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Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

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Posted on August 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Last Modified on August 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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The City of Somerville’s recent announcement,  ”UNION SQUARE STREETSCAPE AND WATER MAIN PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY WITH DESIGN STUDY ” says, ”The project will build on the 2002 Union Square Transportation Plan and a detailed 2009 study of transportation-related data in the square…”

Wondering whether the City has collected any data related to on-the-ground residential needs, such as pedestrian accessibility, ease of access to economic opportunities, and other environmental and human factors, Community Access Project Somerville (CAPS) used the transparent MuckRock public records resource to request all the 2009 Union Square transportation-related data sets referred to within that City PR.

The City Solicitor’s speedy response included a link to the Howard Stein Hudson Report from 2009 which did not indicate transportation data reflecting the diverse needs of pedestrians living and working (or considering living or working) in Union Square.  Therefore, our MuckRock request was clarified to specify  ”any transportation-related data regarding performance measures around accessibility such as: whether existing transportation services provide access for underserved populations to employment sites; and, whether existing streetscape conditions are ADA compliant.”

In response, the City Solicitor provided links to an edited Union Square Utility & Roadway RFP with three Addendums, and all previous studies on Union Square dating to 2002.  This data includes Charles River Crossing Counts  from ’97 – 2010;  detailed data about water system infrastructure; and recent bike-ped counts around the City.  If current pedestrian accessibility and access to economic opportunity factors have yet been examined, such data was not provided in the City’s response.

Thanks to MuckRock , the city’s full response to this July 2013 Public Information request is here.

 

 

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