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Agenda updated at 10:00 AM, December 1, 2023

Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting

December 7, 2023, 10:00 AM (Estimated duration: 2 hours and 26 minutes, expected ending at 12:26 PM)

Civil Rights, nondiscrimination, and accessibility information is on page 3.

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Meeting Agenda

1.      Introductions, 2 minutes  

2.      Chair’s Report, 2 minutes

3.      Executive Director’s Report, 5 minutes  

4.      Public Comments, 20 minutes  

5.      Committee Chairs’ Reports, 5 minutes

6.      Regional Transportation Advisory Council Report, 2 minutes

7.      Action Item: October 19, 2023, MPO Meeting Minutes: Vote to approve the minutes of October 19, 2023, 5 minutes (to be posted)

8.      Action Item: Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2024–28 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment One,* Ethan Lapointe, MPO Staff: Presentation and vote to endorse the FFYs 2024–28 TIP Amendment One following its 21-day public review period, 10 minutes (posted)

9.      Action Item: FFYs 2024–28 TIP Amendment Two,* Ethan Lapointe, MPO Staff: Presentation, discussion, and vote to release the FFYs 2024–28 TIP Amendment Two for its 21-day public review period, 15 minutes (to be posted)

10.   Action Item: FFYs 2024–28 TIP Adjustment One,* Ethan Lapointe, MPO Staff: Presentation, discussion, and vote to endorse the FFYs 2024–28 TIP Adjustment One, 10 minutes (to be posted)

11.   Rutherford Avenue Update, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, City of Boston Staff: Presentation and discussion on updates to the Rutherford Avenue project, including project features and next steps, 15 minutes

12.   MBTA Strategic Initiatives, Lynsey Heffernan and Laura Gilmore, MBTA Staff: Presentation and discussion of the MBTA’s strategic initiatives, 20 minutes

13.   Summary of Federal Grant Awards in Boston Region, Kenneth Miller, Federal Highway Administration Staff: Presentation and discussion of federal discretionary grant awards within the Boston region, 15 minutes

14.   A Method to Evaluate Flexible Bus Routing Opportunities, Steven Andrews, MPO Staff: Presentation and discussion of findings from the study to develop a methodology to help transportation planners determine how and when to consider flexible bus routing, funded in the FFY 2023 Unified Planning Work Program, 15 minutes (to be posted)

15.   Members’ Items: Reports and notices by MPO members, including regional concerns and local community issues, 5 minutes











*The MBTA, Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA), and MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), which are Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307(c) applicants, have consulted with the MPO and concur that the public involvement process adopted by the MPO for the development of the TIP satisfies the public hearing requirements that pertain to the development of the Program of Projects for regular Section 5307, Urbanized Area Formula Program, grant applications, including the provision for public notice and the time established for public review and comment.

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Times reflect the expected duration of each item and do not constitute a schedule.

Meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities and are near public transportation. Upon request (preferably two weeks in advance of the meeting), every effort will be made to provide accommodations such as assistive listening devices, materials in accessible formats and in languages other than English, and interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages. Please contact MPO staff to request these services. See below for contact information.

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.

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Title VI Specialist, Boston Region MPO, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150, Boston, MA 02116

By Telephone:
857.702.3700 (voice)

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