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Roslindale bus lanes

We are working toward prioritizing transit on Washington Street, between Roslindale Village and Forest Hills Station.

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TRANSPORTATION | TRANSIT TEAM

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Existing conditions

Routes 14, 30, 34, 34E, 35, 36, 37, 40, 50, and 51 travel along Washington Street in Roslindale.

Route 34 and Route 34E have higher weekday ridership than two Silver Line routes and five key bus routes. 

About 19,000 bus riders use buses that travel along Washington Street, between Forest Hills Station and Roslindale Village, each weekday.

Northbound Bus Lane

We conducted a four-week pilot testing on the Northbound AM Peak Bus Lane in May 2018. The Bus Lane was made permanent in June 2018. We found that:

  • The average reduction in travel times for those traveling on buses ranged from 20 percent to 25 percent during the worst congestion periods.
  • The average bus rider saved at least an hour each week on the AM Bus Lane on Washington Street.

Southbound Bus Lane

We are hoping to put in place a Southbound PM Peak Bus Lane to complement the Northbound Lane. We found that:

  • During congestion, the average bus rider can spend 10 to 15 minutes longer than necessary along Washington Street.
  • About 60 percent are traveling on buses. Forty percent are traveling in cars in the PM Peak.

MAPC conducted a Parking Study for the Washington Street Corridor in October 2019, from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. The analysis included both sides of Washington Street in the industrial, residential, and commercial zones. They found that: 

  • There were 274 parking spaces between Ukraine Way and Roslindale Village. Spaces were 40 percent occupied at 7 a.m., and 53 percent occupied at 5 p.m.
  • From 6 a.m. - 10 a.m., the share of vehicles parked and registered within the study area decreased from 50 percent to 18 percent.
  • “Peak Demand” was at 11 a.m., with 65 percent occupied during the period.
  • The vehicles parked closest to Forest Hills Station had higher parking durations than other blocks within the residential zone.

Improvements

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