MBTA findings from a “Better Bus” report

Here’s what a recent report found about Greater Boston’s bus system. 🚌

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The LivableStreets Alliance + Institute for Transportation & Development Policy recently teamed up to create a “Better Buses” report on the MBTA’s current bus system.

“Keeping Pace: How Greater Boston’s Bus System Can Support a Growing and Changing Region” found that while our area’s population has increased by 53% in the last 50 years, the MBTA bus fleet has decreased by 79 buses total since 1972.

The report also showed that Revere, Chelsea, and Everett residents depend primarily on buses to access other parts of Boston’s transit system, and areas like Lynn and Allston currently have greater bus ridership than before the pandemic.

The organizations outlined various steps that could drive the MBTA toward dramatic improvement by 2030. See the full set of recommendations.

Want to get involved and influence future reports? Livable Streets is looking for volunteer street ambassadors to collect stories from riders and residents — sign up here.

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