Longwood Area


Boston’s Longwood Area (commonly referred to as the Longwood Medical and Academic Area or LMA) is a dense and thriving community of medical, academic, research, and cultural organizations that combine to create a powerful economic engine for the city and the state. Projected to grow by 13,200 employees and 6.86 million gross square feet by 2030, now is the time to create a complete streets blueprint that will help Longwood support demand for convenient, safe and accessible transportation. 

Tell us how you commute in and around the Longwood Area! Take our survey here


Longwood-Medical-Area-Forum-Vanderwarker-2529_Edited.JPGWhy Longwood? 
  • Over 110,800 commuters, visitors, and patients descend on Longwood each day (MASCO).
  • Longwood institutions generate jobs, care for the sick, educate tomorrow’s workforce, and are a cultural resource to the community. 
  • As a working, learning and research "neighborhood", safe access and physical connections are a necessity to move many people in and around Longwood daily.
  • Longwood was identified as one of 5 prime corridors for Bus Rapid Transit in Greater Boston in the 2015 Boston BRT Report.  

"The people of Boston also deserve public transit that works...That means better commuter rail service...It means smarter bus routes and dependable trains. And it means new connections for neighborhoods like Mattapan to job hubs like Longwood Medical Area in Mission Hill."

- Marty Walsh, 2017 State of the City Address

 IMGP7397.JPGWhy Now? 
  • The Longwood Area is growing rapidly. By 2030 there is projected to be 13,200 more employees and 6.86 million gross square feet.
  • People are changing how they get around Longwood. Since 2000 the number of drive-alone commuters has dropped 19%, while transit use has increased 12%, and walking and bicycling has increased by 7% (MASCO).
  • Public Health and Complete Streets are natural allies. Professionals in public health and transportation can work together to create streets that are safe and convenient for a variety of active transportation choices.


“We know that 22% of the February rush hour traffic in the Longwood Area was on bicycle...and with the new developments around we really need to make infrastructure enhancements now to deal with the volume growth of the future."

– Longwood Area Cyclists "Bike Safety in the Longwood Area" (Watch the video!)

 LMA_shuttle.jpgWhat's Happening? 
  • The Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO)added 30 new shuttle buses to it's fleet in 2015. Their shuttles carry 11,000 employees from public transit stations and off-site parking areas to and from Longwood.
  • Longwood was identified as one of 5 prime corridors for Bus Rapid Transit in Greater Boston in the 2015 Boston BRT Report. 
  • LivableStreets is partnering with Longwood Area Cyclists and others on a public engagement campaign to envision a safer Longwood.
  • In February 2017 Longwood Area Cyclists convened their second Cyclists Summit, coinciding with the launch of their website and second street film. 

 street_ambassador2.jpgWhat's Next? 
  • In Spring 2017, LivableStreets will be deploying Street Ambassadors to survey people in Longwood about their commuting experience. Interested in becoming a Street Ambassador? Read more here.
  • LivableStreets will work with Longwood Area partners to analyze the results of the survey, and identify solutions to institutions and city leaders.
  • Reports of the engagement campaign will be reported back to the public in Fall 2017.
  • Construction on a new platform at Ruggles Station will begin in 2018.



IMGP7447.JPGWhat You Can Do 

Join the conversation: Connect with Longwood Area Cyclists or attend a LivableStreets Advocacy Committee meeting.
Volunteer: We are actively recruiting Street Ambassadors to help us survey commuters in the Longwood Area this Spring. Contact andrew@livablestreets.info for more information.
Stand up and be counted: Attend a public meeting. See LivableStreets calendar — it’s updated daily!
Become a member: Join our growing community of people invested in creating safe streets and livable communities.

Contact: info@livablestreets.info   


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