MassDOT has not been able to issue a definitive answer as to whether all 13 FHWA vehicle classifications are necessary data points for the permanent traffic counter technology. MVC suspects a less granular differentiation of vehicles will be permissible. If responding to the RFP, a budget scenario for technology capable of breaking out all 13 classes AND a budget for 3-5 classes (ie. mopeds and motorcycles, conventional cars, pickup trucks and SUVS, and finally larger trucks & trailers) will also be helpful for our review.
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Martha's Vineyard is an island.
As an island, it is accessible by boat or air.
Its explosion in popularity over the past generation has resulted in rapid growth, straining a road network designed for a much smaller population. Although roadway, ferry, and air traffic has leveled in recent years, off-season and up-Island automobile traffic is still rising.
As a summer resort, there is a nearly four-fold fluctuation in the number of people on the Island, leading to seasonal congestion and safety problems, and straining of infrastructure capacities.
The Island’s largely scattered population means that the motor vehicle will probably continue to be the dominant form of transportation and it is challenging to offer alternative means of transportation.
As a place with unique environmental, scenic, and historic qualities, there is ongoing concern about the impact of transportation on these important features of the Vineyard.
As the population continues to grow, the challenge will be how to deal with increasing traffic demand while avoiding inappropriate physical engineering solutions that undermine the Vineyard’s scenic beauty. The main way to do this is by strengthening alternative modes of getting around. Fortunately, the Island has an excellent public transit system run by the Vineyard Transit Authority. It already has 35 miles of off-road Shared Use Paths (bike paths) and several extensions are planned.
Transportation on Martha's Vineyard: gives an overview of the transportation systems on the Island.
Transportation Planning Activities: outlines the MVC’s transportation planning efforts.
Main Transportation Documents: describes the three main documents used in transportation planning on the Island.
Transportation Data and Reports: provides access to data compiled by, and reports prepared by the MVC and other entities.
Transportation Program Manager