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Project Name

Applying Conveyal to TIP Project Scoring

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Project Manager

Srilekha Murthy


Project Principal

Betsy Harvey


Group Manager

Annette Demchur



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Data Resources




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Applying Conveyal to tip project Scoring
[Approval Date—September 21, 2023]


Proposed Motion

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) votes to approve this work program.

Project Identification

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Classification

Boston Region MPO Planning Studies and Technical Analyses

Project Number 14004


Boston Region MPO

Project Supervisors

Principal: Betsy Harvey
Manager: Srilekha Murthy

Funding Source

MPO Planning Contract and MPO §5303 Contract #14004

Schedule and Budget

Schedule: 10 months from notice to proceed

Budget: $59,652

Schedule and budget details are shown in Exhibits 1 and 2, respectively.

Relationship to MPO Work

The Boston Region MPO elected to fund this study with its federally allocated metropolitan planning funds during federal fiscal year (FFY) 2024. The work completed through this study will address the following goal area(s) established in the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan: access and connectivity, transportation equity.


In FFY 2022, staff conducted a study, Identifying Transportation Inequities in the Boston Region, to analyze destination access among several equity populations in the Boston region using Conveyal, a web-based analysis tool for understanding how multimodal transportation networks connect people with destinations. The study also provided staff with an opportunity to explore the capabilities of Conveyal more generally and its potential applicability to other MPO work. Staff identified project scoring for the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as one area in which Conveyal could prove useful. This study will determine the feasibility of representing changes in the transportation network resulting from the implementation of specific projects in Conveyal and how they might affect the ability for people to access destinations across the region, document a process for conducting such analyses, and provide recommendations on how Conveyal could be used in project scoring.


  1. Determine the feasibility of using Conveyal in TIP project scoring.
  2. Recommend metrics to use when scoring projects on destination access.
  3. Develop methodology and recommendations for using Conveyal in TIP project scoring.

Work Description

Staff will undertake a multistep process to assess the feasibility of using Conveyal in TIP project scoring. Throughout the study, staff will coordinate with staff at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Office of Transportation Planning for guidance on the use of Conveyal in the context of this study and coordinate on each agency’s Conveyal work efforts, and seek ideas from other MPOs in the state on Conveyal uses and destinations to study.

Task 1  Conveyal Set-Up and Analysis Parameters

The first task will establish analysis parameters for running Conveyal. Staff will set up a Conveyal deployment that reflects assumptions about the roadway and transit network for a specific timeframe (for example, a five-year TIP period). Staff will also select equity populations to include in the study and acquire relevant demographic data. Staff will also establish regular touchpoints with staff at MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning.

Task 2  Destination and TIP Scenario Selection

In the second task, staff will select destinations to use in the analysis based on data availability, relevance to the MPO’s goals and objectives, and study resources. Staff will select projects to analyze that are representative of those that the MPO generally funds through the TIP (such as Complete Streets, intersection improvements, and Community Connections shuttle pilots). Staff will additionally gather destination data, if needed, through sources such as MassGIS. Destinations could include but are not limited to

Products of Task 2

A set of destinations and a sample of TIP projects to use in the analysis.

Task 3  Conduct Analysis

In the third task, staff will run Conveyal using the analysis parameters and the chosen TIP projects to determine whether and how destination access outcomes would change for different equity populations and for the region as a whole if a project were implemented.

Products of Task 3

Results of analysis in Conveyal.

Task 4  Document Process and Results

Staff will explore different ways of presenting the analysis results and develop recommendations for incorporating them into the MPO’s TIP project evaluation criteria and scoring processes, including identifying how new criteria would interact with existing scoring. Staff will additionally document findings throughout the duration of the project.

Products of Task 4

A memorandum describing the analysis process, the results of the analysis, and recommendations for use in TIP project scoring.



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:

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Exhibit 1
Applying Conveyal to TIP Project Scoring

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Conveyal Set-Up and Analysis Parameters
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 3, Week 4.
Destination and TIP Scenario Selection
From Month 2, Week 1 to Month 4, Week 4.
Conduct Analysis
From Month 2, Week 1 to Month 10, Week 4.
Document Process and Results
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 10, Week 4.
Delivered by Month 10, Week 4.
A: Technical memorandum

Exhibit 2
Applying Conveyal to TIP Project Scoring

Direct Salary and Overhead


Person-Weeks by Pay Grade Direct
G-9 G-8 G-7 G-6 G-5 Total
Conveyal Set-Up and Analysis Parameters
0.0 0.0 0.9 1.4 0.4 2.7 $4,513 $5,429 $9,942
Destination and TIP Scenario Selection
0.1 0.0 0.7 0.6 0.6 2.0 $3,218 $3,872 $7,090
Conduct Analysis
0.0 0.1 0.5 7.8 0.0 8.4 $14,246 $17,138 $31,384
Document Process and Results
0.1 0.0 1.6 0.1 1.4 3.2 $5,100 $6,136 $11,236
0.2 0.1 3.7 9.9 2.4 16.3 $27,077 $32,574 $59,652

Other Direct Costs



MPO Planning Contract #XXXXX
MPO §5303 Planning Contract #14004