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
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Why 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.
- 36% of motorists surveyed in the Longwood Area wanted to switch to another mode, with public transit being the leading alternative. Finding a Cure: Transportation in the Longwood Area
- 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
- 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".
- 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
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