Complete Streets Funding to Improve Transportation Equity!

After three years of advocacy and organizing, we’re pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) just officially opened the application process for its new Complete Streets Funding Program (CSFP). With $12.5 million designated for the first two years, the CSFP will provide technical assistance and financial incentives for municipalities to implement complete streets policies to help make more local streets and roads safer and more inviting for walking, bicycling, and public transit use. Since 2012 the MPHA-led Act FRESH coalition, together with several other partner organizations, have been advocating for funding to help make local streets more walkable, bikeable, and accessible for public transit. By making local roads more “complete” we can help address some of the transportation inequities that impact health. Low-income communities and communities of color suffer the most from the effects of “incomplete streets,” i.e., places lacking safe sidewalks, cross walks, bike lanes, and convenient access to bus stops.  Please encourage your municipalities to apply!

The Complete Streets Funding Program is available in two tiers:
Technical Assistance – up to $50,000 for analysis in support of a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.
Construction Funding – municipalities with a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan may apply for up to $400,000 for construction funding, including (but not limited to) new construction, re-construction, resurfacing, and changes in the allocation of pavement width on an existing roadway (i.e. road diets). CSFP construction funding may not be used for design expenses, but Chapter 90 monies can.
Note: This funding is in addition to Chapter 90 monies that municipalities receive for local road maintenance.
To be eligible to apply for either tier of CSFP funding, a municipality must have:

a) At least one municipal representative attend a free, three hour workshop, titled “Complete Streets 101” (Click here to see dates, locations and to register); 

b) A complete streets ordinance, bylaw, or administrative policy (Currently 30 municipalities have this); and

c) A letter of support from the municipality’s highest elected official or board

– MPHA’s Complete Streets Information & Resources page.

– MassDOT’s Complete Street Funding Program information

CSFP Guidance document (1mb pdf, 43pgs)

CSFP Guidance Appendices (3.4 mb pdf 1mb, 48pgs)

CSFP Due Dates for FY16 & FY17 (185kb pdf, 1pg

FAQs (299kb pdf, 4pgs)

CSFP Application Portal (only for municipalities)

 Questions about the Complete Streets Funding Program? Contact MPHA Field Director, Andrea Freeman.