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FY21 Transportation Priorities

Investing in improved transportation that works for everyone, whether you walk, bike, take public transit, or drive.

The FY21 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.


Redesigning a Modern, Mobile, Equitable City

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The FY21 Capital plan funds multiple projects that promote universal access to public spaces, including:

  • An newly expanded pedestrian ramp plan that doubles the number of ramps installed
  • A $100 million commitment to the design and construction of a transformative Northern Avenue bridge. This multi-modal bridge will prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and shared public space on the waterfront.
  • The Capital Plan also takes the lead on prioritizing reliable, rapid bus transit for all commuters. This plan provides nearly $14 million for dedicated bus lanes on Summer Street, Columbus Avenue and Warren Street.

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Improving Streets for All

The city will reinvest nearly $5 million in anticipated funds from the state ride-share (TNC) tax on anti-congestion, mobility and safety improvements throughout the city.

  • $2 million for a Safety Intervention Program on Neighborhood Streets, which will help us evaluate and act on all resident 311 safety requests.
  • $1 million for the expansion of our bike share network, mostly in Hyde Park, Mattapan and Dorchester, in order to improve accessibility and reach our Go Boston goal of 268 stations by 2022.
  • $300,000 for consultant support to help our Transit Team transform several corridors Citywide for rapid bus transit. 
  • $150,000 to improve the Pedestrian Signal Retiming Program in order to retime more of our most dangerous intersections in a more equitable manner.
  • $100,000 to subsidize bikeshare memberships for several Main Street districts.
  • $90,000 to expand our Youth Cycling program, which hosts bike workshops for thousands of BPS students.

Zero Waste

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 FY21 budget includes an investment of $630,000 to pursue additional composting strategies to remove food waste from the residential trash stream.

This year’s investment continues the work started in FY20 under the city's Zero Waste initiative, a collaboration between the Public Works Department and the Environment Department. These funds will:

  • Expand our Zero Waste marketing campaign
  •  Hire a coordinator to manage our Zero Waste residential policies/programs
  • Double the number of our Project Oscar compost bins, from 5 to 10

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