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Amendment to 2016 UPWP released for 30-day public comment

An amendment to the 2016 UPWP Franklin 2016 UPWP  has been released for a 30-day public comment period beginning Monday,  March 28, 2016  and ending on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.   This amendment proposes replacing a current project, “Parking Inventory and Analysis for Downtown Turners Falls” with a new project, “Sidewalk Inventory Update for Downtown Turners Falls.”  The parking inventory project had been requested by the Town of Montague, but in the time since the current UPWP was endorsed, the Town was able to secure a MassWorks grant to construct a new parking facility.  This grant caused the Parking Inventory project to no longer be necessary.  The new proposed project will also be an inventory of downtown Turners Falls infrastructure, will cover the same study area, and will  have the same budget.  A description of the proposed project can be found here.  Comments on the proposed amendment can be sent to Megan Rhodes, Senior Transportation and Land Use Planner at or 413-77-316 x132.


Public Forum to Review the Draft CT River Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan on March 29th

There will be a public forum on Tuesday, March 29th to review the draft of the Connecticut River Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan.  The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 29th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Sunderland Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Public Forum Flyer for the Draft CT River Scenic Byway CMP

Please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Giannini, Senior Transportation Planner II, at 

Public Meetings for draft Transportation Planning Organization Public Participation Plan on March 9, 2016

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) has released a draft Public Participation Plan.  There will be two public meetings on Wednesday, March 9 at the JWO Transit Center to provide opportunities for comment.   The first meeting will be from 12:00-1:00pm and the second meeting will be from 5:00-6:00pm.  Both meetings will be held in the First Floor Meeting Room at 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA.  In case of snow or hazardous weather, a snow date for the meetings will be held on March 16 at the same times, but upstairs in the FRCOG Library.  Please check or call (413)774-3167 ext. 153 to find out about weather cancellations.  If you are unable to attend the meetings, comments can be sent to Megan Rhodes by email at or by mail at 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301 until March 23, 2016.

Draft FCTPO Public Participation Plan 1-29-16


Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization Public Participation Plan Open for Public Review

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) will open a 45-day public review and comment period for the draft Public Participation Plan.  The comment period will begin on Monday, February 8, 2016 and will end on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  Please provide any comments to Megan Rhodes by email at or by mail at 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.

Draft FCTPO Public Participation Plan 1-29-16


MA Historical Comm. Survey and Grants

The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) Fiscal Year 2015 Survey and Planning Grant cycle is underway.   For the FY 2015 round, eligible applicants will include all local historical commissions, local historic district commissions, municipal planning offices, and other public and non-profit historic preservation organizations.  For FY 2015, the MHC/Grantee match shares will be 50/50. The goal of the Survey and Planning Grant program is to support efforts to identify and plan for the protection of the significant historic buildings, structures, archaeological sites and landscapes of the Commonwealth. Potential projects include the completion of cultural resource inventories, nomination of significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places, completion of community-wide preservation plans, and other types of studies, reports, publications and projects that relate to the identification and protection of significant historic properties and sites.

FRCOG to participate in PARK(ing) Day in downtown Greenfield on Friday, September 19th

The FRCOG, the Town of Greenfield, and the GBA will take over the parking space located on Main Street at the corner of Chapman Street in front of the Brass Buckle Restaurant on Friday, September 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. These groups will convert the parking space into a public park for the day and promote local sustainable projects and alternative transportation activities that are occurring in Franklin County.

PARK(ing) Day Event Poster

Alternative Transportation Champions

To help encourage more Franklin County residents to walk, bike, or ride transit, the FRCOG is collecting stories from people in our communities who are already realizing the benefits from these alternatives to driving. Check out our first round of Alternative Transportation Champions:

Transportation Champ Profile Maureen

Transportation Champ Profile Carol

Transportation Champ Profile Peter

If you would like to add your story as an Alternative Transportation Champion, contact Land Use Planner, Alyssa Larose at