The Cape Cod Commission is conducting a transportation planning study for a 1.6-mile segment of the Route 6 corridor between Brackett Road in North Eastham and Village Lane in South Wellfleet. The study will examine safety and access issues along the way and develop alternatives that will provide safe and convenient access for all users of the roadway system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. See the Route 6 Corridor Study: North Eastham to South Wellfleet web page for more details.
A public “kick-off” workshop for the study was held onTuesday, February 24, 2015, at Eastham Town Hall (see the postcard and the press release that announced the meeting). The presentation made by the Commission staff is available now: Route 6 Corridor Study: North Eastham to South Wellfleet presentation
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The Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Commission conducted a corridor study of Route 28 (Falmouth Road) from Old Stage Road to Bearses Way. The study is focusing on improving safety, reducing congestion, and accommodating all users.
Route 28 in Barnstable is one of three major regional east-west transportation corridors on Cape Cod. It is also a commercial destination for tourists and residents alike.
The section of Route 28 from Old Stage Road to Bearses Way is a priority for investigation because it is often congested, particularly in the summer months. Congestion is a barrier to reliable and convenient access to Hyannis, the largest commercial destination on Cape Cod and the location of the Cape Cod Hospital, the Barnstable Municipal Airport, the Cape Cod Regional Transportation Authority, the Hyannis Transportation Center, and the Steamship Authority.
Transportation safety is another issue along the corridor, with high traffic volumes, geometric problems, and a large number of curb cuts. For example, the four-lane, undivided section of Route 28 just east of Old Stage Road has been the site of two fatalities in recent years. Another high-crash location is at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearses Way.
Accommodating all road users, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users, is another concern for this a heavily used corridor. Non-motorized users travel this corridor to access jobs and retail destinations from their neighborhoods.
The Cape Cod Commission, under the 2014 Unified Planning Work Program, conducted a transportation planning study with the goal to develop alternatives that will provide safe and convenient access within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Initial public meeting - March 17, 2014 (recorded for the Town of Barnstable website)
Listening session - May 28, 2014
The objective of this study was to understand the impact of sea level rise on the transportation network in Barnstable County (Cape Cod, Massachusetts). Public transportation assets in each mode (air, highway, sea, transit and rail) were examined to determine whether the asset was critical to the network and/or the community and to assess the asset’s vulnerability to sea level rise.
The study involved several activities: (1) developing online maps; (2) measuring criticality with stakeholders; (3) measuring vulnerability to sea level rise; and, (4) generating a list of transportation assets that are both critical to the modal system and vulnerable to sea level rise.
The purpose of this study was to answer questions from the Bourne Transportation Advisory Committee regarding a commuter rail extension to Buzzards Bay with a local focus. Included in the evaluation are summaries of ongoing discussions and studies, details on potential ridership, two parking alternatives, traffic impacts on nearby intersections and roadways, assessment estimates, and potential economic impacts. In addition to this report, the Central Transportation Planning Staff is conducting a study from the state-wide perspective, scheduled to be completed in June 2015.
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Barnstable County Freight Study
(February 13, 2015)
In February 2015, the Cape Cod Commission published the results of the Barnstable County Freight Study, the first attempt by the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization to bring a comprehensive assessment of issues facing freight haulers to, from, and within Barnstable County (Cape Cod).
The information in the study will help to identify the methods used to transport freight and provide recommendations to improve freight flexibility, speed efficiency, fuel efficiency, and safety. The study provides details regarding existing infrastructure, for each movement type (trucking, rail, and waterborne).
Truck freight issues are focused on on-time reliability and routing options. The Cape’s arterial road and bridge network forms the backbone of freight routing – with significant constraints at the Cape Cod Canal area. Rail infrastructure is far more limited – with its own unique constraints at the rail bridge over the Cape Cod Canal. Waterborne freight is currently very limited, but the many ports and harbors of the Cape provide opportunities unique to the area.
The study features data from a survey presented to local freight businesses. Respondents indicated their particular freight use and needs and support for investments to improve freight infrastructure.
In order continue to make progress in improving freight safety and reliability, the following strategies are offered:
For details, visit the ROTARIES Initiative web page.
FINAL REPORT AVAILABLE: The Bourne Bridge Rotary Study final report is is available for download.
One of the most serious traffic congestion/safety problems on Cape Cod occurs at the Bourne Rotary. Traffic congestion there affects residents of Bourne, visitors to Cape Cod, and emergency response time throughout the Upper Cape (the area that includes the towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Mashpee). The congestion affects the residents throughout the year and has an adverse effect on the businesses and economic development of the town. Under the 2013 Unified Planning Work Program, the Cape Cod Commission's staff will conduct a transportation planning study for the area with the goal of developing alternatives that will provide safe and convenient access within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
For details, visit the YARMOUTH Living Streets web page.
Route 28 in Yarmouth is one of three major regional east-west transportation corridors on Cape Cod, as well as a commercial destination for tourists and residents, with its numerous attractions, businesses, hotels, and restaurants. The roadway is often congested, particularly in the summer months. High traffic volumes, poor geometry, and many curb cuts have contributed to public concern about transportation safety. A 2011 study by the Cape Cod Commission revealed this portion of Route 28 to be one of the densest locations in the region for pedestrian/bicycle crashes. The corridor is used heavily by automobiles, cyclists, and pedestrians as a major regional arterial; however, the current configuration of the roadway is focused on automobiles, resulting in numerous conflict points with pedestrians and cyclists. The town has approved zoning changes for the area and aims to better accommodate multi-modal transportation along the corridor by improving streetscape conditions in a coordinated manner with land use changes. The roadway design is essential to the success of these town efforts. For this "Living Streets" project, a two-mile section of Route 28 (from West Yarmouth Road to Forest Road) was selected as the area for a corridor study to identify strategies that promote walkability, pedestrian safety, access management, and improved traffic safety and flow in the area.
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