Pete Seweryn’s commute between Roslindale Square and the Orange Line station at Forest Hills became noticeably faster last spring, when Boston banned parking on the inbound side of Washington Street during the morning rush and replaced it with a dedicated space for MBTA buses.
“I’ve noticed a big difference. It’s probably shaved off a good 15 or 20 minutes,” Seweryn said. “Before, you’d just creep along and it would take forever, so it’s definitely a big improvement.”
Hailed by both the city and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as a simple but significant transit improvement that can be replicated across the region, the Roslindale bus lane has been a boon to thousands of daily bus riders in southwest Boston who now cruise past stalled auto traffic each morning.
But it has also raised a tough question: Who is responsible for managing these additions to the roads — the state-run transit agency that owns the buses or the city that owns the streets? (read more)
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