Keep Rozzie Moving

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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.

UPDATES

The bus-only lane pilot on Washington Street in Roslindale was a success! The City of Boston confirmed that it will be made permanent in June 2018 after data showed reduced travel times for bus riders along the corridor up to 25% during the morning commute.

See the bus-only lane in action! Watch now: "A Street is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Boston's Newest Bus Lane".

Let's keep the momentum for Better Buses going:

  • Email mayor@boston.gov to say "Thanks!" and let Mayor Walsh know you would like to see more bus-only lanes throughout Boston. 
  • Check out our report "Getting Boston on Board" to learn what other corridors in Boston need Better Buses now!

 Keep_Rozzie_Moving.jpgWHAT’S HAPPENING
  • During the fall and spring pilots we led Street Ambassador deployments at bus stops throughout Roslindale to talk with community members about the potential for a bus priority pilot on Washington Street.

  • Our goal was to engage with as many riders as possible and hear directly from them about why they need priority for buses now.

  • We captured riders’ stories and shared them with City of Boston officials to build the case that this project needs to move forward. 

  • We partnered with StreetFilms to produce a short film that demonstrated the overwhelming public support for the bus-only lane. Watch "A Street is A Terrible Thing to Waste: Boston's Newest Bus Lane".


MBTA_route_35_bus_at_Forest_Hills__November_2015.JPGBENEFITS OF BETTER BUSES IN ROSLINDALE
  • The May 2018 bus-only lane pilot on Washington Street in Roslindale reduced travel times for bus riders along the corridor up to 25% during the morning commute.

  • For the 1,100+ bus riders traveling through the corridor during that hour, that works out to 26 hours of passenger time saved on a typical day, or 38 hours saved on a day when road congestion was significantly higher than normal.

  • In a survey of bus riders and bicyclists on the corridor, 94 percent supported a permanent bus and bicycle lane. Of the bus passengers, 92 percent perceived that the bus lane decreased their travel time. Of the bicyclists, 89 percent reported feeling safer in the shared lane.

  • Improving public transit and bus service is an identified goal of Go Boston 2030, the City of Boston’s long-term, comprehensive transportation plan. The success of the Roslindale bus lane demonstrates how increased collaboration between the MBTA and the City of Boston is necessary to achieve the goals of Go Boston 2030


Everett_Pop-Up_Bus_Lane_Caption.pngEVIDENCE 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.”

 


Want to thank the Mayor for making the Washington Street bus pilot permanent? Respond below and we will share your story with City Hall and Mayor Walsh.

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