The City of Lynn has completed a quick-build project that gives the city its first dedicated bus lane, plus a new bike route between the newly-extended Northern Strand Trail and the city’s downtown district.
The new shared bus-and-bike lane (pictured above), a collaboration between the MBTA, MassDOT, and City of Lynn, opened this week on North Common Street along the Lynn Common.
The T estimates that the new lane will benefit approximately 3,000 daily riders with faster, more reliable trips.
“Ridership on Lynn bus routes like the 455 has been resilient throughout the pandemic,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak in a press release. “Systemwide bus ridership is around 44% compared to pre-COVID data, but ridership for the Route 455 has been one of the most durable, maintaining about 60-65% of its pre-COVID passengers.”
As part of the same project, Lynn also re-striped South Common Street and Market Street to provide bike lanes along the Lynn Common and into downtown Lynn.
The bike lanes will connect is a first step towards the city’s longer-term vision to install protected bike infrastructure along the same route, and eventually to Nahant Beach on Lynn’s waterfront (see rendering below).
“These improvements will make it easier, safer, and more reliable for Lynn residents to get around their city and access workforce opportunities, education, and essential services during the current crisis and moving forward,” said City of Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee in a press release.
The restriping projects were funded with a $125,000 grant from MassDOT’s Shared Streets and Spaces program.
More changes could be coming soon: a new round of MassDOT grants announced in December included another $318,450 grant for the MBTA and the City of Lynn “to install bidirectional, curb-running shared bus/bike lanes and two transit signal priority treatments on the MassDOT-owned portion of Western Avenue, between the Belden Bly Bridge and Ida Street” – about half a mile southwest of Lynn Common.