Transportation Strategy

Newton 2040: A Transportation Strategy for Newton

In the State of the City speech on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Mayor Warren released the final Newton-in-Motion report. Thank you to all who provided their input and feedback throughout the past year! This is a living document, and we look forward to continuing the conversation about transportation in Newton with everyone.

Executive Summary (10MB) | Full Report (59 MB)

Text Only Versions: Part 1 - Executive Summary | More coming soon

About Newton-in-Motion

Newton-in-Motion will produce a comprehensive guide towards a more equitable, economically and environmentally sustainable multimodal transportation system. This plan will create a nuanced and up-to-date strategy that carries the Comprehensive Plan forward while also complementing the missions of the Housing Strategy and Sustainability Plan. This plan will also be a strategy that is adaptable to changing travel patterns within the City and region and the rapid growth of transportation options. Produced from extensive community engagement and data analysis, the strategy will address the needs of all members of the Newton community and will provide a variety of real options that support a balance between all modes.    

Scope and Process:

Newton-in-Motion will collect public input through online methods as well as through three series of public workshops: one focused on transportation visions and goal setting; a second focused on preliminary transportation concepts, including some pilot demonstrations of ideas; and a third presenting and collecting input on a draft strategy. Each meeting will have an associated activity online. The project will have a number of benchmark deliverables, including:

  • A factbook on the state of today’s transportation
  • A vision document for the future of transportation
  • An active transportation network plan, transit plan, and a motor vehicle and parking plan
  • An implementation plan to prioritize future actions and investments

Workshop #1: Visioning

From February 4th-6th, the City set up a Pop-up Transportation Studio at 275 Needham Street. Throughout the two and a half day event, visitors stopped by to explore the transportation gallery, give us their input through a series of fun and engaging activities, and to hear presentations. 

Watch the presentations at NewTV: Link to NewTV coverage

Read through the presentations:

Workshop #2: Street Design Policies & Priorities

On March 31st, Newton-in-Motion consultants, staff, and members of the public discussed the transportation strategy and street design. The conversation centered around hearing about the ideas generated during the February Visioning Workshop, giving feedback on the City’s Draft Complete Streets Policy, and sharing input and priorities for street design improvements and how to measure their success.

 |  Presentations from 3.31.16  | Read the Adopted Complete Streets Policy  |
Thank you to all who submitted feedback on the draft policy!
The final version is now available.

Workshop #2.a: Demonstration Workshop

This project at the intersection of Washington St and Walnut St on June 10th and 11th is intended to workshop how temporary transportation projects could be utilized in Newton and give everyone the opportunity to see what some of these tactics look and feel like in real life. Scroll down for more info on this workshop, the upcoming strategies workshop on Monday June 13th, and the entire Newton-in-Motion project.

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Workshop #3: Draft Plan Strategies

On Monday June 13th from 5pm to 8pm in the War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall there was an open house with all of the strategies presented on boards and with short presentations given at 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, and 7:30 PM. See the Presentation Here.

Thank you to the 111 people who participated in the draft strategies survey! Your detailed and thoughtful responses are now being used in refining the strategy development.

Read through all of the Draft Strategies  |

Councilor Round Table

On September 21st at 6:30 p.m., the City Council held a round table discussion about Newton-in-Motion, A Transportation Strategy for Newton with a presentation by the project team. Below are the draft documents provided to Councilors as a starting point for the discussion and a link to the presentation. 

Read the Newton-in-Motion Factbook Working Document

Thanks to the hundreds of Newtonians who provided their thoughts and ideas about Newton's current and future transportation system. The results of the initial research and the visioning process are recorded in the Newton-in-Motion Factbook, which is currently being finalized.  Read the Draft Factbook 

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