Boston is changing rapidly, with population and job-growth both on the rise. 34% of Boston residents do not own a car. 42% of Boston residents want mobility and open space improvements in their neighborhood (Go Boston 2030, Imagine Boston).
The Emerald Network creates safe, non-motorized pathways that parallel routes that many people already travel for commutes, pleasure, and exercise. As the network opens connections to transit, jobs, and open space, it has the power to transform how we get around our city and the region.
Creates a high-quality, non-motorized transportation network suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
Connects people and neighborhoods to transit, jobs, parks, open space, and recreational and cultural resources.
Reduces car congestion with increased mobility options that are safe and fun.
Equity & Opportunity
Connects low-income and geographically-isolated communities to economic opportunities through increased transportation options.
Increases access to recreational opportunities for under-served communities.
Quality of Life
Contributes to improved physical health as people walk, run, ride, skate, and push strollers.
Improves air quality, mental health, and well-being with access to trees and green space.
Mitigates climate change and restores natural systems with street trees, green storm water management and reduced car emissions.
Contributes to cooling and cleaning the air.
Connects housing, jobs and investment with a low-cost transportation solution.
Attracts new employers and talent with a 21st century urban recreation and transportation system.
The power of the Emerald Network lies in its ability to serve as a backbone for existing public systems (parks, buses, subways and trains), increasing access and mobility for people throughout Metro Boston.