Salem residents have the chance to help the city come up with ways to expand alternative transportation.

Through a “mode shift” participatory budgeting program recently announced by Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll, the city is inviting residents to propose projects that will encourage alternative transportation and then to vote on those projects. The projects with the most votes will be advanced to construction or implementation this fall.

Alternative transportation refers to transportation other than driving in one’s car alone, including walking, bicycling, public transit, carpooling, and using ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

The program is being funded by a $30,000 state grant the city received through revenues from a state charge assessed on rideshare services in 2017. Under state law, 10 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.


Residents can submit their proposed ideas to shift@salem.com until July 16. The city will review the submissions, combining similar ones and eliminating those that do not meet the program or legal requirements.

Voting will then take place from Aug. 1-31. Proposals received the most votes will be awarded funding in that order until the full $30,000 is used.

For more information, go to www.salem.com/shift.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler-co@globe.com.