Fuss & O’Neill is assisting the City of Pittsfield with transit-oriented development (TOD) projects to promote economic development and increase ridership of regional transit.
We worked with City staff, business stakeholders, and regional and state officials to prepare a Downtown Circulation Study that defined major capital improvements to promote economic development and intermodal connectivity among regional transit, local business, and residential neighborhoods. We advanced the planning documents into detailed permitting and design of streetscape, roadway, pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular improvements on downtown streets and public plazas from concept design through construction. We implemented the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan in six sequential design and construction projects in the heart of the City.
We provided assistance to the City with state construction funding, including our assistance with the MassWorks grant applications. Downtown street improvements included sidewalk reconstruction with rain gardens for stormwater treatment, aesthetic streetscape features, pedestrian crosswalk
improvements, traffic signal upgrades, ornamental signal support and sign hardware, and special gateway features.
Low Impact Design (LID) elements, including rain gardens, were designed to promote sustainability while the use of detailed sidewalk grading and sidewalk bump outs corrected ADA deficiencies.
In addition to TOD goals, these projects correct significant safety and capacity deficiencies, improve aesthetics and accessibility, and extend the service life of intersections and roadways.