MPO Releases an Amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program
The MPO released Draft Amendment Four to the federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2014–17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for a 15-day public review period, which starts on Monday, August 25, and ends at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 8, 2014.
How is Our Outreach? Feedback on Public Participation Plan Welcomed
The residents of the Boston region are always encouraged to bring their voices to the MPO’s discussions about transportation policies, planning, project selection, and funding. To that end, the MPO follows a Public Participation Program that is designed to give people ample opportunity to give meaningful input into its decision making. The MPO is proposing to revise and update that program, as detailed in its Draft Public Participation Plan. That plan has been released for a 45-day public-review and comment period, which will close at 5:00 PM on October 8, 2014.
MPO Kicks Off Work on New Long-Range Transportation Plan
At its meeting on August 7, the Boston Region MPO outlined its schedule for developing the next Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and discussed the central vision and associated goals and objectives that will guide development of this plan. The MPO updates the LRTP—which defines a 25-year vision for the region’s transportation network—every four years with input from the public. The plan serves as a guide for the MPO as it makes strategic investments in the region’s transportation system.
Draft of State Transportation Improvement Program Released for Public Review
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has released the draft project listings for the proposed FFYs 2015–18 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for a 30-day public review period, which will close on September 7, 2014.
On July 10, the Boston Region MPO voted to approve the federal fiscal years 2015–2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP details a plan for financing approximately $670 million worth of highway projects and $1.3 billion worth of transit projects in the greater Boston area over the next four years.
New Transportation Studies in Region to Get Underway this Fall
The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) gave the go-ahead for its staff to begin a number of new transportation studies when it approved the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015 Unified Planning Work Program on June 26. Studies in the UPWP often represent a first step in the process of planning for transportation projects and programs that will be implemented in the future.