Identifying Transportation Needs in the Region
The first step toward improving the transportation system is to understand how well it serves its users. Thus, the MPO conducts a Needs Assessment to inform decisions about the allocation of federal transportation dollars. The Needs Assessment examines data about how people travel, the condition of the transportation facilities that they use, the interaction of the region’s transportation system with the built and natural environment, and the ways that each of these factors could change in the future. In all of its analyses, the MPO pays special attention to the needs of people who traditionally have been underrepresented in transportation planning.
Over the last year, MPO staff has been updating the Needs Assessment for Destination 2040. In November 2018, staff presented the Draft Needs Assessment Summary and Recommendations memorandum (HTML) to the MPO board. The document summarized key transportation needs identified through outreach and analysis and recommended programs, studies, and actions that the MPO could continue or implement to address these needs. The completed Needs Assessment is part of the recommended plan, and is available for public review until August 23, 2019.
The MPO’s Needs Assessment is based on a rich suite of data. View these data in the following interactive applications:
- Long-Range Transportation Plan Needs Assessment Application
- Congestion Management Process Dashboards
- Livable Communities Data Browser
- All-Hazards Planning Application
- Vehicle-Miles Traveled and Emissions Data Browser
- Data Catalog—Long-Range Transportation Plan
- Performance Dashboard
Needs Assessment Outreach Materials
Heading to Destination 2040
Inner Core Committee (ICC)
Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC)
MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC)
North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC)
North Shore Task Force (NSTF)
South Shore Coalition (SSC)
Southwest Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP)
Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC)
For more information, please contact Anne McGahan, MPO staff, at 857.702.3676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.