Draft Memorandum for the Record

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization Unified Planning Work Program Committee Meeting Summary

March 5, 2020 Meeting

9:00 AM–10:00 AM, State Transportation Building, Transportation Board Room,
10 Park Plaza, Boston

Benjamin Muller, Chair, representing Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)


Materials for this meeting included the following:

1.    Federal Fiscal Year 2021 UPWP Universe of Proposed Studies

Meeting Agenda and Summary of Discussion

1.    Introductions

B. Muller read the accessibility statement and asked members to introduce themselves.

2.    Public Comments

There were none.

3.    Further Discussion of the Federal Fiscal Year 2021 UPWP Universe—Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager

S. Johnston introduced the conversation, explaining that the Committee initially reviewed the Universe the previous week, but had requested that the staff present an in-depth brief at this meeting. After this meeting, S. Johnston will send out a survey as discussed at the prior meeting.

Staff discussed each study concept in turn. Discussions are summarized below.

S. Johnston recapped the next steps in the process, reminding members they could expect to see a survey in the coming days.

4.    Members Items

There were none.

5.    Next Meeting

The next committee meeting is likely to be March 26, 2020, and if not then, April 2, 2020. Staff expect to present their recommended list of studies at that meeting as well.

6.    Adjourn

A motion to adjourn was made by a member and seconded by another member. The motion carried unanimously.




and Alternates

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Office of Transportation Planning)

Ben Muller

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Eric Bourassa

Regional Transportation Advisory Council

Lenard Diggins

At-Large City (City of Newton)

David Koses

At-Large Town (Town of Arlington)

Daniel Amstutz

City of Boston (Boston Transportation Department)

Tom Kadzis

Inner Core Committee (City of Somerville)

Tom Bent

Three Rivers Interlocal Council (Town of Norwood/Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Tom O’Rourke

Three Rivers Interlocal Council alternate (Town of Westwood)

Steve Olanoff

South West Advisory Planning Council (Town of Medway)

Glenn Trindade


Other Attendees


Brian Kane

MBTA Advisory Board


MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff

Tegin Teich, Executive Director

Scott Peterson, Director of Technical Services

Hiral Gandhi, Director of Operations and Finance

Mark Abbott, Traffic Analysis and Design Group Manager

Casey-Marie Claude, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager

Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager

Katie Stetner, Transit Analysis and Planning Group Manager

Andrew Clark, Transit Analysis and Design Group

Betsy Harvey, Transportation Equity Program Manager



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