Public Comment Period on Draft A-B Mobility Plan Now Closed
After two years of planning and extensive public engagement, the Draft A-B Mobility Plan was released in early November, 2020. During late 2020 and early 2021, a virtual open house was held on the Draft Plan along with several "chats with a planner" where project team members made themselves available to community members to discuss and answer questions about the Draft Plan. A number of meetings on the Draft Plan were hosted by civic and advocacy organizations. Comments were also solicited through an online feedback tool.
The project team is now reviewing the comments and preparing revisions to the Plan based on feedback receieved. It is anticipated that the final Plan will be complete by spring 20201 and presented to the BPDA Board for approval and adoption in April or May, 2021. Please consult this website for updates. To be placed on the project mailing list to receive updates, please send your email adress to ABMobility@Boston.Gov.
The A-B Mobility Plan will provide a blueprint for improving how people move around Allston and Brighton by making it safer and more efficient for all modes of transportation—walking, biking, transit, and cars.
The Draft Plan will:
- Improve the transit network
- Expand the bike network
- Improve walkability
- Enhance the main street and neighborhood experiences
- Simplify intersections for all users
View a pre-recorded 25-minute presentation on the Draft Plan
Review a pre-recorded, 25-minute presentation on the Draft Plan prepared by the team members who prepared the plan.
Project Schedule and Milestones
The project schedule, which can be viewed here, includes a number of key milestones, which are each described below, starting with the most recent and working backward.
Preliminary Draft A-B Mobility Recommendations
In December 2019, after considerable research, public engagement, and analysis, the BPDA presented Preliminary Draft Recommendations for the A-B Mobility Study.
A series of public engagement activities followed the release of the preliminary draft recommendations, including the following meetings:
- Open House at the Jackson Mann School, December 16, 2019
- Allston Brighton Health Collaborative, January 16, 2020;
- Brighton Main Streets, January 22, 2020;
- Allston Village Main Streets, February 10, 2020;
- Allston Civic Association, February 19, 2020;
- Brighton Board of Trade, February 12, 2020;
- Allston Board of Trade, February 19, 2020;
- Brighton Center businesses on February 22, 2020;
- Oak Square community in Oak Square, March 5, 2020;
- Brighton Allston Improvement Association, March 5, 2020.
Additionally, the A-B Mobility Team hosted a virtual public meeting on June 24th to make up for the meeting which was originally scheduled in-person for March 12, 2020 at Charlesview. Details about each of these engagement activities is provided below under Previous Public Meetings and Presentations.
Between the public meetings, online interactive map, and comments received through the ABMobility@Boston.gov email address, the BPDA received nearly 700 comments. Comments from all the public meetings, the online interactive map, and the ABMobility@Boston.gov email address have all been compiled in a single document found here. Records of comments from each of the individual public meetings may be found here.
Existing Conditions Report
In August of 2019, the Allston-Brighton Mobility Team released an existing conditions report, which can be found here. This existing conditions report includes a review of existing Article 80 development projects, previous and ongoing transportation planning initiatives, and multimodal transportation analyses and data.
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, and after two years in development, the Allston-Brighton Mobility Plan recommends strategies to improve the transportation network—for example, bike infrastructure, sidewalks/crosswalks, transit service, traffic calming—and help mitigate the impacts of new development.
Previous Public Meetings and Presentations
Draft Plan Meetings with Allston-Brighton Main Streets
Brighton Main Streets | Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Allston Village Main Streets | Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Draft Plan Online Chats with a Planner
Monday, November 23, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020 | Transit Focus
Draft Plan Virtual Open House
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
At this meeting, there was a brief 10-minute presentation about the Draft Plan followed by Q&A with the A-B Mobility Study Team.
Preliminary Draft A-B Mobility Recommendations
As described above, in December 2019, after completing extensive field research and data analysis as part of the Work Plan, the BPDA released Preliminary Draft Recommendations for the A-B Mobility Study. Following release of these draft recommendations, a variety of in person and online digital public engagement activities followed, as described below.
June 2020 Virtual Public Meeting: North of the Pike Focus
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The BPDA hosted a virtual public meeting for the Allston-Brighton Mobility study, to make up for one originally scheduled in-person for March 12, 2020 at Charlesview. The meeting included a presentation followed by Q&A and comments. Participants were able to review and comment on the existing preliminary draft recommendations. There were no new recommendations presented. Please click here to view a recording of the virtual meeting. Additionally, you can click here to view a PDF of the presentation.
March 2020 Oak Square Workshop
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Based on preliminary feedback from the community, the Team decided to set aside the prior draft recommendations for Oak Square and start over. This meeting included a presentation followed by breakout groups to discuss what currently works well in Oak Square and what, if anything, should change to improve mobility. To view the annotated maps from each workshop table, visit here.
January and February 2020 Civic Group Engagement
The A-B Mobility Team attended various civic group meetings to present the preliminary draft recommendations. These civic groups included: Allston Brighton Health Collaborative (ABHC), Allston Board of Trade, Brighton Board of Trade, Brighton Main Streets, Allston Village Main Streets, Allston Civic Association, and Brighton Allston Improvement Association (BAIA). To view comments recorded by staff members at each of these meetings, visit here.
December 2019 Open House
Monday, December 16, 2019
At this open house, the A-B Mobility Team presented a series of preliminary draft recommendations for many different geographies in Allston-Brighton. The Open House included nearly three dozen poster boards containing a wide range of recommendations, as well as a brief PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here. To view the preliminary draft recommendations, please visit here. All of the comments provided on comment cards at each poster board can be viewed here.
July 2019 Community Update: Work Plan
For the past several months, our team has been engaging with the Allston-Brighton community to determine priority areas for mobility improvements. Out of these conversations we have developed a Work Plan to model and analyze a wide range of potential mobility improvements (such as new bus lanes, dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian crosswalks, signal retiming, traffic calming, and many other possible improvements). Three community meetings were held (see links directly below), and comments on the Work Plan were also elicited through the online mapping tool. To see a summary of the community feedback received over the summer, click here.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Winter 2018/Spring 2019 “Priority Locations” Forums
January 2019 Work Session
January 30, 2019
At this meeting, the A-B Mobility Team presented a summary of community comments that were received to date. Additionally, the Team presented a map of draft priority locations for potential improvements and draft Study goals for public comment.
Spring 2019 Public Workshops
At these workshops, community members brainstormed preferred mobility solutions for different locations throughout Allston-Brighton. Each of the 3 sub-area workshops focused on specific geographies.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
September 2018 Open House
September 12, 2018
The A-B Mobility Team introduced the scope of the A-B Mobility Study as well as examples of the types of improvements that would be explored. More than 100 community members attended and over 200 comments relating to all modes of transportation were received. We heard about the importance of safe street crossings, frequent and reliable transit, better bike infrastructure, effective parking capacity management, and connectivity to open space.
Schedule & Milestones
As currently envisioned, the 18-month Study will consist of the following schedule and milestones:
Each major phase of this Study involves 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.
Portsmouth Street Safety Improvements
The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is leading a public process to explore safety improvements for Portsmouth Street. A virtual meeting with Portsmouth Street residents was held on Wednesday, February 10th; a video of this meeting is available here.
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.
Other Ongoing Plans & Studies
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: