Mass. Ave. Bus Priority Pilot Concludes

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Post Date:11/15/2018 10:00 AM

Thank you to all participants of the ArlBRT Mass. Ave. Bus Priority pilot. Whether you traveled by car, bike, or bus, your participation and feedback during this pilot has been instrumental in analyzing how best to improve commuting along Mass. Ave. eastbound during the morning rush hour.

The final forum on the pilot was held on November 14, 2018. The presentation provided attendees information about the preliminary results of the pilot, including what was learned through data collection and survey responses, and next steps. Through the end of the year, the pilot team will continue to collect data from the MBTA and the community in order to formulate recommendations regarding a permanent bus lane. To that end, a survey has been released to collect impressions on the pilot now that it has ended.

Now that the pilot ended on November 9, the bus will travel in the travel lanes from Varnum Street to the Alewife Brook Parkway and this area will not have traffic cones or dedicated police presence. Additionally, parking will be allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. eastbound between Varnum Street and Alewife Brook Parkway. Other elements tested as part of the pilot will remain as follows:

- lane assignments and signal changes at Alewife Brook Parkway.
- a bus stop relocation, transit signal priority, and queue jump at Lake Street.

Pilot Description
Serving the morning commute of MBTA buses, the pilot created a dedicated bus lane on Mass. Ave., eastbound, from Varnum Street to Alewife Brook Parkway, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for one month from October 9th - November 9th. 

Lane assignments at Alewife Brook Parkway were altered.
- The left-hand turn lane was shared with through traffic with a protected left turn signal on the Parkway.
- The middle lane remained a through lane, and;
- the right-most lane became a right turn only except for buses and bikes.

The pilot adjusted traffic signals and the inbound Lake Street bus stop was relocated to 190 Mass Ave. The dedicated bus lane utilized the parking lane leaving the two eastbound travel lanes intact. Bicycles were allowed in the dedicated bus lane, but cars were not.

The final design was developed in coordination with our partners: the City of Cambridge, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), with support from ITDP and Stantec and financial support from the Barr Foundation.
 
The pilot area was broken into three sections: Massachusetts Avenue at Lake Street, Massachusetts Avenue from Lake Street to Alewife Brook Parkway, and Massachusetts Avenue at Alewife Brook Parkway. The pilot details include a relocated bus stop moving from the Capitol Theatre block to the far-side of the intersection in front of Christo’s, a dedicated bus lane utilizing the parking lane on Massachusetts Avenue from Varnum Street to Alewife Brook Parkway, and an exception for buses to use the right turn lane at Alewife Brook Parkway to cross the intersection into Cambridge. The final design is described in more detail in a memorandum from DPCD to the Town Manager.
For all other information about the Arlington Bus Priority Pilot, please contact Daniel Amstutz, at 781-316-3093 or damstutz@town.arlington.ma.us.


Additional Information
View the September 2018 DPCD memo and final design.
View the August 15, 2018 forum presentation.
View all of the design options considered.
View the parking utilization analysis.
View the design evaluation criteria.
View the May 16, 2018 forum presentation.
Read the letter by Town Manager, Adam Chapdelaine and Director of Planning and Community Development, Jennifer Raitt about the pilot.

Read the ArlBRT Fact Sheet
Read about other BRT pilots

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