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The Fenway Transportation Action Plan, a joint effort between the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Boston Transportation Department (BTD), will guide changes to Fenway streets and the public realm.
Our work will include collaborative planning, analysis, and design and will be aligned with three broad goals:
- Expand Fenway walking, biking, and transit networks that are safe, comfortable, and connected;
- Ensure Fenway remains a welcoming urban neighborhood for all people; and
- Ensure Fenway is resilient to a changing climate.
Our work will strive to understand the benefits and burdens across people, travel modes, and the streets and spaces that connect us all. That’s why we’re creating an equity framework to guide and inform all aspects of the Action Plan, including how we engage with you. We look forward to sharing this framework soon.
How Can I Get Involved?
Your insights will help us make the Action Plan a success. Our goal is to remove barriers to participation and receive targeted feedback from diverse perspectives. Here’s how we’ll do that through the summer:
- Take the brief online survey (English / 简体中文 / 繁體中文 / Español). How do you get around? What are your priorities for Fenway? What does an equitable planning process mean to you?
- Come “Chat with a Planner” at:
- Park Drive at Boylston Street / Brookline Avenue (August 2, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM)
- RESCHEDULED - Boylston Street at Ross Way (September 29, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM)
- Edgerly Road at Westland Avenue (August 8, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM)
- “Open Newbury” near Massachusetts Avenue (August 13, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM)
- Brookline Avenue at Longwood Avenue (August 16, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM)
- Muddy River near Longwood Station (August 17, 7:00 AM–9:00 AM)
- “Bands on Blackfan” at 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur (August 24, 11:30 AM–1:30 PM)
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Southwest Corridor at Ruggles Street (August 25, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM)
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Nubian Square (August 30, 3:00 PM–5:00 PM)
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Commonwealth Avenue at the BU Bridge (September 12, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM)
- Roxbury Crossing (September 14, 7:00 AM–9:00 AM)
- Kenmore MBTA Station (September 20, 7:00 AM–9:00 AM)
- Back Bay Fens near Jersey Street (September 22, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM)
Fenway hosts many of Boston’s large institutions. We’re engaging these and other organizations this spring through small-group conversations.
We’ll be back with new information and ways to learn from you in the fall. Please stay tuned and sign up for Action Plan updates.
Who is Involved?
The BPDA is managing the Action Plan in close collaboration with BTD. Our City Team, which also includes the Public Works Department, Disabilities Commission, Parks & Recreation Department, and other City departments, guides all aspects of the Action Plan.
We work with an Interagency Team, which includes the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
Why Act Now?
The Fenway neighborhood has grown dramatically. More than 10 million square feet of development in the area is under review, permitted, or under construction. City and State transportation guidelines, policies, and plans have evolved since the 2009 Fenway-Longwood-Kenmore Transportation and Pedestrian Action Plan. New growth means new trips, but new tools are available to manage those trips and achieve City goals.
What is an Action Plan?
The Action Plan will identify and advance projects for implementation, not ideas to sit on a shelf. We will prepare preferred redesign concepts for Kenmore Square, Brookline Avenue, and Van Ness Street / Ipswich Street. Final design and implementation will occur in a follow-up process.
We can’t design until we first understand how these streets and places are used today and how that may change in the future. That’s why the Action Plan is starting with the planning and analysis of a broader “study area” to define a street network vision, understand growth, and test potential changes.
How Long Will the Action Plan Take?
Our work began in 2023. We anticipate planning and analysis to continue into 2024, with street design also starting in 2024. Equity-focused engagement will continue throughout all tasks.
What Informs the Action Plan?
The City completed the 2009 Fenway-Longwood-Kenmore Transportation and Pedestrian Action Plan 14 years ago. Since then, how the City approaches transportation planning and design has evolved: