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Lower Roxbury Transportation Study

We want to hear your ideas about how to make it safer and more enjoyable to travel around Lower Roxbury.

Lower Roxbury residents and stakeholders asked us to take a broad look at transportation in the neighborhood. We are working to build a collaborative process with community members to: 

  • identify ways we can highlight neighborhood assets, and
  • envision positive changes to your streets in Lower Roxbury.

Scroll down to learn about what we've done so far, or jump down to the bottom of our page for recent project updates.

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1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026

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Study area

The project area is bounded by, but does not include Columbus Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, and Melnea Cass Boulevard.

Map of Lower Roxbury study area


In August and September 2019, we hosted six ideas on the street popups around Lower Roxbury.

We asked people what they love about the neighborhood and where they find joy. We also asked people to envision the future of their streets in Lower Roxbury.

We gathered 285 comments from residents and visitors of all ages.


We are working to co-create next steps together with Lower Roxbury residents and stakeholders. 

We want to hear your ideas about how to make it safer and more enjoyable to travel around Lower Roxbury. We've convened an outreach advisory group to help us communicate with and engage communities in Lower Roxbury. For more information, email


Flow chart of the planning process

What you love about Lower Roxbury

Map, photographs, and quotes of places people love in Lower Roxbury (the Southwest Corridor Bike Path, Carter Playground, Bessie Barnes Community Garden, Slades, Peoples Baptist Church, Tremont St, Ramsey Park, Mandela Homes, the Silver Line, and Rosie's Place)


Community members shared 297 ideas for how to improve transportation for people riding the bus, walking, biking, and driving or parking. 

Bar chart showing the number of ideas related to each mode of transportation

We heard many comments about improving safety for people walking and biking. We also heard a lot about improving bus service, accessibility, and walkability in the neighborhood. 

The number of comments received about frequently-heard topics

  • "Better wayfinding and markers related to neighborhood history: Frederick Douglass, Melnea Cass, MLK, Eustis St, and Harriet Tubman House."
  • "Crossing is dangerous and difficult on foot because of conflicts with cars."
  • "Smoother roads for biking and skateboarding"

  • "Blind people have a hard time crossing the street. We need countdown timers with sounds at intersections."
  • "The Silver Line is good."
  • "We need another crosswalk on Washington Street at Ball Street."

  • "Frederick Douglass Way has no stop sign at the corner of Tremont—can we add a stop sign?"
  • "You want enough space for kids to play and ride bikes."
  • "Bumpy sidewalks on Tremont near Melnea Cass. Elderly people stay inside because the sidewalks are bumpy and hazardous."

Types of changes we could make

Below are some types of changes we could use to make it safer and more enjoyable to travel on Lower Roxbury streets.

Crosswalk graphic


  • Creates a marked location where people can cross the street.
  • Includes curb ramps and crosswalk striping.

Raised crosswalk


  • Improves pedestrian safety by reducing vehicle speeds near crosswalks.
  • Used on local streets and along major streets but not across major streets.

Crossing island


  • Shortens the distance for people crossing the street. People cross one direction of travel at a time.
  • Designated with striping and “flexposts” or a raised area.

Crosswalk 'daylighting'


  • Improves visibility for people crossing the street.
  • Restricts parking 20 feet before the crosswalk.

Signal timing change


  • Gives pedestrians a head start, adds more “Walk” time to signals, or both.

Bike facilities


  • Lower driver speeds and improve safety on local streets.
  • Used only on minor streets.

Curb management


  • Creates dedicated space on the street for people riding bicycles.
  • Various types of bike facilities are possible depending on street characteristics.

Parking regulation sign


  • Prioritizes the curb for specific uses, such as short-term parking, passenger pickup/ dropoff zones, commercial Loading zones, and metered parking.

Feedback signs


  • Interactive sign that alerts drivers of their speed and if they are exceeding the speed limit.
  • Can help lower vehicle speeds.

Envision your streets

Tell us about changes you'd like to see in Lower Roxbury. 

Share your ideas

Project updates

Project updates

We are convening an outreach advisory group. Our goal is to get help communicating with the communities in Lower Roxbury. We will be meeting quarterly to advance these efforts. For more information, email

Thursday, October 28, 2020 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. October 28 presentation
October 28 meeting notes
Thursday, December 3, 2020 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. December 3 presentation
December 3 ideas generated
December 3 meeting notes 

We're hosting a series of open houses. Our goal is to share what we've heard about what you love in Lower Roxbury — and how you envision your streets. 

Tuesday, October 15 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mandela Homes
Monday, October 28 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Peoples Baptist Church
Monday, November 4 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Camfield Estates
Thursday, January 30 6 – 7 p.m.  St. Stephen's Church (Youth Group)
Sunday, February 2 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  St. Stephen's Church (Coffee Hour)

We held a series of "Ideas on the Street" pop-ups at locations around Lower Roxbury to ask your thoughts about the neighborhood. 

Saturday, August 17 12 – 3 p.m. Shawmut Avenue, adjacent to Ramsay Park
Wednesday, August 28 8 – 11 a.m. Southwest corner of Washington Street at Lenox Street
Friday, August 30 4 – 7 p.m. Northeast corner of Harrison Avenue at E. Lenox Street
Sunday, September 1 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Southwest corner of Tremont Street at Camden Street
Wednesday, September 4 8 – 11 a.m. Northeast corner of Tremont Street at St Cyprians Place
Friday, September 13 4 – 7 p.m. Southwest corner of Tremont Street at Hammond Street

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