MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced a forward-thinking shift in MassDOT’s approach to project development. MassDOT’s Healthy Transportation Policy Directive will require all state transportation projects to increase bicycling, transit and walking options. This new Directive is intended to promote multimodal access for our transportation customers.
“This policy directive is the next step in putting into daily practice our commitment to build a healthy, sustainable transportation system that meets all our customers’ needs,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey.
“This exciting transportation policy will play an important role in offering opportunities for healthy living through walking, biking and increased use of public transit,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, R.N. “We applaud MassDOT and Secretary Davey for taking a leadership role in creating healthier communities.”
The Directive builds on the goals established in the GreenDOT Implementation plan and MassDOT’s mode shift goal. The mode shift goal announced by Secretary Davey in October 2012 calls for tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking by 2030. Together, these initiatives seek to improve service to our customers while improving the health of our public and natural environment.
As part of policy directive implementation, all MassDOT Divisions will review all projects currently in design to ensure they are consistent with Directive goals. Other elements of the Directive include:
- All MassDOT facilities will consider adjacent land uses and be designed to include wider sidewalks, landscaping, crossing opportunities and other features to enhance healthy transportation options.
- Reviews will be conducted of cluster sites where incidents have occurred with healthy transportation users.
- MassDOT will develop a guide to assist communities proposing Shared Use Paths on or along rail beds in order to accelerate the path design process.
The Healthy Transportation Policy Directive and MassDOT’s GreenDOT comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative may be viewed on the GreenDOT web page: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/GreenDOT.aspx
MassDOT’s annual Healthy Transportation Conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. To register go to www.mass.gov/baystateroads.