Longwood Area


Boston’s Longwood Area (commonly referred to as the Longwood Medical and Academic Area or LMA) is a dense and thriving community of medical, academic, research, and cultural organizations that combine to create a powerful economic engine for the city and the state. Projected to grow by 13,200 employees and 6.86 million gross square feet by 2030, now is the time to create a complete streets blueprint that will help Longwood support demand for convenient, safe and accessible transportation. 

“[Longwood] doesn't work for cars, pedestrians, buses, or bikes and doesn't have a good connection to public transit . . . Who exactly does it work for?” - Roxbury resident

During 2017, LivableStreets embarked on a year-long engagement campaign in the Longwood Area, collecting over 1500 survey responses and having real-time discussions with commuters and EMTs. Our report "Finding A Cure for the Longwood Area's Transportation Challenges" analyzes the survey results, providing important takeaways and three recommendations for future transportation planning. 

Download and share the full report here


Longwood-Medical-Area-Forum-Vanderwarker-2529_Edited.JPGWhy Longwood? 
  • Over 110,800 commuters, visitors, and patients descend on Longwood each day (MASCO).
  • Longwood institutions generate jobs, care for the sick, educate tomorrow’s workforce, and are a cultural resource to the community. 
  • As a working, learning and research "neighborhood", safe access and physical connections are a necessity to move many people in and around Longwood daily.
  • Longwood was identified as one of 5 prime corridors for Bus Rapid Transit in Greater Boston in the 2015 Boston BRT Report.  

"The people of Boston also deserve public transit that works...That means better commuter rail service...It means smarter bus routes and dependable trains. And it means new connections for neighborhoods like Mattapan to job hubs like Longwood Medical Area in Mission Hill."

- Marty Walsh, 2017 State of the City Address

 IMGP7397.JPGWhy Now? 
  • The Longwood Area is growing rapidly. By 2030 there is projected to be 13,200 more employees and 6.86 million gross square feet.
  • People are changing how they get around Longwood. Since 2000 the number of drive-alone commuters has dropped 19%, while transit use has increased 12%, and walking and bicycling has increased by 7% (MASCO).
  • Public Health and Complete Streets are natural allies. Professionals in public health and transportation can work together to create streets that are safe and convenient for a variety of active transportation choices.

“We know that 22% of the February rush hour traffic in the Longwood Area was on bicycle...and with the new developments around we really need to make infrastructure enhancements now to deal with the volume growth of the future."

– Longwood Area Cyclists "Bike Safety in the Longwood Area" (Watch the video!)

 LMA_shuttle.jpgWhat's Happening? 
  • The Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO)added 30 new shuttle buses to it's fleet in 2015. Their shuttles carry 11,000 employees from public transit stations and off-site parking areas to and from Longwood.
  • Longwood was identified as one of 5 prime corridors for Bus Rapid Transit in Greater Boston in the 2015 Boston BRT Report. 
  • LivableStreets is partnering with Longwood Area Cyclists and others on a year-long public engagement campaign to envision a safer Longwood.
  • At the September Longwood Cyclists Summit, MASCO presented a revised plan for Longwood Ave improvements. Many of the revisions came about after attendees spoke up at the February Cyclists Summit.

 street_ambassador_option_2.jpgWhat's Next? 
  • LivableStreets will work with Longwood Area partners to analyze the results of the survey, and present a report with recommendations in December.
  • The City of Boston has prioritized Longwood Ave for repaving in April 2018.
  • Construction on a new platform at Ruggles Station will begin in 2018.
  • After Longwood Ave, MASCO will focus on improving Brookline Ave and connections to the Southwest Corridor. 

IMGP7447.JPGWhat You Can Do 

Join the conversation: Connect with Longwood Area Cyclists or attend a LivableStreets Advocacy Committee meeting.
Volunteer: Contact andrew@livablestreets.info for more information.
Stand up and be counted: Attend a public meeting. See LivableStreets calendar — it’s updated daily!
Become a member: Join our growing community of people invested in creating safe streets and livable communities.

Contact: info@livablestreets.info   

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