MAPC collaborated with Reading, Wakefield and Melrose to develop a coherent, forward-looking transportation plan. The Main Street Corridor Study looks at ways to improve upon the existing transportation network byreducing automobile traffic while promoting commuter rail, walking, bicycling and bus transportation.
This study addresses a full range of transit options and focuses on achieving sustainable development and land use objectives. Opportunities to implement compact growth and transit-oriented development strategies that can elevate Main Street to a greener, more accessible multi-modal transit corridor were explored. The Main Street Corridor Study’s goals and strategies will improve accessibility, coordinate transportation systems, promote healthy life-style choices, as well as conserve natural resources benefitting Reading, Wakefield and Melrose, and the region as a whole.
Nine goals were developed based on feedback from interactive community forums, meetings with the planners of Reading, Wakefield and Melrose, site visits, and research. Focusing on the needs of those who live, shop and travel along Main Street, the goals and strategies address improving accessibility between places, promoting walking and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, compatibility with public transit, and less reliance on cars. Detailed in the report, the nine goals are:
- Improve Pedestrian Access and Amenities
- Improve Bicycle Access and Amenities
- Increase Transit Use and Improve Connections
- Advance Environmentally Friendly and Efficient Transportation Alternatives
- Improve Access and Accessibility for Senior Transportation Services
- Increase Signage between Downtowns and Commuter Rail Stations
- Improve Access to Local and Regional Open Spaces and Recreation Destinations
- Ensure Zoning and Development Regulations Coordinate with and Support Alternative Modes of Transportation
- Ensure Transportation Infrastructure Compliance with State and Federal Accessibility Regulations
Three interactive, Community Forums were held, one in each community, to present existing data and observations, and to gather input and suggestions from area residents, employees and business owners. Feedback from the Community Forums contributed to developing the Main Street Corridor Study.
- Study Calls for Improved MBTA Access/Parking, Reading Advocate, March 2, 2012
- Study Calls for Improved MBTA Access/Parking, Regional Study Calls for Cycle Parking, Road Improvements, Melrose Free Press, February 9, 2012
- Making Main Street More Accessible in Melrose, Reading and Wakefield, Boston Globe, February 9, 2012
- Reading Residents Pitch Ideas to Improve Transportation, Reading Advocate, October 11, 2011
- Forum Considers Alternative Transportation, Wakefield Observer, October 5, 2011
- Forum Tackles Ways to Foster Alternative Transportation, Melrose Free Press, September 23, 2011
- How Can Traveling Along Main Street be Improved?, Melrose Patch, September 23, 2011
- A Vision for Main Street Corridor, The Wakefield Daily Item, September 22, 2011
- Forums to Explore Main Street Corridor Plan, The Wakefield Daily Item, September 13, 2011
- Getting Main Street Moving, Any Way, Boston Globe, September 8, 2011
For more information, contact MAPC Transportation Planner Alison Felix at 617-451-2770 x2048 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or MAPC Transportation Planner and Engineer Sarah Kurpiel at 617-451-2770 x2053 or email@example.com.