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MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces Rapid Response

Creating safe outdoor spaces during a pandemic

  • $5.2M

    In Grants

  • 38

    Grant Awards

  • 32


  • Massachusetts


Technical advice and design for communities to rapidly change their street space in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to safe mobility concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation sought input from municipalities, philanthropic organizations, and practitioners like Stantec to launch a more than $20 million dollar series of quick build grant programs.

A local foundation selected Stantec as one of three technical assistance providers to help municipalities develop and design project ideas and apply for funding via this innovative program. We have been providing free services on a wide range of grant applications, from repurposing street space for gathering and socially distanced concerts to implementing rapid bus treatments. Our designs involve readily-acquired materials that can be rapidly installed—much like tactical urbanist designs—yet consider safety for all modes and compliance with design and access guidelines. As part of the grant, the projects also include the potential to be made permanent.

Our solutions considered not only social-distancing standards applied to safe roadway geometry requirements, but also an awareness of resilient materials, efficient procurement options, and compatible designs that both respect each municipality’s future plans as well as their community history.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Rick Bryant, Senior Associate, Transportation

My goal is to enable stakeholders planning transportation projects to make well-informed choices for their communities.
Rick Bryant Senior Associate, Transportation Read More

Liza Cohen, Senior Associate

I believe that good transportation planning gives people options, not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Ralph DeNisco, Senior Principal

I put my training and experience to work to show people how smart transportation planning creates exciting places that work for everyone.

Aleece D’Onofrio, Associate

I enjoy being able to help people of all ages and abilities move safely in their communities.

Jason Schrieber, Senior Principal

Mobility is not about moving vehicles. It’s about giving all people better access to their daily needs in a smart, equitable and efficient manner. Whether by car, bus, bike, scooter or on foot, multi-modal travel is our passion.

Rick Bryant

Senior Associate, Transportation

Liza  Cohen

Senior Associate

Ralph DeNisco

Senior Principal

Aleece D’Onofrio


Jason  Schrieber

Senior Principal

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