Official Notice

2022 Boston Region MPO Municipal Election Procedures

At the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Fall Council meeting the elections will be announced for four (4) of the twelve (12) elected municipal seats on the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

The municipalities running for these seats will be elected to the Boston MPO by the chief executive officers of the 97 municipalities which constitute the Boston metropolitan region. Pursuant to the MPO Memorandum of Understanding, approved on July 7, 2011, MAPC and the MBTA Advisory Board (Advisory Board) administer the election of the municipal representatives to the Boston MPO.

Boston MPO Seats Up for Election in 2022:

One (1) municipality from the Inner Core Committee (ICC) subregion.

One (1) municipality from the MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MetroWest) subregion. One (1) municipality from the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal

Coordination (MAGIC) sub-region.

One (1) municipality from the South Shore Coalition (SSC) sub-region. Terms of election on the Boston MPO are for three years.

Nomination Process

Nominees for the elected municipal seats shall be the chief executive officer of the municipality. In cities this is the mayor or, if the city does not have the office of mayor, then the chair of the council, with the exception of Plan E cities (ex: Cambridge) in which case it shall be the city manager. In towns, the chief executive officer is the chair of the select board. The MPO will accept the chair’s nomination of a candidate whether or not the full select board has voted it.

A nominee for an open subregional seat must receive three nominations made by a chief executive officer from municipalities in the subregion with the open seat. A chief executive officer may nominate their municipality and that nomination shall count as one of the three nominations needed to place a municipality on the ballot. Each chief executive officer may only nominate one municipality in their subregion.

Nominations are due on Monday, October 3rd, 2022 to MAPC by 5:00 PM and must be submitted electronically at

MAPC will follow-up with the nominating municipal CEOs by phone or email to confirm their nomination.

The nomination form will include space for a statement of candidacy (250 word limit) of the community, also due at this time.

Voting Process

Only municipalities in the subregion with the open seat may cast a ballot for that seat.


An electronic ballot will be prepared by MAPC and the Advisory Board based on the certification of nominations. The ballot shall contain a list of the nominated municipalities. Candidate communities shall appear on the ballot in an order drawn by lot by the designated officers of MAPC and the Advisory Board. The subregion of each of the communities shall be identified on the ballot. The ballot will be submitted electronically to MAPC by the municipal CEO.

Opportunities for Discussion with Representatives of the Candidate Communities

MAPC and the Advisory Board shall provide appropriate opportunity for the electorate to meet representatives of candidate communities. In 2022, this may be accomplished by holding a virtual Candidates Forum if needed.


The election will be held through the submission of ballots electronically to MAPC. Electronic ballots will be emailed from MAPC to the chief executive officer of each municipality in the subregions with open seats. Ballots will then be filled out and signed by the chief executive officer and submitted to MAPC by the date of the MAPC Fall Council meeting, tentatively scheduled for October 26, 2022. A forthcoming correspondence will explain the ballot submittal process in more detail and provide the deadline.

The MPO seat is held by the municipality. The chief executive officer (or their official designee) shall represent the municipality throughout the municipality’s term of office.

The designated officers of MAPC and of the Advisory Board shall certify the results of the election to the Chair of the Boston Region MPO by 12 noon on the Monday following the election.

Attachment A

MAPC Sub-regions



North Shore Task Force

Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham

North Suburban Planning

Burlington, Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading,


Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester,


Minuteman Advisory Group

Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle,

Interlocal Coordination

Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Littleton, Lincoln,


Maynard, Stow, Sudbury

MetroWest Regional

Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Marlborough, Natick,


Southborough, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston

South West Advisory

Bellingham, Dover, Franklin, Hopkinton, Medway,

Planning Committee (SWAP)

Milford, Millis, Norfolk, Sherborn, Wrentham

Three Rivers (TRIC)

Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton,

Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood

South Shore Coalition

Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth

Inner Core

Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Winthrop

Boston MPO 97 Cities and Towns

Attachment B


Beverly Boston Braintree Cambridge Chelsea Everett Franklin*


Lynn Malden Marlborough Medford Melrose Newton Peabody


Revere Salem Somerville Waltham Watertown* Weymouth Woburn


* MAPC Legal Counsel has rendered an opinion that Franklin and Watertown are defined as cities for the purpose of the MPO Election.


Acton Arlington Ashland Bedford Bellingham Belmont Bolton Boxborough Brookline Burlington Canton Carlisle Cohasset Concord Danvers Dedham Dover Essex Foxborough Hamilton Hingham Holbrook Holliston

Hopkinton Hudson Hull Ipswich Lexington Lincoln Littleton Lynnfield Manchester Marblehead Marshfield Maynard Medfield Medway Middleton Milford Millis Milton Nahant Natick Needham Norfolk

North Reading Norwell


Randolph Reading Rockport Rockland Saugus Scituate Sharon Sherborn Southborough Stoneham Stow Sudbury Swampscott Topsfield Wakefield Walpole Wayland Wellesley Wenham Weston Westwood Wilmington Winchester Winthrop


Overview of MPO Member Responsibilities

Attachment C


The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization is established as a required part of the transportation planning process under federal law. It is responsible for planning and programming financial resources for a multi-modal transportation system for the Boston region. The Boston MPO was established in 1973.

The Boston MPO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that details the governing structure and process of the MPO can be viewed at

Specific Responsibilities:

The Boston MPO must prepare and approve several plans and programs on an annual basis. These include:

Boston MPO Meetings:

Meetings are held as needed to accomplish the MPO’s business. There are approximately two MPO meetings a month. Since April 2020, all Boston MPO meetings have been held virtually. Meetings will likely continue to be held virtually depending on the status of open meeting requirements that have allowed for virtual public meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the MPO goes back to in-person meetings, they will take place during the day at the state transportation building. Four MPO meetings will be held (one per quarter) outside of Boston. MPO meetings typically begin at 10 AM on the first and third Thursday of the month, and last approximately three hours. The MPO has the authority to establish necessary committees to accomplish its responsibilities. Recent experience suggests that the municipal members of the MPO or their designees attend at least two meetings per month to accomplish the work of the MPO.