Bus Lane Returns, Permanently

Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM last fall. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

Tested last fall, ratified last February, delayed several times, the AM-rush-hour bus (and bike) -only lane in East Arlington is scheduled to restart tomorrow.

Permanently.
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Express Bus Shortcut Is Permanent

At this hour crews are packing up after a day spent painting the new bus-priority lane on Mass. Ave. Cambridge-bound.

Man collecting traffic cones at night.

With newly painted red road surface at his feet, a worker collects traffic cones at the conclusion of the day’s work.

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Bus lane gets Uber fees

Reinstatement of last fall’s morning-commute bus lane in East Arlington will be funded by $25,813.30 collected from ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Sign reading "No Stopping Bus Lane Monday - Friday 5AM-9AM

Town meeting appropriated the funds during the last night of Town meeting on May 15. Read more »

Town Meeting funds Lake St. signal

By a vote of 198 to 14, Town Meeting last Wednesday approved a capital budget that includes $750,000 for a traffic signal and other changes at or near the Minuteman Path crossing on Lake Street.

The appropriation ends a year-long search for funds for the project.

An amendment that would have diverted the funds to fixing some drainage problems on the Minuteman path lost by a similar margin of 20 to 189. Read more »

$750,000 sought for Lake Street signal

FUNDING TWICE DENIED BY THE STATE

The Town’s Capital Planning Committee will ask Town Meeting to appropriate $750,000 for a traffic signal at the intersection of Lake Street and the Minuteman Path.

The Town sought and failed to win state funding of $400,000 for this project in fiscal 2018 and again in fiscal 2019.

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Select Board weighs safety measures as bus lane returns

BOARD SEEKS LAFAYETTE ST. MITIGATION

Back of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

it went away but is coming back: the bus lane in East Arlington during the October pilot unsing the parking and bike lanes to speed bus transit.

The Arlington Select Board approved a plan this evening to restore the morning bus lane to an eastbound stretch of Mass. Ave. in East Arlington.

The bus lane would be permanent from the hours of 6 – 9 AM on weekdays.

The motion approving the plan also called for mitigation for the permanent removal of a bump out at the Lafayette Street crosswalk, and for a public meeting in East Arlington before the lane becomes operational again. Read more »

Recommendation: Mass. Ave. Bus Lane Should Be Permanent

LANE COULD RETURN AS EARLY AS THIS SPRING
Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A 79 bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the pilot program. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

Paint, not traffic cones, would mark a permanent version of last fall’s temporary bus lane on Mass. Ave. under a proposal from the Town’s planning department made public earlier this week.

The morning bus lane tested for one month last fall was highly successful and should return permanently “as early as next spring” according to a recommendation this week by Daniel Amstutz, the Town’s senior transportation planner.

The Select Board will discuss the proposal at its February 25 meeting.

The proposal is silent on safety issues related to the crosswalk at Lafayette Street, where the Town removed a bump-out last fall to accommodate the bus-lane pilot.

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Arlington bus pilot featured

Arlington’s bus priority pilot program was featured with other Boston-area programs in a short video released last week by Streetfilms.

Boston Area Bus Pilots Move Region Closer to BRT from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

The upbeat film, and the bus programs featured, are discussed further at Streetsblog.

Kevin Greeley

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Greeley the morning of November 24.

Greeley delivering the support of the then Board of Selectmen (now Select Board) for the Mass. Ave. Project at a hearing convened by the Federal Highway Administration on February 26, 2013. ACMI

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Bus slides show “Next Steps,” more

Next Steps slide from Town presentation on bus pilot. Full text below.

The Town has posted its slide presentation from Wednesday’s final meeting to evaluate the bus-priority pilot program. Read more »

Buses moved faster during pilot

RETURN OF BUS LANE STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION
Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the trial. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

The traffic cones and police detail are gone, but preliminary data from Wayz and the MBTA suggest that the Town’s bus-priority experiment worked.

The pilot’s three main measures reduced bus trip time by 5-6 minutes on average days without adversely affecting other road users, according to preliminary data.

The time savings climbed to 10 minutes on days of high congestion. Read more »

Town to decide bus-lane fate

BUS PILOT ENDED NOVEMBER 9. NOW WHAT?

Back of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

Two of the three segments of the Town’s bus-priority experiment, at Lake Street and at Route 16, are continuing past the end of the pilot program last Friday, November 9.

That’s according to a November 12 announcement on the Town’s website.

The third element is the bus lane. The Town made no statements about the future of the dedicated lane, noting only that the lane, and its related parking ban, are no longer in effect.

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