South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan

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What do You Think of the Short-Term Strategies?

Earlier this year, we asked for your ideas about which strategies to evaluate as part of the South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan. You spoke – and we heard your suggestions. You asked for better connections to jobs and residences, both in the Seaport and to and from many other Boston neighborhoods. You endorsed strategies that reflect the goals to expand transit, make transit reliable, respect transit and transit users, and equalize transit service within the South Boston Seaport.

Now it’s your turn again. The strategies that were developed to meet your goals include short-term fixes for current challenges as well as medium and long-term projects and initiatives. The Plan team is modelling the strategies and evaluating them according to specific metrics. The short-term strategies are now ready for your consideration. Each strategy has a definition sheet and score card and you can also review a table listing the strategies and scores.

Click below to view the outreach materials, including the:

What do you think of the short-term strategies? We want your thoughts on how the strategies will work.

After your review, you can send us your comments or questions on the strategies. You can also share them with us in person at our next public engagement later in the summer, where we will be reviewing these and the medium and long-term strategies after we have completed their evaluation.

If you would like to send us your comments now please email them to SouthBostonSeaportTransit@Boston.gov. And thank you for sharing your vision.

Strategies for New Connections

What strategies should be prioritized in the South Boston Seaport transit system of the future? What do you think needs to be fixed immediately in the South Boston Seaport transit network? With your help, we have identified specific strategies to improve the transit network serving the South Boston Seaport. You can view the strategies for evaluation here.

Strategies for New Connections

Public Meeting #3 | December 9th, 2019

Presentation | Boards

At this meeting, there was both an open house portion as well as a presentation. The open house boards highlighted proposed transit strategies and evaluation methodology to compare the different strategies. The presentation went into more detail on these strategies as well as recapping the study overview, progress since the October 2nd meeting, and updates on next steps.

Public Meeting #2 | October 2nd, 2019

Presentation | Boards

At this meeting, the project team presented the goals and objectives of the Study, preliminary existing conditions analysis, and the evaluation process for selecting and prioritizing transit recommendations. Througout the presentation there were several portions of Q+A. 

Draft Previous Work and Plans Chapter

For a preview of the "Previous Work and Plans" chapter of the existing conditions report, click here. This draft chapter catalogues the previous planning initiatives and studies in and around the South Boston Seaport.

Public Meeting #1 | June 18th, 2019

Presentation

This public meeting was the official kick-off for the South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan. The meeting included an open house, a brief presentation, and a breakout session. Attendees participated in a goals prioritization activity and shared their thoughts about improving transit to, from, and within the South Boston Seaport.

Summary & Goals

The South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan will identify specific recommendations to improve the operations and capacity of the transit network serving Boston’s Seaport District. The Plan will study current transit connections and recommend specific improvements in the short-term, as well as for the next 15 years and beyond. The plan is being undertaken by the City of Boston, led by the Boston Planning and Development Agency with support from the Boston Transportation Department. Partner agencies include the MBTA, MassDOT, Massport, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Seaport TMA. All will be key team members with roles in implementing the recommendations.

Rapid growth in the Seaport District has increased the number of residential, commercial, and institutional destinations in this area of Boston. Additional developments are either under review, BPDA board approved, or under construction. The Plan will develop an integrated inventory of pending development, infrastructure plans, and transportation projects and visions, including Go Boston 2030. The Plan also involves direct coordination with studies relevant to the scope, including the Silver Line Capacity Study conducted by Massport, MBTA’s Better Bus Project, and other transit initiatives.

The South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan calls for a comprehensive transit vision for the District based on a data driven understanding of the demands placed on the neighborhood by both existing and planned future development. The focus is on transit, including the Seaport’s bus and shuttle network, water ferries, ride-sharing and bike-sharing, and other private-sector initiatives. This includes the MBTA’s Red and Silver Lines, MBTA bus service, and bicycle and pedestrian networks to them. The Plan will identify key activity points, circulation networks, and primary origins and destinations both locally and regionally. It will analyze bicycle and pedestrian conditions, as well as safety for all users. Based on a thorough analysis of the data and conditions, the Plan will identify potential infrastructure or roadway changes to improve transit movement and enhance pedestrian and bicycle conditions.

Robust engagement with residents, advocacy groups, and business and property owners will be a key attribute of the Plan. The project team will seek input from the Seaport community on goals and objectives for improving transit through public meetings and briefings. Draft and final recommendations will be refined based on community and stakeholder feedback. Final strategic recommendations will demonstrate the benefits of a prioritized list of projects with estimated costs, funding sources, and operations and management strategies. The plan will include monitoring and reporting on the recommendations. Implementing the Plan will be a crucial element of the recommendations. The City hopes to implement immediate transportation improvements in the Seaport as the first step in a vigorous and successful South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan.

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