Connect Historic Boston
How do you ensure that everyone can move safely through the narrow streets and alleys of a 300-year old city? Working closely with the City of Boston and the National Park Service, Toole Design prepared a plan for improving walking, bicycling, and public transit connectivity to historic site locations (including the Freedom Trail) throughout Downtown Boston. On behalf of the City, Toole Design also authored a successful $15.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant application, and played a key role in designing five major infrastructure projects that resulted from the initial connectivity plan.
- Active Transportation Planning
- Multimodal Transportation Plans
- Corridor Studies
- Data Science and GIS
- Trails and Greenways
- Complete Streets and Shared Streets
- Streetscape Design
- Parks and Plazas
- Wayfinding and Signage
- Urban Design and Placemaking
- Roadway and Street Design
- Conceptual Design
- Design Guidance and Manuals
- ADA and Universal Design
- Rapid Implementation
Connect Historic Boston is the result of a partnership between the National Parks Service and the City of Boston, formed to make convenient and exciting connections between the wealth of historic sites in Boston’s compact downtown core for people walking, biking, or taking transit.
Toole Design led the development of the project vision including brand and identity, public engagement, and infrastructure planning. Our team acted as a conduit between agencies, jurisdictions, advocates, neighborhoods, and individuals to share ideas and information through meetings, gallery exhibitions, bike and walking tours, public art competitions, and interactive games.
We continue to play an advisory role in the construction process, providing design review throughout to ensure that our concepts are implemented according to the original vision of the Connect Historic Boston plan. Construction on each of the projects is scheduled to wrap-up in 2019. Phase 1 of the CHB Trail is already complete.