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Transportation and Infrastructure

Mission

The goal of the Transportation and Infrastructure Division of the OSPCD is to provide the necessary guidance and vision to make mobility within the City and access to the City's various areas as safe, convenient and pleasant as possible. The division undertakes strategic planning, project development, and management of the transportation network and works to link transportation projects with new economic development. Additionally, the division oversees proposed transit and bus projects, bicycle and pedestrian programs, and development and maintenance of Somerville's parks and open spaces.

Overview

Throughout the City of Somerville, the Transportation and Infrastructure Division is implementing various plans and projects to create a safe, walkable, healthy, and user-friendly network of multi-modal transportation options. This involves conducting various studies and analyzing the resulting information to make policy recommendations to the City. To view information on neighborhood-specific activities and projects, please see the Squares and Neighborhoods page for complete descriptions.

Bicycles and Pedestrians: Under Mayor Curtatone's leadership, the City of Somerville has placed a great emphasis on the importance of infrastructure that supports and encourages bicycle and pedestrian mobility. Programs such as Shape Up Somerville and Safe-START, as well as numerous bicycle lane additions and streetscape improvement projects are a few of the steps Somerville is taking toward promoting safe, healthy, and sustainable transportation.

Community Path: The City of Somerville has been advocating for the development of the Somerville Community Path, which would connect Belmont, Arlington, Somerville, Cambridge and Boston, for the past decade. The path now extends from Grove Street to Cedar Street in Somerville, complementing the Alewife Linear Park stretching from Davis Square to Alewife MBTA Station in Cambridge. The next planned phases in Somerville include extensions from Cedar Street to Central Street and eventually from Central Street to Northpoint in Cambridge (the planning process for this work proceeds in conjunction with the Green Line Extension).

Roadways: In addition to increasing access and circulation for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, the Transportation and Infrastructure Division also seeks to increase vehicular flow and traffic efficiency. In regards to roadways, the division evaluates current situations, conducts studies, and provides recommendations for policy development to prepare for growth before it happens.

Transit: Somerville is currently serviced by one subway stop and 15 bus lines. Planning projects to increase the city's public transit access include future subway stops within Somerville. The Orange Line extension will include a stop at Assembly Square, due to open in 2013. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the Green Line Extension will include up to six stops within Somerville. For more information on the Green Line Extension, see the link on the right under "Projects".

The Department of Public Works conducts ongoing street maintenance, approves new curb cuts, and provides engineering assistance for OSPCD-generated infrastructure projects across the city.

Traffic and Parking is responsible for parking policy and enforcement.

See City Departments, above, for more information on DPW and Traffic and Parking.