Transportation Planning

The Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) provides near and long-term transportation planning for the City of Malden. Through various multi-modal transportation projects, OSPCD coordinates with residents, City departments, and other stakeholders to develop an inclusive transportation vision for the City. The goal of this work is to create a transportation system that is safe, comfortable, and convenient for all modes of travel. OSPCD transportation projects will result in the development of plans and new roadway infrastructure that improve Malden’s transportation system.

For more information regarding projects, please contact OSPCD’s Transportation Planner, John Alessi.

Transit Action Plan
OSPCD received a $150,000 Transportation Planning Grant in 2020 from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to develop the City’s first Transit Action Plan. This plan will assess existing conditions and make recommendations that will enhance the quality, capacity, and equity of the public transportation system in Malden. Similar plans have also been completed in the City of Everett and the City of Lynn. AECOM Technical Services, Inc. will be developing this plan in coordination with the OSPCD.

As part of the Transit Action Plan’s goal to be community-driven and representative of transit users’ needs, Mayor Gary Christenson announced in early December the formation of a Sustainable & Equitable Transportation Committee (SETC). The Committee is led by OSPCD’s Transportation Planner and is comprised of four resident volunteers, the City’s Assistant Engineer, and a City Councillor. The Mayor sought residents who are transit-dependent, have experiences using MBTA services, and are willing to guide public input and engage other residents on the Transit Action Plan’s development. The SETC began meeting in early February 2022 and it will serve as the steering committee for the Transit Action Plan. The SETC members are Transportation Planner John Alessi, Assistant Engineer Christina Joo, City Councillor Stephen Winslow, and residents Livia Chan, Barbara Kim, Jane Ventrone, and Leslie Sullivan.

The Transit Action Plan project kicked off on February 16, 2022 and is anticipated to be complete in early 2023. This project will include three community meetings where Malden residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan’s development. Once scheduled, the event dates will be listed here.

Broadway (Route 99) Improvement Plan
OSPCD received a $200,000 Transportation Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in 2021 to develop a Broadway Improvement Plan. This work builds off the findings of the Broadway Corridor Framework Plan, which was completed in the Fall of 2020. The Broadway Improvement Plan will take conceptual recommendations from the Corridor Framework Plan and bring them to a construction-ready phase. More specifically, the project will provide survey, pavement and subsurface investigation, drainage assessment, traffic analysis, conceptual layout, cost estimating, and funding application assistance services for the entire corridor from the Everett City Line to Melrose City Line. The City of Malden entered a contract with BSC Group, Inc. in September 2021, and the project kicked off a month later in November.

The first phase of the project, which includes data collection, started shortly after the kickoff. This project is expected to be completed in late 2022.

Lane Changes and Signal Improvements on Centre St. (Rt. 60), Main St., and Eastern Ave.
This project was initiated by Councillors Ryan O’Malley and Stephen Winslow in 2021 as part of a MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces Grant. Although OSPCD did not take part in planning for this project, it is creating educational materials for residents to learn about the ongoing construction work. Learn more about the project background, its scope, and other frequently asked questions on the Lane Changes and Signal Improvements on Centre St. (Rt. 60), Main St., and Eastern Ave. webpage.

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    John Alessi

    Transportation Planner
    Phone: 781-324-5720 ext. 5740