Board Approves 36 Bus Route Updates
Updated on May 6, 2019
The Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) approved a final package of 36 near-term changes to bus service in May 2019. This includes 27 proposals as released in January 2019, and 9 with modifications. Changes will provide more frequent and reliable service, and a small number of new connections across 50 existing bus routes. The FMCB also approved 45 additional bus operators to increase off-peak service on some of the busiest routes.
Changes will be implemented in late 2019 and early 2020, with a few additional changes going into effect later, dependent on coordination with outside public and private entities.
Final Package of Near-term Changes to Bus Service
Adopted May 2019
1 and CT1
Combine Routes CT1 and 1 into a single route for more frequent, reliable service.
Bypass Northern Ave by staying on Seaport Blvd for more reliable service.
5 and 16
Add midday and Saturday service to JFK/UMass on Route 16 (currently only weekday peak). Discontinue Route 5, which is partially replaced by Routes 10 and 16.
Straighten out Broadway Station routing to turn left on Dorchester Ave in the inbound direction for faster, more reliable service.
34 and 34E
Combine Routes 34 and 34E into a single route with new service to Legacy Place on Route 34 to provide new connections and reduce the number of route variations.
Coordinate changes to provide service similar to Routes 34 and 52 to Dedham Mall, and provide service at Stop & Shop only, remove Old Navy stop.
The original proposal provided a more consistent travel pattern by reducing route variations and providing more frequent service to VA Medical Center/ Hospital. The revised and approved proposal changes the terminus of the outer route from Millennium Park to VA Medical Center due to school closure.
Reduce the number of route variations for faster, more reliable service.
Shift outbound evening and weekend service from Dudley St to Malcolm X Blvd for more consistent service.
Reduce the number of route variations and extend more trips to Dedham Mall for faster, more reliable service.
The original proposal doubled frequency on the busy Needham St section. The revised and approved proposal preserves some limited service to Eliot St.
The original proposal added service to Chestnut Hill Square. The revised and approved proposal preserves the Chestnut Hill Mall stop and explore adding a new stop at or near Chestnut Hill Square.
Shift route from Hobart St to Brooks St for faster service in Boston. Consider new connections and extension of midday service to Kendall Square for more connections to Allston/Brighton, and shift some service from Broadway to Main St for faster service in Cambridge.
70 and 70A
Improve frequency and reliability between Waltham and Central Square on Route 70, and modify Route 70A to only operate between North Waltham and Waltham Center, with simpler routing and new Sunday service.
72, 74, and 75
Run straighter, faster, more frequent service on Routes 74 and 75. Operate Route 72 with peak-only service, and Route 75 to Huron Ave on weekdays and Saturdays.
The original proposal doubled frequency between Broadway/Winter Hill to the Red Line by removing Route 89 service from Clarendon Hill and maintaining connections on Routes 87 and 88. The revised and approved proposal preserves some peak and school-time service at Clarendon Hill.
The original proposal provided faster, more frequent service between Davis and Assembly squares, with the route ending at Assembly Square. The revised and approved proposal preserves the direct connection to Sullivan Square and ends Route 90 service to Wellington.
Remove service to Assembly Square to provide more frequent, reliable service between Haymarket and Sullivan Square. Service to Assembly is available via Orange Line transfer.
The original proposal added service to connect Arlington Center, Medford Square, and Sullivan Square by removing service to West Medford along Playstead Rd. The revised and approved proposal alternates trips between Arlington Center and Playstead Rd to test rider demand throughout the week.
Simplify route to provide more frequent service on Salem and Main streets.
Remove service on Park Ave to provide faster, more reliable service. Preserves connection via Route 110.
Remove the loop around Central Square in East Boston for faster, more reliable service. Maintain Meridian St bus stop for access to Liberty Plaza.
Shift Commercial St/Courthouse service to Riverside Ave for faster, more direct service to Wellington.
201 and 202
Eliminate weekend service to Quincy for faster, more reliable service to Ashmont and Shawmut neighborhoods. Saturday service to Quincy available via Route 210.
The original proposal provided faster, more reliable service between Quincy Center and Hingham Depot. The revised and approved proposal reduces the number of trips to Hingham Loop without eliminating it, and preserves particular times needed by the school.
Shift service from Essex St to North and Middle streets for faster, more reliable midday service.
Shorten route and increase frequency with a new connection between Braintree and Columbian Square via Lincoln Square. Add connection between Columbian Square and Braintree with new Route 226 service.
Add new connection to Northwest Park.
Provide faster, more reliable peak service between Malden and Kennedy Drive, preserving only midday service to Jack Satter House.
Terminate evening service at Wonderland instead of Haymarket for faster, more reliable service to Boston. Maintain morning service to Wonderland.
End route at Lynn Fells Parkway at Main St for faster, more reliable service to Haymarket via Saugus Center.
Shift service from Pine Hill for more frequent service along Boston and Euclid Ave.
441, 442, 448, 449
Start and end all service at Wonderland for faster, more reliable service between Boston and the North Shore. Lower express bus fare to local fare.
455 and 459
Start and end all service at Wonderland, remove route 459 and reinvest in Route 455 for faster, more reliable service. Lower the express fare rate to a local fare.
501, 502, 503, 504
The original proposal provided faster, more reliable service on Routes 501, 502, 503, and 504 between Watertown/Brighton and Boston with a looping change at Newton Corner. The revised and approved proposal only implements this change during afternoon peak service when routes 501 and 503 serve both sides of Newton Corner.
Remove Silver Line 2 stop at 88 Black Falcon for faster, more reliable service.