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Bus Network Redesign

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  • Timeline: 2018 – 2028
  • 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 reimagines the MBTA’s bus network to reflect these changes and create a better experience for current and future bus riders.

What's Happening Now

The proposed bus network map is available online. Check it out and give us your feedback at any of our virtual or in-person meetings this May, June, or July. You can also provide input using our online survey.

Rider Benefits

  • 25% more bus service 
  • 70% more weekend service 
  • 275,000 more residents would be near high-frequency service (buses running every 15 minutes or better, 5 AM – 1 AM, seven days a week) 
  • 115,000 residents of color and 40,000 low-income households would gain access to high-frequency service

Project Timeline

20212022: Planning

  • Summer/Fall 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.
  • Spring/Summer 2022: We’ll share our proposal for a new network and gather extensive public feedback on it.
  • Fall 2022: We’ll incorporate feedback into a final network map for Board approval.

20232028: Implementation

The new network will be implemented in several phases, starting with the rollout of new routes in spring 2023. 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.

The Proposed Bus Network Redesign Is Ready for Your Feedback

At a public meeting, community members learn about the Better Bus Project

Check out the proposed bus network map and tell us what you think. 

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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.

Contact

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

For more information

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

The Proposed Bus Network Redesign Is Ready for Your Feedback

At a public meeting, community members learn about the Better Bus Project

Check out the proposed bus network map and tell us what you think.