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Last updated: 10/31/19

Smart Streets

Smarter, more efficient resource allocation for City of Boston streets.

The Transportation Department's new Mobility Team, in partnership with New Urban Mechanics, is working to:

  • expand the Drive Boston program to provide over 150 new locations for car-share in Boston neighborhoods
  • install electric-vehicle charging stations in municipal parking lots
  • monitor an ongoing pilot of pickup and drop-off zones for rideshare companies to minimize traffic disruptions, and
  • develop a Shared Mile Playbook of principles to navigate the new technology-driven and on-demand landscape.

Boston was selected as an American Climate Challenge city by Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2019 to showcase its progress. Below, projects that are "in implementation" are linked to their respective webpages. Projects that are "in progress" or "not yet started" are linked to their Go Boston 2030 Report page.

Where we are now





Performance-Based Meter Pricing
In implementation
Analysis of the new meter rates put in place in Back Bay and South Boston shows double parking decreased by 14 percent..
Climate adaptation requirements
In Design
Public Works published Climate Resilient Design Guidelines to protect the public right of way.
Expanded Demand Management program and office
In Implementation
A Traffic Demand Management planner is currently working on a "points-based" program.
Flexible lanes repurposed by time of day
In Implementation
Morning-only bus lanes on Washington Street in Roslindale have been installed.
Autonomous Vehicle Policy
In Implementation
The City is working with and monitoring the progress of two companies testing in the Seaport.
Smart Signals Districts
In Design
We're working with MassDOT to launch an adaptive signals network design for the Seaport.
Neighborhood Mobility microHUBS
In Design
Design work is underway with potential pilots in Roxbury and East Boston slated for 2020
Smart Signals Corridors
Not Yet Started
Adaptive signals to improve pedestrian safety, bicycle, bus, and car flows along major corridors.
Development financed funds for multimodal transportation
Not Yet Started
Initiate a mitigation fund from large developers that would be pooled to build non-auto travel projects.
Key to the City
Not Yet Started
Enable transportation users in Boston to pay for a suite of transit options through an app or chip card.
Boston Metro Transit Districts
Not Yet Started
Boston will work with surrounding communities to fund public transit service to complement the MBTA. Bluebikes provide an early model.
Smart High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes on Interstates
Not Yet Started
Incentivize regional transit, car-pooling, and shared-rides by separating them from general highway traffic.