THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009
8:00 AM-6:00 PM CHARRETTES
SACO, MAINE AND BIDDEFORD, MAINE CHARRETTE
This charrette will begin by taking participants on a two-hour, scenic train ride through New Hampshire to Maine on the recently restored Downeaster Amtrak service. Visit Saco Station, which is located on an island and is home of the first green transit station on the Downeaster. The other part of the trip will be held in nearby downtown Biddeford, which is experiencing rapid redevelopment in the Historic Mill District. The city wants to redevelop an eight-acre parcel that currently hosts a waste-to-energy facility. Charrette participants will explore bringing in a convention center and/or sports facility. They also will also tackle creating more direct pedestrian links to the train, since the island is connected to the Saco Station by only one road and one rail bridge.
Greg Tansley, AICP, City Planner, City of Biddeford, Biddeford, Maine
Peter Morelli, Development Director, City of Saco, Saco, Maine
Jason Schrieber, AICP, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Boston, Massachusetts
Mark Eyerman, President, Planning Decisions Inc., South Portland, Maine
Caleb Johnson, AIA, Principal, Caleb Johnson Architects, Biddeford, Maine
Doug Sanford, Member, North Dam Mill, LLC., Biddeford, Maine
JFK/UMASS STATION, SOUTH BOSTON CHARRETTE
Just two miles and three subways stops away from downtown Boston, JFK/UMass Station is surrounded by more than 70 acres of prime real estate, 40 acres of which are ripe for immediate redevelopment. The surrounding Columbia Point peninsula is home to some of Boston's most important institutions, and JFK/UMass Station also sits at the intersection of a major interstate and regional roadways. The Boston Redevelopment Authority estimates there is potential for up to 6 million square feet of new mixed-use, transit-oriented development. Visit this station, learn about the community's plans for the area, and contribute your thoughts about how modern urban design can unlock the full potential of this TOD site.
Skip Smallridge, Principal, Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
John Tad Read, Senior Planner, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, Massachusetts
Tseng-Wei Chung, Senior Urban Designer, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, Massachusetts
Mark Boyle, Assistant General Manager for Development, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, Massachusetts
Greg Dicovitsky, Senior Project Manager, Transit Realty Associates, Boston, Massachusetts
12:30 PM–6:00 PM MOBILE WORKSHOPS
#1 THE OLD MILL CITY OF LOWELL CM 5.5
Ride the MBTA commuter rail to downtown Lowell, the nation's first 19th-century planned industrial community. Lowell is defined by a network of industrial canals fed by the Merrimack River. After falling into typical mill-town disinvestment, Lowell has spent the last three decades attracting extensive mixed-use reinvestment, much of it involving historic mill complexes. The area also includes a national park, sustainable CBD, vibrant arts community, state university and community college, and professional sports and concert venues. These investments are all served by transit, and Lowell is now planning a downtown circulator streetcar.
#2 MAGIC EXPRESS CM 5.5
Celebrate the magic in Salem, Massachusetts, and get a taste of the city's high festivities this time of year while touring one of the Commonwealth's oldest and most densely developed maritime communities. The MBTA commuter rail will take you from downtown Boston to the heart of downtown Salem. Then tour the city's key points of interest while a guide points out the community's development and transportation issues, such as TOD, downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Participants will have the option of remaining in Salem, or returning by MBTA commuter rail or by catamaran.
#3 A TALE OF TWO TODs CM 4
Station Landing in Medford and Assembly Square in Sommerville are two major TOD opportunities on opposite shores of the Mystic River, just north of Boston. Traveling by subway and bus, participants in this mobile workshop will compare and contrast how each site has approached creating vibrant, mixed-use development on underused urban land. Of particular interest is the impact of one site having rapid transit from the outset (the MBTA's Orange Line), while the other has relied on bus connections. Local officials and development teams will share the stories of these two developing TODs.
#4 BIKES AND THE MBTA (BIKE TOUR) CM 5
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Boston's transportation infrastructure as it relates to bikes. Ride a bike and explore how Boston cyclists use multi-modal transportation to navigate the city and surrounding area. Trains, buses, boats, and pedal power all interact to get Bostonians from Point A to Point B. This tour will cover everything from major hubs such as South Station, popular commuter routes such as the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and subway stations that promote bicycling through expanded bike parking facilities. Starting in downtown Boston, this tour will give you a feel for how urban planning and transportation design affects the daily experience of people living in the city.
6:00 PM–8:00 PM NETWORKING EVENTS
ADVOCATES RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN
Join leaders from non-profit groups in Boston for an informal evening of networking, inspiration and relaxation. The Institute for Human Centered Design will welcome Rail~Volution participants (along with special guest Mel King, author of Streets), to its beautiful headquarters across from North Station and just steps from Boston's Little Italy. Attend this reception and mingle with representatives from Boston's environmental justice, bike and pedestrian, universal design, and community advocacy groups. Learn about the evolving collaboration across organizations whose missions vary widely — but who share a vision of communities that are well designed, welcoming and sustainable. Event host and beneficiary is the Institute for Human Centered Design (www.adaptenv.org).
AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION — TRANSPORTATION DIVISION MEETING
Join us for the TPD business meeting and discussion. TPD officers and members will report on division activities with the federal transportation reauthorization, APA's Legislative/Policy Committee, and APA's Complete Streets Initiative. Afterward, network with transportation planners from around the country at a special reception.
Facilitator: Todd Ashby, Project Manager, MSA Professional Services, Inc., Ankeny, Iowa