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.
The study 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.
This study is sponsored by a generous grant from the Barr Foundation.
Which transit connections and services might attract the most riders?
What is the optimal sequencing of land development and transit improvements?
What are the best measures for determining if a scenario is effective?
How might pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, as well as new on-demand mobility services, impact travel behavior?
What partnerships, parking, land development, and other policies and regulations might be most effective to advance the most promising options?
Project Updates and Upcoming Events
We will hold additional public workshops in 2020. Stay tuned.
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We held our first public workshop on November 14, 2019. See below for details.
We will also be creating a survey and holding additional public meetings in 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
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): http://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