Summer Street Pilot Program
The South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan (SBTAP) is an ongoing planning effort. That planning effort will make recommendations for bus and rail access improvements to the Seaport. Early community feedback has highlighted the need for near-term improvement along Summer Street. We plan to improve the transit experience for thousands of daily transit users on Summer Street with new bike facilities and a pilot bus/truck lane program in order to make the corridor safer for all.
The project seeks to implement strategies to eliminate serious and fatal traffic crashes, simplify intersections, improve the transit network, expand the bike network, improve walkability, and enhance the neighborhood experience.
Community InsightCommunity Insight
Buses are crowded and unreliable
Route 7 buses remain crowded and prone to delay. A rush-hour trip can take an extra 10-20 minutes and reliability is low.
"My commute on the 7 bus is slow and frustrating." - Summer Street Employee
Bike facilities should be expanded
Cyclists do not have a comfortable or consistent bike connection along Summer Street.
"I avoid biking on Summer Street because I don't feel safe." - South Boston Cyclist
Accommodate economic activity
Improve access to the Port of Boston with bus/truck lanes and overall mobility options for people who live and work here.
"This is not a pleasant street to cross in a wheelchair." - South Boston Resident
Using community feedback, we have identified Summer Street as an opportunity for near-term, multimodal improvements. Our plan considers a range of transportation improvements throughout the corridor. The pilot will begin with a series of short term changes that will be made permanent if found to be successful.
- New pilot bus / truck lanes will provide better passenger amenities while improving the reliability of bus service. Trucks will also be permitted to use the bus lane to accommodate heavy truck traffic from Massport. These lanes will be permanently implemented if they are found to be useful during the pilot period beginning December 4th, 2023.
- Protected bike facilities will allow for low-stress and safe connections between South Boston and Downtown Boston. New connections will be made between existing infrastructure.
- An improved pedestrian experience will be had with the addition of transit/bike infrastructure. With improved traffic management along the corridor, pedestrians will be able to have a safer experience.
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This flyer summarizes the pilot project's location, start date, potential impacts, and implementation process.
These infographics highlight current conditions throughout Summer Street and the evaluation metrics that will be used to measure the Pilot Project.
This brochure summarizes project goals, evaluations, and potential impacts.
Presentation from the Summer Street Open House/Community Meeting at the Tynan School in South Boston on April 19, 2023.