The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the Shared Streets and Spaces Funding Program is now accepting new proposals. Massachusetts municipalities and public transit agencies are the eligible recipients, but many successful past applications have been collaborations with civic and community groups.
The Shared Streets and Spaces program provides funding to municipalities and public transit authorities to quickly implement improvements to plazas, sidewalks, curbs, streets, bus stops, parking areas, and other public spaces in support of public health, safe mobility, and strengthened commerce. Building on the success of the program first launched as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer of 2020, the program continues to be an integral funding source for communities as they address ongoing challenges and seek to improve their transportation infrastructure.
Since its start in June of 2020, the Shared Streets and Spaces Program has awarded a total of $33 million dollars to 183 Massachusetts municipalities and four transit authorities to implement 310 projects. Funded projects have ranged widely from dedicated bus lanes and road diets to parklets and bikeshare stations. Shared Streets and Spaces has helped municipalities to reconceive their streets not only as safer throughfares for vehicles but as civic spaces with a range of uses for all of us, no matter our age, ability, or preferred ways of getting around. Projects range in cost from less than $50,000 to $500,000.