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Columbus Avenue Bus Lanes

The Columbus Avenue boarding platforms feature seating, canopies, and important accessibility improvements like large digital panels dedicated to real-time information that also include an audio component.

The Columbus Avenue bus lane project aims to improve transit times along some of our busiest bus routes.

Routes 22, 29, and 44 serve a large number of low-income riders. The new priority bus lanes will provide riders with faster, more reliable trips.

The bus lanes are being improved in two phases.

  • Phase 1 was completed in October 2021. We added center-running bus lanes and boarding platforms along Columbus Avenue.
  • Phase 2 is in the concept development stage, and will include improvements to bus stops and shelters along Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street.

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  • Phase 2: Tremont/Columbus 

  • Columbus Avenue’s bus lanes are the first center-running bus lane facility in the MBTA service area and in New England.
  • Timeline: 2022 - 2025
  • Status: Concept Development

Phase 2 of the Columbus Avenue Bus Lanes project will provide multimodal transportation and safety improvements on the 1.2 mile segment of Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street located roughly between Jackson Square and Ruggles Station. This project will build upon the successful implementation of Phase 1, which implemented New England’s first center-running bus lanes.

The Phase 2 improvements are expected to include exclusive bus lanes, high-quality bus stops and shelters, transit signal priority, and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle connections.

Phase 1

  • Timeline: 2020 – 2021
  • Status: Complete

The Columbus Avenue Bus Lanes Project was a collaborative effort between the City of Boston, MBTA, and community stakeholders. Planning started in August 2019, and operational service began on October 30, 2021.

The project enabled riders on bus routes 22, 29, and 44 to use New England's first center-running bus lane, stretching from Jackson Square to Walnut Ave. Center-running bus lanes incorporate 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.

The new Columbus Avenue boarding platforms feature:

  • Higher curbs for easier boarding
  • Digital screens with real-time arrival information and audio announcements
  • Canopy shelters, new seating, and improved lighting
  • Safety barriers to separate riders on the platforms from traffic
  • Emergency call boxes

We also improved pedestrian safety and accessibility with new crosswalks, ramps, signals, and curb extensions along the corridor.

Bus Transit Priority

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

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Columbus Avenue’s bus lanes are the first center-running bus lane facility in the MBTA service area and in New England.

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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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Building a Better T

As part of our $9.6 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

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Related Projects

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