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.
Check out StreetFilm's video "The New Bus Campaigners" featuring some of our Better Buses work:
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.
Better Buses in Boston
The City of Boston's siloed approach to city-owned streets and state-managed transit service has resulted in service gaps that undercut the bus system and affect mobility for everyone in the region. Our advocacy efforts aim to create a road map for breaking down these silos to better connect city operations and bus service.
Getting Boston on Board outlines the first steps the City of Boston should take to make fast, meaningful improvements to our transit system in the next one to four years, including the following policy recommendations:
Prioritize bus upgrades at the city level with a focus on accountability
- Improve streets to prioritize bus transit on high ridership corridors.
- Expand bus service and improve the rider experience system-wide.
Washington Street between Forest Hills and Roslindale Square services nine MBTA routes and 19,000 bus riders every day. During the morning and evening rush hour, nearly 60% of the people moving along this corridor are traveling by bus, making it one of the busiest bus ways in the region.
What You Can Do
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.
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