“Our goal is to foster transportation decisions that balance the needs of all transportation users, expand mobility, improve public health, support a cleaner environment, and create stronger communities around the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “The Urban Street Design Guide is a valuable tool, providing essential design principles for safe, multi-modal urban streets and attractive public spaces that embody our sustainability mission.”
MassDOT is the second State Department of Transportation to officially endorse the Guide.
“MassDOT’s commitment to complete streets and healthy transportation provides a strong framework for progress in communities across Massachusetts,” said NACTO President and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin. “Nationally, MassDOT’s leadership will open the door for other State DOTs to endorse the Urban Street Design Guide.”
In September 2013, MassDOT issued a Healthy Transportation Policy Directive formalizing the agency’s commitment to multi-modalism and requiring that all MassDOT funded or designed projects seek to increase and encourage walking, bicycling and talking transit.
“The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide will be a great resource for Massachusetts. Because it offers so many different design options, it can be applied in different urban contexts across the Commonwealth,” said Ned Codd, Assistant Secretary for GreenDOT. “It lays out in clear language the principles that go into building a sustainable, multi-modal urban street, and it provides great diagrams that can really help practitioners visualize how a street can look and operate.”
“From the GreenDOT initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support smart growth development, to the agency’s ambitious goal of tripling the share of trips made by bicycling, walking or taking transit in Massachusetts by 2030, MassDOT is a national leader in integrating environmental responsibility and quality of life goals into all transportation sectors,” said Thomas J. Tinlin, Chief of Operations and Maintenance at MassDOT and former Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department.
In addition to Massachusetts and Washington State DOTs, 27 cities have endorsed the Urban Street Design Guide, including Boston and Somerville.
MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28 posted on May 26
MassDOT weekend commuter boat service will be provided for the third year between Hingham, Hull, Georges Island, Grape Island and Boston. The service begins Memorial Day weekend and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. “Commuter ferry service on the weekends during the two previous …Continue Reading MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28
Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting posted on May 26
MassDOT has scheduled a community meeting for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project as follows: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (CGS 129), Boston University, 871 Commonwealth Avenue. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project will replace the existing superstructure …Continue Reading Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel