Mount Auburn Street Corridor Study, Cambridge | Watertown

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Cambridge/Watertown, Massachusetts

HSH is applying its unique approach to public involvement to the redesign of a notorious intersection in Cambridge – Mount Auburn Street and Fresh Pond Parkway – as well as significant segments of both streets. Engaging local residents through the use of WikiMapping and other tactics, the study focuses on increasing the throughput of people in the corridor and highlights the need for faster, more reliable transit service.

The proposed design reduces transit delays and “bunching” of the overcrowded 71 and 73 MBTA Routes with new bus-only lanes and a new bus priority signal/queue jump on Mount Auburn Street at
Coolidge Avenue. The new configuration could increase the capacity of the aforementioned buses by as much as 9% in the a.m. peak hour. At several locations along the two corridors, the safety of pedestrian and bicycle crossings will be vastly improved, and over a mile of protected bike lanes will be added. Along Gerry’s Landing near the Charles River, 4.5 acres of parkland will be reclaimed from the asphalt through road diets and replacement of the 1960’s era car-centric designs that emphasized traffic speed over community safety.