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Complete Streets Announcement, 2017

Complete Streets Announcement, 2017

MassDOT is pleased to announce that Smart Growth America is honoring several Massachusetts cities and towns that were awarded money from the Baker-Polito Administration for having “led the nation in creating and adopting comprehensive Complete Streets policies last year.”

In its “The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016” report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, the accomplishments of numerous Massachusetts communities are highlighted for making “formal commitments to streets that are safe and convenient for everyone—no matter their age, income, race, ethnicity, physical ability, or how they choose to travel.” Since 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded approximately $10 million to 26 communities across Massachusetts to assist in building “Complete Streets” infrastructure in addition to awarding approximately $2.7 million in technical assistance grants and working closely with municipalities in promoting smart designs to make streets safe for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and drivers.

“We are proud that our efforts to promote Complete Streets designs throughout our local communities are receiving national recognition,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration is committed to working closely with cities and towns in pursuit of our mutual goals of safety and accessibility on our roadways since streets need to work for everyone, whether they are on foot, on a bike or in a vehicle.”

“Through our Complete Streets program, communities are empowered to design and build streets appropriate to how they will be used by everyone in the surrounding neighborhoods and members of the public that are traveling to their destinations,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We have appreciated the enthusiasm and partnership of municipal leaders and non-profit partners regarding the MassDOT Complete Streets Program and we look forward to continuing collaborative efforts to build transportation infrastructure which takes into account all the people who will be using it and all the modes of travel.”

The Smart Growth America report’s list of Complete Streets policies which are leading the nation includes the following:

Rank    Jurisdiction                                                                  Policy score

 

1          Brockton, MA                                                             100.0

1          Missoula, MT                                                                     100.0

1          Wenatchee, WA                                                                100.0

2          Hull, MA                                                                      98.4

2          Mansfield, MA                                                           98.4

2          Sherborn, MA                                                            98.4

3          Bridgewater, MA                                                       96.8

3          Brookline, MA                                                            96.8

4          Chester, MA                                                                 96.0

4          Muskogee, OK                                                                     96.0

5          Ayer, MA                                                                       95.2

5          Wales, MA                                                                    95.2

5          Binghamton Metropolitan, NY                                        95.2

Under the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program, to date, 161 municipalities have registered to participate, 129 cities and towns have approved complete streets policies and 60 have approved Prioritization Plans. MassDOT has engaged city and town officials in workshops about complete streets infrastructure design and has developed a full Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document that explains the program requirements, model policy guidance and scoring system, and eligible infrastructure. A two-way interactive online portal has been developed to guide and assist municipalities through the Policy Development, Prioritization Plan and Project Approval Tiers of the program.

“Transportation investments are generational, and Complete Streets helps ensure that we build streets to serve everyone for many years to come. We congratulate the cities and towns across Massachusetts that for this national recognition and we thank MassDOT and the Baker-Polito Administration for their leadership,” said Director of Transportation for Massachusetts Chris Dempsey. “Many long time members of our coalition, such as the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mass Public Health Association and WalkBoston, have long championed this policy and they deserve credit for helping build this foundation.”

“The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is committed to helping our region’s cities and towns to adopt Complete Streets policies that foster local safety and access for a variety of users, whether they are driving, walking, biking or using public transit,” said Metropolitan Area Planning Council Executive Director Marc Draisen. “These policies play a key role in getting folks out of their cars by encouraging walking and cycling, and they also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving community livability, health, and wellness.”

“This is an important spotlight on the Massachusetts communities that are taking steps to address urgent design issues that are essential to public safety,” said WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman. “We have long supported Complete Streets and applaud MassDOT and the Administration for making this a priority. We have a long way to go, but we are moving in the right direction.”

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Complete Streets funding awards are used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects, as identified in each municipality’s submitted Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. Examples of projects that can be addressed through the program include improved or new separated bike lanes, sidewalks, curb ramps, traffic signals that prioritize transit, crosswalks, and improved lighting.

MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program requirements include the attendance by municipalities at an initial program workshop, passage of a Complete Streets Policy and the development of a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. Upon completion of these requirements, a municipality is eligible for construction funds.  Through the program, a municipality is eligible to request up to $50,000 for technical assistance, and up to $400,000 for construction funding with additional consideration in the qualification process for Community Compact communities.

Smart Growth America is a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks so people can walk to their town center, to ensuring that more homes are built near public transit and that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth builds neighborhoods across the nation that all Americans can share.

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