Find Out About Improvements to Public Transit Planned for Mt. Auburn Street

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The Town of Watertown will host a public meeting on planned improvements to public transit on Mount Auburn Street, including new technology for traffic signals and piloting a bus-only lane for the 71 and 73 buses on a stretch of the street.

The Department of Public Works sent out the following information:

Please join the Town of Watertown for a Mount Auburn Street project meeting to discuss bus transit planning along the corridor. We will also discuss potential technologies and amenities that could be incorporated into the project to improve bus service and reliability for the more than 5,000 daily riders.

At the meeting, we will touch upon an exciting joint bus rapid transit (BRT) pilot project with the City of Cambridge and the MBTA to improve Route 71/73 service between Belmont Street and Fresh Pond Parkway. Although the pilot project will proceed independent of our Mount Auburn Street Complete Streets project, we hope to use the results and data collected from the pilot to inform our design.

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room, 123 Main Street, Watertown

The Town of Watertown is redesigning Mount Auburn Street to improve safety and better accommodate vehicles, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians. By reducing the number of travel lanes, there will be more space for all users and Watertown
can achieve “Complete Streets” objectives.

Learn more about the design on our website,

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