MassDOT Funds Complete Streets & the Community Compact Sites them as a Best Practice

We’re thrilled to report that the MA Department of Transportation recently released their draft FY16 Capital Investment Plan (CIP) with a funding commitment of $12.5 million for the Complete Streets Certification Program.

We are in the process of learning the details about when the application process will begin for municipalities and the timing for use of these funds. We expect that up to $5 million will be awarded in the first year of this new program, with the remainder to follow in FY17. Interestingly, funding for the program is not coming from the capital budget but from some of the gaming revenues dedicated to MassDOT.

In her letter to stakeholders, Mass DOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack said, “…(the FY16 CIP) accommodates smaller but strategic investments that have been proven to be effective such as…a new Complete Streets Certification Program.”  The report also says, “The Complete Streets program will provide funding for both design and construction, which will allow us to both support those communities that may be challenged to provide design funds and help to create a pipeline of Complete Streets projects that will further our goals for providing more and better mobility options across the Commonwealth.”

Last week we sent a letter to MassDOT Secretary Pollack, signed by 30 partner organizations, to express support and thanks for this investment.

Further support for complete streets comes from the Baker-Polito administration’s new “Community Compact Cabinet.” Created by an executive order in January 2015, the Community Compact offers cities and towns the opportunity to partnerships with the state to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals to implement best practices. In a list of 32 best practices we’re proud to say that you’ll find both “Complete Streets” and “Safe Routes to Schools”.

Since 2012, the MPHA-led Act FRESH Campaign has been working to create, fund, and implement a complete streets program. Below are some of the announcements in our e-scrapbook that track key moments in this quest for more complete streets  (aka active streets) and ultimately, healthier communities in Massachusetts.

Nov 2014 – MassDOT Commits $20million to Complete Streets (over 4 years) But Ballot Results Create Uncertainty

April 2014 – Active Streets Bill Signed into Law!

November 2013 – MPHA Organizes Municipal Leaders in Support of Active Streets

March 2013 – MPHA & Allies Push for Complete Streets Funding

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