Transportation

Shuttle Services with MART *New!

Beginning Monday, February 5, 2024 - Free fare until May 1, 2024! Weekday shuttle service to the South Acton Train Station, and Shopping Shuttle on Mondays and Thursdays. Click here for more info!

Roadways and Intersections

Hudson Road/Route 117 Signalization [Design Phase]Aerial photo of Hudson Rd/Route 117 intersection

The Stow Select Board authorized an expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to design a traffic signal for this intersection, which has been a hotspot for motor vehicle crashes in Stow for several years. The Town selected Green International Affiliates to advance the project to 100% design. Planning has applied to the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to fund construction.

DocumentDate
75% Design Plans6/16/2023
Engineer's Responses to Public and Board comments1/23/2023
Slide Deck - Presentation to Select Board & Planning Board1/10/2023
Design Memorandum & Cost Estimate10/28/2022
MassDOT - Road Safety Audit8/18/2022
Metropolitan Planning Organization - Intersection and Traffic Signal Needs Analysis7/27/2016
 
Town Center Transportation Improvements [Concept Phase] *New!

At the May 2021 Annual Town Meeting, voters approved $60k for surveying and conceptual plans to improve transportation in Town Center. The Boston MPO provided a final technical memo in August 2023. This project aims to expand ADA-compliant sidewalks and increase pedestrian safety area around many of Stow's civic buildings. The Town is working with engineers from BETA Group to provide conceptual Complete Streets designs. 

DocumentDate
Existing Conditions Technical Report (Draft)2/22/2024
Presentation (PDF) 2/28/2024

Sidewalk Projects

Crescent Street - Town Center [Design Phase]Locus map of sidewalks proposed for Crescent Street

Additional sidewalks along the north side of Crescent Street in Town Center is a high ranking priority in Stow's Complete Streets Prioritization Plan. Sidewalks in this location will improve neighborhood connections to both Hale and Center Schools, the Randall Library, and the Pilot Grove neighborhood. The Town has contracted with GCG Associates to design this roughly 1500' length of sidewalk, and has received a $500,000 grant through the State's Complete Streets Program to fund construction. More information can be found here

DocumentDate
Engineering & Design Plans4/27/2023

Engineering Proposal - GCG Associates

12/22/2022
Complete Streets Prioritization Plan (projects #7 and #21)

4/2018

Trails and Shared-Use Paths

Track Road [Conceptual Design]

Since the Assabet River Rail Trail (ARRT) was initially proposed, the Town of Stow has been searching for ways to extend the route over "Track Road". This section of the former Boston & Maine Railroad is now privately owned and serves as the primary access to Crow Island Air Park, and thus faces different challenges than other segments of the ARRT.Map of ARRT in Stow In 2004 and 2008, the Town purchased a recreational easment over the full length of Track Road, which has ensured the public access enjoyed by many Stow residents today. Making further improvements has proved difficult, as vehicle access to Crow Island must be maintained over the relatively narrow right-of-way, and adjacent wetlands create further constraints. 

In 2020, the Town secured an existing conditions survey of Track Road as well as preliminary concepts for a shared use path with advisory shoulders for cyclists and pedestrians. In 2021, Congresswoman Lori Trahan's office helped secure a $750k earmark to complete engineering and design for an improved Track Road. The Town is working with Green International Affiliates to provide a new concept and design alternatives that will meet all relevant federal and MassDOT design standards while preserving private access to Crow Island. 

Other Programs

GO Stow No-Cost Taxi Rides

GO Stow logo

The Town of Stow is providing no-cost taxi rides for Stow residents ages 50 and up. Originally, this program was funded by an emergency grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) at the heights of the Covid-19 emergency. After the program proved enduringly popular, the towns of Sudbury, Acton, Bolton, and Stow worked together to secure new grant funding to allow the program to continue through June 30, 2024.  

A report from consultants at Nelson\Nygaard on transportation demand related to this effort may be found here

The program can be signed up for online or by contacting the Stow Council on Aging. More information about the program can be found here.