Framingham Downtown Study

Framingham, Massachusetts

The Framingham Downtown Study was a multi-disciplinary project, which studied the  transportation, urban design and economic development implications of traffic improvement  strategies for Framingham’s Downtown including the area near the MBTA commuter rail  station. The purpose was to develop a plan that would relieve the existing debilitating  vehicular congestion in Downtown Framingham, while simultaneously preserving and  enhancing the historic urban design characteristics and creating new economic revitalization  opportunities. The plan unlocks changes in land use and development by untangling the intersection of Route 126, Route 135 and an at-grade commuter and freight rail line. It provides an increased focus on dense, transit-oriented development opportunities while setting the framework for new development throughout the balance of the Downtown, composed to reinforce the traditional urban scale and fabric.