Based on the results of the evaluation and the extensive feedback we have received, the City of Cambridge and the Town of Watertown will make the changes to Mount Auburn Street more permanent in the next few months by installing a more visible, longer-lasting red material in the bus lanes. This installation is scheduled to be completed by November 2019. In addition, we will explore ways to make improvements to the way the street works with some signage changes and modest capital investments. These efforts will help address comments heard at the June 2019 open house.
This completes our “pilot” process. The City of Cambridge and Town of Watertown will continue to monitor how Mount Auburn Street is working for everybody who uses the street and may return to adjust lane markings or signal timings as issues are identified.
If you have further questions for Cambridge, contact Andrew Reker, email@example.com, (617) 349-6959. Questions for Watertown should be directed to Laura Wiener, firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 972-6417.
June 12 Cambridge & Watertown hosted an open house with information about the evaluation of this project at the BB&N Administration building.
Click here to see the display boards.
Click here for summary factsheet.
Staff for other projects related to the bus priority pilot also attended to share information, including:
We have closed the post-implementation survey. Thank you for your feedback on how Mount Auburn Street works now.
Continued outreach for post-implementation survey.
Early December, post-pilot evaluation begins with post-implementation survey.
Ongoing evaluation and monitoring of the traffic operations on the corridor.
StreetFilms created a video highlighting the Cambridge-Watertown bus priority pilot and other the #BostonBRT projects in the region. Click here to watch this video.
November 15, signal timing and coordination on Mt. Auburn at Coolidge Ave and Fresh Pond Parkway has been corrected and is functioning as intended.
November 5 to 14, City of Cambridge and DCR staff together made extensive observations and fixed the signal timing and coordination issues.
October 26, Cambridge, Watertown, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, MBTA, MassDOT, and the Barr Foundation participated in the launch event.
October 25, Cambridge staff finished implementing bus priority lane markings, signage, and transit priority signals. DCR finished first calibrations.
Mid-October, Check out this new document with questions and answers on the design of the new bus and bike-only lanes, transit signal priority, and queue jump features.
October 15, project staff began implementing features of the Mt. Auburn Bus Priority Pilot project. DCR also worked signal installation and timing changes at Coolidge Avenue. Additional monitoring and calibration continued through the week.
Early October, The City created a two-page flyer with the latest information on the upcoming installation of the dedicated bus lane and how-to information for people driving, walking, and biking along the corridor.
In addition, the city created these brief videos, providing more information about the pilot and its impacts:
Week of August 27, Cambridge staff restriped Mount Auburn St. to reconfigure traffic lanes, add clearer lane markings, add bicycle lanes, and reconfigure where Brattle Street merges with Mt. Auburn Street westbound.
Early August, Watertown implemented shared bus queue jump/right-turn-on-red lanes at School and Walnut Streets. View updated plans here.
Cambridge high school students working with the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program did outreach on the corridor.
Project staff adjusted implementation timeline to the fall to stay coordinated with needed DCR intersection work.
May 1, Staff from Cambridge and Watertown hosted a joint community meeting See Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Draft Plans of the Mount Auburn St Bus Priority Pilot Project (PDF) in 3 files:
Factsheet about the Bus Priority Pilot Project
March 27, Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Meeting View the meeting presentation.
The City has also released a Mt. Auburn Street Bus Priority Pilot Q&A for Strawberry Hill residents.
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 for routes 71 and 73 along Mt. Auburn St., between Belmont St. and Fresh Pond Parkway. Read the press release announcement