In March 2020, the PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue Planning Initiative launched its Transportation Plan.The BPDA along with the Boston Transportation Department are furthering a main recommendation from the 2016 approved Dorchester Avenue Plan.The purpose of the Transportation Plan is to further analyze, refine, and advance the proposed multi-modal network recommendations of the 2016 Plan.The area of focus is along the two main corridors of Dorchester and Old Colony avenues between Broadway and Andrew Square.
Please continue to follow this BPDA webpage to keep informed about all upcoming planning events and materials shared at each Transportation engagement. For materials from previous engagements and final documents for the PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue, please refer to the Documents section below.
In addition to recommendations for further transportation analysis as an outgrowth of the 2016 Plan, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has been following up on open space recommendations to undertake a Vision plan for Moakley Park. It is currently conducting public workshops that will redesign the park to accommodate the needs of the South Boston neighborhood and climate resiliency. Please follow the website boston.gov/parks/moakley-park to keep informed of the open space process and progress for Moakley Park.
The PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue Planning Initiative began in 2015 as a comprehensive effort involving the community, an Advisory Group, and a planning team consisting of an interdepartmental working group from across City departments and state transportation agencies.
“Preserve, enhance, and grow” were the three lenses by which the study area was viewed to determine how to create an appropriate planning vision. Community discussions exploring conceptual height and density buildouts, open space concepts, and a new street network to connect the district to the surrounding South Boston neighborhood and beyond now form the physical framework for the Plan being implemented.
Final Report (Print)
Article 80 Projects Within the Plan Area
On February 21, 2020, National Development filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) for 333 Dorchester Avenue. The proposed development at 323-365 Dorchester Avenue is currently under review. Please visit the 323-365 Dorchester Avenue project page for details.
Thank you for participating in the recent PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue Transportation meeting and/or subsequent office hours! The input you provided has helped us progress the design of the solutions presented, and confirmed the need to move forward as soon as possible, especially on the near term improvements. We heard from many of you how important this is in order to make an immediate improvement on safety.
Because of your positive feedback and encouragement, we have decided it is best that we focus our energies on developing a Final Plan, and recommendations for public review, by late Spring. Simultaneously we will be working on advancing the immediate safety improvements—that have been so well received—towards implementation this year.
We are still strongly encouraging feedback! Please continue to send your thoughts, concerns and questions to PlanDotAve@Boston.gov or via the comment form below, and be on the lookout for improvements to Old Colony Avenue, Dorchester Street, and Andrew Square!
Virtual Office Hours
December 15, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The virtual office hours were an opportunity to talk to BPDA and City staff to ask questions and get answers about the draft transportation recommendations based on future conditions analysis.
Transportation Study Virtual Meeting #2
December 9, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Presentation | Video recording | Q&A transcript
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Boston Transportation Department hosted a virtual meeting to further refine the proposed multi-modal transportation network, which was one of the main recommendations from the 2016 PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue effort. The meeting included a presentation of draft transportation recommendations based on future conditions analysis, followed by Q&A and comments.
Please submit comments and questions on the draft transportation recommendations in the above presentation by Friday, January 8, 2021, to the project team at PlanDotAve@Boston.gov.
Transportation Plan Virtual Kick-Off Meeting
July 29, 2020 6:00 PM or July 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Existing Conditions Report | Kick-Off Meeting Existing Conditions Presentation | Meeting Recordings (July 29 [coming soon] and July 30) | Q&A Chat transcript (July 29 [coming soon] and July 30)
The BPDA and Boston Transportation Department (BTD) hosted a virtual public meeting to kick off the PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue Transportation Plan. The meeting included a presentation followed by Q&A and comments. The purpose of the presentation was to:
- Describe the connection between this effort and the 2016 PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue plan
- Share what we have found out so far with our existing conditions transportation analysis
- Hear from you about what is most important to consider as we look at the future transportation network
Further details on our existing conditions transportation analysis can be found in the Existing Conditions Report. Participants were able to review and comment on the existing conditions presented. There were no new recommendations presented or decisions made. Please click here to view recordings of the virtual meetings. Additionally, you can view a PDF of the presentation and view the Existing Conditions Report.
Schedule & Milestones
As currently envisioned, the PLAN: Dot Ave Transportation Plan will consist of the following schedule and milestones:
Each phase of this transportation study involves various forms of public engagement. Questions? Comments? Would you like to stay engaged? Email us at PlanDotAve@Boston.gov.