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MBTA Announces Improved Bus Stop Signage Pilot as Part of Phase 1 of Bus Network Redesign

Posted on April 9, 2024

Phase 1 of Bus Network Redesign anticipated to be implemented in December 2024.

Today the MBTA announced a pilot that began yesterday, April 8, and will continue through May 3, 2024, to redesign bus stop signs in an effort to improve their accessibility and findability. The MBTA will also host eight pop-up events at pilot bus stops to gather rider feedback. This bus stop signage pilot comes in advance of anticipated bus service changes to come as part of the Bus Network Redesign (BNR) Program. More information is available at

“As we begin this pilot of new sign designs for buses that are intended to improve our riders’ experience and provide clear information at bus stops, we are asking for public feedback to best ensure we are meeting your expectations,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng. “As we focus on delivering more reliable and frequent trips, information and communication is equally critical for both existing and future riders. Your input is invaluable as we embark on the first phase of Bus Network Redesign in December 2024. We look forward to seeing and hearing from everyone at any of the upcoming bus stop pop-up events.”

To prepare for the upcoming anticipated bus service changes as part of BNR, the new bus stop sign design is being piloted at various locations between April 8 and May 3. The signs will include the following: 

  • Increased size: The sign’s width will increase from 12 to 14 inches to improve visibility.
  • Double-sided: The signs will be double-sided to make it easier to find bus information from both directions.
  • Improved legibility: The signs will include larger two-inch text and numbers to make them easier to read.
  • Frequent bus route symbol: The signs will include a clock symbol to indicate this bus stop serves one or more frequent bus routes.
Image showing new changes to bus stop signs

The MBTA encourages riders and the public to send feedback to help the T finalize the design.

Bus StopNeighborhood and MunicipalityRoutes ServedPop-up Events
Bus StopMalden Center (busway)Neighborhood and MunicipalityMaldenRoutes Served97, 99, 101, 104, 105, 106, 108, 131, 132, 137, 411, 430Pop-up EventsTuesday, April 9 
4 PM – 6 PM
Bus StopHarvard (busway)Neighborhood and MunicipalityCambridgeRoutes Served 71, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 86, 96Pop-up EventsThursday, April 11 
4 PM – 6 PM
Bus StopNubian (busway)Neighborhood and Municipality Roxbury, BostonRoutes Served1, 8, 19, 47, 171, 749, 751Pop-up EventsTuesday, April 16 
2 PM – 4 PM
Bus StopForest Hills (busway)Neighborhood and MunicipalityJamaica Plain, BostonRoutes Served21, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 50, 51, 192, 34EPop-up EventsThursday, April 18 
4 PM – 6 PM
Bus StopBrighton Ave opp Quint AveNeighborhood and MunicipalityAllston, BostonRoutes Served51, 57, 66, 193Pop-up EventsTuesday, April 23  
7 AM – 9 AM
Bus StopTalbot Ave @ Centre StNeighborhood and MunicipalityDorchester, BostonRoutes Served22, 23, 26, 45Pop-up EventsThursday, April 25  
7 AM – 9 AM
Bus StopDudley St @ Belden StNeighborhood and MunicipalityDorchester, BostonRoutes Served15, 41, 191Pop-up Events Tuesday, April 30 
3 PM – 5 PM
Bus StopCentre St @ Seaverns AveNeighborhood and MunicipalityJamaica Plain, BostonRoutes Served21, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 192Pop-up EventsThursday, May 2 
3 PM – 5 PM

Other bus stops where the new bus stop sign is being piloted are located at:

Bus StopNeighborhood and Municipality Routes Served
Bus StopBoylston St @ Dartmouth StNeighborhood and Municipality Back Bay, Boston Routes Served9, 10, 39, 55, 193
Bus StopHyde Park Ave @ Mt Hope StNeighborhood and MunicipalityRoslindale, Boston Routes Served32, 33
Bus StopHancock St @ Bowdoin StNeighborhood and MunicipalityDorchester, Boston Routes Served15, 17, 191
Bus StopBlue Hill Ave @ Morton StNeighborhood and MunicipalityMattapan, Boston Routes Served28, 29
Bus StopSurface Rd @Hanover StNeighborhood and MunicipalityDowntown/North End Boston Routes Served92, 93, 111, 117, 194
Bus StopPark St @ Hawthorne StNeighborhood and MunicipalityChelsea Routes Served111, 112, 114, 116, 117

BNR is a complete reimagining of Greater Boston’s bus network that will better reflect the travel needs of the area and create a better experience for current and future bus riders. A new core network of frequent bus routes—operating every 15 minutes or better throughout the day—is the center of this redesign. The MBTA is implementing the new bus network in phases over the next five years. 

In December 2024, the MBTA anticipates that Phase 1 bus service changes will be implemented throughout the communities of Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Malden, Somerville, Cambridge, and East Boston for Routes 86, 104, 109, 110, 116, and 117, including: 

  • Changing six bus routes, increasing service by 60% on the north side;
  • Increasing service frequency for four routes (Routes 104, 109, 110, and 116) to 15 minutes or less, all day, every day; and
  • New connections to the Red, Orange, Green, and Blue lines.

The MBTA will continue to communicate with riders about these upcoming anticipated changes in advance of December 2024 and encourages riders to share their questions and comments about BNR by emailing Full details about these anticipated changes during Phase 1 and beyond are available at

For any other questions or comments, please email

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