Allston-Brighton Mobility Study

Overview

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 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.

The project schedule, which is likely to change due to the uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, can be viewed here.

Latest Updates

Project Status

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the BPDA has postponed all Agency-hosted public meetings regarding both Article 80 development projects and planning studies until further notice. While projects will continue to be reviewed internally by BPDA staff, the public review and engagement process for both Article 80 development projects and the BPDA's planning studies is on hold until public meetings can be resumed.

As of March 17, 2020 when the City’s stay-at-home directives were issued for all non essential employees, the BPDA had completed most of the public engagement that we had anticipated during the current phase A-B Mobility Study--namely, review of the Preliminary Draft Recommendations--with the exception of a public meeting scheduled at Charlesview on March 12, which was cancelled in light of the emerging Covid-19 crisis.

Since March, the interdepartmental A-B Mobility team has been reviewing all of the public comments, studying certain issues and questions raised by the comments, and working to develop modified recommendations in the form of a Draft Plan. For more information about the public engagement activities and public comments received, see “Public Comments on Preliminary Draft Recommendations” below.

The original project schedule called for release of a Draft Plan in Spring 2020. Fortunately, the majority of the public process has been completed in order to allow us to move to the next stage; we are therefore largely still on target for our original timeline. However, given that BPDA has suspended all public review and engagement for planning studies until further notice, we are not yet in a position to say when the Draft Plan will be released for public comment.

The BPDA has received several inquiries about the possibility of engaging with the public online. Because we are aware that some segments of the population have limited access to technology, at this time we are not holding virtual public meetings. We are currently in conversations with other City departments, stakeholders and partner agencies to explore whether there may be ways to engage electronically with the public that are accessible. We will continue to provide updates on A-B Mobility planning and public engagement as soon as any are available.

Public Comments on the Preliminary Draft 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, including a public Open House at the Jackson Mann School gymnasium on December 16, 2019; a meeting with the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative on January 16, 2020; meetings with Brighton Main Streets and Allston Village Main Streets on January 22, 2020 and February 10, 2020, respectively; a meeting with the Allston Civic Association on February 19, 2020; meetings with the Allston Board of Trade and Brighton Board of Trade on February 19, 2020 and February 12, 2020, respectively; a meeting with Brighton Center businesses on February 22, 2020; a meeting in the Oak Square community on March 5, 2020; and a meeting with the Brighton Allston Improvement Association on March 5, 2020.

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.

Preliminary Draft Recommendations - Released Mid December, 2019

After more than a year of data collection, community engagement, and analysis, the A-B Mobility Team developed preliminary draft recommendations for mobility improvements throughout Allston-Brighton. Many of these recommendations include alternatives and/or options, where there may be more than one idea proposed for a specific location. The recommendations were made available for review and comment in an online interactive map, which allowed viewers to submit comments, available here. The recommendations were also provided in the form of an alphabetical list by topic here.

Analysis Work Plan - Summer/Fall 2019

During the first half of 2019, the A-B Mobility team engaged with the Allston-Brighton community to determine priority areas for mobility improvements. From these conversations we  identified a list of mobility improvement options at different locations throughout Allston-Brighton and developed a Work Plan for modeling and analyzing them. You can view this work plan as a document here.

Existing Conditions Report

This report focuses on understanding the current transportation conditions in Allston-Brighton. Additionally, the findings from this analysis set the foundation for the evaluation of future conditions by serving as a comparable benchmark and by informing decision-makers of current issues, trends, and objective findings. Click here for a link to the Existing Conditions Report. You can also find a link to the appendix in the “documents” section of this web page.

Consultant Team

In October 2018, the BPDA hired Kittelson & Associates to assist the City team with the A-B Mobility Study. Kittelson is an integral part of the team, particularly on engineering transportation modeling and concept-level designs. 

Previous Public Meetings and Presentations

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

Monday, July 22, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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 re-timing, traffic calming, and many other possible improvements). To see a summary of the community feedback received over the summer, click here.

Spring 2019 Public Workshops

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

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.

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.

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:

Phase Tasks Timeline
1 Review study area, inventory existing plans & pending development Fall 2018
2 Build base and future model of transportation network, including pending development and infrastructure changes Fall 2018
3 Identify issues; Confirm principles and goals Winter 2018-19
4 Develop and analyze a universe of transportation improvement options Spring/Summer 2019
5 Refine and prioritize transportation improvement options Fall/Winter  2019
6 Draft Transportation Action Plan Spring 2020
7 Final Transportation Action Plan Summer 2020

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.

Public Engagement

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.

Coordination

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:

Adopted Plans

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:

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