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FRCOG Bike Breakfast to Celebrate Bay State Bike Month

May is Bay State Bike Month. Check out what is happening here.

The FRCOG will host a Bike Breakfast on Tuesday, May 26th, 2022, from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA. Stop by during your morning commute or ride for coffee, juice, light breakfast snacks, and conversation. The Franklin Regional Transit Authority will have one of its new buses there so you can try loading your bike on the rack. We will also be displaying our bike safety posters that feature local bicyclists.

Bike Breakfast Flyer

The FCTPO has released the Draft FFY 2022-2027 TIP for a 21-day public review and comment period

The FCTPO has released the Draft FFY 2022-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for a 21-day public review and comment period. The Draft FFY 2023-2027 TIP will be available for public comments from Wednesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 25, 2022. Comments may be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or mailed to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA  01301. The Draft documents are available for review at the links below.

Franklin 2023-2027 TIP Narrative DRAFT
Franklin 2023-2027 TIP Highway Project List DRAFT
Franklin 2023-2027 TIP Transit Project List DRAFT

The FCTPO has released Amendment 2 to the FFY 2022 TIP for public review and comment

The FCTPO has released Amendment 2 to the FFY 2022 Transportation Improvement Program Highway Project list for a 21-day public review and comment period. Amendment #2 will be available for public comments from Wednesday, May 4 through Thursday, May 25, 2022. Comments may be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or mailed to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA  01301.

2022 TIP Highway Amendment 2 Summary
Franklin 2022-2026 TIP Highway Project List Amendment 2 DRAFT

FCTPO releases draft 2023 UPWP for public review

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) released a Draft 2023 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for a 21-day public review and comment period. The draft UPWP is available for public comments from Wednesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 25, 2022. Comments may be submitted in writing to mrhodes@frcog.org or mailed to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA  01301.

Franklin 2023 UPWP draft

It’s MUD SEASON! Tell us about your Dirt/Gravel Roads!

It’s MUD SEASON! Tell us about your Dirt/Gravel Roads!

The FRCOG is working with Rep. Natalie Blais to better understand the conditions of our communities’ unpaved roads and the effort/cost that goes into their maintenance and repair every year. To help with this effort, the FRCOG has created an interactive online map in which anyone can add points to show the location of known issue spots on your dirt/gravel roads: https://tinyurl.com/3ydvt2d6.

Mark the map with locations that have reoccurring maintenance issues or that are in need of repair.   You can also upload photos and details.

Your input will help State Rep. Blais make her case in Boston about the needed funding for Western Mass unpaved roads!  For more information, contact Senior Transportation & Land Use Planner, Megan Rhodes at mrhodes@frcog.org or (413) 774-3167 x132.

 

Regional Pedestrian Plan for Franklin County is Available Online

Regional Pedestrian Plan for Franklin County

The Regional Pedestrian Plan for Franklin County is completed and available online at Pedestrian Plan for Franklin County 2021.

The plan provides a comprehensive resource that identifies tools and strategies for developing pedestrian-related infrastructure improvements in Franklin County. It is intended to inspire and encourage towns to consider pedestrian accessibility whenever feasible.  For an overview of the contents of the plan, the presentation given at the public review meeting held on September 8, 2021, is available here.

For further information, please contact Senior Transportation Planner II, Beth Giannini at giannini@frcog.org.

The new Franklin County Rural Road Guide is available

Staying on top of all of the regulations, standards, guidelines, and funding sources related to the maintenance and improvement of local roadways is a challenge for Towns. To assist with that, the FRCOG Transportation Planning staff have compiled the Franklin County Rural Road Guide, a quick reference for answers to common questions about roadway operations and regulations in Franklin County. It contains summaries of relevant information and links to the most commonly used and referenced transportation legislation, policies, and design manuals in one handy guide. The Rural Road Guide is available here. Please contact Laurie Scarbrough, Transportation Planning Engineer, with any questions or feedback on the Rural Road Guide: lscarbrough@frcog.org.

Amtrak’s Valley Flyer Back to Full Service!

All aboard Amtrak’s Valley Flyer! The Valley Flyer has service from Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke to New Haven, CT.  The Valley Flyer connects to New York City and beyond! The Valley Flyer is making stops for Times Square and Columbus Circle. Book your ride today at http://amtrak.com/valleyflyer

Draft Amendment to the 2021 TIP Highway List released for Public Review

The FCTPO released a Draft Amendment to the 2021 TIP Highway Project list on July 27, 2021. The Draft Amendment will be available for a 21-day public review and comment period from Friday, July 30 through Thursday, August 19, 2021. Comments on the Draft Amendment can be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.

DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Highway AMENDMENT 1

Public Review of the Draft Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Recreation Map and Inventory

Through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation for the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership area, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Franklin Region Council of Governments (FRCOG) are developing an inventory and online map of the recreational assets in the 21-town partnership area. At this time, BRPC and FRCOG are looking for feedback on the draft inventory and map, which are available in the following links.

Map of MTWP Recreation Inventory: https://berkshire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=44be5855f1614d3ea3d076fbbd4caf9d

Berkshire County Recreation Inventory (northern portion of county): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aAeRJZbz9K7UYP9rIe2gV5667DlIAXNx/view?usp=sharing

Franklin County Recreation Inventory (western portion of county): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lGpcbxD9gBzIQPBQaUM3CbtWE-dULlqI/view?usp=sharing

Please give us your comments and corrections by May 31st to:

Franklin County:
Beth Giannini, Franklin Region Council of Governments
giannini@frcog.org
413-774-3167×125