The Boston Region MPO is beginning to work on its new Long-Range Transportation Plan. Discussions are underway about developing performance measures with associated targets to track progress toward implementing the MPO’s regional goals and objectives and the national goals for improving the transportation system. The MPO is coordinating with MassDOT on this new approach to planning, which is intended to improve the effectiveness of the expenditure of federal funds on highway and transit projects.
TIP- and UPWP-Development Sessions Scheduled for December
The process of developing the MPO’s federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the FFY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) has begun. Municipal project proponents, TIP contacts, and members of the public are invited to join MPO staff at two upcoming TIP- and UPWP-development sessions for discussion about how to participate in this process and how to advance ideas for transportation projects and studies. These sessions will be held in Dedham on December 3 and in Chelsea on December 11.
Advisory Council Welcomes New Leadership and Launches New Committee
The Regional Transportation Advisory Council welcomed its newly elected chairman, David Montgomery, representing the Town of Needham, and vice chairman, Mike Gowing, representing the Town of Acton, at the Council’s November 13 meeting. Chairman Montgomery announced the establishment of a new Program Committee that will plan for the Council’s upcoming year of programs and presentations.
MPO Releases Proposed Amendment to Long-Range Transportation Plan
Draft Amendment Three of the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be released for a 30-day public-review period beginning Tuesday, November 12. This amendment to the Boston Region MPO’s 25-year planning document would allow the City of Boston to access a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for the Connect Historic Boston project—which would bring bicycle, pedestrian, and streetscape improvements to downtown Boston. It also adds a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration for MassDOT to conduct the environmental review and preliminary engineering for the South Station Expansion and Layover Facility project.
MPO Releases Proposed Amendment to the FFY 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program
Draft Amendment One to the federal fiscal years (FFY) 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will be released for a 30-day public review period starting beginning Tuesday, November 12. This amendment to the Boston Region MPO’s four-year schedule for project financing adds earmarks for the reconstruction of Rutherford Avenue in Boston and Beacon Street in Somerville, and details several changes to project costs. It also programs grant funds for the Connect Historic Boston project, the South Station Expansion and Layover Facility project, and the Quincy Center Multimodal Enhancement and Preservation project.