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Massachusetts Ave in Arlington

Updated on November 20, 2018

Bus lane on Massachusetts Ave in Arlington (October 2018)
A cyclist shares the bus lane, with traffic in a separate lane.

What: Shared bus-bike lane pilot, transit signal priority, queue jump

When: October 9 – November 9, 2018, and ongoing

Where: Massachusetts Ave, eastbound, from Lake St to Alewife Brook Parkway

Routes: 77, 79, and 350

During a 30-day pilot, Arlington tested several bus priority features to improve reliability and travel time on MBTA routes along Massachusetts Ave, including:

  • A dedicated bus lane, Monday – Friday, 6 AM – 9 AM, in the eastbound lanes of Massachusetts Ave between Varnum St and Alewife Brook Parkway
  • Transit signal priority at Lake St, which gives preference to buses at traffic lights
  • A queue jump at Lake St and Alewife Brook Parkway, so buses can bypass waiting traffic with early green signals

The pilot has ended, and the transit signal priority and queue jumps remain in place. The bus will travel in regular traffic lanes while the city collects feedback from the public and analyzes results from the pilot. Recommendations will be given in 2019.

Give feedback on the pilot

Learn more about the Arlington bus priority pilot

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