FY22 Resilient Infrastructure
The FY22 Streets Cabinet 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
The FY22 Capital Plan funds multiple projects that promote universal access to public spaces, including:
- An additional $25 million to support an expanded pedestrian ramp installation plan, supported by additional engineering positions on the operating fund
- $500,000 to design Massachusetts Avenue / Melnea Cass Boulevard intersection improvements focused on mobility and safety
- $1.5 million to replace existing bikeshare docks based on age and condition, along with continuing investments in the bikeshare program to help people access jobs, parks, and health services
- Nearly $14 million for dedicated bus lanes on Columbus Avenue and Warren Street, in order to prioritize reliable, rapid bus transit for all commuters
- $9.3 million for the design and reconstruction of pathways through Back Bay Fens and Dorchester Park to improve accessibility and site conditions
The city will reinvest nearly $6.5 million in anticipated funds from the state ride-share (TNC) tax on anti-congestion, mobility and safety improvements throughout the city. Investments will include:
- $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 2030 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 re-time more of our most dangerous intersections in a more equitable manner
- $90,000 to expand our Youth Cycling program, which hosts bike workshops for thousands of BPS students
Transformative Transportation Investments
The FY22 budget also includes a raft of investments aimed at connecting residents with the streets in different ways, including:
- Funding for Open Streets programs, where, if public health guidance allows, residents will take over streets from cars. Activities would be reflective of the community and could include games, festivals, and music.
- A leadership academy for community leaders around transportation design. The goal will be to teach the community how active transit options and green infrastructure can strengthen neighborhoods.
- $1 million in post-COVID-19 mobility improvements to provide on-the-ground physical changes to make streets more accessible.
- Funding for additional engineers and planners to support Slow Streets, a project that improves street safety at the neighborhood scale by lowering speed limits and redesigning streets to address safety issues.