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Bus Network Redesign

Route 50 bus travels inbound to Forest Hills, with a bus lane in the foreground, some remnants of snow on the sidewalk
  • Timeline: 2018 – 2022
  • Status: Planning

Greater Boston has changed significantly in recent years, with shifting demographics, emerging employment districts, increasing traffic congestion, and changing travel patterns.

The Bus Network Redesign completely re-imagines the MBTA’s bus network to reflect these changes and create a better experience for current and future bus riders.

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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What We’re Doing Now

This redesign reflects rider feedback collected during one of the early phases of the Better Bus Project. It builds on the work we’ve already done, and guides our recommendations for changes that address route design, frequency of service, hours of service, and coverage area.

In the last year, we examined travel data and analyzed rider feedback to determine the most important changes. Those changes include:

  • More high-frequency corridors
  • More midday, evening, and weekend service
  • Better access to key destinations
  • New bus routes (rolling out in 2022)

This plan prioritizes riders in transit-critical communities like Roxbury, Everett, Chelsea, Mattapan, and Lynn. It is a once-in-a-generation attempt to make bold, foundational improvements to the bus network for the people who depend on it most.

In the coming months, we’ll host virtual meetings to reintroduce the project and provide updates on the work we’ve been doing.

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Our Vision for the Bus Network Redesign

This process includes examining the system as a whole to create a network that responds to the changing needs of the region. And, when we look at the entire network, we believe only a full redesign can fix existing problems.

Our plan to create a new bus network map aims to:

Building a Better Bus Network Together

We’re counting on riders and area residents to help design the new bus network. The redesign will be based on data we’ve collected about travel patterns, and will be shaped through continuous public engagement.

Project Timeline

20212022: Planning 

  • Spring/Summer 2021: As we work towards our proposal for a new network, we’ll continue to talk to riders and stakeholders about the project. We’ll open an online engagement tool to gather rider input on our metrics and on your priorities for a new bus network—it will be available on this webpage. 
  • Fall/Winter 20212022: We’ll share our proposal for a new network and gather extensive public feedback on it. 
  • Spring 2022: We’ll incorporate feedback into a final network map for Board approval in early 2022.  

20222026: Implementation

The new network will be implemented in several phases, starting with the rollout of new routes in summer 2022. We plan to add service over time as we continue to modernize our facilities and expand our fleet.

Our public information efforts during this time will be more extensive than any we’ve ever launched for a route change—we want to ensure that riders can learn and understand the new system before it’s implemented.

Contact

For other questions and comments related to Bus Network Redesign, please contact us at BetterBusProject@mbta.com.

Past Events

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Presentations to the Board

Looking to learn more? You can view our presentations to the Fiscal Management and Control Board for more details about the Bus Network Redesign.

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

Learn more

Recent Updates

View all project updates

For More Information

Sign up for email updates, and check back here for opportunities to share your input with the Bus Network Redesign Team.

Sign up for email updates