The 2019 Moving Together Conference

Date: 10/24/2019 7:45 AM - 10/24/2019 4:00 PM

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Capacity:

206/800


Overview

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2019 Moving Together Conference

• Attend workshops and panels that highlight current pedestrian, bicyclist and public transportation topics

• Network with colleagues representing diverse interests from the public, academic and private sectors

• All new site visits and mobile workshops led by engineers and bicyclist/pedestrian advocates.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 • 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM

Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA.

The History of the Moving Together Conference

In 1998, both the statewide bicycling action plan and the statewide pedestrian action plan, called for the establishment of an annual statewide conference for educational and networking purposes. The first two of these conferences were held in Worcester, MA in 2000. In May, at Clark University, 50 people gathered to discuss only walking issues. Later in the year, at the Worcester Holiday Inn, 50 people focused only on bicycling issues.

In 2005, the conference moved to Boston. The first several years, the conference was held at the Marriott Courtyard on Tremont Street. Interest continued to grow until attendance hit approximately 250 persons and the conference moved to a larger venue at the Back Bay Sheraton.

The conference continued to grow and in 2013 the conference was held for the first time at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Transit joined the conference as a featured mode. In 2014, more workshops than ever were offered along with the addition of site visits. Over 650 people attended the event. In 2016, the conference sold out for the second year straight! Each year the conference continues to bring together transportation leaders and individuals involved in the areas of planning, public health, bicyclist and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement and education.

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Announcing the 2019 Smart Trips High School Video Contest

MassDOT is announcing the sixth annual statewide high school video contest, Safe Streets Smart Trips. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote and educate the public about safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors. The contest began five years ago to encourage high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.

Complete contest guidelines are being sent to high schools and are also found at the Roadway Safety Video website.

Learn more about the Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest or call 857-383-3807.

 

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This event is accessible to people with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance (such as translated documents or an interpreter) to fully participate, please contact Cindy Schaedig at 413-577-2762 or cschaedig@ecs.umass.edu at least 14 days prior to the event.  Such services are provided free of charge.

 

Email Kathryn Donnelly at Donnelly@umass.edu to become a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2019 Moving Together Conference! 


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What Moving Together Can Do For Your Company or Organization

When you exhibit at Moving Together, your company or organization will be visited by over 800 professionals involved in healthy transportation, planning, design, construction, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected offices, law enforcement and education. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the key decision makers involved in pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation. In addition, there are several opportunities to promote your company or organization through special sponsorship opportunities being offered throughout the day.

 

Additional benefits for sponsors and exhibitors include:

• Logo recognition on conference sponsor/exhibitor website page.

• Name and logo listed in conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

 

Online Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Is Now Available!

Please click on the "Sponsor Fees" tab at the top of the page. 

 

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Special Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Level Sponsorship

A GOLD Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:

Your company logo on:

• Event website home page under Gold Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).

• Email and direct mail marketing materials.

• Logo in conference mobile app.

• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• A "thank you" banner featuring your company logo displayed in the main ballroom.

• Company listing on session agenda signs outside each room.

• Two complimentary attendee registrations.

$3,000.00

 

Silver Level Sponsorship

A SILVER Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:

Your company logo on:

• Event website home page under Silver Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).

• Logo in conference mobile app.

• Email and direct mail marketing materials.

• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• One complimentary attendee registration.

$1,500.00

 

Bronze Level Sponsorship

A BRONZE Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:

Your company logo on:

• Event website home page under Bronze Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).

• Logo in conference mobile app.

• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• One complimentary attendee registration.

$750.00

 

Exhibitor

Your Exhibitor Booth Includes:

• A 6-foot skirted table, one chair and one waste paper basket.

• Additional chairs are available on request, depending on the number of attendees registered by your organization.

• One complimentary attendee registration.

$500.00

EXHIBITOR PACKAGE

Online Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Now Available!

Please click on the "Sponsor Fees" tab at the top of the page.

Registration forms can be faxed (413-545-9569) or emailed to donnelly@umass.edu. We welcome walking, bicycle-friendly and transit-friendly vendors, businesses, professional planning/design/engineering services, educational and non-profit advocacy groups.

Questions can be directed to Kathryn Donnelly 413-230-6791.

Exhibitor Table Location Map

Map for illustration purposes only. Booth location is approximate. Exhibitor booths will be located in Plaza Ballroom and on Mezzanine. **Booth choice is based on sponsorship level and order of registration payments received.

 

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Agenda

2019 Moving Together Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Park Plaza Hotel, Boston

PROGRAM TRACKS:  MP (MULTIMODAL PLANS) ED (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT) D (DATA)

REGISTRATION/EXHIBITS: 7:45 am - 8:30 am

WELCOME SESSION: 8:30 am - 9:15 am

BREAK/EXHIBITS: 9:15 am - 9:30 am

CONCURRENT SESSION #1: 9:30 am - 10:45 am



BREAK/EXHIBITS: 10:45 am - 11:00 am

CONCURRENT SESSION #2: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm



LUNCHEON/SECRETARY’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS/VIDEO AWARDS: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

 

CONCURRENT SESSION #3: 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

 

BREAK/EXHIBITS: 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

SESSION #4: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN TRANSPORTATION (YPT) SOCIAL HOUR: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

M.J. O’Connor’s

SESSION ROOMS

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News

MBTA Announces Accelerated Schedule for System Upgrades, Cuts Project Timelines

The MBTA today announced several planned system upgrade construction projects will be accelerated, shortening some timelines by as much as eleven months for certain projects. System upgrade work to improve reliability for riders on the Green, Red, and Orange Lines that was previously scheduled to take place only during limited overnight hours will now take place during entire weekends, requiring shuttle service around certain stations.

The accelerated work plans approved by the Fiscal and Management Control Board will deliver benefits to riders significantly faster and allow T crews to undertake multiple projects at the same time as opposed to performing projects one after the other during the limited overnight hours.

In June, the Baker-Polito Administration announced as part of the $8 billion, five-year plan to modernize the MBTA, transportation officials would speed up planned work to improve the system faster. MBTA officials also announced they plan to undertake additional acceleration plans in the near future.

“Riders deserve a reliable, safe transportation system and while we understand this accelerated plan will be inconvenient for some riders, we believe these temporary diversions are necessary to improve the system that has been neglected for decades,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The MBTA will continue to evaluate upcoming planned projects for this fall and next year for additional opportunities to accelerate work where possible.”

“We know that diversions in service are an inconvenience in the short term, but these shutdowns will allow us to quicken the pace of investments in the system more efficiently and effectively,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “We’ve heard loud and clear that we need to accelerate the pace of improvements. This is an especially important opportunity for the MBTA to replace track in areas that aren’t accessible to work crews without these shutdowns. We’re taking a holistic approach in getting as much work done as possible, and we’re hopeful that customers will see and feel these incremental advances in reliability and the customer experience.”

Accelerated Projects:
 Green Line Intersection Upgrades: The MBTA is making 30 intersection upgrades on the B and C branches to mitigate the risk of service interruptions by replacing aged track.
The acceleration plan condenses planned work by five months, by increasing the number of weekend diversions from 10 to 14 on these branches.
This will help complete the project by December 2019 instead of May 2020.
The T will now also replace 7,000 feet of track during the planned weekend diversions.
Green Line D branch shutdowns are already scheduled for the weekends of September 14-15, September 21-22, September 28-29, October 5-6, October 12-13, October 26-27, November 2-3, November 9-10, November 16-17, November 23-24, December 7-8, December 14-15, December 21-22, and December 28-29.
Three new weekend closures on the Green Line B branch will take place during the weekends of September 7-8, November 2-3, and November 23-24.
One new weekend closure on the Green Line C branch will take place on October 26-27.

Red Line: Park Street Wayfinding and Station Improvements: The MBTA is replacing and adding new wayfinding signage, adding 1,250 new lighting fixtures, and cleaning, painting, and repairing stairs/tile within the station.
The acceleration plan condenses planned work by four months, by doing four new weekend diversions on the Red Line in November and December 2019.
This will help complete the project by December 2019 instead of April 2020.
The T will now also replace 900 feet of track and do tactile edge replacement on platforms during the diversions.
Four new weekend diversions will take place between Kendall/MIT and Broadway on November 16-17, November 23-24, December 7-8, and December 14-15.

Red Line: Downtown Crossing Wayfinding and Station Improvements: The MBTA is replacing and adding new wayfinding signage, and cleaning, painting, and repairing stairs/tile within the station.
The acceleration plan condenses planned work by 11 months, by doing four new weekend diversions on the Red Line in November and December 2019.
This will help complete the project by December 2019 instead of November 2020.
The T will also replace 900 feet of track and do tactile edge replacement work on platforms during the diversions.
Four new weekend diversions will take place between Kendall/MIT and Broadway on November 16-17, November 23-24, December 7-8, and December 14-15.

Orange Line: Downtown Crossing, Haymarket, and State Wayfinding and Station Improvements: The MBTA is replacing and adding new signage and cleaning, painting, and repairing stairs/tile within the station.
The acceleration project will condense the project timeline by 11 months through six new weekend diversions on the Orange Line in October and November 2019.
The T will also now replace 2,250 feet of track and clean and paint within Chinatown Station.
Six new weekend diversions will take place between Tufts Medical Center and Sullivan Square on October 5-6, October 12-13, October 19-20, October 26-27, November 2-3, and November 9-10.

These projects will mitigate the risk of service interruptions, improve safety for passengers, improve on-time performance, increase accessibility, and improve the customer experience.

The MBTA is also in the process of preparing an aggressive schedule of shutdowns for the 2020 construction season that may include weekday shutdowns in addition to a greater frequency of weekend shutdowns. Details of this plan are anticipated to be released in fall 2019.

Details on Work
Red Line
Four new weekend closures on the Red Line between Kendall/MIT and Broadway Stations will take place in November and December 2019 to accelerate the pace of Red Line improvement work. The broad limits between Kendall/MIT and Broadway are necessary as these areas are “portal” access points for work crews to load in construction equipment and materials into the underground portions of the Red Line where work will take place. During these weekend shutdowns, alternate service will be provided with a robust communication plan in place to provide information to customers.

Work specific to improvements on the Red Line levels at Park Street and Downtown Crossing Stations will take place during these four new weekends, including improvements to the condition and appearance of each station, upgraded wayfinding/signage in compliance with accessibility standards, cleaning work, painting, and other needed repairs. The addition of these four weekend shutdowns also means that Park Street’s improvement work will occur four months earlier than previously planned and nearly a year earlier at Downtown Crossing’s Red Line level.

During these four new weekend shutdowns on the Red Line, MBTA crews and contractors are also able to remove and completely replace the “pit track” in closed stations. The Red Line pit track in these areas is over thirty years old and, while safe to travel over at reduced speeds, is ready to be replaced. Pit track is the track within the station itself, which isn’t accessible to work crews without a complete shutdown.
The broad closure limits during these four added weekends in November and December 2019 also give the MBTA a valuable work window to perform additional maintenance at closed stations that include repairs to platform edges, escalators, elevators, stairways, and fare equipment. During these four weekends, MBTA crews and contractors will also perform track and power maintenance in the tunnels between stations, including the complete replacement of third rail insulators and third rail electrical connections. Tunnel debris clean-up work will take place as well, reducing the risk of smoke and fire hazards.

Orange Line
Six new weekend closures on the Orange Line between Tufts Medical Center and Sullivan Square Stations will take place in October and November 2019 to accelerate the pace of Orange Line improvement work. As with the Red Line’s broad limits in added weekend closures, the broad limits between Tufts Medical Center and Sullivan Square are necessary as these areas are “portal” access points for work crews to load in construction equipment and materials into the underground portions of the Orange Line. During these weekend shutdowns, alternate service will be provided with a robust communication plan in place to provide information to customers.

Work specific to improvements on the Orange Line levels at Downtown Crossing, Haymarket, and State Stations will take place during these six new weekends, including improvements to the condition and appearance of each station, upgraded wayfinding/signage, cleaning work, painting, and other needed repairs. The addition of these six weekend shutdowns allows the MBTA to complete work on the Orange Line level of these three stations almost a year earlier than previously planned.

As with the Red Line’s added weekend closures, MBTA crews and contractors will also remove and completely replace the pit track in closed Orange Line stations during these six weekend closures, which would not be accessible to work crews without a complete shutdown. The Orange Line pit track in these areas is thirty to forty years old and, while safe to travel over at reduced speeds, is also ready to be replaced.

Similar to the Red Line’s added weekend closures, the broad closure limits on the Orange Line during these six added weekends in October and November 2019 also give the MBTA a valuable work window to perform repairs to platform edges, escalators, elevators, stairways, and fare equipment; perform track and power maintenance in the tunnels between stations, including the complete replacement of third rail insulators and third rail electrical connections; and perform tunnel debris clean-up work, reducing the risk of smoke and fire hazards.

Green Line
Four new weekend closures on the Green Line B and C branches will take place in September, October, and November 2019 to accelerate the pace of upgrades at thirty Green Line grade crossings at intersections where tracks are crossed by city streets. The addition of these four weekend shutdowns allows the MBTA to complete the work on the Green Line B and C branches five months earlier than previously planned. During these weekend shutdowns, shuttle bus service will be provided with customers encouraged to anticipate an additional fifteen to twenty minutes of travel time.

During these four new weekend shutdowns on the Green Line, MBTA crews and contractors are also able to remove and completely replace an additional 7,000 feet of track on the B and C branches. About 60 percent of the Green Line track in these areas is over thirty years old and, while safe to travel over, is ready to be replaced.

Following the completion of this work, the MBTA anticipates the Green Line operating more reliably with a reduced risk of track issues and the elimination of some speed restrictions, translating into a faster trip for customers. Upgraded grade crossings at Green Line intersections also mean improved access for pedestrians and safer areas where Green Line tracks meet walkway areas.

The MBTA understands that shutdowns are a temporary inconvenience, but appreciates customers’ understanding as the accelerated pace of work will improve future service faster. Complete shutdowns in service provide the T with valuable work windows to address infrastructure improvements and maintenance work that could not otherwise be performed without these closures.

 

 

For more information, please visit mbta.com/BuildingABetterT

Written By: Klark Jessen

Article from the MassDOT Blog 


First Zero-emission, Battery-electric Buses Join the MBTA Silver Line Fleet

Governor Charlie Baker, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak gathered at the Southampton Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility to celebrate the introduction of the MBTA’s first brand new, zero-emission, battery-electric bus (BEB) prototypes into the MBTA’s Silver Line fleet.

“The procurement and testing of new battery-electric bus technology is exactly the type of investment we aim to continue with the Transportation Bond Bill in order to help the MBTA plan for the future,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration will continue to explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth’s transportation system and we look forward to more improvements as the MBTA makes progress on delivering a more reliable bus system.”

“Testing the operational capabilities of these zero-emission prototypes by the MBTA is part of the Commonwealth’s commitment to reducing emissions in a changing climate,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This emerging vehicle technology is something we hope to continue to explore with investments from the Transportation Bond Bill as the MBTA analyzes how these new buses can deliver better service.”

“These new zero-emission, completely battery-electric bus prototypes are an emerging technology aimed at providing a safe, reliable, comfortable ride while lowering energy costs and reducing dependence on fossil fuels,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We are pleased to take steps forward with the process of evaluating whether these kinds of new technologies that promote sustainability are appropriate for daily service for MBTA customers.”

“We’re excited to introduce these first battery-electric buses into service on the Silver Line to test how they operate in real-world conditions on Boston streets and in the Silver Line tunnel,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “This is an exciting first step in testing new technologies to electrify our bus fleet, save on fuel costs, and reduce our maintenance needs. We look forward to seeing how these buses perform, gathering data on power consumption, and testing their range during extreme weather as we continue to seek ways to reduce greenhouse gases and improve service for our customers.”

With support from a $10 million federal grant, the MBTA procured from New Flyer the production of five zero-emission, battery-electric, 60-foot, articulated buses. All five are currently in Boston with the first BEB prototype having arrived in April 2019 to begin testing and operator training. Three BEBs are entering service today on Silver Line Routes SL2, SL3, SL4, and SL5 with the next two anticipated to enter service on these routes by the end of the summer.

Five charging stations are also being built within the Southampton Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility as part of the project where each BEB will be “refueled” overnight.

These BEBs are powered by both rear axle and center axle electric motors to enhance safe operation during the winter months. The majority of 60-foot Low Floor articulated buses in service in North America utilize only the rear axle to provide propulsion power by pushing the bus, which can experience traction issues during winter months when snow and ice are present. The performance of the BEBs’ axle placement will be one feature specifically tested and studied while in service.

The MBTA will also be one of the first systems to test 100 percent electric heat for comfortable onboard temperatures during winter months. Previously, U.S.-built BEBs operated diesel-fired auxiliary heaters.

With a commitment to vehicle efficiency, energy conservation, and sustainability, the MBTA continues to explore available technologies and new vehicles that are capable of zero-emissions operation in the Silver Line Transitway Tunnel, which serves the World Trade Center, Courthouse, and South Station stops. Innovative projects like the MBTA Silver Line Zero Emission Bus Project directly reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and also help improve ridership by offering a quieter, emission-free transit experience.

During a two-year period following the introduction of the BEBs into service, the MBTA will test and gather data on this emerging technology to measure BEB performance and operational effectiveness with a focus on power consumption of electric heaters, operator / passenger comfort, vehicle range impact during extreme conditions, charging requirements, and projected operating costs. The MBTA will operate these buses on Silver Line routes to measure the capabilities of the technology for consideration in future zero-emission bus procurements.

Over the past four years, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested unprecedented levels of funding for transit improvements that have included the purchase of hundreds of new buses as well as the purchase of hybrid vehicles:

• The MBTA has purchased 575 new buses with 381 already in service and 194 additional hybrid buses in production.

• More than one third of the bus fleet was recently replaced. Once the additional hybrid buses are in service, more than half of all MBTA buses will be less than five years old. These new buses replace the oldest and least fuel-efficient vehicles in the fleet and provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.

• The piloting of these five zero-emission, battery-electric buses is also the first step in testing new technologies to electrify the fleet.

• In April 2018, the MBTA introduced the Silver Line 3-Chelsea service, providing a direct link between Chelsea and the Seaport District. This project was the first new MBTA service since the Greenbush Commuter Rail Line came online in 2017 with the $56.7 million project jointly funded by MassDOT ($7.6 million) and the MBTA ($49.1 million).

• Following positive results from a Transit Signal Priority (TSP) pilot, the FMCB approved plans to expand the T’s TSP pilot to include broad corridors of the MBTA street-level system. TSP provides faster service to bus passengers by using signal technology to reduce dwell times for vehicles that operate in mixed traffic.

• As part of the Better Bus Project, the MBTA has partnered with cities and towns to implement dedicated bus lanes and queue jumps, resulting in faster trips for bus passengers. Bus lanes currently exist on Brighton Avenue in Allston, Washington Street in Roslindale, Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge and Watertown, and Broadway in Everett.

• The MBTA is currently investing more than ever before to upgrade its infrastructure under its current $8 billion, five-year Capital Investment Plan already in place, and the Baker-Polito Administration’s Transportation Bond Bill includes approximately $5.7 billion for the MBTA to continue funding improvements.

The bond bill also includes a number of proposals to accelerate capital investments that include investments in the MBTA’s bus system, including continued funding for the dedicated bus lanes, signal prioritization, bus shelters and other infrastructure; for sustainable transit system modernization investments to modernize the bus fleet and support the Better Bus Project; and for maintaining the bus fleet and operational improvements. There are additional provisions to allow for the use of design-build procurement for smaller projects, which reduces the timeline for delivering capital improvements, and job-order contracting, which is a faster, more cost effective way to address outstanding maintenance needs. The bill would also establish a process to leverage private-sector investment to fund and build transit improvements.

The provisions in the bond bill that seek to expedite the T’s pace of investment come on the heels of the T’s plan to accelerate capital investments by exploring more aggressive closures overnight and on weekends, increasing the regimen of proactive inspections, negotiating with contractors to compress project schedules, augmenting the existing workforce with a flexible team that can provide necessary services such as flaggers, bus operators, and power, signal, and track personnel to support capital investments.

Written By: Klark Jessen

Article from the MassDOT Blog 

 

MassDOT Releases State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, local officials, and transportation advocates at a groundbreaking event in Natick to release the State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan and to celebrate the start of construction on the latest segment of the Cochituate Rail Trail.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to release the final State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan and continue implementing our vision for Massachusetts in which all people have a safe, comfortable and convenient option to walk or bike for short, every day trips,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The Cochituate Rail Trail is an example of our strategy to make multimodal investments to lessen the demand for new vehicle trips, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, place less strain on household transportation expenses, and promote public health.”

The final State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan each have the goal of increasing safety and the percentage of trips made by walking and bicycling. They include the vision, goals, principles, definitions of key terms, overview of the planning process, the state of walking and bicycling today, and an action plan to achieve the Plans’ goals.

The plans recommend policies, programs, and projects for MassDOT to guide decision making and capital investments. MassDOT has a total of $60 million programmed in the FY 2019-FY 2023 Capital Investment Plan for implementation of both the State Pedestrian Transportation Plan and State Bicycle Transportation Plan.

As part of the Plans, MassDOT released two companion documents – the Municipal Resource Guide for Bikeability and the Municipal Resource Guide for Walkability – in recognition of the important role local cities and towns play. The purposes of the guides are to support cities and towns in their efforts to improve bikeability and walkability as the vast majority of roadways are under local ownership.

Meanwhile, the groundbreaking event today showcased a $12.4 million multimodal project to construct 2.4 miles of the Cochituate Rail Trail between Framingham and Natick.  This project includes replacing a bridge over Route 9 and building a grade-separated crossing at Route 30. This will create a connection between the existing section of the trail in Framingham, the Natick Mall, and Route 27 in Natick. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

The Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board served as the steering committee for the State Bicycle Transportation Plan and the State Pedestrian Transportation Plan.  Over the last two years, the plans were informed by public input and data analysis.

Access the full Bicycle Plan.

Access the full Pedestrian Plan.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in MassTrails Grants for 71 Projects

Continuing efforts to support the state’s vast network of trails, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $5 million in MassTrails Grants to 71 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The grants will provide assistance for the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails throughout the state trails system, such as hiking trails, bikeways, and shared-use paths. The announcement was made by Lieutenant Governor Polito during an event in Lowell. 

“Massachusetts is home to thousands of miles of public trails, and today’s MassTrails Grants will aid in the improvement of these trails and assist in the creation of new sections for the public to enjoy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The MassTrails Grants serve as a great example of our administration’s dedication to ensuring that the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources remain accessible for years to come.”

“Our administration is proud to prioritize the state trails system, which builds community pride, connects municipalities, and improves quality of life throughout Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By working in partnership to support these 71 trail projects, we are able to invest in the enhancement of our communities, and ensure natural resources are protected and available for all to appreciate and enjoy.”

MassTrails Grants focus on the improvement of existing trails, the construction of new trails, and the maintenance of the statewide trail system. This year’s projects include facility landscaping and amenities installation; land surveys and design plans; evaluation of off-road bikeway connections; culvert repair and gradient restoration; hiring of trail staff; structure construction; installation and maintenance of directional and interpretive trail signage; development and creation of GIS mapping and trails guides; purchasing of trail maintenance equipment; and upgrading existing trails to accessible trail standards.

“The 2019 MassTrails Grants showcase diverse trail projects throughout Massachusetts, and will ultimately increase outdoor recreational opportunities and encourage residents and visitors to lead healthy active lifestyles,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to supporting municipalities and local organizations to achieve our shared goal to conserve and protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources while also increasing access to the natural world around us.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to continue working with residents, community leaders, and other stakeholders to design and build a connected network of shared-use paths for mobility and recreation throughout the Commonwealth,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These grant awards will allow continued investments in our trail networks, closing gaps that exist, expanding the shared-use path network, and enabling more members of the public to reach destinations in a safe, efficient, and healthy manner.”

Funding for MassTrails Grants comes from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) capital budget, and from the motor fuel excise tax on off-road vehicles including ATV’s and snowmobiles, which is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Surface Transportation Act, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). All MassTrails Grant applications have been reviewed in consultation with an inter-agency MassTrails Team and the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB). Additionally, each recipient matches awarded grants with a minimum of twenty percent in funding or in-kind services for the designated project. This year’s total investment, including matching funds, is approximately $14 million. In order to meet their funding obligation, an organization is able to utilize a variety of methods to fund at least twenty percent of the project’s total cost to receive the grant. Methods include in-kind labor and professional services, material donations, use of equipment, or a cash match. Funding is made available to registered non-profits and municipal, state, and federal agencies.

“This grant is going to improve our snowmobile trail signage for years to come, I want to say thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration and DCR for these funds,” said Adam Sokoloski, Conway Snowmobile Club.

“We are very excited to receive this grant,” said Mark Emmons, Bourne Rail Trail. “It is going to be instrumental for our design efforts to connect the Cape Cod Canal to the Shining Sea Bike Path.”

“We want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for establishing the MassTrails program,” said Colleen Abrams, Wachusett Greenways. “Multi-use tails are the new front porch of our communities and Wachusett Greenways is thrilled to continue to partner in building the Mass Central Rail Trail.”

“Mass Audubon is delighted to received support from the Baker-Polito Administration and DCR to construct an accessible trail to provide recreational opportunities to all at our Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth,” Mary Griffin, Mass Audubon.

“This grant will help connect all of our ski  trails together and enhance the Greylock Glenn as a place for all ages to recreate,” said Heather Linscott, Thunderbolt Ski Runners. “We thank the Baker-Polito Administration and DCR for their partnership in this important project.”

MassTrails Grant projects are located within the following municipalities: Adams, Amherst, Ashfield, Athol, Avon, Barnstable, Belchertown, Belmont, Boston, Bourne, Braintree, Brockton, Cambridge, Conway, Dedham, Deerfield, Edgartown, Fitchburg, Franklin, Foxboro, Groton, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hardwick, Hawley, Holden, Holliston, Ipswich, Kingston, Lawrence, Leverett, Lowell, Lunenburg, Lynn, Malden, Mansfield, Marblehead, Marshfield, Melrose, Montague, Monterey, Needham, New Bedford, Newton, North Adams, Orange, Palmer, Pembroke, Plainville, Plymouth, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Somerville, Springfield, Sturbridge, Sunderland, Swampscott, Townsend, Waltham, Ware, Westborough, Westfield, West Tisbury, Wendell, Whately, Williamstown, Winsor, and Worthington. A full list and brief description of each of the 71 projects receiving a grant can be found on the MassTrails Grants webpage.

“We must continue to take concrete steps to ensure our open space and recreational opportunities remain accessible for future generations to come,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “These MassTrails Grants will go a long way in helping our communities utilize their open space and bring benefits to local communities while helping advance our broader environmental goals in the Commonwealth.”

“I am extremely grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for these generous grants to support our hiking trails and bike paths in the Plymouth and Barnstable District,” said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “The trails and paths supported by these grants are assets to our economy that attract visitors and local residents to enjoy the natural beauty of Plymouth and Cape Cod. These projects are extremely important to these communities, and I am excited that the Administration’s continued partnership will allow them to be enjoyed by many future generations.”

“Creating the Connector Trail to connect the Concord River Greenway to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail has long been a priority of the city of Lowell as we continue to work to provide accessible opportunities both for recreation and pedestrian traffic, getting more people out of their cars and onto their feet,” said State Senator Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell). “Showcasing aerosol art along the path makes for a unique and interesting outdoor art gallery for all to enjoy. I am looking forward to the completion of this exciting project.”

“I would like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for awarding the MassTrails grants which will further enhance public trails in the Greater Lowell area,” said State Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr. (D-Lowell), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. “These grants will facilitate significant improvements to the Connector Trail project in Lowell by paving a portion which connects pedestrians to shopping centers and neighborhoods, as well as allow the creation of a digital, interactive map of trails in the Greater Lowell area.”

“It is always great to see the Administration’s commitment to our city,” said State Representative David Nangle (D-Lowell). “This grant means access to more open recreational space for our residents to enjoy.”

Written By: Klark Jessen
Article from the MassDOT Blog 

MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest

MassDOT is announcing the sixth annual statewide high school video contest, Safe Streets Smart Trips. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote and educate the public about safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors. The contest began five years ago to encourage high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.

“We are pleased to once again be able to give students the opportunity to create educational videos which underscore messages in the ‘Scan the Streets for Wheels and Feet’ initiative,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The video contest has resulted in very creative ideas during the last few years and we look forward to seeing what teenagers will produce during this year’s contest to make the public more aware of safe behaviors while traveling.”

In summer 2017, MassDOT launched a new statewide campaign to raise awareness about motorists, pedestrians and cyclists safely sharing the Commonwealth’s streets. This initiative reminds travelers to “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.” The campaign slogan emphasizes the notion that everyone who is traveling on a roadway is responsible for doing their part to ensure safety.

The video contest, open to all Massachusetts high school students, features a freshman/sophomore category and junior/senior category. Per contest guidelines, students are asked to write and produce a one-minute commercial video that focuses on one or several of the crash statistics from the campaign and uses the slogan, “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”

Complete contest guidelines are being sent to high schools and are also found at the Roadway Safety Video website. Grand prize and runner-up videos in each category will be chosen by a MassDOT panel during October 2019. Winning videos will be screened at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together, where the creators will receive prizes. Top videos may also be used in future safety campaigns on MBTA digital boards.

Learn more about the Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest or call 857-383-3807.

Learn more information about the annual Moving Together healthy transportation conference.

Learn more about the “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” campaign.

 Written By: Klark Jessen
Article from the MassDOT Blog

 

 

MassDOT Selects 14 Municipalities for Safe Routes to School Program Awards

MassDOT is pleased to announce that a total of 14 municipalities have received infrastructure project awards through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. The selected projects are distributed across the Commonwealth, with at least one project located in each MassDOT Highway District. Projects were selected in the following municipalities:

Agawam: Robinson Park School and Roberta Doering School
Arlington: Stratton Elementary School
Boston: Ellis Elementary School
Dracut: George Englesby Elementary School
Fairhaven: LeRoy L. Wood Elementary School
Gardner: Elm Street Elementary School
Grafton: Millbury Street Elementary School
Harwich: Harwich Elementary School
Leominster: Frances Drake Elementary School
Longmeadow: Blueberry Hill Elementary School
Medway: Burke-Memorial Elementary School and Medway Middle School
Nantucket: Nantucket Elementary and Intermediate Schools
North Adams: Brayton Elementary School
Northampton: Bridge Street Elementary School
All of the projects will include creating some form of pedestrian/bicycle improvements such as sidewalk reconstruction, sidewalk infill, intersection and crossing improvements, ADA accessibility improvements, signage and striping, traffic calming, shared use paths, or bicycle accommodations.

“These 14 awards will ensure that communities from Nantucket to North Adams will have projects to provide safe and healthy transportation options for schoolchildren of the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We were very pleased to see such a diverse and competitive group of submissions that all shared great vision on how to improve access to active and safe transportation for schools and communities.”

MassDOT announced a new round of infrastructure project funding for the SRTS Program on November 28, 2018. Public and charter schools involved with the Program’s non-infrastructure initiatives relating to education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation were eligible to apply. All projects were required to be within two miles of a school serving any grades from kindergarten to eighth grade, with a focus on increasing student safety and/or the number of students walking and biking to school. Proposed projects included both the construction of new facilities and the improvement of existing infrastructure.

Funding for the program included $15 million of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds set aside for SRTS projects in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) spread across federal fiscal years 2022, 2023, and 2024. The selected projects will soon begin the project initiation and design process before being scheduled for construction in the STIP.

The Massachusetts SRTS Program is a federally-funded initiative of MassDOT. SRTS works with schools, communities, students, and families to increase active transportation among elementary and middle school students in the Commonwealth. SRTS promotes a collaborative, community-focused approach that fosters mutual partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders and public health departments to promote safer routes for elementary and middle school students. The program currently serves over 875 schools in more than 220 communities across the Commonwealth.

For more information on Massachusetts Safe Routes to School: visit SRTS at our website: https://www.mass.gov/safe-routes-to-school

 Written By: Klark Jessen
Article from the MassDOT blog

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