While transportation infrastructure and services investments are being made
broadly across the Commonwealth, bus stops are one place for a local community to start and make an incredible impact on residents.
To help communities working to become age- and dementia friendly consider such an initiative, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative worked with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, MassMobility, MBTA, and WalkBoston to create a guide and resource list on creating bus stops for people of all ages.
Studies show that bus stops that were equipped with a shelter, bench, and adjacent sidewalks dramatically increased ridership. Accessible bus stop design encourages use of the bus service – but it also creates public spaces for respite and social connection, provides weather protection, improves walkability for pedestrians of all backgrounds and abilities, and with artistic design can enhance the neighborhood aesthetic.