Transportation

SS4A Safety Action Plan

Join us as we plan for a safer Southeastern Massachusetts Region!

SRPEDD's SS4A Action Plan

SRPEDD, on behalf of the 27 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts was awarded a Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) planning grant through USDOT to develop a Safety Action Plan.

In collaboration with local communities, residents, and state and federal partners, SRPEDD will use the SS4A planning grant to develop a Regional Safety Action Plan. The plan will identify improvements for high crash locations that will increase roadway safety and significantly reduce and eliminate roadway fatalities and serious injuries for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation, and motor vehicles. Communities and projects identified in the Plan will automatically qualify for SS4A construction funding in future years.

The study will be data driven with an equity lens, focusing heavily on the safe travel of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, and on proactively addressing areas of deficiencies for these users before injuries and deaths occur.

Task Force

Regional Safety Plan Task Force

The Regional Safety Action Plan Task Force will be a group of stakeholders appointed by the Southeastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization, brought together to guide the planning process as well as share their individual, organizational, and community expertise to contribute to the research and analysis conducted for the plan, as well as to hold SRPEDD accountable for creating an ambitious and achievable plan. We hope that by bringing together this diverse set of stakeholders, members will create connections that live outside of the task force and will feel motivated and empowered to implement the recommendations of the plan after the planning grant is completed.

The Task Force is expected to meet every 2-3 months using a hybrid format, allowing for participants to attend via Zoom or in person.

All individuals with ties to the SRPEDD region (e.g., lives, works, and/or recreates within the region) are invited to apply to serve on this Task Force. Individuals affiliated with and/or representing one or more of the following groups are especially invited to apply:

  • Vulnerable Road Users
    • Pedestrians and Bicyclists
    • Roadside Workers
    • People using wheelchairs or personal mobility devices
    • People using scooters, skateboards, and/or roller skates
    • People on horses or in a horse-drawn carriage
    • People operating farm equipment on the roadway
  • Underserved communities, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality
  • Those with multi-jurisdictional and/or regional perspectives

Please apply online or contact D. Austin Horowitz, SS4A project coordinator, at ahorowitz@srpedd.org or (508) 824-1367 x235 for assistance.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is SS4A?

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program, with $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years, 2022-2026. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. There are two types of grants, planning (for action plans) and implementation (for construction). SRPEDD has received a planning grant.

What is the timeline?

Development of the plan is expected to begin in the Fall of 2023 and run for 2 years.

What is a Safety Action Plan?

A Safety Action Plan identifies safety problems and provide actionable recommendations. SRPEDD's Safety Action Plan will be data driven with an equity lens, focusing heavily on the safe travel of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, and on proactively addressing areas of deficiencies for these users before injuries and deaths occur. Communities and projects identified in the Plan will qualify for SS4A construction funding in future years.

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