Brookline MBTA Working Group Route 66 Report Page 1
The Route 66 is the second busiest MBTA bus route and the method of travel for thousands of people who live, work, and shop in Brookline every day. While the MBTA owns and operatesthe buses, where the buses stop and how they move through Brookline is largely controlled bythe Town. Congestion in some parts of our community is a detriment to economic activity, anddamaging to our quality of life. We cannot build more streets, and we must not deter peoplefrom coming to our Town. An effective way to mitigate congestion is to encourage more peopleto use alternative means of transportation such as bicycles, light rail, and buses.The Commonwealth has presented a unique opportunity to Brookline and all municipalities thathost key bus routes by making stimulus funding available to improve bus service. In order toimprove bus service is the Town of Brookline MBTA Working Group makes the followingsuggestions for implementation by the Town, MassDOT and MBTA.
Increased enforcement of $100 fines for illegal parking/standing in bus stops.
Better marking of bus stop areas.
Placement of a full array of CharlieCard machines at the Coolidge Corner Green Linestations to serve both Green Line and bus customers.
Increased protection and comfort for waiting passengers at each stop.
Improved and properly maintained schedule information/maps at each stop.
Outbound (northbound, to Harvard)
Consideraton to bus needs in the Gateway East/Village Green design with specificattention to the Pearl Street bus stop.
Transit signal priority (TSP) treatment at intersection of Washington Street, BoylstonStreet and High Street.
TSP treatment at the intersection of Kent, Washington, and Harvard Streets in BrooklineVillage.
A bench at the Kent Street stop.
Elimination of the Linden Street bus stop.
TSP treatment for the intersection of Harvard Street, School Street, and AspinwallAvenue.
Permission and signage to allow buses to use the right hand lane between Homer Streetand Aspinwall Avenue during the PM peak when no parking is permitted.
A bus shelter at the Aspinwall Avenue stop.
Elimination of the stop opposite Auburn Street in front of the gas station.