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Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan

First things first: We want to hear from you.

Blue Hill Avenue runs through the heart of the City. This avenue houses community organizations of education, worship, and recreation. It is a commercial corridor full of bustling businesses owned by minority entrepreneurs. The corridor provides access to and from the city's major employment centers for Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan residents. It also supports the highest bus ridership in the entire MBTA system. 

Our project covers Blue Hill Avenue from Grove Hall down to Mattapan Square. A specific redesign effort is being conducted for the Mattapan Square Main Streets District at the southern end of the corridor. 

Stay up to date with the project through this page! We want to hear your thoughts, ideas, and concerns about the corridor. Whether your trips are made on foot, by bike, by car, or on a bus, we want to hear from you. Please join our email list to stay updated on meetings, progress reports, presentations, and public engagements. 

Project Mission

The Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan seeks to improve the experience of all corridor users. 

We want to hear from the people who live, work, play, and travel along Blue Hill Avenue about how the corridor can better serve you. By re-imagining how the avenue functions, the City will make Blue Hill Avenue a safer, more efficient corridor for all users, regardless of your mode of travel. 

life along Blue Hill Ave

Project Area

Project Focus


How do you travel along Blue Hill Avenue? What do you like about it? What would you like to see changed? We welcome concerns ranging from traffic congestion to bus stop cleanliness and anything in between. 

To keep up to date with the City's ongoing transportation projects, visit our project map!

We know that vehicle speeds along Blue Hill Avenue are high. But, we'd like to hear from you about how to make it safer for all users. How does Blue Hill Avenue feel as a pedestrian? Have you felt unsafe while waiting for the bus or cycling? 

Visit our Vision Zero page to learn more about the City's commitment to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes by 2030. 

Examples of public spaces include:

  • sidewalks
  • plazas
  • parks
  • playgrounds, and
  • seating areas.

Let us know how you feel about the current public spaces along Blue Hill Avenue and what you would like to see in the future.

Boston's citywide transportation plan, Go Boston 2030, lays out a commitment to increase the amount and quality of public space available in the City. Learn more about our work in the public realm. You can also find out about the work of the Parks and Recreation Department to create and maintain public spaces. 

Blue Hill Avenue runs through the heart of the City. How can we bring more greenery and climate mitigating elements to the corridor? How can we ensure that Blue Hill Avenue is around to serve generations to come? 

We know that the neighborhoods along Blue Hill Avenue experience extreme heat and a lack of shade in the summers. Greenery helps mitigate this urban heat island effect, improving health outcomes, economic outcomes, and more. Learn about the work the Environment Department is doing to increase Boston's resiliency in the face of extreme heat. 

Project Timeline


blue hill avenue engagements to date

  • Fall 2019 - First Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan Public Kick-off Meeting 
  • March 2020 - Second Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan Public Meeting 
  • September 2020 - Third Blue Hill Avenue Transportation Action Plan Public Meeting 
  • November 2021 - City of Boston awarded $15 million in federal RAISE Grant funding 
  • January 2022 - Blue Hill Ave Town Hall hosted by Councilor Mejia and Notorious V.O.G. 
  • February 2022 - Youth T-Talk: Blue Hill Ave as a Place hosted by Consult LeLa and Powerful Pathways 

Blue Hill Ave. Project Materials and Updates

Project Materials

Meeting overview:

  • 144 members of the public attended the meeting. The people who attended the meeting travel using the following modes:
    • Walk - 20%
    • Drive - 38%
    • Bus/train - 27%
    • Bike - 13%
    • Other - 2%
  • 60 members of the public contributed to the discussion verbally or in the chat.
  • 12 members of the public were responsible for more than 50% of chat comments.
  • 37 individuals gave feedback on what they would like to see from a project to redesign Blue Hill Avenue. The most common feedback included:
    • more lighting
    • new sidewalks
    • more crosswalks
    • more trees
    • better bus stops
    • support for small businesses on the avenue
  • Town Hall hosted by Councilor Julia Mejia and Notorious V.O.G. at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan: Recording of the Town Hall (video starts at 10:23)

Mattapan Square Project Materials and Updates

We held a public meeting to discuss the design of the main intersection. 

  • We held a meeting with the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council Public Services Committee to discuss the design of the main intersection. View the presentation.
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