DATE: January 26, 2023
TO: Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
FROM: Tegin Teich, Executive Director
RE: TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee Proposal
The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Administration and Finance (A&F) Committee members, in discussions about an MPO Operations Plan, requested that MPO staff develop a framework for a new committee charged with supporting increased engagement in the development of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The intent of this committee is not to duplicate work done at the MPO policy board level, but rather further supplement it. A&F Committee members agreed that the establishment of a TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee should not result in a dilution of decision-making at the policy board level to other forums.
If established, this committee would be a standing committee, subject to the same guidance as other committees in the MPO Operations Plan, which is currently being developed. This memo presents the proposal for a draft charge and purpose, sample activities, a preliminary timeline, and the draft process for establishing committee membership to be considered in the MPO Operations Plan. Staff request that MPO board members discuss and decide whether or not to implement this committee.
Charge: Provide ongoing review and input into the TIP development process with a focus on identifying opportunities for improvement, as well as increasing collaboration and engagement between MPO staff, board members, representatives of MassDOT, the MBTA, regional transit authorities, project proponents, and other stakeholders.
Purpose: To achieve greater transparency into the TIP development process, establish a forum to encourage more engagement and dialogue between board members and with project proponents, and to build a foundation to support the consensus-based, decision-making that occurs at full policy board meetings.
The following are activities that the TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee might engage in throughout the TIP development process:
Figure 1 shows a proposed timeline for when committee activities could occur in relation to the TIP development process timeline for the full policy board. The proposed timeline includes five scheduled meetings throughout the year. Additional meetings can be at the discretion of the committee to discuss ongoing themes and challenges as well as project readiness updates as they occur.
TIP Development Process and Preliminary Committee Meeting Timeline
FFY = Federal Fiscal Year. MPO = Metropolitan Planning Organization. TIP = Transportation Improvement Program
The following text is a subset of the draft committee guidance in the MPO Operations Plan focused on establishing membership for committees:
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