Thousands of Boston bus riders are about to get more familiar with Gold Standard Bus Rapid Transit. From May 24 through June 6, BostonBRT in partnership with MassDOT, the MBTA, the City of Boston, and local community organizations will be demonstrating all-door boarding – a key feature of BRT – along the SL4 and SL5 Washington Street Silver Line between Dudley Square and downtown.
During the Silver Line Better Bus Experience, riders will be able to board and exit buses through all doors to test how this improvement creates a faster, more convenient, and reliable ride.
Two-thirds of the delay on the SL4 and SL5 comes from the amount of time it takes for riders to get on and off the bus. Riders currently only board at the front door, in a single-file line, paying as they get on. This creates wait time at each stop that adds up over the course of a ride.
The demonstration will also include two other core BRT elements that already exist along certain parts of the route: dedicated bus-only lanes and transit signal priority, which minimizes the amount of time buses are stopped at red lights. Testing all-door boarding together with these existing BRT elements will showcase the possibilities of implementing true BRT throughout Greater Boston.
We invite you to witness the benefits of this Gold Standard BRT feature and experience first-hand the future of better buses!
P.S. If you take the Silver Line or any other bus route, good news – the Beauty and the Bus contest will be extended for two weeks! Keep getting your photos in for a chance to win a staycation at a Boston hotel.
Silver Line Demo
Date and Time:
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 6:00am to Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 11:00pm