A New Transit Vision for Boston
We need a comprehensive plan to repair, improve and expand transit services.
The T's infrastructure is crumbling, travel is slow and indirect, and service levels are inadequate to meet current demands.
Ridership has increased—up to 30% on many lines—as population and employment soar, yet service has not increased, and service quality has declined due to increased traffic congestion and overcrowding.
We advocate for investing in a frequent, reliable and comprehensive transit network to more effectively serve the growing population and employment base of our cities.
Repair, maintain, and upgrade infrastructure for reliable service in all conditions
- Upgrade rail infrastructure (signals, track, switches, etc.) to modern standards to eliminate breakdowns and delays.
- Add operations supervisors and dispatchers to keep buses and trains running on-time.
- Invest in new vehicles and maintenance facilities to support reliable service.
Increase capacity on rail and bus lines to relieve overcrowding and provide frequent, reliable service
- New signal systems, modern rail cars and improvements at key stations.
- New buses; upgraded terminals and transfer locations with comfortable waiting areas, information and services.
- Transit priority at critical locations to keep buses and trolleys moving.
- Prepaid fares and all door boarding on the Green Line can reduce travel times up to 30 percent.
- Unlimited timed transfers for flexibility: travel anywhere on a single fare.
- Coordination of services such as guaranteed timed transfers.
Invest in strategic network expansion and missing links to expand options, ensure transportation equity, support vibrant communities, and local economic developmenT
- New express routes, shuttles and crosstown services will offer fast, direct connections between major destinations and connect areas without rapid transit.
- New frequent all-day network with reliable service every 5-15 minutes on major routes.
- Coordinated schedules and real-time bus management at major transfer points during evenings and weekends will save time by eliminating missed connections.
- New subway and commuter rail stations on existing lines will provide new options for city and regional travel with frequent service and free transfers.
- Subway extensions on select corridors would replace many slow, overcrowded bus lines and expand options.
- Late night network of special routes and shuttles will support communities and open new opportunities with coordinated 24/7 service citywide.