A national model for other communities
Last week Mayor Carlo DeMaria was interviewed by WBZ-TV about Everett’s bus lane. In early December 2016, the City of Everett launched a bus-only-lane pilot program on Broadway, which has become permanent and a national model for other communities.
Mayor DeMaria and his administration established this time-saving feature to allow buses to make additional trips that would reduce the frequent overcrowding that occurs on these routes. While similar bus lanes exist on other parts of the MBTA bus system, the Broadway example is the first one outside Boston.
Mayor DeMaria stated, “I was happy to speak with WBZ on the continued success of the bus-only lane. Commuters have seen significantly reduced times while traveling to work and have strongly endorsed this initiative.”
The bus-only lane was a part of the Everett Transit Action Plan, which explored a number of ways to improve Everett’s transit accessibility and reliability. The DeMaria administration was pleased to see the dramatic and positive impact of the bus lane in expediting both vehicle and bus travel and has started to introduce similar lanes throughout Everett.
In June, the City of Everett was awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for $150,000 that will provide funding for the preliminary design and engineering of a bus-only lane on the west side of Broadway/Route 99 from the Everett city line to Route 16/Sweetser Circle, a primary traffic corridor for expected casino-related traffic. The DeMaria administration will also launch a similar lane on Main Street and will be studying feasibility for a bus-only lane on Chelsea and Ferry Streets.
The city government continues to solicit and encourage feedback from residents, bus riders, and business owners regarding overall operations and traffic flow; feedback from residents is welcome via the constituent services 617-394-2270 hotline.