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MBTA Better BusThe MBTA has shared forty-seven cost-neutral proposals to update and modernize sixty-three existing bus routes. These proposals lay the foundation for a bus network with more frequent, reliable service that provides better connectivity in Greater Boston. The Better Bus Project marks the beginning of a long-range planning effort by the MBTA.

In the near term, these proposals, along with the release of a State of the System Report, Market Analysis Report, and Route Profiles that describe each MBTA bus route in detail, will inform a series of new schedules and bus routes that may be implemented as early as fall of 2019. These documents can all be found on the project website at mbta.com/betterbus. In addition, the MBTA will begin discussing a multiyear investment strategy with our board to determine how the Authority should invest in bus service in the future.

Taken together, this package of cost-neutral proposals lays the foundation for a bus network with more frequent, reliable service that provides better connectivity in Greater Boston. If they take effect as proposed, we estimate that there will be:

  • At least 30,000 – 45,000 weekday bus riders positively affected by these proposals
    • 14,000 weekday bus riders will have a faster trip
    • 32,500 weekday bus riders affected by these proposals will have a shorter wait time
  • A small subset of riders will be inconvenienced by these proposals
    • 786 weekday bus riders (only 0.2%) will be further than ½ mile from bus or other MBTA transit service
    • 3,000 weekday bus riders who didn’t transfer before will now have to

The proposals can be found at mbta.com/betterbus. They include a description of each proposed change by route number, a map of the change, and the data supporting the change along with the tradeoffs.

The Better Bus Project includes an extensive public engagement plan to get feedback on these proposals, including hosting a series of Open Houses over the next several weeks, starting at Boston City Hall Plaza and different bus stations around the region.

Bus riders and other interested parties can stop by any time during our Open House hours to talk to MBTA staff. Location Date Open House Times
Boston City Hall Plaza Thursday, January 31 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wonderland Station Tuesday, February 5 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Haymarket Station Wednesday, February 6 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ashmont Station Wednesday, February 13 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sullivan Square Station Tuesday, February 19 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Forest Hills Station Wednesday, February 27 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Malden Center Station Monday, March 4 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

View an Open House flyer for more information.

 The Better Bus Project team will also be at upcoming MBTA Community Meetings. At these meetings, attendees can learn about and offer feedback on the Better Bus Project and Automated Fare Collection 2.0. At the same meetings, attendees can also learn about and share their views about the proposed fare increase. The list of meetings is below:

Location Bus Hub Date Open House Times
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

2300 Washington St., Boston, MA

Dudley Square Monday, February 4 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
North Shore Community College

300 Broad St., Lynn, MA

Lynn Central Square Thursday, February 7 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Watertown Free Public Library

123 Main St., Watertown, MA

Watertown Square Tuesday, February 12 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thomas Crane Public Library

40 Washington St., Quincy, MA

Quincy Center Wednesday, February 20 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School

459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Harvard Square Tuesday, February 26 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
State Transportation Building

10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Downtown Boston Thursday, March 7 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The MBTA also invites bus riders and other interested parties to share their feedback online, through the feedback form (mbta.com/BBPfeedback). The form is available in 8 languages.

The comment period will close on March 13, 2019.

For more information, visit mbta.com

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