The TAC has worked with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to develop the Amherst Bicycle and Pedestrian Network Plan. This is intended to guide the town as it implements a complete streets network, specifically to improve the transportation network for cyclists and pedestrians. It also addresses the bicycling and pedestrian needs presented in the 2010 Amherst Master Plan and the 2015 Amherst Transportation Plan, and makes recommendations consistent with the strategies presented therein. Currently in Draft form, the TAC will be taking comments about this until February 13th, 2019. Please email any comments to TAC@amherstma.gov or mail to the Amherst DPW.
The Amherst Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) has been tasked to evaluate and establish crosswalk design standards that will encourage safety, accessibility and consistency. This need was identified in the Transportation Plan (2015) and specifically requested by Town officials. Documents regarding these design standards can be found by following the links below. The TAC will be receiving comments about this topic until December 12th, 2018. Email any comments to TAC@amherstma.gov with the Subject: Comment on Crosswalk Design Standards or mail to: Amherst DPW, 586 S. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002 Attn: Crosswalk Design Standards.
The Transportation Advisory Committee has drafted a Complete Streets Policy for the Town of Amherst. The TAC would like your input, as friends and neighbors, in creating this Town policy to implement Massachusetts' Complete Streets program. The TAC will be creating a final draft for the Select Board's consideration February 28th, 2018. Please email comments about this policy to TAC@amherstma.gov.
This draft of the policy meets all the criteria to be eligible for receiving funds as set out in the State's program and is in accord with the Community Compact approved by the Select Board in April last year. It is intended to guide the design of Amherst's transportation networks in the future.
The TAC has advised that the Town of Amherst participate in the Complete Streets program, a MassDOT funded initiative.
"A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes - walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities.
Designing streets with these principles contributes toward the safety, health, economic viability and quality of life in a community by improving the pedestrian and vehicular environments. Providing safer, more accessible and comfortable means of travel between home, school, work, recreation and retail destinations helps promote more livable communities." -MassDOT website
Further information on the program can be found in the documents listed below, or by visiting the MassDOT Complete Streets website.