The Baker Administration has just committed $50 million over the next five years for the new Complete Streets Funding Program as part of a recently-finalized transportation Capital Investment Plan. Since 2012 MPHA has led–as part of its Act FRESH campaign– a statewide coalition to create an incentive for municipalities to make more of their local roads viable and safer for bicycling, walking, and public transportation. 77% of Massachusetts roadways are locally-controlled, so this program will provide an incentive for municipalities to advance complete streets. By making local roads more “complete” we can help address some of the transportation inequities that impact health. For this new program to date, the MA Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has awarded just over $582,000 to 13 communities for planning grants of up to $50,000 each. Many more communities are in the process of applying for the funds. Implementation grant awards will be up to $400,000.
Click here to see which municipalities across the state are already involved in this new program to help make for healthier communities by creating safer neighborhood streets.