Somerville Pedestrian & Transit Advisory Committee (PTAC)
Somerville Pedestrian & Transit Advisory Committee (PTAC) is a Mayor-appointed body that works alongside City staff to improve conditions for pedestrian and transit riders in Somerville, promote walking and taking transit as means of transportation, and guide city plans and policies to create a safer and more equitable built environment for walking and taking transit.
PTAC was established in 2020 as part of Somerville’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which forms the basis of the City’s commitment to multi-modal road safety. PTAC is made up of community representatives who have an active interest in pedestrian- and transit-related issues, as well as ex-officio members from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD)’s Mobility Division and City Council.
PTAC’s activities include reviewing and making recommendations on City plans for street reconstruction, assessing the impact of major development projects on walking and transit, creating and facilitating venues for public engagement on City plans and infrastructure including events and digital outlets, and working with other pedestrian and transit organizations at the local, state, and national level.
Each PTAC member serves on one of three subcommittees: Education & Engagement, Engineering & Evaluation, or Policy & Enforcement.
PTAC meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Meetings are held virtually until further notice, and are open to the public. Volunteer inquiries are always welcome.
Follow PTAC on Twitter for the latest updates, additional resources, and engagement opportunities.
- Ted Alexander
- Ginny Alverson
- Caroline Bodager
- Meredith Brown
- Thomas Coen
- Laura Evans
- Christopher Ferry
- Vitor Pamplona (Vice Chair)
- Zach Rosenberg
- Alessandra Seiter (Chair)
- Carole Voulgaris (Secretary)
- Kirsten Walters
- Justin Schreiber (OSPCD Mobility)
- Lauren Craik (OSPCD Mobility)
- Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (City Council, Ward 5)
Agendas, Minutes and Upcoming Meetings
2021-2022 Annual Report
- December 9, 2022 - Letter offering recommendations on the revised network map of the MBTA’s Bus Network Redesign
- September 20, 2022 - Letter supporting the City’s response to the crash that killed cyclist Stephen Conley with updated plans for Holland Street
- August 23, 2022 - Letter offering comments and concerns on the MBTA’s Orange and northern Green Line shutdowns
- July 27, 2022 - Letter offering recommendations on the initial proposed network of the MBTA’s Bus Network Redesign
- November 1, 2021 - Letter supporting MA House bills on automated enforcement (H.2532, H.2426, & H.2494)
- November 1, 2021 - Letter supporting MA Senate bill on automated enforcement (S. 1545)
- December 20, 2020 - Letter supporting increased budget and staffing for Somerville Mobility Division
- December 4, 2020 - Letter opposing MBTA service cuts in Forging Ahead initiative
Attend a Monthly Meeting
PTAC meets on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Meetings are held virtually until further notice. The link to join each meeting will be available in the agenda, which will be posted on the City’s website in advance of the meeting. If you’d like to attend a meeting and need accessibility accommodations or have other questions/concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Somerville PTAC
PTAC periodically solicits applications for membership and submits recommendations for appointment to the Mayor. Additionally, community members may apply to join Somerville PTAC through the following process:
- Attend a minimum of six monthly committee meetings in a two-year period, and actively participate in other committee activities.
- Declare interest in becoming a member at a monthly committee meeting, and obtain the endorsement of the current membership though a simple majority vote. The current membership will then submit their recommendation for appointment to the Mayor.
- Write a letter to the Mayor, expressing interest in becoming a member and detailing any relevant experience.
- If appointed by the Mayor, arrange a time with the City Clerk to be officially sworn in as a member.
Make Your Voice Heard
- Give feedback on City projects and plans on SomerVoice
- Request a specific improvement or report a problem via Somerville 311
- Stay informed about pedestrian and transit happenings in Somerville with the Mobility Division newsletter
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