Local Projects

Cummins Highway:  Making it Safe and Green

Cummins Highway: Making it Safe and Green

Click here for traffic simulation of the proposed layout Cummins Highway, between Mattapan Square and the cemeteries just west of Wood Ave. / Harvard St., is an auto-oriented, 4-lane divided road passing through the middle of Boston's Mattapan neighborhood. In one...

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Arborway

Arborway

Redesign Project, 2008 Arborway, between Jamaica Pond and the Arboretum, has 8 lanes of through traffic. This student project, done in 2008, shows how the road's footprint can be severely reduced, creating 4.5 net acres of accessible parkland and continuous walking /...

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A People-Friendly Egleston Square Intersection Design

A People-Friendly Egleston Square Intersection Design

Egleston Square is a mess, and so it’s encouraging to see that the City has advanced two concepts for reimagining this intersection (follow this link to see those concepts). Concept 1 focuses on reducing pedestrian crossing distances and waiting times, while Concept 2...

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Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square

Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square

Since 2008, the City of Boston has been planning a project to convert Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown from a wide highway into a boulevard with a linear park, and to convert the oversized rotary and vehicle-oriented streets in Sullivan Square into a walkable urban...

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Tremont Street in Boston’s South End

Tremont Street in Boston’s South End

Two pedestrians have recently been killed crossing Tremont Street in Boston' South End. The current layout - 4 lanes, undivided - leads to reckless speeding and makes it difficult to cross the street. Rampant double parking offers evidence that four lanes aren't...

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Congestion Protection for Route 66

Congestion Protection for Route 66

Chris Boll, a Master's student in civil engineering, took inspiration from best practices in Brussels, Zurich, and Dublin to  develop ways to protect Route 66 from traffic congestion at five "hot spots" that include Mission Hill, Coolidge Corner, Allston Village, the...

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Road Diet for Centre Street, West Roxbury

Road Diet for Centre Street, West Roxbury

Centre St between Lagrange St and Esther Street (near Holy Name Circle) is West Roxbury's main street, flanked by shops and businesses. It has 3 bus routes, a nearby commuter rail station, and several nearby schools that further contribute to pedestrian traffic. For...

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Transit Lanes on Huntington Av (Mission Hill section)

Transit Lanes on Huntington Av (Mission Hill section)

The Mission Hill stretch of Huntington Av, between Brigham Circle and South Huntington Ave., can be so congested that it's quicker to walk than to ride the train or bus. While buses and Green Line trains represent only 3% of the traffic, they carry 70% of the people -...

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Improving Pedestrian Access to Franklin Park

Improving Pedestrian Access to Franklin Park

UPDATE, 2017:  The new park entrance for ped/bike that we recommended is under construction! (Franklin Hill Ave. @ American Legion Hwy) The limited number of entrances and poor crossing provisions across the busy roads bordering Boston's Franklin Park limit its...

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Making Columbia Road a Greenway for Cycling and Walking

Making Columbia Road a Greenway for Cycling and Walking

Columbia Road was originally envisioned as a link in Boston's Emerald Necklace, a string of linear parks encircling Boston with paths for travel by foot, by carriage (later, car) and by horse (later, bicycle). It was to be a greenway link from Franklin Park to the...

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Better Traffic Management for Broadway, Everett, MA

Better Traffic Management for Broadway, Everett, MA

Broadway in Everett, MA is a 2-lane road plagued by congestion, hampering local business and making bus service on this important transit corridor slow and unreliable. Master's student (now graduate) Adewale ('Wale') Ogunleke studied it to identify...

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