Complete Streets Policy
What is Complete Streets?
Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, funded, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.
Where does the policy apply?
This policy is for projects seeking PACTS funding. sponsored projects in the region are highly encouraged, but not required to comply with the Regional Complete Streets Policy. In municipalities that have their own Complete Streets Policy, PACTS funded transportation projects should follow the strictest regulations of any involved Complete Streets Policy. Note that Complete Streets are context- dependent and may look different in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
Who was involved?
This policy was created in collaboration with an external working group comprised of representatives from the City of Portland, Town of Windham, and Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The policy has also been informed by insight and feedback from the , Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, and members of the GPCOG Transportation and Community Network.
2018:Getting There from Here: An Active Transportation Plan recommends implementation of Complete Streets
October 2019: PACTS Policy Board directs staff to develop Regional Complete Streets Policy. Development of a policy is included in the 2020-2021 and 2022-2023 Unified Planning Work Programs.
“Building on MaineDOT efforts, finalize the PACTS Complete Streets Policy, requiring and/or encouraging a safe, comfortable, integrated transportation network for all users, regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity, or mode of transportation.”
Spring 2021: Transit Tomorrow: The Long-Range Public Transportation Plan for Greater Portland recommends adoption of a Regional Complete Streets Policy and that PACTS/GPCOG support municipalities with local policies.
Summer 2021: GPCOG staff & external working group begin drafting Regional Complete Streets Policy.
December 2021: Project Update brought to the PACTS Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC).
April 2022: Project update brought to RTAC.
May 2022: Draft policy presented to RTAC. Project update is included in the PACTS Policy Board packet, and MaineDOT provides feedback on the draft.
July 2022: Draft policy presented to RTAC, recommended for adoption by Policy Board with minor changes.
August 2022: Policy brought to PACTS Executive Board,
Why is Complete Streets important?
This policy is a regional commitment to designing and funding transportation projects that provide access for all users and modes of transportation. Complete Streets expand choices while continuing to serve existing users; improve safety, accessibility, and public health; mitigate climate change and environmental effects; and spur economic development. Implementing this policy will ensure that the region is a more appealing, enjoyable and sustainable (socially, economically, and environmentally) community for all.