REGIONAL TRAFFIC IMPACT PEER REVEIW
Proposed MGM Springfield Development
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Revitalization Potential 6.
Community-Specific Traffic Impacts 7.
Look-Back Methodology The scope, methodology and thoroughness of these components as contained within the Traffic, Impact, Access & Parking Study (TIAPS)
prepared by The Engineering Corp. (TEC), MGM’s
traffic consultant, have been reviewed to ensure overall study adequacy and to evaluate the appropriateness of the proposed mitigating actions. It should be noted that this review also included a significant amount of independent research and analysis to validate the distinctive components of this project.
The MGM Springfield development proposal is a mixed-use commercial development anchored by a gaming resort-style casino to be located on a series of land parcels bounded by East Columbus Avenue to the west, State Street to the north, Main Street to the east, and Union Street to the south in the South End neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts.
presents an overview of the Project development area. Specifically the analysis contained within the TIAPS is based on the development program which includes:
501,108 square foot (sf) casino resort (with 3,821 gaming positions)
250 room hotel,
52 residential apartment units,
4,000 sf casino/retail employee daycare facility,
159,397 sf retail and entertainment center known as Armory Square, which includes multiple retail tenants, restaurants, an event plaza, general office space, a radio station, a multi-screen (12 screens) cinema and 15-lane bowling alley.
MGM’s traffic consultant,
TEC prepared the TIAPS for the Project which was included as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Report
(DEIR) submitted to fulfill the requirements of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) on December 16, 2013. The TIAPS assesses existing traffic conditions within the study area. This assessment includes an inventory of existing roadway geometry, daily and peak period traffic counts, and a review of the crash history in the area. The study also evaluates the traffic impacts of the proposed project. Specific traffic projections for the Project were established, along with future traffic demands due to projected regional traffic growth, independent of the proposed development. An eleven-year horizon (year 2024) traffic analysis was performed for this study. Finally the study discusses
(Energy and Environmental Affairs - EEA #15033)