Transportation Advisory Committee
Our long-range plan, Envision Concord Bridge to 2030, lists as Big Idea 3, a strong need to increase the physical and social connectivity of isolated residents, including seniors, and those living in denser housing areas outside of easy walking distance (1/2 mile) of the village centers. There is also a need to expand non-automobile options for students and teens to get around town to reduce congestion and carbon emissions while increasing their connection to the town’s
cultural, recreational, and commercial resources. The decentralization of residents, the need to support the village centers to retain independent businesses, and the desire to provide environmentally sustainable low-carbon mobility choices for residents and visitors all create opportunities to consider transportation across multiple needs and strategies. Innovative mobility solutions may also address transportation needs of visitors to Concord and the increased congestion and parking demand resulting from visitors and through-town commuter traffic. Town-owned vehicles could be multi-purpose serving different needs and different segments of the population at different times. (Envision Concord Bridge to 2030, pages 79-81)
Transportation is a federal, state, regional and local issue, and all have impact on Concord. However, this Committee will focus on local sustainable transportation policy. As such it will be a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) appointed by the Town Manager and working
closely with the Select Board to develop policies which support innovative multi-model actions. The TAC will collect transportation relevant data available from town and school departments, developing policies supporting identified annual actions. The TAC will annually incorporate the goals reflected at Town Meeting in all its planning recommendations.
Because transportation solutions will evolve over time as technologies, town resources, and town and school needs evolve, this committee will annually adjust, initiate and report out policies which reflect changes and growth. There may be important subcommittees focused on specific modes of local transportation, such as bicycle policies, which may include education and safety, recreational and commuter bike-path planning, roadway bicycle use, Bruce Freeman
Rail Trail initiatives and other bicycle access issues. Pedestrian issues, will also be addressed including sidewalk planning and priorities, creating pedestrian friendly areas, including the needs of students, seniors, and those with disabilities. The TAC has the authority to establish subcommittees as needed.