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MBTA Working Group's study of the route 66 bus line

MBTA Working Group's study of the route 66 bus line

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Town of Brookline
Transportation Board
MBTA Working Group
Brian Kane - Co-Chair & Principal AuthorPeter Furth, PhD - Co-ChairMonica Tibbits - Outside EvaluatorMembers and ContributorsMilly BakerAmic BindenbanBen FrancoHarry FriedmanDaniel GlasserMark GrayPaul MasonMelissa O’BergAlec PapazianLinda Olson PehlkeGerry RaphelJen RynaChristopher ScovilleAbby SwaineRobert StolzbergAlexandra TarkhamTommy VitoloTauby Warriner
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Best Practices
6D1 Dedicated Bus Lanes 6D2 Transit Signal Priority (TSP) 7D3 Off Board Fare Collection 8D4 Queue Jumping 9D5 Stop Streamlining 9D6 Bus Stop Location Optimization 10D7 Bus Shelters 11D8 Curb Extensions 13D9 Bus Boxes 13D10 Pavement Differentiation 14F
Existing Conditions
15F1 Outbound Stops 17F1-a Pearl Street 17F1-b Kent Street 18F1-c Linden Street 18F1-d Aspinwall Avenue 19F1-e Opposite Auburn Street 19F1-f Opposite Vernon Street 20F1-g Beacon Street 20F1-h Babcock Street 21F1-i Beals Street 21F1-k Coolidge Street 22F1-k Opposite Verndale Street 22F2 Inbound Stops 22F2-a Verndale Street 23F2-b Coolidge Street 23F2-c Williams Street 24F2-d Opposite Babcock Street 24F2-e Beacon Street 24F2-f Marion Street 25F2-g Harris Street 25F2-h School Street 26F2-i Pierce Street 26F2-k Opposite Kent Street 27F2-k Walnut Street 27G
CTPS (State) Recommendations
28G1 Outbound 29G1-a Pearl Street 29G1-b Kent Street 29G1-c Linden Street 29G1-d Aspinwall Avenue 29G1-e Opposite Auburn Street 29G1-f Opposite Vernon Street 29G1-g Sewall Avenue/Stearns Road 29G1-h Beacon Street 30G1-i Babcock Street 31G1-j Opposite Shailer Street 31G1-k Beals Street 31G1-l Coolidge Street 31G1-m Opposite Verndale Street 31G2 Inbound 31G2-a Verndale Street 31G2-b Coolidge Street 31G2-c Williams Street 32G2-d Shailer Street 32G2-f Opposite Babcock Street 32G2-g Beacon Street 32G2-h Marion Street 33G2-i Foster Street 33G2-j Harris Street 33G2-k School Street 33G2-l Pierce Street 33G2-m Opposite Kent Street 33G2-n Walnut Street 33H
Working Group Recommendations
34H1 Outbound 35H1-a Pearl Street 35H1-b Kent Street 35H1-c Linden Street 36H1-d Aspinwall Avenue 37H1-e Opposite Auburn Street 38H1-f Opposite Vernon Street 38H1-g Opposite Marion Street 38H1-h Beacon Street 39H1-i Babcock Street 40H1-j Stedman Street 40H1-k Coolidge Street 40H1-l Opposite Verndale Street 41H2 Inbound 41H2-a Verndale Street 41H2-b Coolidge Street 42H2-c Williams Street 42H2-d Opposite Babcock Street 43H2-e Beacon Street 43H2-f Marion Street 45H2-g Harris Street 45H2-h School Street 45H2-i Pierce Street 46H2-j Opposite Kent Street 46H2-k Walnut Street 46I
Conclusions & Next Steps
47End Notes 48Image Credits 51
Brookline MBTA Working Group Route 66 Report Page 1
Executive Summary
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.
In General:
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.

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