Martha’s Vineyard Commission approves roundabout bus stop plan

A design prepared by Mark London, MVC executive director, of the roundabout intersection in Oak Bluffs with bus stops, pulloffs and crosswalks. — Photo by Mark London

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission met February 2 and unanimously approved a proposed design and siting of four bus stops with pullout areas on the approach roads to the roundabout that has been approved for the Blinker intersection in Oak Bluffs.

The MVC’s approval of the project by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) as a development of regional impact last October included a condition that the infrastructure related to bus stops be scaled back as much as possible, to reduce visual impact.

The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) proposed design resulted from meetings and discussions between VTA administrator Angela Grant and staff, MVC commissioners and staff, and Oak Bluffs town officials. Ms. Grant agreed that the bus stops and pullouts would be workable at about 40 feet long and nine feet wide, with crosswalks at each.

MVC executive director Mark London, who is an architect, prepared schematic plans that illustrated the Blinker intersection before and after the addition of the roundabout, bus stops, and walkways. The location for a shared-use path is still under discussion.

MassDOT asked the MVC’s official confirmation of the bus stop and pullout locations by late January, in order to prepare final plans in time to advertise the project for construction bids on April 7. Construction is to start next fall.

Mr. London said that MassDOT would work out the precise details of the bus stops and landscaping, which would then return to the commission’s land use planning committee, as part of the project’s landscape plan.