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Improving local and regional transit services

More reliable bus, train, ferry, and shuttle networks.

The Transportation Department established its first ever Transit Team in 2019. The team is installing transit priority interventions on the busiest corridors. They're working to advance regional rail projects.

Below, projects that are "in implementationare linked to their respective web-pages. Projects that are "in design" or "not yet started" are linked to their Go Boston 2030 Report pages.

Where we are now
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10 PROJECTS IN IMPLEMENTATION

7 PROJECTS IN DESIGN

11 PROJECTS NOT YET STARTED

Projects

Forest Hills to Roslindale Square Rapid Bus

In Implementation

With the completion of this inbound lane, bus travel times have improved by 20-25 percent during peak times.

Oak Square to Commonwealth Rapid Bus

In Implementation

We installed the first phase of this project, in- and outbound bus lanes from Union Square to Packards Corner on Brighton Avenue, in 2019

Fair MBTA fare policy and extended service hours

In implementation

The City distributed free T passes to all middle and high school students and helped support the MBTA Night Bus Service to 2 a.m.

Consolidated Smart Shuttle System

In implementation

We worked with Seaport District employers to launch a shuttle system to connect with North Station.

Green Line improvements

In implementation

We are working with the MBTA to put in place transit signal priority and real-time information displays along the Green Line.

Dudley Square Transit Hub

In implementation

Our Dudley Square redesign is in construction. We're planning for more efficient bus access and improved travel.

Sullivan Square Enhanced Transit Hub

In implementation

We installed new bus lanes, crosswalks, and bike lanes for improved connections.

Inner Harbor ferry expansion

In implementation

Ferry service has started between Lovejoy Wharf and the Seaport. We expect to add more connections along the inner harbor.

Orange Line and Red Line service improvements

In implementation

New trains are set to be introduced to these lines starting in 2019. Infrastructure upgrades are ongoing.

Improved Silver Line: Dudley to Downtown

In implementation

Aside from repainting the Silver Line's bus lanes, we're working with the MBTA to update signal priorities and curbside regulations.

Restructure all bus routes

In design

MassDOT kicked off the bus network redesign in June 2019. We are participating in the planning process.

Bus service reliability improvements

In design

We created a bus priority network across the City. We will introduce a suite of reliability enhancements.

Fairmount Line service improvements

In design

Our Transit Team presented a proposal for right additional weekday trips on the line. Our desired year to put this in place is 2020.

Mattapan to LMA Rapid Bus

In design

We are in the early engagement phase of planning for improvements to Blue Hill Ave and Warren Street.

West Station Transit Hub

In design

A new transit station serving Brighton and the Allston-Yards. The development is in design as part of MassDOT's I-90 project.

South Station expansion

In design

The future of Greater Boston regional rail commuting depends on the ongoing design for South Station.

North Station to South Boston Waterfront Rapid Bus

In design

We're working with the state and MBTA to create designs aimed at improving bus travel.

Massachusetts Avenue Rapid Bus

Not yet started

We will work on designs to put in place dedicated bus lanes and other bus priority tools on Mass. Ave.

LMA to JFK Rapid Bus via Dudley and Uphams

Not yet started

Connecting the LMA with Roxbury, Dorchester, the Fairmount Line, and the Red Line.

Fairmount Line Urban Rail

Not yet started

We seek to bring the benefit of subway-like service to a walkable Fairmount corridor.

Seaport to Dorchester / Widett Urban Rail

Not yet started

Track 61could be used to create new connections from Dorchester at Newmarket to the Seaport.

Silver Line Terminals at Downtown Crossing and South Station

Not yet started

We will partner with the MBTA to improve the quality at key Silver Line transfer points.

Green Line Extension to Hyde Square

Not yet started

The City seeks to continue service on the E-Line beyond Heath Street. We want to provide access to the heart of Jamaica Plain.

Longwood Transit Hub

Not yet started

We aim to alleviate severe congestion in the Longwood Medical Area. Our goal is to consolidate transit services.

Urban rail extension to Roslindale Square

Not yet started

Boston residents have expressed strong support in favor of extending subway-like service from Forest Hills to Roslindale Square.

Climate protection for vulnerable MBTA stations

Not yet started

We want to ensure that T stations are resilient and climate ready.

I-90 Newton Urban Rail

Not yet started

Subway-like service along the Mass Pike from Newton to South Station will incentivize transit use and ease congestion.

West Station Rapid Bus to LMA, Kendall, and Harvard Square

Not yet started

To address population growth, we need to create a new set of rapid bus connections.