Urban Ring Project (MBTA)
The Urban Ring is a project of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to develop new public transportation line that would provide improved circumferential connections among many existing transit lines that project radially from downtown Boston. The Urban Ring Corridor is located roughly one to two miles from downtown Boston, and the project is expected to convert 41,500 car trips to transit trips daily.
The Major Investment Study split the project into three phases, the first of which (enhanced bus service) was partially implemented. As of January 2010, the planning of Phase 2 has been suspended because MBTA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have insufficient funding to build a substantial portion of that phase (projected to cost $2.4 billion). Some interim bus service improvements may still occur in the absence of major funding.
The Urban Ring Corridor goes through the Massachusetts cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, and Brookline.
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