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Bus Transit Priority

Updated on November 2, 2018

Bus traveling on a bus priority lane in Arlington

About the Project

Timeline: 2016-2020
Status: Planning

Summary

How cities and towns manage the streets and signals used by MBTA buses has a lot to do with how fast or slow our buses run. In conjunction with the Better Bus Project, the T is partnering with communities to explore and implement tools that improve reliability and service for customers. 

Here are some features of Bus Priority projects:

  • Creating bus lanes or shared bus-bike lanes during rush hours, giving buses a clear path past traffic 
  • Working on transit signal priority, which gives preference to buses at traffic lights
  • Implementing queue jumps, short stretches of priority lanes that let buses bypass waiting traffic with early green signals

Benefits

More efficient bus service, including:

  • Fewer delays
  • Faster bus trips
  • More reliable and frequent service

Pilots

Featured Photos

Updates

November 1, 2018

Bus Priority Projects

Cities and towns that manage the streets and signals used by MBTA buses are exploring and implementing bus priority tools that help buses meet customers’ expectations for speed and reliability. 

Contact Information

For all queries and comments related to Bus Transit Priority, please contact:

Better Bus Project