Mapping Major Infrastructure transportation milestones

January 21, 2021

Proposed Motion

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) votes to approve this work program.

Project Identification

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Classification

Boston Region MPO Planning Studies and Technical Analyses

Project Number 13307


Boston Region MPO

Project Supervisors

Principal: Jane Gillis
Manager: Kenneth Dumas

Funding Source

MPO Planning and §5303 Contract #112310

Schedule and Budget

Schedule: Eight months after work commences

Budget: $20,000

Schedule and budget details are shown in Exhibits 1 and 2, respectively.

Relationship to MPO Goals

The Boston Region MPO elected to fund this study with its federally allocated metropolitan planning funds during federal fiscal year 2021.


The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) has a vast encyclopedia of historical transportation information. This information could be better used in CTPS’ planning and public outreach efforts with the creation of an online application.


Create an online application that displays both a map and adjacent text detailing the major multimodal transportation infrastructure milestones within the Boston Region Region MPO from 1800 to present.

Work Description

Task 1  Complete Master List of Infrastructure Milestones

CTPS has compiled a master list of all the major transportation infrastructure milestones which will be updated and verified for accuracy. Major infrastructure milestones include official openings or closings of turnpikes, interstate highways, rail lines, rapid transit lines, rail trails, airports and significant transportation legislation within the Boston MPO.

Products of Task 1

Master list of transportation infrastructure milestones

Task 2  Create Map Displaying Transportation Infrastructure Milestones

Based on the master list, CTPS will create a map displaying all the transportation infrastructure milestones. Each project will have its own layer. The application will allow layers to be turned on or off according to the year in which the milestone was constructed or removed. Some milestones, such as legislation, will not appear on the map, but presented as text adjacent to the map.

Products of Task 2

Final map saved as an SVG file, with a unique identifier for each layer, in order to allow the online application to display layers selectively

Task 3  Finalize Application

The map will be incorporated into the online application. A slider bar will be added to move the map display forward and backward in time. The slider will control the layers displayed in the map according to the year in which each milestone was constructed or removed. As the slider is moved to a given year, text with a detailed description of each milestone and notable legislative events will be displayed in the adjacent text box.

Products of Task 3

Final online application with an interactive ability to display transportation infrastructure milestones by year, including a map with detailed information in an adjacent text box


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Exhibit 1
Mapping Major Infrastructure Transportation Milestones

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Compile Master List of Infrastructure Milestones
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 2, Week 2.
Delivered by Month 2, Week 2.
Create Map Displaying Transportation Infrastructure Milestones
From Month 2, Week 3 to Month 7, Week 1.
Delivered by Month 7, Week 1.
Finalize Application
From Month 5, Week 4 to Month 8, Week 4.
Delivered by Month 8, Week 4.
A: Master list of transportation infrastructure Milestones
B: Final map saved as an SVG file to make it interactive for the online app
C: Final online application

Exhibit 2
Mapping Major Infrastructure Transportation Milestones

Direct Salary and Overhead


Person-Weeks Direct
P-5 P-2 Total
Compile Master List of Infrastructure Milestones
1.0 0.0 1.0 $1,654 $1,753 $3,407
Create Map Displaying Transportation Infrastructure Milestones
4.0 0.0 4.0 $7,235 $7,669 $14,903
Finalize Application
0.0 0.7 0.7 $820 $869 $1,690
5.0 0.7 5.7 $9,709 $10,291 $20,000

Other Direct Costs



MPO §5303 Planning Contract #112310