CITY OF WORCESTER

Traffic and Parking Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 25, 2024

YMCA Central Branch, 766 Main Street

Convened: 5:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:01 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Donna M Colorio
Vice Chairperson Khrystian E King
Councilor Thu Nguyen
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Donna M Colorio Vice Chairperson Councilor Khrystian E. King, who arrived at 5:10 p.m. Councilor Luis A. Ojeda
 
Also:Assistant Director of Transportation and Mobility Todd Kirrane Deputy City Clerk AJ Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-In Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.

Traffic and Parking Committee Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92893960051
Traffic and Parking Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Traffic and Parking Committee Zoom Access Code: 928 9396 0051

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Traffic and Parking hereby approves the minutes of the Traffic and Parking Committee meeting of April 24, 2024.

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved to adopt the item. Order adopted

3.

Communication of the City Manager

3a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to adopting a statutory speed limit of 25 mph and the establishment of Safety Zones with 20 mph speed limits. # 13a CC December 12, 2023

In Committee January 31, 2024 - Held In Committee February 8, 2024 - Held In Committee February 22, 2024 - Held In Committee March 27, 2024 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Director of Transportation and Mobility, who provided the presentation on the proposed statutory speed limit and establishment of Safety Zones.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speakers:
1. Oliver Chadwick, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Maritza Crus, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Ojeda, who discussed plans concerning installation of additional traffic calming measures to address traffic issues in district 4.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio then discussed the importance of local community participating in the meeting, giving feedback on the proposal via survey and the process and timeline concerning the implementation of the program if it passes with the Assistant Director of Transportation and Mobility.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Transportation and Mobility conduct an online survey relative to the proposed adoption of a statutory speed of 25 mph and the establishment of Safety Zones with 20 mph speed limits.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor King, who discussed the importance of school zone signage as a traffic calming method, the status concerning the auditing report relative to school zone signage and data concerning car crashes in the city with the Assistant Director of Transportation and Mobility.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio then discussed making the presentation concerning the proposed speed limits and Safety Zones publicly available with the Assistant Director of Transportation and Mobility.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Transportation and Mobility conduct an online survey relative to the proposed adoption of a statutory speed of 25 mph and the establishment of Safety Zones with 20 mph speed limits.