Improve transportation around town

Objective 3.2: Improve transportation around town

Provide and encourage public transportation

Strategy 3.2.1: Provide and encourage public transportation

Expand MinuteVan

Action Item 3.2.1.1: Expand MinuteVan

Expand the MinuteVan shuttle system with more vehicles, more frequent service, and longer service hours. Provide more options for the disabled community. Consider making it a fixed route system.1
  • 1. The system could have stops but also route deviations on either side of the fixed routes. Stops could include the train station, the schools, Kelley’s Corner, West Acton Village, Acton Center, East Acton, and the proposed community center. The CoA shuttle can specialize in demand-responsive service and destinations outside Acton.
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Capital?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Commission on Disabilities
Finance Committee
Health Department
School Committees

Coordinate MinuteVan and CoA Van

Action Item 3.2.1.2: Coordinate MinuteVan and CoA Van

Coordinate the MinuteVan and Council on Aging shuttles, and consider combining them into a single system with both fixed route and demand-responsive capabilities.1
  • 1. The expanded MinuteVan could become a scheduled fixed route system with limited deviations from the route in response to customer requests; the CoA shuttle is a door-to-door on-request service.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Management?: 
Yes
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Commission on Disabilities
Health Department
Transportation Advisory Committee

Coordinate shuttles with neighboring communities

Action Item 3.2.1.3: Coordinate shuttles with neighboring communities

Consider opportunities to work with neighboring communities to expand ridership of the shuttles.1
  • 1. Coordination can include high traffic destinations such as the commuter rail station and Emerson Hospital.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Selectmen<i> </i>
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Commission on Disabilities
Health Department

Public/private funding for shuttle

Action Item 3.2.1.4: Public/private funding for shuttle

Explore public/private funding opportunities for the expanded shuttle system1.
  • 1. An example is the joint funding of Lexington’s Lexpress shuttle by the town and developers (including Avalon)
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Economic Development Committee
Economic Development Officer
Health Department
Manager Department
Planning Department

Increase resident use of commuter rail

Action Item 3.2.1.5: Increase resident use of commuter rail

Increase the number of Acton residents who use the commuter rail system1
  • 1. Ways to encourage commuter rail ridership include:
    • Complete the connection of the Assabet River Rail Trail to the commuter rail station to encourage commuting by bicycle.
    • Consider guiding growth to South Acton near the station (see Objective 1.1)
    • Develop partnerships with local businesses to provide van shuttles to the train station.
    • Facilitate car-pooling to the station.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Other Inventory Elements: 
Land Use
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Economic Development Committee
Economic Development Officer
Influence?: 
Yes

Consider ways to increase the amount of parking at the train station

Action Item 3.2.1.6: Consider ways to increase the amount of parking at the train station

Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Transportation Advisory Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Historic District Commission
Selectmen
South Acton Train Station Advisory Committee

Improve traffic circulation and reduce traffic impacts

Strategy 3.2.2: Improve traffic circulation and reduce traffic impacts

Traffic and parking in centers

Action Item 3.2.2.1: Traffic and parking in centers

Address local traffic circulation and parking in planning for key centers.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Other Inventory Elements: 
Economic Development
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Design Review Board
Economic Development Officer
Engineering Department
Fire Department
Historic District Commission
Planning Board

Reconfigure street layouts

Action Item 3.2.2.2: Reconfigure street layouts

Consider reconfiguring specific street layouts to provide alternate routes for congested areas and/or one-way streets to improve traffic flow.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Engineering Department
Transportation Advisory Committee

Traffic calming

Action Item 3.2.2.3: Traffic calming

Consider traffic calming at locations where speeds are inconsistent with residential areas and village centers.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Engineering Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Planning Board

Improve business access.

Action Item 3.2.2.4: Improve business access.

Continue to make improvements to business access and transportation safety.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Economic Development Committee
Economic Development Officer
Planning Department
Transportation Advisory Committee

Work with MassDOT to improve access to and from Acton

Strategy 3.2.3: Work with MassDOT to improve access to and from Acton

Concord Rotary improvements

Action Item 3.2.3.1: Concord Rotary improvements

Work through the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization to promote the completion of planned improvements at the Concord Rotary.1
  • 1. The Boston MPO process for updating the regional transportation plan and Transportation Improvement Program is one means to increase priority for the Concord Rotary project. The project would reduce cut-through traffic caused by back-ups as well as provide the access needed for economic development.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Planning Department
Transportation Advisory Committee
Influence?: 
Yes

Improve commuter rail

Action Item 3.2.3.2: Improve commuter rail

Work with the MBTA and surrounding communities to promote continued and improved commuter rail service.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Selectmen
Transportation Advisory Committee
Influence?: 
Yes

Regional public transit

Action Item 3.2.3.3: Regional public transit

Work through the Boston MPO to explore regional public transportation options.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Manager Department
Transportation Advisory Committee
Influence?: 
Yes

New Regional Transit Authority

Action Item 3.2.3.4: New Regional Transit Authority

Work with MassDOT and surrounding communities to explore the formation of a Regional Transit Authority.
Timing: 
Long-Term (complete by 2030)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Transportation
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Finance Committee
Finance Department
Health Department
Planning Department
Selectmen
Transportation Advisory Committee
Influence?: 
Yes