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Roxbury Resilient Corridors

Find opportunities to get involved with bringing improvements to Roxbury's streets and public spaces.

The City of Boston will partner with local residents and community organizations to plan, design and implement improvements for three important corridors: Malcolm X Boulevard, Warren Street, and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
We are looking for a consultant for this project. Proposals will be solicited through the City of Boston’s Supplier Portal. 

Supplier Portal 

  • Contract Documents will be available through the Supplier Portal on Monday, February 19, 2024.
  • Submit questions via email to maria.castillocastillo@boston.gov by noon (12:00 p.m.) on Friday, March 1, 2024. Answers to questions will be posted at noon (12:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.
  • Proposals shall be submitted via the Supplier Portal before noon (12:00 p.m.) on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Background information

Roxbury is a vibrant neighborhood with a thriving residential community and busy small businesses. The neighborhood has a rich history of community activism and many cultural institutions that celebrate the diversity and lived experiences of its residents. We want to help improve Roxbury residents’ quality of life by making it safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable for you to get to where you want to go.

The project is expected to commence in Spring of 2024 with an inclusive community engagement process to determine a new vision for the future of the corridors. Key principles informing the work include:

  • Improve the quality of life for residents

  • Improve safety for all those who use the corridor on a daily basis

  • Proactively include approaches for climate resilience with green stormwater infrastructure, street trees, and “hot spot” heat mitigation

  • Address parking and traffic flow concerns

  • Prioritize public transit and non-vehicular modes of travel

  • Address the historic legacy of inequities in investment experienced in Roxbury where the corridors are located.

 

The upcoming work will strive for a comprehensive solution that integrates affordable housing, prevents displacement, reduces heat island effects, contributes to a thriving small business community, and supports local artists. The three corridors are the primary roadways of the Roxbury neighborhood, the heart of the Black community in Boston. Today they are detracting from quality of life in the area. The wide, auto-centric thoroughfares of Melnea Cass Boulevard, Malcolm X Boulevard, and Warren Street are a result of eminent domain and block clearance during Boston’s urban renewal era of the 1960s.

These corridors have some of the highest ridership and the most delays in the entire MBTA system. Our work will improve bus service for these many riders. We will make these corridors better for people walking by making it safer to cross the street and adding seating, trees, lighting and cooling spaces. Our work will also make bicycling stress-free along these corridors and manage car traffic and parking needs. 

On this page, you can stay updated on project progress as well as share your ideas and concerns. We want to hear your thoughts on transportation, public space, and traffic safety throughout the corridor. We look forward to your feedback!

What we are looking at

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We call these corridor projects because we aren’t just looking at the roads. We are looking at sidewalks, lighting, bus stops, bike lanes, street trees, public spaces, green infrastructure (for stormwater management, for example), and more. We want to make sure you feel safe traveling along these streets no matter how you choose to get around.

 Our work has to begin with small actions that can make a big difference, like making sure all the street lights are in good condition. We also know that we have to improve bus riders’ experiences on these corridors, and we know that these streets can be stressful for people who ride bikes. 

Ultimately, we want to improve safety, comfort, and environmental resilience on these corridors. To achieve these, design features to protect people and the environment may include strategies to increase shade and cooling with green spaces and retrofitted bus shelters, for example.

PROJECT AREA

What we have heard so far

The Boston Transportation Department and our community partners have been out in Roxbury since 2019 asking about people’s experiences with these corridors.

We have collected information through bus ride audits, stakeholder meetings, public meetings and surveys

Here’s what we have learned so far:

  • These streets can feel chaotic and unsafe for all users.
  • Bus riders have unpredictable trip times, and sometimes many buses will come at once but then riders are left waiting a long time for the next bus.
  • Bike riders don’t always feel safe riding with cars in the street but can also come into conflict with people on the sidewalks.
  • People who want to park can have difficulty finding a spot close to their destination.

Do these findings reflect your experience? What are your priorities for these corridors? Tell us what we should know by taking our survey:

Complete our survey

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