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MBTA Announces Proposed Route Changes for the Better Bus Project, Schedules Open Houses, and Announces Comment Period

Posted on January 28, 2019

Better Bus Project: Making transit better together

The MBTA has shared 47 cost-neutral proposals to update and modernize 63 existing bus routes. These proposals lay the foundation for a bus network with more frequent, reliable service that provides better connectivity in Greater Boston. The Better Bus Project marks the beginning of a long-range planning effort by the MBTA. 

In the near term, these proposals, along with the release of a State of the System Report, Market Analysis Report, and Route Profiles that describe each MBTA bus route in detail, will inform a series of new schedules and bus routes that may be implemented as early as fall of 2019. These documents can all be found on the project website at In addition, the MBTA will begin discussing a multi-year investment strategy with our board to determine how the Authority should invest in bus service in the future.

Taken together, this package of cost-neutral proposals lays the foundation for a bus network with more frequent, reliable service that provides better connectivity in Greater Boston. If they take effect as proposed, we estimate that there will be:

  • At least 30,000 – 45,000 weekday bus riders positively affected by these proposals 
    • 14,000 weekday bus riders will have a faster trip
    • 32,500 weekday bus riders affected by these proposals will have a shorter wait time
  • A small subset of riders will be inconvenienced by these proposals 
    • 786 weekday bus riders (only 0.2%) will be further than ½ mile from bus or other MBTA transit service 
    • 3,000 weekday bus riders who didn’t transfer before will now have to

The proposals can be found at They include a description of each proposed change by route number, a map of the change, and the data supporting the change along with the trade-offs. 

Better Bus Project Open Houses

Bus illustration

The Better Bus Project includes an extensive public engagement plan to get feedback on these proposals, including hosting a series of Open Houses over the next several weeks, starting at Boston City Hall Plaza and different bus stations around the region.

Bus riders can stop by any time during our Open Houses to talk to MBTA staff.

LocationBoston City Hall PlazaDateThursday, January 31Time12 PM – 2 PM
LocationWonderland StationDateTuesday, February 5Time4 PM – 6 PM
LocationHaymarket StationDateWednesday, February 6Time1 PM – 3 PM
LocationAshmont StationDateWednesday, February 13Time4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
LocationSullivan Square StationDateTuesday, February 19Time8 AM – 10 AM
LocationForest Hills StationDateWednesday, February 27Time3 PM – 5 PM
LocationMalden Center StationDateMonday, March 4Time4 PM – 6 PM

Download an open house flyer

MBTA Community Meetings

Community members speak with MBTA staff at a community meeting at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal building in Dudley Square.

The Better Bus Project team will also be at upcoming MBTA Community Meetings.

At these meetings, attendees can learn about and offer feedback on the Better Bus Project and Automated Fare Collection 2.0. At the same meetings, attendees can also learn about and share their views about the proposed fare increase.

The list of meetings is below:

LocationBus HubDateTime

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington St., Boston MA

Bus HubDudley SquareDateMonday, February 4Time6 PM – 8 PM

North Shore Community College
300 Broad St., Lynn, MA

Bus HubLynn Central SquareDateThursday, February 7Time6 PM – 8 PM

Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main St., Watertown, MA

Bus HubWatertown SquareDateTuesday, February 12Time6 PM – 8 PM

Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington St., Quincy, MA

Bus HubQuincy CenterDateWednesday, February 20Time6 PM – 8 PM

Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Bus HubHarvard SquareDateTuesday, February 26Time6 PM – 8 PM

State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Bus HubDowntown BostonDateThursday, March 7Time6 PM – 8 PM


The MBTA also invites bus riders and other interested parties to share their feedback online, through the feedback form ( The form is available in 8 languages.

The comment period will close on March 13, 2019.

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