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The town has hired a new senior transportation planner. John Alessi has joined Arlington’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD). The town transportation planner is in charge of monitoring both neighborhood-based and townwide transit and additionally works with neighboring towns on larger commissions. 

In a news release sent to the town in early June, town Planning Director Claire Ricker wrote that Alessi is working on the Complete Streets Prioritization Plan — a project set in place in 2022 to identify 15 street improvement efforts that aim to expand transportation accessibility for residents of all ages and abilities. Ricker wrote that she was confident in Alessi’s ability to fulfill the street prioritization plan, saying that he is “a great addition to the DPCD team.” 

In this position, Alessi is also set to work on the Mystic River Path and the Minuteman Bikeway feasibility study, which seeks to connect the two areas and recently received $1 million in funding by the federal fiscal 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act. 

Worked for Malden, state

This is not Alessi’s first position working in transportation. Before his role with Arlington, which began in April, Alessi served as the transportation planner for the City of Malden for more than a year, according to a LinkedIn profile. He maintained its transportation networks and helped facilitate numerous projects — including bringing the Bluebike system to the city. 

Alessi stepped into the role most recently held by Daniel Amstutz, who worked as Arlington's transportation planner for four years, according to Caryn Malloy, director of human resources.

Alessi said that he is committed to ensuring that transportation systems in communities are accessible and reliable for the many residents who depend on them. In a previous role with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, he was sustainable mobility coordinator and focused on increasing walking, biking and transit throughout the state. 

'Excited' to work with planning

“Arlington, like many communities in the state, is faced with unique transportation challenges,”Alessi said in the release. “I'm excited to work with the DPCD team, the Transportation Advisory Committee and the Arlington community to find multimodal solutions that support residents of all ages and abilities.”

The job pays $84,953 annually, Malloy wrote in response to YourArlington inquiries.  

The DPCD aims to improve the quality of life for residents by improving access to housing and transportation, enhancing the town’s businesses and preserving Arlington’s historic and cultural resources.

More information about planning, the Complete Streets Street Prioritization Plan and the Minuteman Bikeway feasibility study can be viewed here >> 

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This news announcement was published Thursday, June 22, 2023, based on information from Arlington's planning department. Brynn O'Connor, YourArlington's assistant to the editor, made queries and prepared the copy.