The goal of the City of Worcester's Complete Streets program is to make the City's streets safer, more convenient and accessible to all people of all ages and abilities, whether walking, rolling, biking or riding in transit or a motor vehicle. Complete Streets expand our community's travel options and help ensure equitable access to jobs, school, shopping, social opportunities and recreation.
Worcester is developing a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan, which will identify, define and rank potential transportation improvements that further the development of a network of Complete Streets. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) awarded a $50,000 grant to support this effort.
The City is working with Toole Design, a consultant with expertise in the planning and design of Complete Streets, to review the existing network, gather public input and prepare the Prioritization Plan. Your input is an important part of the plan development process! A survey and online mapping tool (linked below) have been set up to gather input on issues and ideas related to street safety, walking, biking and accessibility for all.
The Prioritization Plan is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2022.
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The first program tier involves developing a Complete Streets Policy that establishes actions the community will take to expand and improve accommodations for all users of the City's network of streets, sidewalks, bike facilities and other transportation network components. Worcester's Complete Streets Policy was endorsed by the City Council in December of 2017 and Approved by MassDOT in March of 2018.
The second step in the program is the development of a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. The Complete Streets Prioritization Plan is a snapshot of a community's current and near-term Complete Street's needs. Worcester has received a $50,000 grant from MassDOT for the development of a Prioritization Plan and has partnered with Toole Design to assist in this effort.
Once the Prioritization Plan is completed and approved by MassDOT, Worcester will advance to Tier 3. The City will then be eligible to apply for up to $400,000 in funding to implement one or more street projects identified in the Plan.