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Last updated: 1/17/19

Tremont Street Design Project

We want to improve pedestrian safety in the South End and lower Roxbury.

Through the Go Boston 2030 process, you identified Tremont Street as a priority project. We're looking at ways to make Tremont Street safer for everyone, with an emphasis on pedestrian safety at intersections.

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Project Area

A map of the area surrounding the project location. Tremont St from Melnea Cass Blvd to Herald St is highlight in blue.

The project area consists of Tremont Street, from Melnea Cass Boulevard to Herald Street. The project does not include the intersections of Melnea Cass Boulevard, Massachusetts Avenue, and Herald Street.

Concept designs

The Transportation Department developed three concepts for Tremont Street. Each concept provides safety benefits for people walking. The most pressing safety concerns are the many four-lane, un-signalized crosswalks. A driver may stop for a pedestrian in one lane. But, in the adjacent lane, another driver does not know the pedestrian is crossing and does not stop. In Concept 1 and Concept 2, we propose reducing the number of travel lanes along most blocks. As a result, pedestrians have a safer and easier way to cross the street.

We provide information and links to preliminary plans for each concept below. More information about each concept can be found in our November 28 meeting presentation (English) (Spanish) (用中文(表达).

Concept 1

Concept 1 proposes reducing the number of general travel lanes on most blocks. This will eliminate the "double threat" crash, where one driver stops for a pedestrian but the driver in the adjacent lane does not. Turning lanes are present at most signalized intersections.

We propose raised crosswalks along Tremont Street. Pedestrian signals will give people walking a head start and reduce their delay. A parking-protected bike lane is proposed with "floating" bus stops — the bike lane continues behind a generous waiting area. Buses stop in the travel lane to pick up or drop off passengers.

If the plan is put in place as proposed, total parking loss along the corridor is four spaces.

View Full Plans of Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 2 proposes reducing the number of general travel lanes on most blocks. This will eliminate the "double threat" crash, where one driver stops for a pedestrian but the driver in the adjacent lane does not. Turning lanes are present at most signalized intersections.

We propose raised crosswalks along Tremont Street. Pedestrian signals will give people walking a head start and reduce their delay. Crossing Tremont Street, pedestrians will have a constructed refuge island. We propose a flush median between the travel lanes.

A bike lane with a two-foot buffer is proposed, and parking remains curbside. In this option, we propose "bus bulbs," with extended sidewalks at bus stops. Buses stop in the bike lane and part of the travel lane to pick up or drop off passengers. 

If the plan is put in place as proposed, total parking loss along the corridor is two spaces.

View Full Plans of Concept 2

Concept 3

Concept 3 retains the number and type of travel lanes that exist today.

We propose raised crosswalks along Tremont Street. Pedestrian signals will give people walking a head start and reduce their delay. Crossing Tremont Street, pedestrians will have a constructed refuge island. 

In this option, we elongate bus stops to meet MBTA guidelines. Buses will continue to pull to the curb to pick up or drop off passengers.

If this plan is put in place as proposed, total parking loss along the corridor is 29 spaces. 

View Full Plans of Concept 3

Share your thoughts

Your feedback will inform the next step in the design process! Please review each concept above and look through our presentation (English) (Spanish) (用中文(表达). If you have questions or need more information before sharing your thoughts, please email Stefanie.

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Previous project updates

Previous Updates

On November 28, 2018, we held a public meeting for this project at South End Settlements Harriet Tubman House. We presented results from the community feedback collected to date. In a presentation, we explained three options for redesigning the street. After the presentation, attendees could view roll plans for each of the concepts. On a display board, we provided information about possible changes to the MBTA Route 43 bus stops. We also shared the bike network plan in the South End and Lower Roxbury and ideas for Shawmut Avenue.

In addition to getting feedback from people who live on or near Tremont Street, we collected input from the people who own or work in the business along the corridor. We asked about deliveries, parking, and other transportation concerns.

  • We first notified businesses of our survey during the week of June 18.
  • We distributed the survey in-person on June 25. We left information if the employees or owner was unable to complete the survey on that date.
  • We provided businesses with the option to mail or email their responses over the summer.
  • On September 6, we visited each business that had not completed the survey.

 

View the Survey

On April 12, 2018, we held the first public meeting for this project at the Castle Square Community Center. After we gave a presentation, community members were invited to review pedestrian and vehicle data. They could also give feedback about project outcomes and specific blocks of Tremont Street.

You can view the documents and give your input by using the links below. We collected feedback through June 30, 2018.

On February 26, 2018, we met with community stakeholders to share basic information in advance of the general community public meeting. You can view the project overview by clicking the button below.

Tremont street project overview