MA - Somerville: TRAFFIC AND PARKING COMMITTEE

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TRAFFIC AND PARKING COMMITTEE

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Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

TRAFFIC AND PARKING COMMITTEE

Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

Committee Meeting

Wednesday - October 16, 2019, 6:00 PM

Committee Room 2nd Floor City Hall

AGENDA

Posted online: 10/11/19 at 1:16 PM (Original)

Posted online: 10/11/19 at 1:32 PM (Revised - added group headings)

Posted online: 10/11/19 at 1:53 PM (Revised - added posting times)

1. Approval of the September 18, 2019 Minutes

Broadway/Winter Hill Bus/Bike Lanes Traffic Impact

Tagged Interests: Public Transit, Bicycles, traffic, and bicycles

2. 208888: Discuss (Clingan, Hirsch, White Jr.) That the Director of SPCD report to this Council on the effectiveness of the Winter Hill in Motion

plan and its impact on congestion.
Tagged Interests: council and traffic

3. 209002: Discuss (Clingan, Hirsch) That the Director of SPCD assess the implementation of the Winter Hill in Motion project and how the city can

better roll out such a new

experimental set of changes.

4. 209001: Discuss (Clingan) That the Administration provide an update addressing the Winter Hill in Motion project, including links to the

educational materials created.
Tagged Interests: materials

5. 208991: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of SPCD report on the bus and bike lanes on Broadway on Winter Hill, including an assessment of

their effectiveness, a response to
Tagged Interests: Public Transit, Bicycles, and bicycles

the many complaints that have been received, and a description of any changes that are

planned or being investigated.

6. 208845: Discuss (Niedergang, Hirsch) That the Director of SPCD report to this Council on the safety of pedestrians at the intersection of Broadway

and Norwood Avenue,
Tagged Interests: council and Pedestrian

following serious injury to a pedestrian there, and whether a crosswalk is needed.

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

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Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

7. 207660: Discuss (Clingan) That the Commissioner of Public Works clean or replace the right turn signal at the corner of Broadway, turning onto

Temple Street, as it is not visible
Tagged Interests: streets, Public Works, and public works

during the day.

8. 206202: Discuss (Hirsch) That the Director of Traffic and Parking share how it enforces the prohibition of cars and trucks parked in bus lanes and

bike lanes.
Tagged Interests: Public Transit, transportation, Bicycles, traffic, parking, and bicycles

Union Square Traffic Problems

Tagged Interests: union and traffic

9. 206685: Discuss (Ewen-Campen, Hirsch) That the Director of SPCD report to this Board on when various necessary improvements to the Union Square

traffic pattern, including an
Tagged Interests: union and traffic

All-Walk cycle and left-turn arrows at certain intersections, will be implemented.

10. 208834: Discuss (Scott) That the Chief of Police post a traffic detail at the intersection of Webster Avenue and Prospect Street for the duration

of the traffic detours in Union Square
Tagged Interests: streets, public safety, union, and traffic

that reroute Washington Street traffic through that intersection.

Tagged Interests: streets and traffic

11. 208835: Discuss (Scott) That the Director of SPCD return the intersection at Webster Avenue and Washington Street to an exclusive pedestrian

crossing interval to increase safety
Tagged Interests: streets and Pedestrian

for schoolchildren and other pedestrians.

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

12. 208836: Discuss (Scott) That the Director of Parking, the Director of SPCD and the Chief of Police increase traffic signage and enforcement at

the intersection of Webster Avenue and
Tagged Interests: public safety, advertising, signage, traffic, and parking

Somerville Avenue to prevent northbound traffic on Webster Avenue from continuing north

Tagged Interests: traffic

onto Bow Street or entering Somerville Avenue going in the wrong direction.

Tagged Interests: streets

13. 208837: Discuss (Scott) That the Commissioner of Public Works immediately reassess the signaling at the intersection of Webster Avenue and

Prospect Street due to the current unsafe
Tagged Interests: streets, Public Works, and public works

and frustrating conditions there.

Mystic/McGrath/I-93/Kensington Area

14. 208694: Discuss (McLaughlin, Hirsch, Mbah) That the Director of SPCD work with the City of Boston and MA DOT to promote bicycle and pedestrian

safety at state highway
Tagged Interests: Bicycles, Pedestrian, and bicycles

intersections including Sullivan Square, McGrath Highway at Broadway and at Washington

Street, and the Northern Expressway at the Kensington Avenue Underpass.

Tagged Interests: streets

15. 201510: Discuss (McLaughlin) That the Director of Traffic and Parking request that MA DOT address traffic hazards at the intersection of McGrath

Highway and Mystic Avenue.
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

16. 200181: Discuss (McLaughlin) That the Director of Traffic and Parking communicate to MA DOT the need for painted lanes and signs to slow traffic

along I-93 and Mystic Avenue
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

along the underpass by Stop and Shop.

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Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

17. 208844: Discuss (Niedergang, McLaughlin, Clingan, Hirsch) That the Director of SPCD report to this Council on actions, communications and

collaboration with State agencies to
Tagged Interests: council, communications, and Communications

improve pedestrian safety in the Mystic Avenue area by I-93, following the death of two

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

pedestrians hit by motor vehicles there.

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

Other Dangerous Intersections

18. 208031: Discuss (Niedergang, Hirsch, Rossetti) That the Director of SPCD use the 220,000 in traffic mitigation funds paid by Maxwell s Green in

2011 for traffic calming on Lowell Street, between Highland Avenue and Albion Street, by constructing a traffic-
Tagged Interests: funding, streets, and traffic

calming table at the Albion Street crosswalk.

Tagged Interests: streets

19. 206064: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of SPCD report to this Board and the Ward 5 Alderman on plans to expend the 220,000 contributed by

the Maxwell s Green developer for traffic calming in the Lowell Street area.
Tagged Interests: streets and traffic

20. 208378: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of SPCD install traffic calming infrastructure on Morrison Avenue, such as a speed bump between

Cedar Street and Willow
Tagged Interests: streets and traffic

Avenue, as soon as possible to protect pedestrians crossing Morrison Avenue, especially at

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

Highland Road near Lexington Park and the Community Path.

Tagged Interests: streets and parks

21. 208278: Discuss (Davis) That the Director of SPCD advise the Committee on Traffic and Parking of any plans for traffic calming on Morrison Avenue

between Cedar Street and
Tagged Interests: streets, traffic, and parking

Willow Avenue.

22. 207570: Discuss (Ewen-Campen) That the Director of Traffic and Parking install STOP signs and YIELD TO PEDESTRIAN signs in the Summer Street

intersection with Prescott
Tagged Interests: streets, Pedestrian, traffic, and parking

Street, and provide additional safety recommendations for this intersection.

Tagged Interests: streets

23. 208814: Discuss (Ewen-Campen) That the Director of SPCD update the Ward 3 City Councilor on placing a digital speed board on School Street, just

south of Highland Avenue.
Tagged Interests: streets and education

24. 208253: Discuss (Ewen-Campen) That the Director of SPCD suggest traffic calming solutions for Sycamore Street between Highland Avenue and Medford

Street. (2nd request)
Tagged Interests: streets and traffic

25. 207279: Discuss (Ewen-Campen) That the Chief of Police enforce the speed limit on Sycamore Street, between Highland Avenue and Medford Street,

and inform the Ward 3
Tagged Interests: streets and public safety

Alderman on the outcome.

26. 208383: Discuss (Ewen-Campen, Scott) That the Director of SPCD install sturdy steel posts around the southeast corner of Nunziato Park, in light

of the May 25 car crash that sent
Tagged Interests: parks

a vehicle through the fence and into the picnic tables where children often gather.

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Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

27. 202108: Discuss (Davis) That the Administration work with the City of Cambridge to improve pedestrian safety at the intersections of Elm Street

with Beech Street and Willow
Tagged Interests: streets and Pedestrian

Avenue, including consideration of a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon.

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

28. 207488: Discuss (Davis, Hirsch, Ballantyne) That the Director of SPCD update the Ward 6 Councilor on requests for improved vehicle and pedestrian

signal timing and design in and
Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

around Davis Square.

29. 208990: Discuss (Ballantyne, Rossetti, Hirsch) That the Commissioner of Public Works install traffic dampening tools at the intersection of

Broadway and Simpson Avenue to slow
Tagged Interests: Public Works, public works, and traffic

the traffic speeding on Broadway.

Tagged Interests: traffic

Traffic Enforcement and Somerville Police Dept.

Tagged Interests: public safety and traffic

30. 208992: Discuss (Niedergang, McLaughlin, Hirsch, Clingan, Ballantyne, Mbah) That the Chief of Police redeploy as soon as possible at least 6

Police Officers full-time into the
Tagged Interests: public safety

Traffic Division, to conduct traffic enforcement to regain control over our increasingly

Tagged Interests: traffic

chaotic streets in the interest of public and especially pedestrian safety.

Tagged Interests: streets and Pedestrian

31. 208996: Discuss (Hirsch) That the Director of SPCD or the Chief of Police discuss whether or not residents only and abutters only driving

restrictions are enforceable, and
Tagged Interests: public safety

whether this information can currently be reflected in mapping applications like Google and

Tagged Interests: Google

WAZE.

32. 207652: Discuss (Niedergang, Hirsch) That the Director of SPCD, the Chief of Police, the Director of Traffic and Parking, and/or the Director of

Communications report to this
Tagged Interests: public safety, communications, Communications, traffic, and parking

Council on developing a citywide campaign focused on getting motorists to stop for

Tagged Interests: council

pedestrians in crosswalks and to fully stop at STOP signs.

Tagged Interests: Pedestrian

33. 208818: Discuss (Hirsch, Niedergang, Ballantyne, Clingan) That the Chief of Police provide a list of fatal or debilitating crashes for the past

ten years by victim s mobility method, including car, bicycle, and pedestrian and including both local and state-managed
Tagged Interests: public safety, Bicycles, Pedestrian, and bicycles

roads.

Tagged Interests: streets

34. 206943: Discuss (Ewen-Campen, Clingan, Ballantyne) That the Chief of Police inform this Board how decisions are made to balance enforcement of

cyclist violations, and the
Tagged Interests: public safety

enforcement of vehicles driving or parking in bicycle lanes.

Tagged Interests: Bicycles, parking, and bicycles

Parking and Parking Dept. Issues

Tagged Interests: parking

35. 208321: Discuss (Niedergang, Hirsch, Ballantyne) That the Mayor convene a committee to make recommendations by early 2020 for changes in City and

residential parking permit
Tagged Interests: parking

policies such as those suggested by the Nelson/Nygaard consultant, as presented to the Land

Tagged Interests: services

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Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

Use Committee on April 30, 2019.

36. 208575: Discuss (Scott, Ballantyne) That the Director of SPCD and the Director of Parking provide a quarterly update regarding implementation of

deed-based parking permit
Tagged Interests: parking

restrictions.

37. 208833: Discuss (Scott, Ballantyne) That the Director of SPCD and the Director of Parking provide this Council with a timeline for implementing

resident parking restrictions
Tagged Interests: council and parking

for certain new developments.

Tagged Interests: development and Development

38. 207575: Discuss (Ballantyne, Davis, Hirsch, Scott) That the Director of SPCD and the Director of Traffic and Parking immediately implement only

onsite parking requirements
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

for those proposed projects which have been confirmed during neighborhood meetings as

Tagged Interests: neighborhood

not being granted residential or guest parking permits.

Tagged Interests: grant and parking

39. 204876: Discuss (Niedergang, Hirsch, and the Entire Board) That the Director of SPCD and the Director of Traffic and Parking meet with the

Committee on Traffic and Parking to
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

discuss policies and procedures to limit residential parking permits for residents of

Tagged Interests: procedure and parking

properties that are granted relief from parking requirements by the Zoning Board of Appeals

Tagged Interests: grant, zoning, and parking

or the Planning Board.

Tagged Interests: planning

40. 208384: Discuss (Ewen-Campen, Scott, Hirsch) That the Director of Traffic and Parking temporarily suspend the policy of not painting curbs, in

order to add yellow paint and a NO
Tagged Interests: arts, policy, traffic, and parking

PARKING HERE TO CORNER sign to the curved sidewalk on the southeast corner of

Tagged Interests: streets, Pedestrian, and parking

Quincy and Summer Streets, to improve visibility. (2nd request)

Tagged Interests: streets

41. 207061: Discuss (Ewen-Campen, Rossetti) That the Director of Traffic and Parking report to this Board on the progress of pro-rating residential

parking permits.
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

42. 207877: Discuss (Clingan) That the Director of Traffic and Parking consider restricting parking along parts of Temple Street during morning and

evening rush hours, on a
Tagged Interests: streets, traffic, and parking

temporary basis, to help the traffic flow during the city's bridge closures.

Tagged Interests: traffic

43. 207713: Discuss (McLaughlin) That the Director of Traffic and Parking place a NO OUTLET TO WASHINGTON STREET sign on the corner of George Street

and Broadway
Tagged Interests: streets, traffic, and parking

to prevent cut through traffic due to the GLX bridge closures.

Tagged Interests: traffic

44. 207501: Discuss (Hirsch, Niedergang) That the Administration consider adding parking ticket data to the Socrata portal.

Tagged Interests: parking

45. 206853: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of Traffic and Parking report to this Board on the enforcement of 311 complaints about illegal

parking, and what provisions exist
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

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Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

for enforcement against illegal parking on Sundays and holidays.

Tagged Interests: holiday and parking

Housekeeping -- Items to be marked Completed

46. 207915: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of SPCD explain to the Traffic and Parking Committee why strategically-placed temporary speed

bumps would not be more
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

effective in calming traffic than plastic flex posts, many of which have been down and out-

Tagged Interests: traffic

of-service within a day or two of the recent bridge closures.

47. 207916: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of SPCD evaluate with the Traffic and Parking Committee the value and impact of flex posts for

traffic calming, and on plans
Tagged Interests: traffic and parking

going forward for their use and maintenance.

48. 207737: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of SPCD work with the City of Medford and the GLX Team to adjust the traffic lights in Magoun

Square, as traffic is getting backed
Tagged Interests: traffic

up even more than usual due to the Ball Square Bridge closure.

49. 207571: Discuss (Niedergang, Davis) That the Director of Traffic and Parking and the Director of SPCD review the attached Police report

suggesting traffic safety improvements
Tagged Interests: public safety, traffic, and parking

at the intersection of Summer and Cherry Streets, including a fourth crosswalk, and indicate

Tagged Interests: streets

which of these improvements can be made and when.

50. 207361: Discuss (Niedergang) That the Director of Traffic and Parking enhance the STOP signs on Summer Street at Cherry Street with solar-powered

blinking lights, similar to those
Tagged Interests: streets, traffic, and parking

at Summer and Lowell Streets.

Tagged Interests: streets

51. 206774: Discuss (Ewen-Campen, Rossetti) That the Director of SPCD send a mailer and place flyers on doors and cars to all residents within the

High School parking zones,
Tagged Interests: education and parking

informing them of the ongoing survey for parking needs.

Tagged Interests: parking