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Needs Assessment
for the Long-Range Transportation Plan of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization

July 2019

Prepared by

The Central Transportation Planning Staff
to the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning
Organization is composed of

Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
MBTA Advisory Board
Massachusetts Port Authority
Regional Transportation Advisory Council
City of Boston
City of Beverly
City of Everett
City of Framingham
City of Newton
City of Somerville
City of Woburn
Town of Arlington
Town of Bedford
Town of Braintree
Town of Lexington
Town of Medway
Town of Norwood
Federal Highway Administration (nonvoting)
Federal Transit Administration (nonvoting)

This document was funded in part through grants from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration of the US Department of Transportation. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the US Department of Transportation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1        Introduction to the Needs Assessment

Chapter 2        Land Use and the Transportation System

Chapter 3        Travel Patterns in the Boston Region

Chapter 4        Safety Needs

Chapter 5        System Preservation and Modernization Needs

Chapter 6        Capacity Management and Mobility Needs

Chapter 7        Clean Air and Sustainable Communities Needs

Chapter 8        Transportation Equity Needs

Chapter 9        Economic Vitality Needs

Chapter 10      Summary of Recommendations to Address Transportation Needs

Appendix A     Policies, Plans, Studies and Data that Inform the Needs Assessment

Appendix B     Relevant MPO Studies and Reports

Appendix C     Data Resources

Appendix D     Public Input on Transportation Needs

Appendix E      Destination 2040 Vision, Goals, and Objectives

Appendix F      Bibliography

A map of the Boston Region MPO Area.


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Contact MPO staff:

By mail:

Boston Region MPO
Certification Activities Group, Central Transportation Planning Staff
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150
Boston, MA 02116

By telephone:

857.702.3690 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY)

By fax:


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