Mt. Auburn Bus Priority Pilot implementation begins the week of October 15th. The work will primarily occur on the south side (eastbound towards Harvard Square direction) of Mt. Auburn and Belmont Streets in the lane closest to the curb, except the section of Mt. Auburn Street between Ralph Piteri Terrace and Belmont Street, where work will be happening on both sides of the street.
- Tuesday, October 16th - Overnight work
- Wednesday, October 17th - 9:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, October 28th, 9:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
Note: to complete this work, parking will be restricted at the following locations and times:
- Mt. Auburn St. from Ralph Piteri Terrace to Belmont St on both sides, Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. through Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m.
- Belmont St. from Brimmer St to Mt. Auburn Street on the south side only, Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. through Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m.
We also want to hear from you! Please fill out our Mt. Auburn Bus Priority Pilot Project pre-installation survey at this link.
The City has 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.
Watch these brief videos, providing more information about the pilot and its impacts:
Design plans for the upcoming bus/bike-only lane installation can be found by clicking this link and in the project's "Description" tab.
The City of Cambridge restriped Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge west of Fresh Pond Parkway in preparation for the Mt. Auburn Bus Priority Pilot. The new line striping reconfigured traffic lanes slightly, added clearer lane markings, added bicycle lanes, and reconfigured where Brattle Street merges with Mt. Auburn Street westbound. The bus priority elements will still be implemented in October.
The City of Cambridge and the Town of Watertown are continuing to build momentum for the Cambridge-Watertown Mount Auburn Street Bus Priority project by implementing early action elements of the whole project, still scheduled for launch in October 2018.
- In mid-August, the Town of Watertown debuted two “queue jump” lanes at School Street and Walnut Street. Queue jump lanes allow buses to move more quickly through intersections by “jumping” to the front of the line of cars stopped at a light. See attached press release.
- Pending weather, Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge west of Fresh Pond Parkway will be restriped the week of August 27th in preparation for the Mt. Auburn Bus Priority Pilot. The work will happen overnight for about two nights. The new line striping will reconfigure traffic lanes slightly, add clearer lane markings, add bicycle lanes, and reconfigure where Brattle Street merges with Mt. Auburn Street westbound. The bus priority will still be implemented in October.
The Watertown queue jump lanes at Walnut Street and School Street are going live at the end of July! 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. View updated plans here.
High school students working with the Cambridge's Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program will be on the Mount Auburn St. corridor in July. The MSYEP participants will be doing outreach work at bus stops, on the bus, and to businesses in advance of the bus priority pilot project installation work in the fall. Be on the lookout for the MSYEP participants in mid-to-late July.
The timeline for the Mt. Auburn St. Bus Priority Pilot has shifted to the fall to remain aligned with the needed DCR intersection work. In the meantime, local momentum continues around the pilot: Watertown expects to implement on-street bus improvements at School Street and Walnut Street on Mt. Auburn Street this summer, including a bus queue jump / right-turn-on-red lane, allowing buses to get through the intersection faster. In Cambridge, city planners are finalizing the pilot design and continuing to conduct community outreach and education about the pilot.
Staff from Cambridge and Watertown hosted a joint community meeting on May 1, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Tufts Health Plan Morton A. Madoff Center, 705 Mt. Auburn Street, in Watertown to present the Bus Priority project, and took questions and feedback from the public. Other partners, like BostonBRT, ITDP, the MBTA, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, also attended.
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
A Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 27 to discuss the next steps for projects on Mt. Auburn and Belmont Streets. 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, was awarded 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.