Mt. Auburn Street Bus Priority Pilot
Cambridge, in partnership with Watertown, received a community grant from the Barr Foundation to work with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to pilot bus priority improvements on Mt. Auburn Street, west of Fresh Pond Parkway. This pilot will improve travel for more than MBTA Route 71 and 73 bus riders making more than 12,000 daily trips, as well as for riders of Mount Auburn Hospital and athenahealth shuttles, while improving the flow of traffic and safety for everyone on the road. In the morning commute, near Fresh Pond Parkway, more than half of the people on Mt. Auburn Street are on MBTA Buses.
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View the Mt. Auburn Bus Priority Fact Sheet
Proposed improvements include:
- An eastbound shared bus-bike lane on Mount Auburn St from Belmont St to Aberdeen St
- An eastbound shared bus-bike lane on Belmont St from Sullivan St to Mount Auburn St
- In both directions, a shared bus-bike lane on Mount Auburn St. from Cottage St. to Mt. Auburn St.
- Joint queue-jump and right-turn lanes east bound approaching Walnut St and School St in Watertown
- Signal upgrades with bus priority
- Segments of westbound bicycle lanes in Cambridge
The pilot will use temporary materials like paint and signs, which will remain in place during the evaluation, and is the first step towards implementing a long-term plan for the Mt. Auburn corridor. The pilot will take place in conjunction with planned Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) improvements to intersections at Coolidge Ave and Fresh Pond Parkway that will improve throughput on Mount Auburn St. and improve safety and convenience for cyclists and pedestrians in the intersection.
To view plans and submit feedback go to the Description tab.
The Watertown queue jump lanes at Walnut Street and School Street are now live! The queue jump lane is a right-turn only lane, permitting straight-through movements for buses only. The idea behind a queue-jump lane is to allow buses to by-pass waiting traffic by a few seconds to keep their routes on schedule and to avoid delays in service. Click here to read more about the queue jump.
The timeline for the Mt. Auburn St. Bus Priority Pilot work on Mount Auburn and Belmont Streets has shifted to the fall to remain aligned with the needed DCR intersection work. In Cambridge, city planners are finalizing the pilot design and continuing to conduct community outreach and education about the pilot.