FY20 Transportation Priorities
The FY20 Streets Budget invests in Boston’s future by working to create an equitable city with opportunity for all residents to move easily and safely around Boston. These new investments, from bike lanes to reconstructed sidewalks, will go a long way towards ensuing Boston’s streets and spaces safe, reliable and accessible for all.
Performance Parking and Equitable Streets
Boston’s performance parking pilot was launched in 2016 and focused on areas with the highest parking demand in Boston. Building off this two-year pilot, the City is making a series of updates to its parking meter rates, taking a different approach in each neighborhood. The City will adjust meter rates and observe the impact on parking availability. Even with these updates, Boston continues to have some of the lowest parking meter prices in the country.
Revenue from updated parking meter fees and Transportation Networks Companies, along with capital borrowing, will allow for significant new transportation investments for all modes of transit in Boston, including:
- $4 million to repair sidewalks through the Walkable Streets program, including $500,000 to install four new tactical plazas and $200,000 for innovative sidewalk repair.
- $2 million to construct major bike corridors and expand the City's bike share infrastructure to more neighborhoods.
- $1.4 million for bike lane maintenance, dedicated bus lane maintenance and design, and Vision Zero safety equipment.
- $800,000 for safer and cleaner blocks, including staff to maintain protected bike lanes and install new traffic calming measures.
- $650,000 to support the City's bus lane programs, work to redesign major intersections like Massachusetts Avenue, data collection, and traffic signal prioritization.
Waste removal and recycling services are among the most important core services the City provides. Local governments across the country are feeling the effects of an international recycling crisis, and Boston is not immune to these changes. In response, the FY20 budget includes an investment of $12.7 million dollars for vital waste removal and recycling services.
This year’s investment is not our only effort toward solving Boston’s recycling and waste issues. In 2018, we launched a new Zero Waste initiative, collaboration between the Public Works Department and the Environment Department. Additionally, in FY20, the Public Works Department will start delivering recycling carts year round. They will work with the Environment, Energy and Open Space cabinet to expand recycling in parks and improve education.