Summary & Goals
The Allston and Brighton neighborhoods have recently experienced significant growth in new development. While this growth adds economic opportunity and vibrancy, it also raises questions and concerns about how the existing and future multi-modal network will accommodate new development. To address these concerns, the Allston-Brighton Mobility Study will fully assess existing conditions while analyzing the impacts of pending and approved (but not yet built) development in Allston-Brighton in order to identify strategies to improve the transportation network—streets, bike infrastructure, sidewalks, transit, parking—and mitigate the impacts of development. Building on past studies, the primary goal of the Allston-Brighton Mobility Study will be to identify and develop an actionable “menu” of options to improve mobility, safety for all modes, and quality of life for the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. These items will form the basis for future development mitigation and transportation investments for the Allston-Brighton neighborhood.
Better Bus Proposals Affecting Allston-Brighton
As part of the A-B Mobility Study, the BPDA and Boston Transportation Department have been in regular communication with MassDOT and the MBTA about regional mobility issues affecting Allston-Brighton. Since late summer of 2018, the MBTA has been working on the Better Bus Study to explore ways to improve the frequency and reliability of bus service in the greater Boston area.
Recently, the Better Bus Project proposed 47 cost-neutral proposals to improve bus service. The BPDA has summarized the Better Bus Project proposals for Allston-Brighton.
Most Recent Workshops
As a part of the Allston-Brighton Mobility Study, the Boston Planning & Development Agency hosted three area workshops around the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods. The goal of these workshops was to brainstorm preferred mobility solutions in different areas of Allston-Brighton.
These meetings took place:
- Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Fiorentino Community Center | 123 Antwerp Street, Allston, MA 02134
- Thursday, February 28, 2019
Tavern Allston | 161 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
- Monday, March 18, 2019
Brighton Public Library | 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135
Allston-Brighton Mobility Study Community Work Session | January 30, 2019
Allston-Brighton Mobility Study Kick-off Open House | September 12, 2018
On September 12, we kicked off the Allston-Brighton Mobility Study. We discussed the scope of the study, as well as they types of improvements it will examine. Also on hand were members of our partner agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS). More than 100 community members attended, and we received over 200 comments relating to all modes of transportation. We heard the importance of safe street crossings, frequent and reliable transit, better bike infrastructure, effective parking capacity management, and connectivity to green and open space, and this study will address these and many other topics as it moves forward.
We've Hired a Consultant!
We are excited to announce that we’ve hired Kittelson & Associates to assist the City team with the A-B Mobility Study. Kittelson will be an integral part of the team, particularly on engineering transportation modeling and concept-level designs. Kittelson was one of six teams to respond to our RFP for the A-B Mobility Study. The BPDA Board confirmed this selection on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
Now that our consultants are on board, we are beginning to create a snapshot of existing and future conditions through field research, data collection, and analysis of previous planning initiatives. The research and modeling will inform strategies and recommendations to improve mobility in Allston-Brighton. In the next phase of the study, we will share the results of this research with the community.
Schedule & Milestones
As currently envisioned, the 18-month Study will consist of the following schedule and milestones:
||Review study area, inventory existing plans & pending development
||Build base and future model of transportation network, including pending development and infrastructure changes
||Identify issues; Confirm principles and goals
||Develop and analyze a universe of transportation improvement options
||Refine and prioritize transportation improvement options
||Draft Transportation Action Plan
||Final Transportation Action Plan
As we engage with the community and move through the planning process, the emphasis of this Study may evolve, along with some some of the tasks and milestones identified above. This website will be updated to reflect any schedule changes as the project progresses.
Each major phase of this Study will involve various forms of public engagement, from public meetings and workshops to online/digital tools, neighborhood pop ups at significant gathering spaces (such as intersections, “T” stops, or community spaces), street surveys, and/or other methods. Questions? Comments? Would you like to stay engaged? Fill out the form or email us at ABMobility@Boston.gov.
A number of plans related to Allston and Brighton have been completed and adopted in the past or are currently underway. This A-B Mobility Study will be coordinated with these plans and studies, including:
Plans and Studies Currently Underway
In addition to past studies, close coordination will be need between this study and ongoing planning efforts in the area. These include: