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Eligible and Ineligible Projects - Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program

Every municipality and public transit authority in the Commonwealth is eligible to apply for funding under this program.

Eligible projects include changes to streets, curbs, sidewalks, and/or parking areas (on- and off-street). Proposed projects can draw from any of the project types or individual elements identified here or introduce alternative ideas, so long as they meet the spirit of Shared Streets and Spaces. Applications are scored based on the quality, functionality, safety, ability to support overburdened or underserved communities, and creativity of the proposed project, its ability to address municipal goals and needs, and sensitivity to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Ineligible Project Types and Costs

  • Projects to simply maintain or repair existing roadways, sidewalks, bus lanes, parking areas, plazas, parks, or other public facilities. Sidewalk reconstruction/widening projects that only seek to make sidewalks ADA compliant are not eligible.
  • Projects that cannot be implemented and operational by December 31, 2021.
  • Project costs incurred prior to the issuance date of a Notice to Proceed given under this program.
  • Funding to seed municipally administered grant programs.
  • Ongoing maintenance, operational, and enforcement costs associated with a project.
  • Projects on private property that are not open to the general public.
  • Projects on private property without a written agreement between the municipality and the property owner confirming that the property can be used for the purposes of the proposed project, should funding be awarded.
  • Proposed projects may not detour or suspend public transit service in the area of the proposed project.
  • Proposed projects may not impede the use of travel routes by people with disabilities or violate the Americans with Disabilities Act or the requirements of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board.
  • Proposed projects may not remove or impede access to bike lanes.
  • Contingencies, field engineering, or design above 10% of the project total.
  • Mobilization costs.
  • Police details or temporary traffic enforcement.
  • Electronic message boards, including speed feedback signs.
  • Brick sidewalks.
  • Costs of propane for heaters are not eligible, including the costs of ongoing propane contracts.

Eligible Projects

Type: Main Streets: Invest in local downtowns and villages by repurposing streets, plazas, sidewalks, curbs, and parking areas to facilitate outdoor activities and community programming, including but not limited to facilities for eating, shopping, play, and community events and spaces for all ages.

  • Repurposed and/or expanded portions of streets, curbs, and/or sidewalks to create more safe space for people to walk and bike, retail activity, dining, and community programming
  • Repurposed parking areas – on- and off-street – for walking, biking, recreation, outdoor seating, retail and/or dining
  • Heaters, tents, tables and chairs, and other outdoor dining and activity equipment to support outdoor programming, as long as they are part of a larger project that makes use of streets, plazas, sidewalks, curbs, and/or parking areas.
  • Lighting for outdoor programming

Type: Safe Streets and Paths: Achieve safer speeds by implementing safe street design and engineering including -- but not limited to:

  • Street reconfigurations and traffic calming interventions aimed at achieving safer vehicle speeds and improving comfort and safety for people to walk, bike, or use public transportation
    • ‘Road diets’ / Lane narrowing
    • Speed humps, cushions, or tables
    • Roundabouts and mini traffic circles
    • Tightened radii or curb extensions
    • Raised center medians
    • Other traffic calming elements or street reconfigurations (e.g. converted streets for exclusive use by pedestrians and cyclists, visual treatments with paint, new crosswalks, etc.)
  • Pedestrian crossing modifications
    • ADA curb ramps
    • Pedestrian activated warning devices such as Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
    • Pedestrian signal upgrades at intersections or mid-block crossings (e.g. Leading Pedestrian Intervals)
    • Pedestrian crossing or refuge islands
    • Raise intersections or raised crosswalks
    • Other new or improved crossings such as new signage or paint
    • Shorter pedestrian crossings
  • Pedestrian and bike network facilities
    • New or widened sidewalks
    • Side paths
    • Shared-use paths or off-road trails
    • Separated bike lanes
    • On-road bike lanes (preference for separated/protected)
    • Bicycle boulevards
    • At-grade rail crossing improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians
    • Contiguous walking and/or biking corridors among neighborhoods and/or destinations
    • Bicycle/pedestrian counter equipment (only if incorporated into a new bicycle/pedestrian facility)
    • Other bicycle facilities
    • Other pedestrian facilities
  • Environment and streetscape investments
    • Street lighting
    • Wayfinding signs
    • Bicycle parking
    • Bicycle-friendly drain grates
  • Note: Modified traffic signals to support safe walking and biking require plans stamped by a registered Professional Engineer, usually a municipal staff member
  • Note: Bike ‘sharrows’ are not considered a safe bicycle facility.

Type: Better Buses: Establish new facilities for buses, including but not limited to dedicated bus lanes, traffic-signal priority equipment, and bus shelters.

  • Dedicated bus or bus/bike lanes (inclusion in any project results in extra credit in project scoring)
  • Transit service improvements (e.g. transit signal priority)
  • Transit station/stop access improvements

Type: Shared Mobility: Support the capital costs of new bikeshare equipment.

  • New and/or expanded capital costs for bicycle and micromobility share equipment (operating costs are not eligible).