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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. Continue reading

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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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