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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: 2018-2021
Status: Planning

The Bus Network Redesign is a complete re-imagining of the MBTA’s bus network to reflect the travel needs of the region and create a more competitive bus service for current and future bus riders.

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

And, as we collectively continue to adapt to the uncertainty of COVID-19, so will the bus network. Throughout the pandemic, buses have played a critical role in connecting people with their jobs and essential businesses like hospitals and grocery stores.

All of these things call for a bus system that meets the needs of the region.

A central initiative of the Better Bus Project, the redesign builds on some of the work we’ve already done and guides our recommendations for an improved bus network—a network that better serves existing riders, attracts new riders, and better meets regional needs. These changes will address everything: route design, frequency of service, span of service, stop spacing, and coverage area.

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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Our Vision for the Bus Network Redesign

When we look at the network, we see things that we think only a redesign can fix. We will examine the system as a whole to create a better bus network that responds to the changing needs of the region.

Our plan aims to:

Building a Better Bus Network Together

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

Here's what we're doing now:

What’s Next

We’ll use the data we gather during the planning process and from other work we’ve already done to produce a set of recommendations for redesigning our bus network.

We will:

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

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