At the Kendall Square Association’s 10th Annual Meeting, the CRA announced the publication of the Transport Kendall document. Transport Kendall outlines the key transit improvement recommendations of the Kendall Square Mobility Task Force. It highlights the transportation infrastructure needs of Kendall and recommends ongoing planning for the Grand Junction corridor, comprehensive Red Line upgrades coordinated with the delivery of new vehicles, and expansion of bus routes directly servicing Kendall Square.
The report can be downloaded at: https://www.transportkendall.org/
The Improved 6th St. Walkway is now open!
The 6th Street Walkway, also known as Officer William Loughrey Walkway is now open to the public after undergoing renovations! The heavily used path is an open space owned by the CRA that connects East Cambridge and Kendall Square and provides seating and shade to visitors, employees and residents.
The 800-foot-long open space and walking path was renovated by Boston Properties as part of the district’s Infill Development Concept Plan, and includes a new separated bicycle path, a refurbished walkway and street lights, new furniture and signage. A dedication ceremony is planned in the spring of 2019.
Binney / Galileo Streetscape Redesign
The CRA has finalized design documents for a streetscape redesign of Galileo Galilei Way, Binney Street and Broadway! The project connects existing bicycle and sidewalk infrastructure on Vassar and Binney and holistically incorporates a multi-modal streetscape design with streetscape amenities and landscaping. The new street plans create a unified look and feel for the area, uses progressive complete street and Vision Zero design principles, and national best practices. Design documents can be found using the link below. Read more...
KenDALL SQuare TRANsIT EnHANCEMENT PROGRAM (KSTEP)
Working closely with the City of Cambridge (City), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the MBTA, and Boston Properties (BP), the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) has created a mechanism and governance structure for funding public transit to serve the growing Kendall Square district. This Kendall Square Transit Enhancement Program (KSTEP) grew out of the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) review process for the amendment of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP). As the amendment provides additional development rights within the MXD District of Kendall Square, the KSTEP program is an important mitigation component of the 2015 Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which preceded the approval of the KSURP Amendment 10, MXD Zoning and IDCP documents. In that EIR, KSTEP is a measurable way to translate the estimates of new transit ridership by the new development into a strategy to improve the capacity of transit to serve that projected increase. The KSTEP can also be considered a value capture mechanism that creates a financial support link between the additional private development value created by the presence of a significant public transit investment that is the Red Line subway and MBTA bus systems.
The program began with an initial $6 million of funding for investment in local transit improvements to the MBTA or other operators, such as the EZ Ride shuttle, that produce a measurable improvement in transit access to Kendall Square. It is expected that the projects which will receive investment from KSTEP will be informed by the recent final report of the Kendall Square Mobility Task Force planning effort, facilitated by MassDOT and the City. The first $3 million payment from Boston Properties to the KSTEP fund was received upon issuance of the 145 Broadway building permit in March of 2017, followed by a $3 million dollar match from the CRA. The CRA has discussed the expansion of the program with other property owners anticipating new development in Kendall Square.
Kendall square urban renewal plan (KSURP) Annual Transportation Report
As part of the 1994 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) update covering development within the KSURP, the CRA is required to conduct annual traffic studies. This report has been conducted continuously on an annual basis from 1994-2014. In 2015, traffic and tenant survey data were collected but not analyzed and no report was published. In 2016 and 2017 only tenant survey data was collected, but no traffic data was collected due to anomalies created by the Main Street reconstruction project, the Longfellow Bridge closure, and closure of several streets due to the ongoing MIT "NoMA and SoMA" construction.
Through an approved EIR Notice of Project Change in 2016, the CRA committed to continue to conduct the annual traffic study and analysis of the KSURP area, updating the scope of the monitoring program to reflect the evolution of Cambridge's transportation priorities for multi-modal urban environments as well as to analyze travel behavior and transit services.
Transportation Data Reports
2004 Annual Traffic Count and Trip Generation Analysis (incomplete draft)