Agenda posted before 4:00 PM, February 28, 2019



Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting

Conference Rooms 2 and 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

March 7, 2019, 10:00 AM
(Estimated duration: 2 hours and 2 minutes, expected ending at 12:02 PM)

Please Note: This meeting will be preceded by a Unified Planning Work Program                                                (UPWP) Committee meeting, beginning at 9:00 AM

Civil Rights, nondiscrimination, and accessibility information is on page 3.

Meeting Agenda

1.      Introductions, 1 minute

2.      Public Comments, 15 minutes

3.      Chair’s Report, 2 minutes 

4.      Committee Chairs’ Reports, 2 minutes

5.      Regional Transportation Advisory Council Report, 3 minutes

6.      Executive Director’s Report, 3 minutes

7.      Action Item: Approval of February 7, 2019, MPO Meeting Minutes, 1 minute
(to be posted)

8.      Action Item: Work Program for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Transit Service Data Collection, Jonathan Belcher, MPO Staff: Presentation, discussion, and expected vote to endorse this work program for MPO staff to perform data collection on MBTA transit services and provide technical assistance to the MBTA to address service planning needs; 10 minutes (posted)

9.      Action Item: Work Program for the Future of the Curb Study, Andrew Clark, MPO Staff: Presentation, discussion, and expected vote to endorse this work program to explore current and future demands on the curbside lane, the strategies being used in other regions to respond to these demands, and the applicability of those strategies to the Boston region; 10 minutes (posted)



10.   Federal Fiscal Years 2020–24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): Project Readiness Updates and Baseline Programming, Matt Genova, MPO Staff: Presentation and discussion of the updates to the schedules and costs of currently programmed TIP projects, and the potential impact of these changes on the TIP; 25 minutes (to be posted)

11.   Report Presentation: Traffic Congestion in the Boston Region: Beyond the Daily Commute, Ryan Hicks, MPO Staff: Presentation and discussion about the utility of using INRIX data to gain insight into incidents of roadway congestion that develop in the Boston region because of traveling associated with special events and holidays; 20 minutes (posted)  

12.   The 2020–24 Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update, Michelle Ho, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Office of Transportation Planning: Presentation and discussion of MassDOT’s and MBTA’s process and progress to develop the 2020–24 CIP; 25 minutes

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


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


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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.