Mode Shift Salem

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The City of Salem's “mode shift” participatory budgeting program enables residents to propose projects that will encourage alternative transportation and, in August, be able to vote on those projects. The projects with the most votes will be advanced to construction or implementation this fall.

How it’s funded

The program is being funded by $30,000 that the City of Salem has received from the Commonwealth through a state charge assessed on ride-share services like Uber and Lyft in 2017. Per the state law, ten cents from each such ride is being distributed proportionately to each city and town based on the number of rides that originated in that community. Salem's share for FY2018 is about $30,000.

Submit an idea

Residents are encouraged to submit their proposed ideas to before the deadline of July 8, 2018. Proposals should be as detailed as possible; City staff may reach out to you for more information about your proposal if necessary, so be sure to include a way to reach you. Only one proposal will be accepted per person. Once all proposals are submitted, the City will review them, combining similar proposals and eliminating those that do not match the program or statutory requirements. Submission of an idea does not guarantee it will appear on the final ballot and the City reserves the right to modify any submitted idea.

Submission requirements:

  1. The proposed idea should describe a capital, operational, or other project that will create transportation mode shift or increase the use of alternative transportation methods over single-occupancy private passenger vehicles. Proposals that require the City to hire additional staff or acquire property are not eligible.
  2. The proposed idea should be a one-time expenditure that costs $30,000 or less. Proposals that require on-going costs by the City are discouraged.
  3. If a capital project, the proposal must be implemented by the City of Salem on City property (streets, sidewalks, parks and playgrounds, library, schools, municipal buildings, etc.). Projects on Salem Housing Authority, MBTA, state or federal property, or private property are not eligible. The funds cannot be used to make a grant to any nonprofit organization, any corporation or business, or any individual.
  4. Only Submissions that meet the statutory requirements for the state funding for the program will be considered for placement on the ballot: “to address the impact of transportation network services on municipal roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure or any other public purpose substantially related to the operation of transportation network services in the city or town including, but not limited to, the complete streets program established in M.G.L. c. 90I, § 1 and other programs that support alternative modes of transportation.”

Vote on the project you like best

The final proposals will appear on a ballot and every Salem resident will be invited to vote for the proposal of their choice. You need not be a registered voter to vote in the Mode Shift Salem participatory budgeting vote, however your name must appear in the most recent (2017) Annual Listing of City residents. Residents will only be able to vote once per person and will be able to do so either online here at or in person during City business hours in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, 93 Washington Street. Voting will last from August 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018, after which point the proposals will be sorted by the most number of votes and awarded funding in that order until the full $30,000 is utilized.