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Healthy Streets to support COVID-19 recovery

We are making changes to Boston’s streets to support a healthy reopening and an equitable recovery. We are focused on safe streets, connected bike routes, reliable transit, and resilient small business districts.

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis means doubling down on our Go Boston 2030 goals: equity, economic opportunity, and climate responsiveness. We will accelerate our work to improve street safety, reliable transit, and access to jobs, neighborhood retail centers, and open space.

We will phase our work over the coming months. We will be testing things out and making changes as needed. We welcome your feedback.

Healthy Streets

As we move through this crisis, we are guided by our shared values. We plan to use creative strategies to more quickly realize our long-term goals.

SAFETY

We aim to increase safety on Boston's streets by building protected bike lanes. Protected bike lanes will reduce crashes for everyone on our streets and help keep speeds in check.

RELIABILITY

Essential workers continue to travel by bus in high numbers. We will make more safe space for them at busy bus stops. We will explore additional ways to keep buses moving reliably on City streets.

ACCESS

Helping people travel to and from jobs, small businesses, and local restaurants is fundamental to economic recovery. More spaces to walk and to bike will help our residents improve their mental and physical well-being.

Healthy Streets map

View a map of street changes we are making to address the COVID-19 crisis:

Healthy Streets map

First phase

First phase

The City is working with the MBTA on expanding bus stops and bus priority on key routes.

NEW AND REFRESHED BUS-ONLY LANES

Starting next week, we will install new bus lanes on Washington Street (between the Marginal Road and Temple Place). We will re-paint the bus lane on Essex Street. We are exploring the potential to add additional bus lanes in the next phase.

exPANDED BUS STOPS

We will provide more space for people to wait at the following high-ridership bus stops:

  • Maverick Blue Line Station on the median island in Maverick Square
  • Blue Hill Avenue at Morton Street and Pasadena Road
  • Massachusetts Avenue at Hynes Convention Center Station (outbound) 
  • Broadway Station 
  • Congress Street at Haymarket Station
  • Warren Street at Whiting Street and Moreland Street
  • Route 39 Bus Stop at Fenwood Street
  • Broadway at L Street (inbound)

We are installing protected bike lanes that will be comfortable for people of all experience levels.  These bike lanes improve access to Boston's major job centers and will calm speeds on our downtown streets.

We will immediately install bike lanes that were already scheduled for construction:

  • Washington Street between Stuart Street and Avenue de Lafayette
  • Stuart Street between Arlington Street and Washington Street, and
  • Berkeley Street between Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue.
Quick-build lanes

We will use traffic barrels and signs to immediately add the following bike lanes:

  • Arlington Street between Beacon Street and Stuart Street
  • Beacon Street between Charles Street and Berkeley Street
  • Boylston Street between Arlington Street and Washington Street
  • Charles Street between Boylston Street and Beacon Street
  • Columbus Avenue between Clarendon Street and Stuart Street
  • Court Street between Congress Street and Tremont Street
  • State Street between Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
  • Tremont Street between Court Street and Shawmut Avenue
  • Shawmut Avenue between Tremont Street and Marginal Road

We are changing the ways we use our streets, sidewalks, and curbside space to better support Boston's small businesses and restaurants.

TEMPORARY PICK-UP ZONES

Over the last few months, we have created temporary pick-up zones in front of restaurants. We anticipate continuing this program and expanding it as needed.

Temporary Take-Out Zones

Outdoor Seating for restaurants

In partnership with multiple city agencies we are reviewing requests for on-street outdoor dining. In some locations we will close streets to vehicle traffic and make the entire street available, and in other locations we may close part of or an entire curb lane. 

Information for Businesses