Draft Memorandum for the Record

Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

October 13, 2021, Meeting Minutes

2:30 PM–4:15 PM, Zoom

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

Meeting Agenda


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

Addressing the Needs of Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs)—Alexis Walls, Massachusetts Public Health Association, and Enrique Pepen, Transportation for Massachusetts

Enrique Pepen and Alexis Walls discussed the goals of the Regional Transit Authority Advocates Coalition (RTAAC), which provides a strong, unified voice for transit users in RTA service areas across Massachusetts. They presented data on the sources of funding to various RTAs in Massachusetts. They discussed how unpredictable and inadequate annual state funding levels have made it challenging for RTAs to innovate, expand, and improve to meet demonstrated community needs.

Alexis Walls discussed how the Task Force on RTA Performance and Funding made 24 recommendations toward increasing regional transit access, only one of which had been adopted. She discussed bill S.2277/H.3413, under consideration in the Massachusetts legislature, which aims to improve and expand regional transit accessibility.


L. Diggins and A. Walls discussed how RTAs can help move the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) toward the goals outlined by RTAAC by focusing on increased and reliable funding for RTAs and prioritizing interregional connectivity.

Andy Reker, City of Cambridge, and A. Walls discussed whether bill S.2277/H.3413 has provisions that heavily encourage tangible results through cooperation between RTAs.

Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Policies—Lenard Diggins, Chair

Lenard Diggins presented key elements of the Technical Memorandum “Draft Programming Policies to Address TIP Project Cost Increases,” which was prepared by the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Project Cost Ad Hoc Committee. The document, which was presented to the Boston Region MPO board at its September 23, 2021, meeting, recommends three main policy interventions in response to significant cost increases for projects previously selected for funding by the MPO in the TIP:

L. Diggins discussed the problem areas that were identified in the Technical Memorandum; he presented some of the data that informed its recommendations; and he also discussed the specific policies changes recommended under each intervention category.


Jon Seward, MoveMassachusetts, A. Reker, and L. Diggins discussed the use of “two Tier 2s” to organize the data in Figure 1 of the Technical Memorandum.

Advisory Council Election—Matt Archer, MPO Staff

Matt Archer explained that the current Chair, L. Diggins, and Vice-Chair, Scott Zadakis, National Rural Transit Assistance Program, had both expressed a high likelihood of standing for re-election to the Advisory Council. M. Archer called for other self-nominations to the same offices in the upcoming election. No self-nominations were made. M. Archer then asked L. Diggins and S. Zadakis, to each present a statement of their goals and priorities prior to the next Advisory Council meeting.

Old Business, New Business, and Member Announcements

There were no items.


A motion to adjourn was made by the City of Cambridge (A. Reker) and seconded by MoveMassachusetts (J. Seward). The motion carried without objection.


Member Municipalities

Representatives and Alternates

City of Cambridge

Andy Reker

Town of Weymouth

Owen MacDonald

Town of Needham

David Montgomery


Member Citizen Advocacy Groups

Representatives and Alternates

Acton Transportation Advisory Committee

Franny Osman

American Council of Engineering Companies

Fred Moseley

Boston Society of Architects

Schuyler Larrabee

MBTA Ridership Oversight Committee (ROC)

Lenard Diggins


Jon Seward

National Rural Transit Assistance Program

Scott Zadakis


Other Attendees


Laura Wiener

City of Watertown

Alexis Walls

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Enrique Pepen

Transportation for Massachusetts

Jen Rowe

City of Boston

Barry Steinberg

Association for Public Transportation

Todd Kirrane

Town of Brookline

Susan Bibbins

Resident of Medford

Gail Gilliland



MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff

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)

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

For more information, including numbers for Spanish speakers, visit https://www.mass.gov/massrelay.