OSPCD: Mobility

City of Somerville FY22 Budget

Mission Statement

The OSPCD Mobility Division plans, designs, implements, and evaluates projects and programs that advance Somerville’s goal of becoming the most walkable, bikable, transit-accessible city in the United States.

Personal Services Changes

Personal Services are projected up 90% for FY22.

This budget includes three positions added mid-year in FY21, two Senior Planners and an Outreach Coordinator.

The Director of Mobility position has been reclassified for FY22.

Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.

Ordinary Maintenance Changes

Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected up 82% for FY22.

This is due to an increase in Professional & Technical Services in order to compete four specific activities:

  • A Citywide bike network plan,
  • A Citywide bus network plan,
  • A municipal workforce transportation demand management plan,
  • Continuation of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) organizational design planning effort.

FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress

GOAL 1: Collaborate with other departments and state agencies to implement the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan to reduce and eliminate fatal and severe crashes in Somerville.

  • Construct accessible sidewalks, raised crosswalks, speed humps, refuge islands and curb extensions, focusing on College Avenue as a primary project in FY22
  • Construct traffic calming curb extensions at Tufts Street/Washington Street and at Ball Square.
  • Construct new accessibility and safety infrastructure on State Route 38 (Mystic Avenue) and State Route 28 (McGrath Highway).
  • Install protected bicycle lane infrastructure on Medford Street, Shore Drive, Broadway, Washington Street and at Powder House Circle.

GOAL 2: Collaborate with other departments and state agencies to implement the City’s Somerville Climate Forward Plan to improve mass transit in Somerville.

  • Complete construction of MBTA Green Line Extension project.
  • Install dedicated bus lanes in East Somerville on Washington Street and Broadway.
  • Construct accessibility upgrades at bus stops on College Avenue, Broadway, Pearl Street, Elm Street and Bow Street.
  • Install Transit Signal Priority equipment to improve MBTA bus reliability in Davis Square.

GOAL 3: Continue work to make the OSPCD Mobility division a national model for a small city implementing best practices of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

  • Completion of Mobility Division strategic planning work with NACTO team

FY22 Budget

Personnel Listing