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Somerville OSPCD Transportation and Infrastructure Division
93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Whether you drive, bike, use the MBTA or walk, this division is working to make it easier and safer for you to moveMore about the city. They oversee transit projects such as the Green Line extension and the proposed extension of the Community Path. Their Safe-Start and Shape Up Somerville programs place particular emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist needs, including improving sidewalk curb cuts and pedestrian crossings as well as adding bike lanes to City roadways.
Friends of the Community Path
112 Belmont St, Somerville, MA 02143

Friends of the Community Path is a local group dedicated to the extension of mixed-use paths through Somerville toMore the Charles River. The group is advocating for the current path, reaching from Davis Square to Cedar Street, to be extended 2.5 miles east, thus linking the Alewife Linear Park, and the 13-mile long Minuteman Bikeway to the 17-mile long Charles River Paths by way of Somerville. 

In conjunction with the City and several other local organizations, such as STEP, the Somerville Bicycle Committee, and Shape-Up Somerville, Friends of the Community Path helps to raise funds and awareness of the project, gathers local feedback and communicates with government and transportation leaders to try to move the path extension forward.

The Friends of the Community Path see "the possibility of synergy between the bike path and public transit" according to Spokeswoman Lynn Weissman, and hope for the construction to be included in the State's plans for the Green Line Extension. 

Somerville OSPCD Economic Development Division
93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

This division works to attract new businesses and industry to Somerville and also supports existing businessesMore through a variety of programs including the Storefront Improvement Program, Brownfield development and business workshops. In addition, they focus on city improvement via real estate development management. Their Historic Preservation subdivision strives to preserve the city's historic buildings and sites.

Their web page links to business-related resources including information on the Small Business Loan Program and Business Welcome Kits (in English, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Spanish). Links are also provided to information on major City development initiatives including Assembly Square and the Green Line Extension.

Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP)
259 Lowell St, Somerville, MA 02144
The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, or STEP, is a community organization advocating for improvements toMore local public transportation.  Made up of a group of concerned residents, STEP's mission is to secure public transportation for the city in order to increase social equity, environmental health, and economic opportunity. The main focal point of STEP's work over the past few years has been advocating for progress on the extension of the MBTA Green Line from Lechmere into Somerville and Medford, a mandated part of the Big Dig and the Clean Air Act. STEP holds meetings on the third Monday of every month in the community room at the VNA Assisted Living facility. 
Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (
93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Name any development, economic initiative or city improvement project, and the Mayor's Office of Strategic PlanningMore and Community Development (OSPCD) is sure to be involved in it. The Green Line Extension, Assembly Square and Shape Up Somerville are just a few of the initiatives and programs they play a central role in. In short, the over five dozen full- and part-time City employees who work in OSPCD's seven divisions are continually working to improve our City. The Department's divisions include:

  • Director's Office/Finance and Administration: They run the show, develop long-range plans for the city, plan the budget and oversee major projects.
  • Economic Development Division
  • Housing Division
  • Inspectional Services Division
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Parks and Open Space
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