Upcoming Pop-Ups for JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan; Feedback Wanted on Egleston Square Concepts

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The city is holding three pop-up sessions this week to solicit feedback about the JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan. If you can't make it to the sessions you can also participate in an online poll, as well as submit feedback by Sept. 15, about two concepts to improve Egleston Square.

These are the scheduled dates, times and locations for this week's pop-ups. They are subject to change due to weather.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3-5:30 pm at various locations in Egleston Square
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:30-6 pm at the intersection of Columbus Avenue/Ritchie Street/Centre Street
  • Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:30-6 pm near Green Street Station

City of Boston

The city wants feedback about concepts to improve Egleston Square.

The city also launched an online poll where you can read about "potential action items" and let the Boston Transportation Department know "which projects you're most excited about!" Click here for the online poll.

The city would like your feedback on two concepts to improve the safety of Egleston Square. You can provide feedback by Sept. 15 using this separate online form.

As part of the JP/Rox Transportation Plan the city prioritized examining Egleston Square, the intersection of Washington Street and Columbus Avenue, which because of its width, is a challenge to cross no matter what mode you're using to get to a destination.

The first image is what the square looks like today, how many seconds it takes an average pedestrian has to wait to cross each street and how long it takes to cross.

City of Boston

A map showing Sept. 2018 conditions in Egleston Square, including how many seconds on average a pedestrian has to wait to cross each street, and how long it takes to cross the street.

Concept 1

The following information is a description of Concept 1 by the city:

The first concept for Egleston Square includes expanding sidewalks to reduce crossing distances. A left turn pocket is added to Washington Street northbound to provide more queuing space for vehicles headed north on Columbus. An additional turning pocket is added to Columbus Avenue northbound, to reduce cut-through traffic. Northbound Washington Street bus priority is not possible under this concept, but Columbus Avenue bus priority can work with this design.

The first image below shows the new features of the intersection, and the second image shows how long it will take on average to cross each street.

Concept 2

The following is a description of Concept 2 from the city:

The second concept for Egleston Square reduces crossing distances even further because of the lack of turning pockets. Because high volume turning movements are not separated, queues are lengthier than in Concept 1. Both transit action items are possible with this concept.

The first image below shows the new features of the intersection, and the second image shows how long it will take on average to cross each street.

You can submit your feedback by Sept. 15 using this online form.

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