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Columbus Avenue Bus Lanes

Aerial view of red bus lanes running down the center of Columbus Avenue in Boston. Clear sky and normal traffic conditions.
The new center-running bus lanes, as shown in this rendering, will improve bus travel time and reliability.

In partnership with the City of Boston, the MBTA is making improvements to Columbus Ave that will benefit bus riders, pedestrians, and the neighborhood as a whole.

When complete, riders that take bus routes 22, 29, and 44 can expect:

  • A new center-running bus lane from Jackson Square to Walnut Ave
  • Full replacement of eight existing bus stops with new platforms and amenities
  • Pedestrian safety and accessibility improvements—new crosswalks, ramps, signals, and curb extensions

Columbus Avenue is just one place we’re building new bus lanes.

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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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A Groundbreaking Initiative

This project is the first of its kind in New England. Just a few blocks away, the country’s first subway opened in 1897. And, when the Columbus Avenue bus lane project is complete in 2021, it will be the first center-running bus lane in New England.

This service incorporates elements of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)—dedicated bus lanes that are in the center (or median) of the street, eliminating conflicts with vehicular traffic and parked vehicles. This will result in faster, more reliable trips, saving riders 4 – 7 minutes along the corridor.

Work also includes updated passenger amenities like:

  • Near-level boarding platforms
  • Upgraded digital screens and realtime arrival information
  • New bus shelters
  • Emergency call boxes

Service Impacts

Beginning in fall 2020, construction work may require occasional lane reductions, parking space removals, and minor pedestrian detours.

Service Alerts

Any service changes to routes 22, 29, or 44 will be posted on our website, Twitter, and through the T-Alerts subscription.

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More Information

To learn more about this partnership with the City of Boston, please visit the BTD Transit Team's Columbus Avenue project page.

Send any questions or comments to betterbusproject@mbta.com.

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The experience of taking an MBTA bus fails to live up to our own standards in too many ways. Through the Better Bus Project, we are changing that.

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

Related Projects

An aerial view of the dedicated bus lane on Charles River Dam Road

Bus Transit Priority

We’re partnering with communities to develop more bus lanes to give riders faster, more reliable trips, and implement other transit priority features like queue jumps and signal priority.


Better Bus Project: Making transit better together

Better Bus Project

The experience of taking an MBTA bus fails to live up to our own standards in too many ways. Through the Better Bus Project, we are changing that.