On Monday, officials from the MassDOT and the MBTA launched the MBTA’s new draft network map as part of Bus Network Redesign. Members of the public can view the draft network map online at mbta.com/BNRD.
As far as the Southie bus routes go, judging by the map, there will be some changes to the #7, #10 and #11.
Judging by the new map – it looks like the #7 will be taken off Broadway (no more line at L + Broadway) and just run down First Street and take a right on Summer Street. (Although what the heck with the crowd look like on First Street?)
For the #11, the stops will now end at Broadway – where commuters can take the Red Line downtown.
The #10 will now extend from Boston Medical Center to Ruggles to replace #8 bus; does not serve Copley, Back Bay, South End
#9 is running the same route but there will be “improved frequency.”
You can check out the new bus route maps here!
If you’re not loving the new routes or changes proposed or if you love the new routes or changes, you’re encouraged to let the MBTA know. You can learn more here.
So what exactly is this all about?
The Greater Boston area has substantially evolved with new employment districts, shifting demographics, and traffic increases while the bus network has stayed largely the same. Transit is essential to the region’s economy and bus service serves the MBTA’s most transit-dependent populations. It is essential that the MBTA’s bus network adapts to change.
An initiative of the Better Bus Project, MassDOT and the MBTA’s Bus Network Redesign project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make bold improvements to the MBTA’s bus network for the people that depend on it most. Bus Network Redesign completely re-imagines the bus network to reflect the travel needs of the region today, creating a better experience for current and future riders while prioritizing equity and the needs of those who depend on frequent, reliable bus service.
According to the website, the rider benefits include:
- 25% more bus service
- 70% more weekend service
- 275,000 more residents would be near high-frequency service (buses running every 15 minutes or better, 5 AM – 1 AM, seven days a week)
- 115,000 residents of color and 40,000 low-income households would gain access to high-frequency service
For South Boston/Seaport specifically, there are 4 new high-frequency routes that will connect:
• South Boston, the Seaport, Downtown, Charlestown, all rapid transit lines, and Commuter Rail.
• South Boston, Broadway, and Copley.
• The Seaport, D Street, and Longwood Medical Area (LMA).
• Andrew and Columbia Road.
To see these new routes – you can visit here. The maps themselves are kind of confusing but you get the general idea.
There will be a Public Virtual Meeting to discuss the bus network redesign. You can learn more here!
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!