Urban Ring Reply

Bus rapid transit route connecting existing T-stops through the following communities: East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville, Cambridge, Brookline, Roxbury, South Boston.

Time Frame

  • 10-15 years


  • Not in current Regional Transportation Plan.


  • Integration of Assembly Square into Urban Ring
  • Access of Somerville to Urban Ring service.
  • Mode of transportation (bus rapid transit versus light rail)


  • Lack of funding.
  • Latest project proposals bypassed Somerville, except for spur to Assembly Square stop.
  • Project remains bus rapid transit, not light rail.


  • Work for funding.
  • Continue advocacy for connection through Assembly Square to north and south.
  • Continue advocacy for Somerville access to Urban Ring.
  • Continue advocacy for light rail.



  • (2/10/10) MEPA review suspended.
  • Project narrowed, funding being sought.
  • Comment period on Project Change ended August 7, 2009.

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