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No matter who we are, where we live, or how we spend our days, transportation affects us all. The region’s roads, rails, sidewalks, paths, and ferry lines connect us to jobs, activities, and loved ones. That’s why we all have a hand in shaping the Boston region’s transportation future.
The MPO is committed to helping you participate meaningfully in transportation planning.
The MPO’s Public Participation Plan (pdf) adopted in October of 2014 and amended for the period from March 30 through September 30, 2017, documents the MPO’s public participation program in detail. There are many ways to get involved. Read on for some quick options to get you started. Most importantly, subscribe to receive the MPO’s communications and hear about opportunities to influence transportation policies, programs, and projects in the Boston region.
Do you have a great idea? Do you want to share your views with local officials? Would you like to meet other people interested in the same issues? The MPO wants to hear from you!
- Visit Office Hours. Stop by our office for a one-on-one conversation with a member of the MPO’s staff. We host Office Hours following the first MPO meeting of each month. Join us at Suite 2150 of the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, or give us a call at 857.702.3687.
- Attend an MPO meeting. Check out our meeting calendar for meeting agendas, minutes, and materials. All locations are accessible to people with disabilities and near public transit. Upon request (preferably two weeks in advance of the meeting), MPO staff will make every effort to provide listening devices, translations, interpreters, or other accommodations that you might need to participate.
- Submit a comment. There are many ways for you to be in touch with us:
Good planning happens when a wide variety of individuals, businesses, industry professionals, and organizations work together to identify what a better future looks like. The MPO’s Regional Transportation Advisory Council is just that—a diverse group of municipalities, local businesses, public agencies, advocacy groups, and other interested parties. The Advisory Council offers essential, independent advice to the MPO and has a seat on the MPO board. Attend a meeting or apply to serve on the Council!
- Connect with your MPO representative. The MPO’s 24 members include state and federal agencies, advisory councils and boards, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the City of Boston, and 12 other municipalities. Connect with the members who represent your interests.
- Connect with our partners. The MPO is one of many groups working to advance transportation in the Boston region. Some of its member agencies also have independent advisory committees, which offer additional avenues for public participation in regional transportation planning:
- MBTA Advisory Board provides technical assistance, information, and public oversight to the MBTA on behalf of the transit-riding public.
- Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA (AACT) helps people with disabilities advocate for improvements to the MBTA system.
- MBTA Rider Oversight Committee communicates the needs and concerns of riders to the MBTA.
- Massport Community Advisory Committee makes recommendations about Massport’s programs to Massport, the Governor of Massachusetts, and the state legislature.
- Connect locally. While the MPO has a role in deciding which projects are funded with federal dollars, other agencies and municipalities have a part to play, too. By getting involved locally, you help ensure that future investments reflect local and regional priorities. Contact MassDOT, the MBTA, or your local town planning office to learn how to get involved, and follow @BostonRegionMPO on Twitter to receive updates about planning efforts.
For more information about how to be informed and involved, read our Public Participation Plan (pdf) (html) or contact Jen Rowe, MPO staff, at 857.702.3687 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.