Transportation

Transportation

Transportation on Martha's Vineyard faces special challenges.
  • As an island, it is only accessible by boat or air.
  • Its explosion in popularity over the past generation has resulted in rapid growth, straining a road network designed for a much smaller population.  Although roadway, ferry, and air traffic has leveled in recent years, off-season and up-Island automobile traffic is still rising.
  • As a summer resort, there is a nearly four-fold fluctuation in the number of people on the Island, leading to seasonal congestion and safety problems, and straining of infrastructure capacities.
  • The Island’s largely scattered population means that the motor vehicle will probably continue to be the dominant form of transportation and it is challenging to offer alternative means of transportation.
  • As a place with unique environmental, scenic, and historic qualities, there is ongoing concern about the impact of transportation on these important features of the Vineyard.

As the population continues to grow, the challenge will be how to deal with increasing traffic demand while avoiding inappropriate physical engineering solutions that undermine the Vineyard’s scenic beauty. The main way to do this is by strengthening alternative modes of getting around. Fortunately, the Island has an excellent public transit system run by the Vineyard Transit Authority. It already has 35 miles of off-road Shared Use Paths (bike paths) and several extensions are planned. 

The transportation section of the website is organized in four parts:

Contact

Priscilla Leclerc
Senior Transportation Planner
508-693-3453 ext.16
[email protected]

Office location:

Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

Mailing address:

Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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