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Imagine saving two weeks on your commute every year . . .  Dedicated bus lanes, signal priority, and other techniques that prioritize people on buses are essential ingredients for Complete Streets, helping to anchor a world-class transportation network. Download our Better Buses Quick Facts (Español)

64 Hours: Closing the Bus Equity Gap

Our new report outlines how state officials and lawmakers can equitably invest in the MBTA bus system in order to improve transit service for underserved communities throughout Metro Boston.

The MBTA’s bus network serves over one-third of Metro Boston’s transit trips and transports the highest rate of low-income riders across the agency’s services, making it one of the best resources policymakers, planners, and community members have when it comes to connecting residents to life-changing opportunities.

However, the MBTA does not serve all bus riders equally. The MAPC’s 2017 State of Equity Report estimates that Black bus riders spend, on average, 64 more hours per year aboard MBTA buses when compared to their fellow White passengers. Without committing to addressing this service inequity head-on, riders will continue to be underserved by public transit at a crucial moment in our region’s history.

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what_you_can_do_better_buses.jpgWhy Better Buses? 
  • Today, approximately seven miles of Boston streets are holding back more than one-fifth of all MBTA bus riders.  
  • According to MAPC’s State of Equity Report, Black riders spend 64 hours more per year on MBTA buses relative to White riders.
  • 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.
  • Without improvements, existing and would-be transit riders in Metro Boston will continue to turn to less sustainable transportation options like rideshare and personal cars, resulting in more congestion, more emissions, and less mobility for all in the region.

Evidence for Better Buses
  • keep_rozzie_moving.jpegIn the MA Vision Zero Coalition’s 2019 Candidate Questionnaire, many elected officials in Boston have expressed support for restriction of on-street parking during rush hour in order to create dedicated bus lanes on certain major thoroughfares where bus riders experience significant delays due to traffic congestion.
  • In 2018, the City of Boston piloted a bus priority lane on Washington Street between Roslindale Village and Forest Hills Station. The pilot became permanent after data showed reduced travel times for bus riders along the corridor up to 25% during the morning commute. Watch now: "A Street is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Boston's Newest 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!"


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what_you_can_do_better_buses.jpgWhat You Can Do 

Join the conversation: Attend a LivableStreets Advocacy Committee meeting.  Download our Better Buses Quick Facts.

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.

Stand up and be counted: Attend a public meeting. Check out the LivableStreets calendar — it’s updated daily!

Become a member: Join our growing community of people invested in creating safe streets and livable communities. Become a member of LivableStreets today!