Tremont Street Design Project
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.
We are currently focused on Tremont Street, between Massachusetts Avenue and Herald Street. We received feedback from Lower Roxbury residents and stakeholders. We will work to create a new, collaborative approach for their safety concerns.
Tremont Street is in the top 3% for pedestrian crashes on City-owned streets. In recent years, two people lost their lives while attempting to cross Tremont Street at one of the many 4-lane crosswalks. Our data show that 53 crashes resulted in an EMS response in the last 3 years, including 19 that involved people walking.
We heard from community members about how stressful it can be to cross Tremont Street, especially for kids walking to school. They also expressed a desire to slow drivers down, provide for bike lanes, improve visibility at intersections, and better manage curb space.
We are working on a design for Tremont Street that includes the following features:
- One travel lane in either direction at most unsignalized crosswalks
- More lanes at the busiest signalized intersections
- Automatic pedestrian signals
- Head starts for pedestrians at signalized intersections where possible
- Raised crosswalks at all unsignalized intersections parallel to Tremont Street
- In-lane bus stops with boarding islands
- Parking-protected bike lanes along most of the corridor
- Maximized curb space for deliveries, pick-up/drop-off activities, and parking
- We are asking for your feedback on parking regulations along Tremont Street. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey.
- We are looking at how commercial vehicles use Tremont Street and side streets to load and unload goods.
- We will propose changes to curb regulations based on your feedback and our observations.
- We are continuing to work on the design for the corridor. We will evaluate and fine-tune the design based on your comments.
We are holding a series of office hours about the Tremont Street Design Project at the South End Library. We invite you to drop by to ask us questions, give your feedback, and review project materials during the following times:
Tuesday, August 13, 4:30 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday, August 21, 10 am - 1pm
Monday, August 26, 3 pm - 6 pm
Thursday, September 5, 10 am – 1 pm
Thursday, September 12, 3 pm - 6 pm
Tuesday, September 17, 4:30 pm - 7 pm
Friday, September 27, 9 am - 1 pm
Tuesday, October 8, 4:30 pm - 7 pm
We hosted a public meeting on June 26, 2019, at the Blackstone Innovation School. We discussed Tremont St between Massachusetts Ave and Herald St, focusing on traffic signals, curb regulations, and design trade-offs. Over the next few months, we will continue to meet with community members and stakeholders. We will also refine the preferred design to share at a future public meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your feedback informed the next step in the design process. Comments about the three concepts were collected through May. We will continue to solicit ideas, preferences, and needs via in-person meetings, emails, letters, and phone calls. New comment forms will be developed as conversations continue.
On March 14, 2019, we public held a meeting at Peoples Baptist Church. We presented results from the community feedback collected to date and explained options for redesigning Tremont Street. Attendees viewed roll plans for each of the concepts.
As a next step, the Transportation Department will schedule additional meetings in Lower Roxbury to better understand concerns and preferences for streets in Lower Roxbury.NOTE: This meeting covered the same material as the meeting on November 28.
On January 29, 2019, we held a meeting for the Castle Square community. We presented results from the community feedback collected to date and explained options for redesigning Tremont Street. After the presentation, attendees could view roll plans for each of the concepts.NOTE: This meeting covered the same material as the meeting on November 28.
On November 28, 2018, we held a public meeting for this project at United 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.
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.