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Eligible and Ineligible Projects - Shared Winter 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 (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 Winter Streets and Spaces. Applications are scored based on the quality, functionality, safety, and creativity of the proposed project, its ability to address municipal goals and needs, and sensitivity to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects to simply maintain or repair existing roadways, sidewalks, bus lanes, parking areas, plazas, parks, or other public facilities.
  • Projects that cannot be implemented and operational by May 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.
  • Projects to repurpose public parks or parkland for outdoor dining, commerce, or transportation purposes.
  • Proposed projects may not remove or impede access to bike lanes.
  • Contingencies, field engineering, or design above 10% of the project total.
  • Police details or temporary traffic enforcement.
  • Electronic message boards, including speed radar signs.
  • Costs of propane for heaters are not eligible, especially the costs of on-going 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 winter community programming, including but not limited to facilities for eating, shopping, play, and community events and spaces for all ages.

  • Expanded sidewalks
  • Accessibility upgrades to curb-ramps, crosswalks, and/or related facilities
  • 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 and other outdoor dining and activity equipment to support winter 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: Reimagined Streets: Prioritize safe space for people walking and biking by implementing low-speed streets, ‘shared streets,’ new sidewalks, new protected bike lanes, new off-road trails, new bicycle parking, new crosswalks, traffic-calming measures, and ADA-compliant ramps.

  • Converted streets for exclusive and/or shared use by people walking and/or biking
  • Safety, traffic calming, and speed reduction measures such as raised crossings/intersections, decreased width of travel lanes, mini traffic circles, chicanes, curb extensions/tightening curb radii
  • New or improved roadway crossings such as new ramps, signage or paint
  • Modified traffic signals to support safe walking and biking (changes to traffic signals require plans stamped by a registered Professional Engineer, usually a municipal staff member), including HAWK signals and RRFBs
  • Protected bicycle lanes, bicycle parking, signage, pavement markings (markings for ‘sharrows’ are not eligible for funding)
  • Contiguous walking and/or biking corridors among neighborhoods and/or destinations
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Counter equipment only if incorporated into a new bicycle/pedestrian facility
  • Permanent off-road trail projects, including facilities and improvements
  • Wayfinding equipment for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Lighting for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Safe Routes for Seniors: Walking and bicycling facilities within 1 mile to senior centers, housing for elders, and travel corridors used by seniors
  • Safe Routes to School: Walking, bicycling and pick-up/drop off areas within 2 miles of a school and/or along corridors used by youth
  • Transit Connections: Improvements support safe walking and biking within 1 mile of a transit stop
  • Safe Routes to Open Space and Parks: New pedestrian and bicycle facilities to make key connections to open space and parks

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 lanes (inclusion in any project results in extra credit in project scoring)
  • Transit signal priority
  • Bus stops and related facilities and infrastructure

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)

Type: Investments in the Future

  • Convert temporary/pilot Shared Streets projects – including those not funded by MassDOT – to permanent facilities.