Draft Memorandum for the Record
Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
Unified Planning Work Program Committee Meeting Summary
April 2, 2020 Meeting
10:00 AM11:30 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
Muller welcomed everyone to the UPWP Committee meeting. The other members and
staff present introduced themselves.
There were none.
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.
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
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.
There were none.
B. Muller announced that the next UPWP Committee meeting may be held in May.
A motion to adjourn was made by a member and seconded by another member. The motion carried.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Office of Transportation
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Regional Transportation Advisory Council
At-Large Town (Town of Arlington)
City of Boston (Boston Transportation
Inner Core Committee (City of Somerville)
MetroWest Regional Collaborative (City of Framingham)
Three Rivers Interlocal Council alternate
(Town of Westwood)
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
Administrative and Communications Assistant
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