Traffic and Transportation Program
The Town is committed to ensuring the safety and effectiveness of all transportation facilities, operations and services in Winchester.
Request for Traffic or Transportation Improvement
If you would like the Town to make a roadway, traffic, bikeway, walkway, parking or transit improvement in your neighborhood or other area of town, please fill out a request form. The form will provide us with information to understand the problem, direct the request to the appropriate town departments and boards, and contact you.
Traffic and Transportation Program
The purpose of the program is to improve the safety and effectiveness of all transportation facilities, operations, and services within the Town of Winchester. These include roadway, bikeway, walkway, parking and transit facilities, operations and services.
The objectives of the program are:
- Identify traffic and transportation safety, capacity and performance needs;
- Develop policy, regulatory, educational, capital and operating improvements (as appropriate) to address the needs;
- Assess the benefits, costs and risks of the proposed improvements; and
- Set out a multi-year action program.
The program is documented in the "Road Book." The Town Manager reports annually to the Select Board on the status and accomplishments of the program.
The “Road Book” is a three-year summary of planned and programmed roadway, traffic, bikeway, walkway, parking and transit improvements. It is updated annually.
Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee
The Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee is an eleven-member committee that advises the Select Board and Town Manager on traffic and transportation needs and recommends actions and priorities for the Traffic and Transportation Program.
The members of the committee are Winchester residents appointed by the Select Board in consultation with the Town Manager, the Town Moderator, and the chairpersons of the Planning Board, School Committee, Capital Planning Committee and Finance Committee. In appointing committee members, the Select Board looks to provide broad representation of the town's neighborhoods, businesses and transportation users (e.g., vehicle drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders). Members are appointed to three-year terms, arranged so that as nearly an equal number of terms as possible expire each year. The chairperson is elected annually from among the members.
The Town Engineer, Town Planner and the Department of Public Works Director staff the committee and provide technical information and advice as requested. The Town Manager may authorize additional technical assistance for the committee, such as traffic engineering and transportation planning consultant services, where warranted.
Traffic Review Committee
The Traffic Review Committee (formerly known as the Traffic Advisory Committee) reviews citizen, staff, and Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee proposals for traffic and transportation improvements and advises the Select Board and Town Manager on the technical feasibility, benefits, costs and risks of the proposed improvements.
The members of the committee are designated by the Town Manager and include the Town Engineer, Town Planner, Police Chief, Fire Chief and Department of Public Works Director, or their designees. The Town Manager may authorize additional technical assistance for the committee, such as traffic engineering and transportation planning consultant services, where warranted.
Resources (links to documents)
- Winchester Complete Streets Policy 2016
- Winchester Complete Streets Plan 2016
- Winchester Traffic Management Tools
- ARUP_Cities Alive_Towards a Walking World
- FHWA_Road Diet Informational Guide
- MassDOT Municipal Resource Guide for Walkability
- MassDOT_Traffic Calming and Traffic Management
- FHWA Mini-Roundabouts - Technical Summary
Resources (links to websites)