Draft Memorandum for the Record

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization

Unified Planning Work Program Committee Meeting Summary

April 2, 2020 Meeting

10:00 AM–11:30 AM, Zoom videoconferencing platform

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


·         There were none.


Materials for this meeting included the following:


·         Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Committee Study Concept Ranking Survey Results

·         Staff-recommended list of studies

·         Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 Universe of Proposed Studies

Meeting Agenda and Summary of Discussion

1.    Introductions

B. Muller welcomed everyone to the UPWP Committee meeting. The other members and staff present introduced themselves.


2.    Public Comments

There were none.

3.    Development of FFY 2021 List of Discrete Studies—Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager

S. Johnston presented the results of the survey on study concept priorities to the Committee, along with the staff-recommended list of studies. He explained that in developing the staff-generated list, staff considered the results of the committee preference survey; what staff resources and bandwidth will be available in the coming year; and what other, possibly redundant or complementary, work will be executed by other agencies.

The survey asked committee members to rank each of the study concepts outlined in the Universe of Proposed Studies, with the exception of those designated as recurring studies, which occur on a predictable annual or semi-annual schedule. The results of the survey were presented in two formats in two tables: Ranked in Order of Average Score and In Order of UPWP Universe. S. Johnston summarized the results and explained staff reasoning behind the staff-generated list.

Committee members asked a number of questions about the survey results and the staff-generated list. Discussion topics included whether projected budgets are sufficient; whether robust data exist to support the necessary analyses; how the planned studies can help respond to the COVID-19 crisis; and the need for coordination between different agencies to share data and produce solid analysis. Study concept R-1, Multimodal Resilience and Emergency Planning, was of particular interest given the COVID crisis. Staff explained that the work to be conducted under that task consists, in FFY 2021, mainly of rebuilding the CTPS All-Hazards Planning tool and refreshing its user interface and data, but that that work could produce the basis for more thorough emergency planning in the future.

Committee members supported the Staff-Generated List of Studies as the slate for the FFY 2021 UPWP. S. Johnston indicated that the committee would be asked to take a formal vote to approve the list as part of the full draft FFY 2021 UPWP at the next meeting.


4.    Members Items

There were none.

B. Muller announced that the next UPWP Committee meeting may be held in May.  

5. Adjourn

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




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 Town (Town of Arlington)

Daniel Amstutz

City of Boston (Boston Transportation Department)

Tom Kadzis

Inner Core Committee (City of Somerville)

Tom Bent

MetroWest Regional Collaborative (City of Framingham)

Erika Jerram

Three Rivers Interlocal Council alternate (Town of Westwood)

Steve Olanoff



MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff

Tegin Teich, Executive Director

Annette Demchur, Director of Policy and Planning

Scott Peterson, Director of Technical Services

Hiral Gandhi, Director of Operations and Finance

Mark Abbott, Traffic Analysis and Design Group Manager

Sandy Johnston, UPWP Manager

Kate White, Public Outreach Coordinator

Rσisνn Foley, Administrative and Communications Assistant



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