Draft Memorandum for the Record

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
Unified Planning Work Program Committee Meeting Summary

February 16, 2023, Meeting

1:00 PM1:30 PM, Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

Derek Krevat, Chair, representing Gina Fiandaca, Secretary of Transportation and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)


The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Committee agreed to the following:


Materials for this meeting included the following:

1.    August 18, 2022, meeting summary

2.    September 15, 2022, meeting summary

3.    November 3, 2022, meeting summary

4.    FFY 2024 UPWP Development Timeline

Meeting Agenda and Summary of Discussion

1.    Introductions

See page 4 for attendance.

2.    Public Comments

There were none.

3.    Meeting Summary of August 18, 2022—Approval of this summary

A motion to approve the summary was made by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Eric Bourassa) and seconded by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Advisory Board (Amira Patterson). The motion carried.

4.    Meeting Summary of September 15,2022—Approval of this summary

A motion to approve the summary was made by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Eric Bourassa) and seconded by the MBTA Advisory Board (Amira Patterson). The motion carried.

5.    Meeting Summary of November 3, 2022—Approval of this summary

A motion to approve the summary was made by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Eric Bourassa) and seconded by the MBTA Advisory Board (Amira Patterson). The motion carried.

6.    FFY 2024 UPWP Development Timeline—Srilekha Murthy, MPO Staff

S. Murthy (MPO Staff) opened by outlining the process of developing this timeline, which included conversations with MassDOT and establishing an anticipated date of endorsement. S. Murthy discussed a new initiative aimed at framing the MPO’s work programs and studies through the lenses of four themes: Equity, Resiliency, Safety, and Uncertainty. These concepts are intended to guide the MPO’s work over the next few years, and it is the goal of MPO staff to reflect these themes in program descriptions, work scopes, and in the selection of discrete studies.

S. Murthy then took members through the timeline, beginning with the public facing survey soliciting discrete study ideas closing on February 15 through to anticipated endorsement in July 2023. For the full timeline, please refer to the meeting calendar.


Len Diggins (Regional Transportation Advisory Council) asked whether it would be possible to move meeting times to a different day or time, especially when other committees of the MPO are meeting on the same day. E. Bourassa agreed that moving the meeting time or day would be preferable, and asked staff to send around a list of discrete studies funded in FFY 2023.

S. Murthy asked how many more meetings of the Administration and Finance (A&F) Committee are expected to take place over the coming months. Jonathan Church (MPO Staff) responded that the A&F Committee is expected to hold two to three more meetings to discuss the final topic relating to the Operations Plan, and then move to discuss the first draft. Tegin Teich (MPO Staff) stated that meetings will be regular through the end of April.

D. Krevat raised the question of the frequency of committee meetings. L. Diggins responded that he would prefer to block out dates as far in advance as possible.

D. Krevat asked S. Murthy what staff are anticipating in terms of meetings. S. Murthy responded that holding meetings every two weeks may be necessary due to the amount of study proposals submitted. D. Krevat offered that it may be preferable to have meetings on the calendar and then cancel them if not needed, rather than schedule them last minute.

Tom Bent (Inner Core Committee/City of Somerville) stated that a few weeks’ notice ahead of meetings would be preferable for scheduling purposes, and requested that materials be posted as soon as possible to the meeting calendar.


A motion to approve the FFY 2024 UPWP Development Timeline was made by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Eric Bourassa) and seconded by the Three Rivers Interlocal Council/Town of Norwood/Neponset River Chamber of Commerce (Tom O’Rourke). The motion carried.

7.    Next Meeting

The next meeting date will be announced following the results of a survey sent to members regarding preferred meeting dates and times.

8.    Adjourn

A motion to adjourn was made by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Eric Bourassa) and seconded by the Inner Core Committee/City of Somerville (Tom Bent). The motion carried.




and Alternates

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Office of Transportation Planning)

Derek Krevat

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Eric Bourassa

Regional Transportation Advisory Council

Lenard Diggins

At-Large City (City of Newton)

At-Large Town (Town of Arlington)

City of Boston (Boston Transportation Department)

Inner Core Committee (City of Somerville)

Tom Bent

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

Tom O’Rourke

Three Rivers Interlocal Council alternate (Town of Westwood)

Steven Olanoff

City of Framingham (MetroWest Regional Collaborative)



Other Attendees


Amira Patterson

MBTA Advisory Board

Andrew Jennings


Bill Kuttner


Jon Seward



MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff

Tegin Teich, Executive Director

Annette Demchur, Director of Policy and Planning

Hiral Gandhi, Director of Finance and Operations

Jonathan Church, Manager of MPO Activities

Srilekha Murthy, UPWP Manager

Sam Taylor, Performance-Based Planning and Programming Manager

Silva Ayvazyan, Project Accountant

Erin Maguire, Administrative Coordinator


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