The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Department of Public Works:
As of Nov. 15, after several weeks of calibration, City of Cambridge staff and the Mount Auburn Street Bus Priority project partners consider the implementation of the Mt Auburn Street Bus Priority Pilot to be complete. Traffic and congestion look to be relatively typical for this time of year. Thank you once again for the month of patience and understanding while we first implemented changes and then made fixes and adjustments at Coolidge Avenue and Fresh Pond Parkway.
Early data (still to be further analyzed and confirmed) suggest that bus riders are experiencing significant benefits, as intended, in the direction towards Harvard Square. In addition, they suggest that all drivers and bus riders are experiencing benefits in the direction towards Watertown and Belmont.
As mentioned in our last update, we are now entering the first evaluation phase of the project where we look at available, short-term MBTA and travel time data and solicit your input. Starting today, we want your feedback on how Mount Auburn Street has been working for everyone since the implementation was complete on Nov. 15. “Everyone” includes people driving, biking, walking, riding buses or shuttles, being dropped off, and making deliveries. To tell us your thoughts, please go to the survey by clicking here.
We expect to leave this survey open for the month of December. We will also be flyering the surrounding neighborhood and using social media to attempt to reach those not on this email list. We will analyze survey results and available data for an initial report back to stakeholders later in the winter. In the spring we will carry out a more thorough data collection effort to complete the post-implementation project evaluation and report back on longer-term plans for the roadway.
Throughout the evaluation stage, the City of Cambridge and project partners will continue to monitor how Mount Auburn Street operates for everyone – people driving, biking, walking, taking transit – and make minor adjustments as needed.