Transit Projects

Key Bus Route Improvement Program

Updated December 2013

For detailed descriptions of improvements on each route, click here. 

Program Overview

The MBTA has designated 15 of our busiest bus routes as “Key Bus Routes”. Each Key Bus Route operates at a high frequency, 7 days a week, to meet passenger demand along high-density corridors. Service operates every 10 minutes or better during weekday peak periods, every 15 minutes or better during weekday midday, and every 20 minutes or better during off-peak periods.

The goal of the Key Bus Route Improvement Program is to improve the overall quality of service for customers on these Key Bus Routes by reducing trip times; enhancing customer comfort, convenience, safety and accessibility and making the bus service more reliable and cost-effective. The 15 Key Bus Routes to be improved as part of this Program are: Routes 1, 15, 22, 23, 28, 32, 39, 57, 66, 71, 73, 77, 111, 116, and 117.

All Key Bus Routes

In order to meet the goal of the Key Bus Route Improvement Program the following objectives have been identified:

Bus 1

- Enhance bus stop accessibility – for all customers including seniors and persons with disabilities
- Improve bus service reliability – less bus bunching
- Enable faster service – fewer delays, less stops and reduced overall trip times
- Provide better passenger amenities – shelters, benches, signage, trash barrels

Types of Improvements

Utilizing $10 million in grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) the MBTA now has the opportunity to implement the Key Bus Route Improvement Program.  This one-time opportunity to improve service quality will be accomplished by implementing a combination of the following on the identified Key Bus Routes:

- Bus stop location improvements, including bus stop consolidation, which may result in the elimination or relocation of some bus stops
- Transit signal priority and designated queue jump lanes
- Curb extensions
- Accessibility enhancements
- Bus stop amenities

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Program Outline and Schedule

The Key Bus Route Improvement Program has involved extensive public outreach with participation from customers, community representatives and Municipalities served by each bus route. 

The public process included over 50 community meetings. 

Designe plans have been completed for each of the 15 Key Bus Routes listed belowtaking into consideration feedback received through the outreach process. Construction will be commencing this Spring and will be completed by September 2013.

The table below lists the routes, municipalities served, and project schedule.

Key Bus Route Municipalities Served Design Status Construction Begins
23 Boston Complete Spring 2013
39 Boston Complete Summer 2013
1 Boston, Cambridge Complete Summer 2013
57 Boston/Newton/Watertown Complete Summer 2013
66 Boston/Brookline/Cambridge Complete Summer 2013
15 Boston Complete Summer 2013
22 Boston Complete Summer 2013
28 Boston Complete Spring 2013
32 Boston Complete Summer 2013
111 Boston/Chelsea/Revere/Everett Complete Summer 2013
116/117 Boston/Chelsea/Revere Complete Summer 2013
71 Cambridge/Watertown Complete Summer 2013
73 Cambridge/Belmont/Watertown Complete Summer 2013
77 Arlington/Cambridge Complete Summer 2013

Project Update

Please see the attached link for bus routes and street locations currently under construction.  

Key Bus Routes Project Update 9/16/13 - 10/4/13

Upcoming Meetings

All anticipated community meetings have been completed at this time. 

For other MBTA meetings please go to www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/public_meetings/

Comments and Feedback

For comments and feedback on your route please email keybusroutes@mbta.com or mail them to MBTA Project Director for Operations, 45 High St, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

Current Related Documents 

 

 Descriptions of Route Improvements

IMPORTANT NOTE: These datasheets are intended as an informational guide, and may reflect improvements still in the process of finalization. Please consult your bus operator for any questions about changes made to your route.

Route 1 Inbound
Route 1 Outbound
Route 15 Inbound
Route 15 Outbound
Route 22 Inbound
Route 22 Outbound
Route 23 Inbound
Route 23 Outbound
Route 28 Inbound
Route 28 Outbound
Route 32 Inbound
Route 32 Outbound
Route 39 Inbound
Route 39 Outbound
Route 57 Inbound
Route 57 Outbound
Route 66 Inbound
Route 66 Outbound
Route 71 Inbound
Route 71 Outbound
Route 73 Inbound
Route 73 Outbound
Route 77 Inbound
Route 77 Outbound
Route 111 Inbound
Route 111 Outbound
Route 116 and 117 Inbound
Route 116 and 117 Outbound

 

Maps of Routes

IMPORTANT NOTE: These datasheets are intended as an informational guide, and may reflect improvements still in the process of finalization. Please consult your bus operator for any questions about changes made to your route.

Route 15 East      
Route 15 West
Route 22 North  
Route 22 South
Route 28 Central
Route 28 North
Route 28 South  
Route 32 Central 
Route 32 North 
Route 32 South 
Routes 71/73 Cambridge 
Route 71 Watertown 
Route 73 Belmont and Cambridge
Route 77 Arlington  
Route 77 Arlington and Cambridge 
Route 77 Cambridge  
Route 1 Boston
Route 1 Cambridge
Route 23 
Route 39 (1 of 2) 
Route 39 (2 of 2) 
Route 57 (1 of 2)
Route 57 (2 of 2)
Route 66 Allston-Brighton  
Route 66 Brookline
Route 66 Cambridge
Route 66 Mission Hill
Route 111 Boston, Revere, Everett 
Route 116-117 East Boston 
Route 116-117 Revere 

 

 

Background Documents* 

Rt 1 Preliminary Design Proposed Recommendations
Rt 1 Preliminary Design Community Presentation-Cambridge 6-14-2011
Rt 1 Preliminary Design Community Presentation-Boston 6-13-2011
Rts 15-22-28 Second Community Presentation - Uphams Corner 6-11-12
Rts 15-22-28 Second Community Presentation - Grove Hall 6-26-12
Rts 15-22-28 Second Community Presentation - Dudley 6-28-12
Rt 15 Proposed Recommendations
Rt 22 Proposed Recommendations
Rt 23 Proposed Recommendations - 90 Percent Design   
Rt 28 Proposed Recommendations  
Rt 28 Second Community Presentation - Mattapan 6-19-12
Rt 32 Proposed Recommendations
Rt 32 Second Community Meeting - Forest Hills 6-20-12
Rt 32 Second Community Presentation - Hyde Park 6-21-12
Rt 39 Community Presentation-Jamaica Plain - 6-12-2012 
Rt 39 Proposed Recommendations - 100 Percent Design    
Rt 57 Preliminary Design Proposed Recommendations
Rt 57 Preliminary Design Community Presentation-Boston 6-22-2011
Rt 66 Preliminary Design Proposed Recommendations
Rt 66 Preliminary Design Community Presentation-Mission Hill 6-23-2011
Rt 66 Preliminary Design Community Presentation Allston-Brighton 6-6-2011
Rt 71 Revised Preliminary Recommendations 10-11-11
Rt 71 Second Community Meeting Presentation-Cambridge-Watertown 10-5-2011
Rt 73 Proposed Recommendations
Rt 73 Community Presentation-Belmont 6-7-2012
Rt 77 Second Community Presentation-Cambridge-10-11-11
Rt 77 Revised Preliminary Recommendations
Rt 77 Second Community Presentation - Arlington 9-27-2011
Rt 111 Preliminary Design Proposed Recommendations
Rts 116-117 Preliminary Design Proposed Recommendations
Rts 116-117 Preliminary Design Community Presentation-Revere 12-15-2011
Rts 111-116-117 Preliminary Design Community Presentation Chelsea - 12-7-2011
Rts 116-117 Preliminary Design Community Presentation East Boston - 11-15-2011

 

*For the most recent plans, please refer to the route maps posted above. The information listed below is for background purposes only and in some cases has been changed to reflect furthur public and municipal input.

  

For archived recommendations and presentations please click here.