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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)

Tight Spot: Determining when buses + bikes should share spaces, and how to make it work

Our new report provides guidance for planners to determine when a shared bus-bike lane might be appropriate. We highlight what we've found from the current projects in Metro Boston and recommendations for how shared bus-bike lanes work best to keep people riding their bikes safe and help buses move efficiently.

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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.jpegWhen bus lanes are introduced bus ridership goes up. Examples of this improvement across corridors include Broadway in Somerville, where ridership increased by 36%-69% and Brighton Ave in Boston where ridership increased by 5%-8%.
  • Bus Lanes lead to faster bus trips. Adding the bus-bike lane on Washington st in Roslindale led to buses having 25% faster run times.
  • In 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.


Watch Better Buses in Action

what_you_can_do_better_buses.jpgWhat You Can Do 

Join the conversation: 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!

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