According to initial MBTA data, Arlington’s pilot bus-only lane on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington has been a resounding success, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to come back into operation right away. Instead, the town plans to study what it learned from the month-long pilot over the winter, and come back early next year with recommendations for how the town could make the lane permanent.
When the pilot ended Nov. 9, the town stopped converting the inbound parking lane into a bus-and-bike lane on weekday mornings and the No. 77, 79 and 305 buses went back to sitting in traffic, instead of being able to scoot through what Arlington Senior Transportation Planner Dan Amstutz called one of the most congested spots in the whole MBTA bus network. The lane was temporary and operated from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., after which the lane reverted back to being a parking lane. (read more)
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