NOTE: If you require any accommodations in order to participate or experience technical difficulties during the meeting, please contact Matt Archer, MPO staff, at or 857.702.3708.

Agenda posted before October 12, 2021

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization

Transit Working Group Meeting


October 12, 2021, 3:00 PM (Estimated duration: 2 hours, expected ending at 5:00 PM)

Civil Rights, nondiscrimination, and accessibility information is on page 3.

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Meeting Agenda

1.      Welcome, Tegin Teich, Executive Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff, and Sandy Johnston, MPO staff, 5 minutes

2.      MPO Activities Update, 15 minutes

a.      Transit Working Group Update, Michelle Scott, MPO staff: Update on the process of ending the pilot status of the Transit Working Group, 5 minutes

b.     Regional Transit Service Planning Technical Assistance Program, Paul Christner, Manager of Transit Analysis and Planning, MPO staff: Advertising the availability of assistance for transit providers and communities through this program, 5 minutes

c.      Community Connections Program Update, Sandy Johnston and Matt Genova, MPO staff: Review of new information about the upcoming grant round for this program, 5 minutes

3.      Transit Provider Items, 5 minutes

4.      Implications of Federal Legislation for Transit, Sarah Kline, SK Solutions: Summary of the implications for transit of recent federal legislative activity related to the new infrastructure bill, including a question-and-answer period, 60 minutes

5.      Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Discretionary Grant Program, Ellie McCarthy, Transit Program Manager, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division: Introduction to this state-funded program designed to test innovative solutions to local mobility challenges and to provide targeted operating assistance, technology improvements, service evaluation, and program design that best demonstrate compliance with the Task Force on RTA Performance and Funding’s recommendations, 15 minutes

6.      Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Transportation Partnership Grants Program, Travis Pollack or Marah Holland, Metropolitan Area Planning Council: Information about a grant program for municipal and state agencies, regional transit authorities, health and human service providers, and nonprofit organizations to partner with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses to fill transportation gaps and meet transportation and delivery needs, 5 minutes

7.      Public Comments, 10 minutes

8.      Closing and Next Steps, 5 minutes


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Meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation. Upon request (preferably two weeks in advance of the meeting), every effort will be made to provide accommodations such as assistive listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages. Please contact MPO staff to request these services. See below for contact information.

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) operates its programs, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related statutes and regulations. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal assistance. Related federal nondiscrimination laws administered by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, or both, prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, and disability. The Boston Region MPO considers these protected populations in its Title VI Programs, consistent with federal interpretation and administration. In addition, the Boston Region MPO provides meaningful access to its programs, services, and activities to individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation policy and guidance on federal Executive Order 13166.

The Boston Region MPO also complies with the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 sections 92a, 98, 98a, which prohibits making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in admission to, or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry. Likewise, the Boston Region MPO complies with the Governor's Executive Order 526, section 4, which requires that all programs, activities, and services provided, performed, licensed, chartered, funded, regulated, or contracted for by the state shall be conducted without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, veteran's status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background.

A complaint form and additional information can be obtained by contacting the MPO or at To request this information in a different language or in an accessible format, please contact

Title VI Specialist, Boston Region MPO, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150, Boston, MA 02116

By Telephone:
857.702.3702 (voice)

For people with hearing or speaking difficulties, connect through the state MassRelay service:

·         Relay Using TTY or Hearing Carry-over: 800.439.2370

·         Relay Using Voice Carry-over: 866.887.6619

·         Relay Using Text to Speech: 866.645.9870

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