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.

Latest Updates

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.

Next Steps

After unveiling preliminary draft recommendations as part of the A-B Mobility Study in December 2019 and receiving over 700 public comments, BPDA staff is now busy preparing the Draft A-B Mobility Plan. We anticipate release of the Draft plan in late summer, 2020, followed by a variety of primarily virtual (online) public engagement opportunities in early fall 2020, to present and get feedback on the Draft Plan. 

Fall Public Engagement on the Draft A-B Mobility Plan

After pausing in-person public engagement during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BPDA recently launched a pilot program to resume public meetings virtually for Article 80 development projects and planning initiatives. . 

The BPDA has been piloting a series of virtual public meetings via Zoom, all of which include ways to participate via phone. These virtual public meetings include opportunities for public feedback and discussion, and community members are welcome to reach out to BPDA staff directly as well. Learning and feedback from the pilot will inform public engagement strategies during the pandemic and beyond.

Resuming public engagement that is broadly accessible and equitable is critical in order to unlock the economic benefits of development, fuel Boston’s economic recovery post COVID-19, and facilitate community conversations about how our neighborhoods will evolve post-COVID.

Once the Draft A-B Mobility Plan is ready in late summer, the BPDA will announce a number of virtual public engagement opportunities to review and comment on the Draft Plan. All virtual public meetings will be announced through and posted on our calendar, found here, as well as on this web page.

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. Comments from the June virtual public engagement will be added shortly.

Schedule and Project 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 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.

Develop and Analyze Alternatives - 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

Released in early summer, 2019, 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

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:

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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