Bus Shelters

Cemusa bus shelter on Concord Avenue at the playing fields behind the armory.

Bus Shelters

Bus shelters are located at many of the busiest bus stops in Cambridge to provide a convenient and comfortable place to wait for the bus. Using buses for everyday transportation is a convenient and cost effective way to get around. Providing bus shelters is one of the ways that the City and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Agency (MBTA) hope to encourage people to use buses.

Advertising Shelters - JCDecaux

Bus shelters in Cambridge are owned and maintained by the City, the MBTA, JCDecaux, or other private entities. Since 2004, the City of Cambridge has had an agreement to install, operate, and maintain bus shelters with JCDecaux (formerly Cemusa), through a program developed by the MBTA.

JCDecaux sells advertising space on one end panel of each shelter to finance the purchase and maintenance of these shelters with a portion of any net profits going to the City and the MBTA. Locations of JCDecaux shelters are determined by identifying the busiest bus stops, environmental justice areas, as well as stops near destinations like senior housing developments, hospitals and other locations where a shelter is of particular benefit. 

Advertising Shelter Locations

Click the links below to see images of JCDecaux shelters at the following bus stop locations:

Other Bus Shelters

The City and the MBTA also own and maintain bus shelters that were installed prior to the JCDecaux program or in locations where a JCDecaux shelter was not deemed feasible. Other entities also owns and maintain bus shelters in Cambridge.

Click here for map of the current location of shelters in the City.

Realtime Bus Arrival Information

Locations

The City of Cambridge is piloting realtime bus arrival information signs at four locations around the City. Two signs are located in and near Central Square and two signs are located in Porter Square.

User Evaluation - Coming Soon

The City will launch a user evaluation survey later in 2018 to get your feedback on the signage.

Information

For more information, send an e-mail to transportation@cambridgema.gov or call the Community Development Department at 617/347-4600

Bus Stops

Green Street Bus Stop Improvements

In June 2017, the City constructed a curb extension and added a bus shelter at the bus stop on Green Street at Pearl Street, increasing space and comfort for waiting passengers and pedestrians. In order to minimize the impact on parking, parking on Green Street between Pearl Street and Brookline Street has been permanently shifted to the north side of the street. A public meeting was held in June 2016 to discuss the proposed parking changes. For more background information, please view the project flyerpresentationposter, and notes from the June 2016 meeting.

MBTA Bus Routing and Stop Location Changes

The City works with the MBTA on an ongoing basis to modify bus stop locations and bus routing to improve travel times, service reliability, and safety. Recent changes include:

  • New Acorn Park Drive routing and bus stop near Alewife: Inbound routing of Bus Routes 62, 67, 76, and 84 (and 62/76 on Saturdays) toward Alewife Station to travel via Acorn Park Drive. This allows buses to avoid traffic on Route 2, with an estimated travel times savings in the morning rush hour of just under 2 minutes per trip, adding up to 21.6 person-hours on an average weekday. We also created a bus stop for travelers to and from destinations along Acorn Park Drive. For more information, please view a press release from the MBTA.
  • Broadway at Galileo Galilei Way bus stop: In response to requests from the public and MBTA bus operators, the bus stop on Broadway at Galileo Galilei Way, heading toward Kendall Square, was shifted to the far side of the intersection to improve operations and increase safety for all users.

Bus Stop Design Standards

Cambridge's design standard is to use curb extensions for bus stops so that buses pull over in the travel lane against the bus stop. This is preferred to "bus bays" where buses must pull into a location against the sidewalk. The problems with "bus bays" include: they are often blocked by cars, it is difficult for the driver to get both front and rear doors flush with the sidewalk, and they cause delays in the bus getting back into traffic.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Bill Deignan in the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division at 617/439-4632, or wdeignan@cambridgema.gov.