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Improving Mobility for All Bostonians

The City is investing in improved infrastructure that works for everyone, no matter how you get around. 

The FY23 Streets Cabinet budget invests in Boston’s future by working to create an equitable city with opportunity for all residents to move around easily and safely. These new investments, tying together funding from Operating, Capital, and federal sources, will go a long way towards ensuring Boston’s streets and public spaces are safe, reliable, and accessible for all.

Redesigning a Modern, Mobile, Equitable City

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The City's FY23 Budget is committed to transforming the way we get around. From expanding bike lanes and bikeshare docks, to developing additional dedicated bus lanes, to expanding equitable transit planning to all our neighborhoods, we are ready to transform Boston into a transit priority city. Using a combination of City, state, and federal funds, we are making investments to expand our transit options, including:

  • 10 planners and engineers to focus on active transportation, street safety, transit, and new mobility.
  • $39.4 million to recreate Blue Hill Avenue into a world-class multimodal corridor.
  • $6 million for new dedicated bus lanes, including Columbus Avenue from Jackson Square to Ruggles, Malcolm X Boulevard, and Warren Street.
  • $1.2 million to develop a Transit Action Plan for the southwest neighborhoods, including West Roxbury and Roslindale.
  • $4.65 million to expand the Strategic Bike Network citywide and create additional protected bike lanes, and $8 million of ARPA funds to transform Boston into America's Best Biking City.

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Improving Streets for All

The City is determined to ensure that all sidewalks, crosswalks, ramps, and intersections are safe, reliable, and useable by all residents. To achieve that goal, we are making the following investments in the FY23 Budget:

  • Two new engineering positions to help implement active transportation, transit, and new mobility projects, and an additional Highway Inspector position to help ensure Boston’s sidewalks and ramps are available and usable for all Boston residents
  • $8 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to create pedestrian-friendly neighborhood districts, including wider sidewalks, trees and benches, plazas, and a pilot sidewalk snow removal program
  • $6 million to improve traffic and pedestrian signal timing for safer intersections
  • $20 million for ADA accessible ramps
  • $19 million for bridge repair and safety
  • $24 million for Cummins Highway roadway improvements, which will collaborate with the Blue Hill Avenue and Mattapan Square work
  • $1 million to begin design improvements at the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass intersection, and
  • $10 million for streetlight improvements and installations.

Transformative Transportation Investments

The FY23 Budget also includes new and continued programs focused on improving what Boston's streets can offer to residents and visitors alike:

  • 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.
  • $250,000 to develop data-driven management of our street light, bike lane, and crosswalk infrastructure.
  • 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.
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