West Station Area Transit Study
A transportation and land use study by the
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Header photo: Google Maps, @2019 MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts EOEA, Maxar Technologies, Sanborn, USDA Farm Service Agency. Map Data ©2019
The West Station Area Transit Study is a new scenario planning analysis to determine the land use and transit future of West Station in Allston. It will evaluate various transportation improvements and land use policies to determine which options might maximize the number of walking, bicycling, and transit trips under possible development scenarios around West Station. Key transportation routes connecting West Station to and from major population and employment nodes in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline will be studied as well.
The study will provide municipal and state governments, as well as the development community, with an objective evaluation of the strategies that could best improve access to jobs, labor, housing, healthcare, and other major destinations under different potential development futures both around West Station and the surrounding community. The results of this study will help municipal and state governments to proactively plan for and implement regional mobility improvements as the realigned Allston I-90 interchange area is developed. Finally, a direct outcome of this study will be transit services concepts that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) can use to inform the design of the new West Station.
Project Updates and Upcoming Events
You can now download the West Station Area Transit Study report.
report release presentation: june 29th
View a recording of the June 29th presentation where we provided an overview of the West Station Area Transit Study report.
Second Public Workshop: June 10, 2020
We held our second public workshop on June 10, 2020. Participants learned about work completed so far and collaborated with other meeting attendees in small group discussions of key origins and destinations, needed services, active transportation, and additional policies to include in the evaluation.
First Public Workshop: November 14, 2019
We held our first public workshop on November 14, 2019. Participants learned about the West Station Area Transit Study and provided feedback on desired outcomes and metrics. The meeting boards, slide presentation, and a summary of the workshop are available for viewing.
Below are links to other related transportation studies in the area. MAPC is coordinating the West Station Area Transit Study with the various stakeholders overseeing these studies, including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization, and with the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline.
- Allston I-90 Intermodal Interchange Improvement Project (MassDOT): https://www.mass.gov/allston-i-90-intermodal-interchange-improvement-project
- Allston-Brighton Mobility Study (City of Boston): https://www.bostonplans.org/planning/planning-initiatives/allston-brighton-mobility-study
- Allston Early Action Transit Study (CTPS for MassDOT, completed December 2018): https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/01/28/AllstonEarlyActionTransitStudy.pdf
- Transport Kendall Report (Kendall Square Association, in partnership with the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, completed July 2019): https://www.transportkendall.org/
- Rail Vision (MassDOT/MBTA): https://www.mbta.com/projects/rail-vision