Let your voice be heard

The City of Boston Transportation Division is seeking feedback on the Summer Street Pilot. Your input is not only valued but vital, as you have the closest touchpoints to this transportation corridor. Below, you will find two ways to offer feedback:

1. You can fill out the online survey here. 

2. Via Email (wherein you can expand your comments and attach media). Public comment via online survey will conclude the first week of May.  You can email your response here. 

You can get the full details of this pilot program here. 

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WHAT IS THE PILOT?

● 6 Month Painted Bus / Truck Lane Pilot between Dorchester Ave at South Station and Butler Freight Corridor

More on the Summer Street Pilot: boston.gov/summerstreetpilot

PILOT GOALS

● Enable Sustainable Mobility with a focus on better conditions for buses and bikes

● Improve Safety for Bikes and Pedestrians with a focus on improved infrastructure

● Accommodate Economic Activity with improved Port/Maritime access and mobility options for people who live and work here

NEXT STEPS

Determination on Pilot Outcome in June 2024:

● Evaluation of User Feedback

● Technical Evaluation of Transportation Data

● Potential Outcomes:

  1. Pilot largely left in place

  2. Major modifications are made with some elements kept in place

  3. Pilot is ended/elements removed

 

24 Comments

  1. Linda Lynch March 21, 2024 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I feel the pilot program should be removed. I see a lot of wasted space here. Many times the lane is empty. Other times coming home a little later than the rush hour, no one is in the lane. Then when the other lane backs up, people move into the bus lane anyway and probably chance getting a ticker, which I don’t think is right nor fair. Bicycles, I rarely see them. I know Mayor Menino’s Boston 2030 would love to see all the autos gone, but lets face it, it is not going to happen.

    The city seems to be punishing those with automobiles, why? There will always be more automobiles than bicycles. This is not Denmark, which has the perfect system, it will never happen here in Boston.

    I understand the reasoning behind this, but I recommend having the bus lane during rush hours only. Say 7am-9am and 4pm-6:30pm. That is the fair thing to do.

    • James Dean March 21, 2024 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      But what if we could do better?

      You don’t see as many bikes because they don’t take up as much space as cars do.

      For what it’s worth, the timed bus lane would be nice. And no one is risking a ticket. In the way you rarely see bikes, I have yet to a see a police officer enforcing the laws along summer street.

      I hope you can actively try to imagine a better future. We need fewer cars on the road. It’s that simple.

  2. Linda Lynch March 21, 2024 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    what was wrong with my comment Maureen that you got rid of it??? It didnt fit what you believed in?

    • Maureen Dahill March 21, 2024 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Linda – I have to manually approve each and every comment. A little patience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  3. Linda Lynch March 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    it just came through but I looked a few times and nothing was there. thank you

    • Maureen Dahill March 21, 2024 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Also try refreshing your browser.

  4. james w kelley March 21, 2024 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Total pain in the ass no one likes it

  5. Mike Brendan March 22, 2024 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I walk over the Summer St bridge from 2nd Ave to D St in Seaport twice a day to and from my office. The bus lane is usually empty, as it seems there’s rarely a bus but maybe every 15 min, even during the rush hour times that I walk to work. I also have zero understanding how the *bus* lane improves the situation for bikers, of which there are also few. Additionally it makes driving generally more dangerous, with the semi trucks having to pile into car traffic of the left lane coming into the port to then turn left right after the bridge. It’s one of dumbest, most poorly conceived things I’ve seen, but it’s also right on point for Boston gov’t & city planning officials. It doesn’t help the communities they intended, and it results in worse traffic and congestion for our neighborhood, so it also isn’t more ‘green’ – both of which were supposed objectives of this experiment. But, like many such efforts by local government officials, this was more about the appearance of doing social good than the actual logic required to do any real meaningful good, resulting in overall worse outcomes for all.

  6. Andrew March 22, 2024 at 6:45 am - Reply

    One of the worst designed projects I have ever seen. I didn’t take into account how many trucks need to move between the port and the highway and how many trucks need to get into the various businesses between summer street and west Broadway. Other frustrations of mine include the problems trying to make a left at any point during the bus lane (essentially holding up all traffic to do so) and how little distance a car has to legally get into the right lane to make a turn on pump house house to get onto the mass pike.

    Neighbors- we need to speak up. These politicians will sell us dry with their forced solutions if we don’t challenge them. Of course public transportation is important but this solution isn’t working. In my opinion it’s just made it more dangerous to walk on our streets- more fast driving in the neighbors, more aggression after dealing with the summer street mess, etc.

  7. Aida Galeb March 22, 2024 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I agree with the previous comments. The lane is useless. I must turn into the A street and it is very confusing and dangerous if I am not in the bus lane.

  8. Barb March 22, 2024 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Bus lanes only make traffic worse! Take away a lane from a busy downtown area??? Whose idea was that?

  9. mplo March 22, 2024 at 11:34 am - Reply

    There’s a similar Bus/Bike only lane on Route 28 (i. e. the Msgr. O’Brien Hwy), and it, too, can cause a real mess, particularly during Rush hour. The same thing is true of the Bus/Bike only lane on Somerville’s Washington Street, in the Union Square vicinity.

  10. Jerry OConnell March 22, 2024 at 11:45 am - Reply

    The bus lane on summer street is only one bus. The 7. Other than two hours in AM and PM the bus only runs every half hour or so. So you are shutting down a lane on a heavily traveled road with no bussed. It’s not logical.

  11. Mike Graney March 22, 2024 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Do away with bus lane. Volume of cars should be recognized.

    • James Dean March 23, 2024 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Do away with cars.

  12. Jean March 22, 2024 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I use the bus/bike lane everyday on my electric scooter or taking the bus (I don’t have a vehicle). It’s made my life so much easier and safer and I see dozens of other people using it every morning on my way to work. The buses are always packed with people and the lane makes it a lot quicker to get into work if it’s raining or snowing and I can’t scoot. I’m sure it’s frustrating if you drive but I think that’s kind of the point as we want people to drive less and use other options more if they can.

    • Sean Burns March 24, 2024 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Not every one has the luxury you have of working downtown .I need to take summer street to get on the mass pike .I also have a family that plays sports and last time I checked my scooter with sidecar isn’t allowed on pike .

  13. Gary March 22, 2024 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Buses never use the lane. I have never witnessed a traffic problem that required a separate bus lane. Makes no sense. Go redesign Leverett Circle if you want to solve transportation problems.

    • James Dean March 23, 2024 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      If you were the only person who lived in Boston, this would make a lot of sense!

  14. buddy March 22, 2024 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    A bus lane for 1 bus that after the rush hour runs every 30-40 minutes. How stupid is that. The constant backup of traffic is causing a lot more pollution than before. And most cars don’t pay attention to it anyway.

  15. George March 23, 2024 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Ok what is the period to do survey. Will city release results. I hope they do and then set a meeting date with our elected officials to go over findings.

  16. Stefano Fumae DaCorta March 25, 2024 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    The bus lane on these streets is not effective, it obstructs the free flow of many vehicles for the sake of very few busses in comparison to the need of commercial and business drivers to do their work in a timely fashion. Trucks and buses need both lanes at times to made turns and exits from these roadways. It’s an idea that just does not work effectively and smoothly as proposed. Bikes there are few, very few you would have us sacrifice the commerce of a great city for a minute saved or two on the bus route if at all.
    I have watched and followed a bus or two too see what happens, it just is not working as the plan hoped.

  17. Sean March 25, 2024 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    The bus lanes need to be removed. You can’t have a single lane of traffic without methods for people to cross lanes. If you follow the rules, which frankly no one seems to, this has only added to your commute and continued frustration.

    The city needs to stop making it difficult to get into South Boston. Between closing roads with no warning for months on end, to bus lanes, and new one-ways. The city has become increasingly more difficult to commute in and out of since 2021.

  18. If’n The Teenager… March 28, 2024 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    —-In-Chief is fer it…then I’m agin’ it.

    That’s absolutely true with every single ludicrously ridiculous, non-sensical, disruptive, divisive and deconstructionist “policy” she’s implemented across my city…just cuz she can.

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