Bus/bike lanes on Huntington Avenue between Brigham Circle and Gainborough Street will be made permanent by the end of the year with the addition of red paint, after the MBTA and BTD said today that 39 and CT-2 riders are saving up to two minutes per trip during the morning and evening commutes when compared to the same period in 2019.
The goal of the red paint is to better warn motorists to stay out, by delineating them for just the use of T buses and bicycle riders, the city and state said. In related work, red paint will also be going down on dedicated lanes on Boylston Street between Ring Road and Clarendon Street, Clarendon Street between Boylston and Columbus Avenue and St. James Street between a point just west of Berkeley Street to Dartmouth Street.
In addition to the time savings for bus riders, the evaluation showed that the quick-build lanes have coincided with improved traffic safety conditions. Project implementation has coincided with slightly lower speeds along the corridor, providing safer conditions for all road users. While bus riders are experiencing time savings of up to two minutes per trip since the first wave of implementation last year, BTD’s analysis found that the average one-way automobile travel times on the corridor have increased by less than 45 seconds.