Year of the Bus
In 2017, our Better Buses campaign moved from inspiration to action. We released our "Getting Boston on Board" report, deployed volunteer Street Ambassadors, and celebrated a bus-only lane pilot becoming permanent on Washington Street in Roslindale.
Why Better Buses?
Today in Boston, approximately seven miles of congested streets are holding back 92,000 bus riders. Without implementation of bus priority measures, many people will continue to turn to rideshare and personal cars, while those who depend on the bus fall further behind.
Better Buses in Action
These Better Buses wins are just a few examples of what is possible when city leaders, the MBTA, and advocacy groups work together on a shared goal:
- All-Door Boarding Pilot, Silver Line 4 and 5 @ Dudley Station, Roxbury
- Pilot to Permanent, Bus-Only Lane @ Washington Street, Roslindale
- Pilot to Permanent, Bus-Only Lane + Tactical Transit @ Broadway Street, City of Everett
- Funding for Boston's first-ever Transit Team Staff @ City of Boston
Better Buses on Deck
Now is the time to keep the momentum going for Better Buses. We want to see the following four corridors receive pilots or permanent bus priority by the end of 2018:
- Brighton Avenue, Allston
- Longwood Avenue, Longwood Area
- Mt. Auburn Street, City of Cambridge and City of Watertown
- South Massachusetts Avenue, City of Cambridge
In 2017, Cambridge and Somerville both committed to Vision Zero, and dozens of other cities and towns in Massachusetts opted to lower speed limits from 30 to 25 MPH on some of their busiest roads.
In partnership with the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we published a candidate questionnaire, and the second annual Boston Progress Report.
Increasing Staff + Funding
We successfully advocated for a $5 million increase in funding and additional Vision Zero staff in the City of Boston.
Our #streetambassadors are on #BeaconStreet this week, talking with people about recent #VisionZero safety improvements.
The Emerald Network continues to grow, with 114 miles of existing greenways, 37 miles in-progress, and 68 miles proposed.
Completing Key Links
This year we celebrated the completion of the Neponset River Greenway Extension in Mattapan and the Connect Historic Boston Bike Trail in downtown Boston, and great progress on the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway.
Connecting the Big Picture
Governor Charlie Baker's support for the creation of the Mass Trails program will be hugely beneficial in connecting gaps in the state's network of trails, as well as gaps in funding for design.
In 2017, we published multiple reports, holding city leaders and decision makers accountable for creating safer, more equitable streets and transportation systems.
Our strong network of community, city, and state partners allows us to break down silos and facilitate connections that help everyone achieve better outcomes. We would like to recognize some of our outstanding 2017 partners:
- I-90 People's Pike - 2017 LivableStreets Advocates of the Year
- TransitCenter - Partnered on our Better Buses report "Getting Boston on Board"
- Boston BRT - Helped cities move ahead by funding innovative bus pilots in Cambridge, Watertown, and Arlington
Better Buses and Emerald Network Advisory Committees
Better Buses Affiliations:
Chester Square Neighborhood Association, Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, AACT, Allston-Brighton Health Collaborative, T4MA, BostonBRT, ITDP
Emerald Network Affiliations:
NBBJ & Harvard GSD, Boston Harbor Now, Boston's Green Ribbon Commission, Red Gate, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, CBT Architects, Continuum Innovation, MAPC
- Better Buses Affiliations:
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2017 DONORS
- Barr Foundation
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Charles River Wheelers
- Ciccolo Family Foundation
- Eastern Bank
- Harry Mattison & Melissa L. Mattison
- Helen and William Mazer Foundation
- Pam Kohlberg
- Sam Plimpton
- Solomon Fund
- Transportation for Massachusetts
- Alta Planning + Design, Inc.
- BSC Group
- Howard Stein Hudson
- The JN Phillips Company, Inc.
- Kittelson & Associates
- Landry's Bicycles Boston
- Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman
- Nelson/Nygaard Consulting
- Taft Hill Development
- Executive Director
- Content & Publications Manager
- Program Coordinator
- Community Engagement Coordinator
- Emerald Network Program Manager
- Policy & Community Engagement Advisor
- Fundraising Committee Chair
- Charles F. Denison IV
- Governance Committee Chair
- Kenneth Kruckemeyer
- Russ Lopez
- Steven Miller
- Vivian Ortiz
- Jeff Rosenblum
- Erik Thoresen
- Vice Chair