Brookline has the opportunity to paint its first bus lane and we need your help to make it happen! As part of the Gateway East project, the proposed bus lane along Washington St will help improve quality of life for people who live, work, and shop in Brookline. Can we count on you to voice support for this project?
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The 60, 65, and 66 bus routes often get delayed along this congested stretch of Washington St. Adding a bus lane will reduce this bottleneck and make significant improvements for the thousands of people who ride these bus routes every day.
These bus lanes will also improve street safety by making it easier to cross the street and adding more distance between people walking on the sidewalk and cars and trucks.
Thank you for speaking up for bus lanes on Washington St!
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Recommended email subject: Please Include Bus Lanes in Gateway East Project
Dear Members of the Transportation Board and Select Board:
My name is [...] and I live at [...].
I am writing in support of the proposal to create priority bus lanes on Washington Street between High Street and the Boston line at River Road.
[I use the Numbers 60, 65 or 66 bus when I ...]
I believe that the bus lanes would be an important step for the Town of Brookline to prioritize healthful, affordable, and sustainable forms of transportation.
The bus routes that operate in this area are heavily used and connect riders to many essential services and places of employment, including the Longwood Medical Area. Ridership is heavily represented by people of low-income who do not own cars.
Separating buses from other motor vehicle traffic on this stretch of Washington Street would allow buses to operate without being slowed by the congestion caused by private motor vehicles.
Creating priority bus lanes in this area would be consistent with what has been done in many other communities in the Metro Boston area, where the introduction of bus lanes has resulted in increases in ridership, reductions in the number of car trips, and no diversion of traffic to local streets.
I urge the Transportation Board to support the proposed bus lanes.
I also urge the Board to consider ways to make the Gateway East area more welcoming for bus riders. A good start would be to create shelters at the bus stops in Gateway East, an area that has been measured as the hottest stretch of roadway in Brookline.
Thank you for your consideration of my comments.