We work with key stakeholders to
improve the infrastructure we all need
to be healthy.
Transportation is an essential Social Determinant of Health – a structural determinant of where and how we live, eat, work, play, and age. Since 2016, ABHC has focused capacity and resources on improving the policy and systems that determine our mobility throughout the neighborhood.
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In 2016, ABHC partnered with students at Boston College to assess neighborhood transportation assets and limitations, and review and map existing data. ABHC formed a Transportation Committee and met with neighboring towns to learn best practices and conducted an informal neighborhood survey. The committee convened stakeholders from Boston Transportation Department, MBTA, city and state elected officials and neighborhood residents to discuss interests and constraints. Quantitative and qualitative data spurred the committee to focus on improving key bus routes in Allston-Brighton, specifically the 57, 64, and 86. The committee also broadened its focus to improvements in cycling infrastructure.
In 2017, the committee assessed the identified priority bus routes and submitted recommendations for improvements to MBTA planners. The committee also convened key cycling stakeholders to assess cycling infrastructure priorities and submit recommendations to Boston Transportation Department.
In 2018, the committee continued its focus on improving transit reliability by partnering with Allston Village Main Streets and Livable Streets Alliance to successfully advocate for a dedicated bus/bike lane along Brighton Ave., an area of high congestion as determined by CTPS and the State Department of Transportation. Read more!
In 2019, the committee partnered with the Boston Transportation Department’s Transit Team to implement a dedicated bus/bike lane along Brighton Ave.Read more of this successful advocacy here!
Currently the committee’s work focuses on transportation impacts and mitigations from neighborhood development, and the City of Boston’s Allston Brighton Mobility Study.