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New wayfinding signs to be piloted on South Boston Waterfront

Aug 11, 2015

In January, leaders from MassDOT, the City of Boston, the BRA, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and A Better City released the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan. This week, recommendations from the plan are being implemented in a series of action steps intended to improve all modes of transit in and around the waterfront.

One of the more visible signs of change (quite literally) comes in the form of a new pedestrian wayfinding pilot program. For the program, three paths to and from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center were selected. Temporary signs, which began to be installed last Friday, will be placed along these paths, guiding visitors to important destinations like transit stations and restaurants. The goal of the pilot initiative is to get a better understanding of what permanent wayfinding signage is needed in the South Boston Waterfront and to ultimately improve the pedestrian experience throughout the district.

The new signs, an example of which is pictured below, will be up through the month of October.

We’re interested to get your thoughts on the pilot program. Did the signage get you to your destination? Are there other destinations that signage could help you get to?  What changes would you make? Would you like to see more permanent wayfinding signs in South Boston?

We will be tracking feedback with the hashtag #WalkSBW. So get out and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. And don’t forget to let us know what you think of the signs!

The following agencies and organizations are partners in the pilot program:
  • Boston Public Works
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Boston Transportation Department
  • City of Boston’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Seaport Transportation Management Association
  • WalkBoston 

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