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For Immediate Release                                                                    

June 16, 2021

 

Dedicated Bus Lane Pilot Program on Mystic Avenue to Begin on Monday, June 21, 2021 

New bus lane is complete from Main Street in Medford to Wheatland Street in Somerville

Lane is now Buses Only from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.

 

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Cities of Medford and Somerville announce the implementation of a pilot morning peak hour dedicated bus lane on Mystic Avenue. Painting and signage along the entire stretch – from Main Street in Medford to Wheatland Street in Somerville – was completed in early June, and the bus lane will officially become operational as of 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2021.

In summer 2020, the Cities of Medford and Somerville were awarded a grant from MassDOT to implement a “quick-build” morning peak hour dedicated bus lane, as a trial, on Mystic Ave. The inbound bus lane will extend from Main Street in Medford to Wheatland St. in Somerville.

Bus Lane Hours
The bus lane will be open for buses only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., with turns onto side streets permitted at all times. Between 6:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m., parking will be restricted along this section of Mystic Avenue. The bus lane will be operated as a pilot program and will be re-evaluated later in 2021 before a determination is made about whether the bus lane will remain in place permanently.  Signs, including variable message boards, will be used to guide drivers in this area during the first several weeks of implementation.

What is a Dedicated Bus Lane?

A dedicated bus lane would be available to MBTA buses only (and right turning vehicles). The lane will be on the westbound (inbound) side only and would be for buses only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Outside of these hours the lane will be available for all traffic or for parking (in areas that already have parking in Medford).

Dedicated bus lanes are effective in increasing reliability of public transportation, decreasing delays, and improving access to regional jobs and other essential services.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website that provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

 

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