We work with key stakeholders to
improve the infrastructure we all need
to be healthy.

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Transportation is  essential to our personal and community health. It’s 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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The Transportation Committee of the Allston Brighton Health Collaborative (ABHC) is composed of community residents and organizations who recognize that transportation is a strong indicator and essential component of community health. We advocate to improve equity, access, and safety of all mobility modes in Allston and Brighton. Since 2016, this committee has worked closely with residents and stakeholders to address barriers to safe, reliable and accessible mobility and has become a leading neighborhood-wide voice on multi-modal transportation interests.

Our successes over the years include:

1. Partnered with Allston Village Main Streets, Livable Streets Alliance in successful advocacy for a dedicated bus/bike lane on Brighton Ave. Metropolitan Area Planning Council highlights this successful advocacy as a case study here!

2. Consistent and ongoing thought-partnership with city transportation and planning staff, with successful advocacy of key priorities including a transit corridor and safe cycling infrastructure. City staff work closely with the committee on the City of Boston’s Allston Brighton Mobility Study.

3. Testimony at City Council hearings regarding the city’s Healthy Streets Initiative and MBTA’s late night transit service.

4. Requests and recommendations for each neighborhood large development project proposal, which have resulted in mobility mitigations and benefits in multiple projects including: subsidized MBTA passes, reduced parking ratios, increasing bike parking, shared bike stations, car share spaces, EV charging stations.

5. Standardized transportation mitigation recommendations for neighborhood advisory boards reviewing proposed developments in Allston-Brighton.

5. Representation on the MBTA’s Fare Transformation Policy Working Group, the Vision Zero Coalition, and Boston Cyclists Union.

We are so grateful to the Barr Foundation for their support of our work.