The Boston Region MPO has released a report on a study of the segment of Washington Street between Chestnut Street and Church Street, in Newton. The study identified and analyzed a number of safety, mobility, and access problems of various transportation modes, including walking and bicycling, and proposed short- and long term improvements for the entire corridor and for specific locations. Together, the proposed improvements provide a vision of the corridor operating safely and efficiently for users of all transportation modes.
MPO Approves Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan
At its meeting on January 8, the Boston Region MPO voted to approve the Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan. This plan identifies the transportation needs of the elderly and people with disabilities in the Boston region and the services that currently exist to serve them. Only projects and programs that meet the needs identified in this plan are eligible to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 program.
Express Highway and Arterial Performance Dashboards Launched
The Boston Region MPO has launched the Express Highway and Arterial Performance Dashboards, new online visualization tools that may be used to pinpoint locations of recurring congestion in the region. These dashboards were completed as a task of the MPO’s Congestion Management Process, a roadway performance monitoring program.
Long-Range Planning Web Tool Launched: A Regional Needs Assessment
For the new Long-Range Transportation Plan, Charting Progress to 2040, the Boston Region MPO has launched an interactive Web tool that allows a user to access a variety of transportation and socioeconomic data. You can use the tool to view the locations on highways and arterial roadways that have the most vehicle crashes, find out where there are highway bottlenecks and congestion, learn the condition of roadway pavements, download census data, and more.