Draft Memorandum for the Record

Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

January 12, 2022, Meeting Minutes

2:30 PM–4:10 PM, Zoom

Lenard Diggins, Chair, MBTA Ridership Oversight Committee (ROC)

Meeting Agenda

1.    Introductions

Lenard Diggins called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM. Members and guests attending the meeting introduced themselves. (For attendance list, see page four.)

2.    Comments from the Executive Director of MPO Staff—Tegin Teich, Executive Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff

Tegin Teich discussed the implementation of strategic plans to transform the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), including six focus areas: sector leadership; programs and services; governance; organizational structure and staffing; diversity, equity and inclusion; and marketing and public presentation. She gave examples of ongoing efforts toward the goals set by the strategic plan: expanded outreach and communication (new manager recently hired); restructuring of existing groups and reporting structures toward functional areas and skills; scenario planning; and innovation aided by the adoption of new collaborative tools and technologies suited to a remote hybrid work environment (e.g., Asana).

T. Teich discussed expectations about funding levels in upcoming fiscal years based on the recent federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). She explained that the BIL indicates the Boston Region MPO can expect a 17 percent increase in annual planning funding, though a follow-on apportionment bill is still required. She pointed out that levels of target funding are less clear at this time.


L. Diggins asked about the departure of Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Manager Matt Genova. T. Teich replied that a recruitment effort is underway to replace M. Genova.

John McQueen, WalkBoston, asked whether plans to improve access to target funds for smaller, lower-resourced communities would include providing MPO staff support or other consulting resources.

Andy Reker, City of Cambridge, and T. Teich discussed MPO corridor studies, targeted outreach to bring historically excluded groups into the planning process, and the agency’s plans for climate resiliency work, which T. Teich noted are important priorities for the agency.

Jen Rowe, City of Boston, L. Diggins, and T. Teich discussed the flexibility of funding sources for outreach and engagement, general engagement strategies, and strategies for engaging municipalities and other project proponents more continuously and inclusively in the MPO’s processes.

Abby Swaine, Environmental Protection Agency, and T. Teich discussed urban freight management, transportation management companies, and impacts on curb space, Complete Streets, and mobility. A. Swaine also asked about Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding expenditures and assessments. A. Reker discussed Advisory Council concerns and recommendations regarding the current Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) development.

L. Diggins, J. McQueen, and T. Teich discussed staffing needs and agency considerations and visions.

3.    Energy Transport and Environmental Justice: Solving Big Disconnects—Wig Zamore, Co-Chair, MBTA Ridership Oversight Committee (ROC)

Wig Zamore discussed that transportation is the largest use by category for emissions from fuel combustion. He stressed that Massachusetts has the opportunity to dramatically increase its off-shore wind power generation using current technology.

W. Zamore discussed how the communities north of the Mystic River have fewer direct clean rail transit connections and are also largely left out of the research economy that is located mostly in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline.

W. Zamore discussed possible plans for using off-shore wind to electrify and unify MBTA transit with jobs and housing.


AnaCristina Fragoso, Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES), discussed local resistance during the early phase of the Vineyard wind project. She noted offshore wind turbines’ possible benefits for marine life.

J. McQueen asked what role electrified buses might play in the context of the West Station Area study. W. Zamore replied that electrified busses, due to weight of on-board batteries, are typically not well suited to the high-volume passenger needs of that corridor.

J. McQueen and A. Fragoso discussed how the North-South rail link fit into these issues. W. Zamore supports the North-South rail link but said it will never have the ridership volume of the core transit system.

4.    Big Ideas for Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs)—Lenard Diggins, Chair, MBTA Ridership Oversight Committee (ROC)

L. Diggins asked Franny Osman, Acton Transportation Advisory Committee, and Jon Seward, MoveMass, to take the lead toward developing big ideas for RTAs. They agreed.


F. Osman provided information for contacting legislators about the pending RTA advancement bill.

5.    Old Business, New Business, and Member Announcements

There were no items.

6.    Adjourn

A motion to adjourn was made by the Acton Transportation Advisory Committee (Franny Osman) and seconded by the BSCES (AnaCristina Fragoso). The motion carried.



Member Municipalities

Representatives and Alternates

City of Cambridge

Andy Reker

Town of Weymouth

Owen MacDonald



Member Citizen Advocacy Groups

Representatives and Alternates

Acton Transportation Advisory Committee

Franny Osman

American Council of Engineering Companies

Fred Moseley

Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES)

AnaCristina Fragoso


Jon Seward

National Rural Transit Assistance Program

Scott Zadakis


John McQueen


Agencies (Non-Voting)


Environmental Protection Agency

Abby Swaine


Other Attendees


Jen Rowe

City of Boston

Steve Olanoff

Town of Westwood

Colette Aufranc

Town of Wellesley

Todd Kirrane

Town of Brookline

Barry Steinberg

Association for Public Transportation

Wig Zamore

MBTA Ridership Oversight Committee (ROC)

Makayla Comas

LivableStreets Alliance

Gail Gilliland



MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff

Tegin Teich, Executive Director

Matt Archer



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 http://www.bostonmpo.org/mpo_non_discrimination. 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:
857.702.3700 (voice)

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