Draft Memorandum for the Record

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization Congestion Management Committee Meeting

December 17, 2020, Meeting

9:00 AM–10:00 AM, Zoom Video Conferencing Platform


Jay Monty (City of Everett), Chair


The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Congestion Management Committee (CMP) agreed to the following:


Materials for this meeting included the following:

Meeting Agenda


See attendance on page 4.

Approval of Minutes from January 17, 2019, CMP Committee Meeting

The meeting minutes were approved by the CMP committee.

Presentation of the 201718 Park-and-Ride Dataset and Dashboard—Ryan Hicks, MPO Staff

R. Hicks began his presentation by introducing himself and providing some background information on the CMP. He then explained the purpose of collecting automobile park-and-ride data and bicycle parking data at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) stations. He mentioned that this was the latest effort to collect park-and-ride data, and the data were collected in 2017 and 2018. He stated that this presentation will focus mostly on automobile parking, with the bicycle parking data being summarized at a future meeting. 

Summary of presentation

The purpose of the presentation was to provide the results of the collection of parking utilization and capacity data at MBTA stations. Amenities and other features were also recorded. The data were collected on Tuesdays through Thursdays in the spring and fall, after the last inbound peak period train had left the station. In recent years, there have been several factors that have affected MBTA parking utilization, including parking fare changes, boarding fee changes, parking capacity changes, the economy, and the arrival of bicycle sharing and ridesharing.

The entire MBTA system reached a parking utilization peak in 200506. Utilization dropped between the 200506 and 200910 inventories, paralleling the decrease of travel during the great recession. Since the 201213 inventory, utilization increased nine percent. The commuter rail utilization largely echoed the pattern of the entire MBTA system. The rapid transit and commuter ferry utilization has fluctuated over the years, partially due to the closing of the parking lots near stations. A map showing parking utilization for every station was presented by R. Hicks, and it showed that most terminal stations are underutilized. One solution mentioned during the presentation was to use intelligent transportation systems to alert the public as to what stations have empty spaces, in real time.

R. Hicks then demonstrated the new park-and-ride dashboard. This dashboard was created by Margaret Atkinson and Ben Krepp, MPO staff. The dashboard has both a MassGIS and Open Street Map display. Every single MBTA commuter rail and rapid transit station is represented in this dashboard. All stations have bicycle parking data and where parking is available, automobile parking information is provided. This includes capacity, utilization, and vehicles parked in locations other than parking spaces or bicycle racks. The dashboard has detailed data for each parking lot (there may be multiple parking lots near a station) and displays general, private, and accessible parking. The entire dataset is available for download on the dashboard.

Committee members mentioned that it would be great if real-time monitoring can occur where users could check their phones to see which parking lots have available spaces. This, however, would be a project that should be done on a state department of transportation level, rather than an MPO level, as a real-time live data feed would be required. Additionally, the Boston Region MPO would like to share park-and-ride data with other MPOs.

FFYs 202021 CMP Work Plan

The FFYs 202021 CMP Work Plan consists of three tasks:

The CMP committee made a motion to approve the FFYs 202021 Work Plan.

Other Business

There was none.

Members’ Items

There were none.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:55 AM.





and Alternates

City of Everett (Committee Chair)

Jay Monty

City of Boston (Boston Transportation Department)

Thomas Kadzis

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division

John Romano

City of Woburn (North Suburban Planning Council)

Tina Cassidy

Regional Transportation Advisory Council

Lenard Diggins



Other Attendees


Town of Arlington

Daniel Amstutz

MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning

Benjamin Muller

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

Steve Olanoff



MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff


Tegin Teich, Executive Director


Mark Abbott


Margaret Atkinson


Jonathan Church


Ryan Hicks


Benjamin Krepp


Sandy Johnston


Scott Peterson



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