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Boston wants to turn street parking to bus lanes

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

By turning curbside parking into bus-only lanes, Boston improves attractiveness for public transport. Image source: Shutterstock (#551001784) by Rsphotograph.

In Boston the MBTA is trying to exchange curbside parking for bus-only lanes, which is met by disgruntled motorists protesting. The city has been considering bus lanes on several congested streets after a parking ban reduced bus travel times by about 20 percent.

“If you ever wanted an advertisement to get people out of their single-occupancy vehicle, it’s having a bus beside them going three times the speed they are,” Monica Tibbits-Nutt, an MBTA board member, told the Globe. “And I think our bus users deserve it. The amount of people who have decided to live without a car, or to leave a car at home, that’s huge. And they have been ignored.”

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