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TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 
Arlington Planning Department, 730 Mass Ave, 
Arlington MA, c/o Daniel Amstutz. 


Date: May 4, 2021. 

To: Select Board. 

From: Howard Muise, Chair, Arlington TAC. 
Subject: Proposed Study of Park Ave at Appleton St. 


Memorandum 


The purpose of this memo is to report TAC’s endorsement of funding of a study that TAC would like to 
conduct to allow it to make a recommendation to the Select Board regarding installation of a traffic 
signal at the Park Ave and Appleton Street intersection. This study would allow analysis of the Park 
Ave corridor between Mass Ave and Florence St to determine whether or not a traffic signal at Park 
Ave and Appleton Street would have an adverse effect on the Park Ave corridor. The study would 
need to be conducted by an outside vendor and has been estimated to cost approximately $5,000. 


1. Background 


The Select Board had previously made separate requests to TAC to study Paul Revere Road and 
to study Appleton Street. Because of the proximity of Paul Revere Road and Appleton Street to 
each other and to Park Ave, TAC combined both efforts into a single study of the area. This 
included the Park Ave corridor between Florence Street and Mass Ave. 


As a first step in the study, TAC hired a vendor to conduct traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian counts at 
several locations in the study area, including the intersection of Appleton Street and Park 

Ave. The TAC used the count data and crash data from the APD to determine that the intersection 
meets several warrants required for installation of a traffic signal. Also, TAC analyzed the 
operation of the intersection with a signal and determined that the signalized intersection would 
provide a satisfactory level of service for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles. 


Following these analyses, TAC determined that it needed an additional analysis of the Park Ave 
corridor between Florence Street and Mass Ave to determine if a traffic signal at the Park 
Ave/Appleton Street intersection would have a negative impact on pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle 
operations along Park Ave. Based on the results of the proposed analysis, TAC will have the 
information it needs to determine if it will recommend installing a traffic signal at the intersection. 


2. Conclusion 


There was a proposal to fund the analysis through a Town Meeting Warrant Article, but it is my 
understanding that this approach was replaced with a plan to fund the study out of existing Town 
Funds. At its March meeting the TAC voted unanimously to support the procurement of funds for 
the analysis of the traffic impacts on Park Ave from a new traffic signal at Park Ave and Appleton 
Street. TAC is prepared to initiate this study as soon as funding can be made available.