Moving by taking steps now to implement bus priority improvements that can benefit everyone using Washington Street!
- Multiple studies of this corridor by the MBTA, MassDOT, MAPC, BostonBRT, and the Boston Transportation Department have identified that bus improvements are needed based on chronic delay issues relative to the high ridership rates.
- The Go Boston 2030 Action Plan identified Washington Street in Roslindale as a corridor in need of bus priority improvements, and this project was widely supported by residents.
- We are currently leading Street Ambassador deployments at bus stops throughout Roslindale to talk with community members about the potential for a bus priority pilot on Washington Street.
- Our goal is to engage with as many riders as possible and hear directly from them about why they need priority for buses now.
- We will be capturing riders’ stories and sharing them with City of Boston officials to build the case that this pilot needs to move forward.
Download our Keep Rozzie Moving handout for more info.
BENEFITS OF BETTER BUSES IN ROSLINDALE
- Bus priority improvements can improve commute times for riders traveling from adjacent communities including Mattapan, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Dedham, and Norwood.
- Bus priority can benefit everyone. It improves connections between communities and other transit modes, including cycling and walking.
- A pilot would include improvements to Washington Street (under the jurisdiction of the City of Boston.) Potential improvements include:
- Operating rush hour “pop-up” bus only lanes in the parking lane
- Improving traffic signals along the corridor to better facilitate bus flow
- Improvements to bus stops
EVIDENCE FOR BETTER BUSES
- In the MA Vision Zero Coalition’s 2017 Candidate Questionnaire, many elected officials in Boston have expressed support for pop-up bus lanes during rush hours.
- In 2016, the City of Everett piloted a bus priority lane on 1.2 miles of Broadway to improve the reliability. The success of that pilot has demonstrated that this kind of transit improvement can work in the Boston area. Read more: “When Street Parking Becomes a Pop-Up Bus Lane.”
- LivableStreets' Board Member Steve Miller pinpoints key issues that are holding back Better Buses in Boston in his blog post "Want Better Buses and Trolley Service? Talk to Your Mayor!"
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Volunteer with LivableStreets Alliance as a Street Ambassador this fall to engage bus riders and build public support for a bus priority pilot. Sign up here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this unique opportunity to influence how people move around Metro Boston!
- Send a message to City Hall to tell Mayor Walsh why you need more reliable transit. Submit your feedback below or download our feedback card.
- Help us spread the word! Encourage your friends, family members, and neighbors to reach out to officials and submit their own feedback cards.
- Reach out to your local elected officials and ask them to prioritize bus priority in Boston:
Did you know that the City of Boston could improve the speed and reliability of your bus commute on Washington Street in Roslindale? Respond with your feedback below and we will share your story with City Hall and Mayor Walsh.