North Station Area Mobility Access Plan, Boston

Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston Transportation Department
Boston, Massachusetts

The area around North Station is experiencing rapid growth, with several large developments bringing new residents, office workers, and retail space. People in the neighborhood are concerned about an increase in traffic, including its effects on livability and travel delays. This Plan for the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) outlines actions that can improve the efficiency of local streets, including transit, walking, biking and motor vehicles.

The Plan was hatched from hundreds of comments gathered at community meetings, via online WikiMapping, and at innovative popup meetings where City and HSH staff got in-depth information from
commuters, residents, and workers. The comments became 41 action items, which were then prioritized through public meetings and online ranking polls. These were narrowed down to two dozen short- and longterm action items including evolving Canal Street into a pedestrian-oriented street, tactics to encourage shuttle consolidation, a bus-priority lane, improved traffic operations, and much more. All action items presented in the Plan are feasible and attainable, helping to ensure real improvements are on the way for the North Station Area.