Agenda posted before 4:00 PM, February 14, 2019


Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting

War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue,
 Newton Center, MA


February 21, 2019, 10:00 AM
(Estimated duration: 2 hours and 55 minutes, expected ending at 12:55 PM)

Please note:      This meeting will be preceded by a Unified Planning Work Program Committee meeting.

Civil Rights, nondiscrimination, and accessibility information is on page 2.

Meeting Agenda

1.      Introductions, 1 minute

2.      Host Remarks, 15 minutes

3.      Public Comments, 10 minutes

4.      Chair’s Report, 1 minute 

5.      Committee Chairs’ Reports, 2 minutes

6.      Regional Transportation Advisory Council Report, 5 minutes

7.      Executive Director’s Report, 5 minutes

8.      Action Item: Approval of January 17, 2019, MPO Meeting Minutes, 1 minute (posted)

9.      Action Item: Public Participation Plan Revisions, Karl Quackenbush, MPO Executive Director: Discussion of proposed revisions to the MPO’s Public Participation Plan and expected vote to release for 45-day public review period;
10 minutes (posted)

10.   Action Item: Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2019-23 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment Two, Matt Genova, MPO Staff: Presentation, discussion, and vote to endorse Amendment Two to the FFYs 2019-23 TIP;
10 minutes (posted)

11.   Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP): Project Proponent Updates, Various Project Proponents: Presentation and discussion of the status and progress of projects programmed in the MPO’s LRTP and TIP, including the Reconstruction of Melnea Cass Boulevard (City of Boston); the Reconstruction of Rutherford Avenue from City Square to Sullivan Square (City of Boston); the Reconstruction of Highland Avenue, Needham Street, and Charles River Bridge (City of Newton with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as the project proponent); and, the New Boston Street over MBTA Bridge Replacement (City of Woburn); 40 minutes   

12.   LRTP: Universe of Programs, Anne McGahan, MPO Staff: Continued discussion of proposed LRTP investment programs; 30 minutes (to be posted)

13.   FFYs 2020-24 TIP: First-Tier List and TIP Development Updates, Matt Genova, MPO Staff: Continued discussion of project prioritization for the FFYs 2020-24 TIP and updates to project scoring and TIP budgets; 30 minutes (to be posted)

14.   Performance-Based Planning and Programming Agreement, Bryan Pounds, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning: Discussion and expected vote to approve this agreement on mutual responsibilities related to performance-based planning and programming among MPOs, states, and public transportation operators; 10 minutes


15.   Members’ Items, reports and notices by MPO members, including regional concerns and local community issues; 5 minutes


Meeting materials are posted on the MPO’s meeting calendar webpage at

Times reflect the expected duration of each item and do not constitute a schedule.


Meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation. Upon request (preferably two weeks in advance of the meeting), every effort will be made to provide accommodations such as assistive listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages. Please contact the MPO staff at 857.702.3700 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), 617.570.9192 (fax), or

The MPO complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state nondiscrimination statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. The MPO does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), religion, creed, gender, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background. Any person who believes herself/himself or any specific class of persons to have been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI, ADA, or another nondiscrimination statute or regulation may, herself/himself or via a representative, file a written complaint with the MPO. Complaints filed under federal law (based on race, color, national origin [including limited English proficiency], sex, age, or disability) must be filed no later than 180 calendar days after the date the person believes the discrimination occurred. Complaints filed under Massachusetts General Law (based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry) or Governor's Executive Order 526, section 4 (based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status [including Vietnam-era veterans], or background) must be filed no later than 300 calendar days after the date the person believes the discrimination occurred. A complaint form and additional information can be obtained by contacting the MPO (see above) or at


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA), and MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), which are Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307(c) applicants, have consulted with the MPO and concur that the public involvement process adopted by the MPO for the development of the Transportation Improvement Program satisfies the public hearing requirements that pertain to the development of the Program of Projects for regular Section 5307, Urbanized Area Formula Program, grant applications, including the provision for public notice and the time established for public review and comment.