MPO Transit Working Group

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logo comprising Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization seal with the words Transit Working GroupThe Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) convened the Transit Working Group to help improve coordination among transit providers in the Boston region and represent transit more fully in MPO activities and decisions. MPO staff have asked transit providers and organizations that support transit service in the Boston region to participate. These entities include, but are not limited to, regional transit authorities, transportation management associations, municipalities that operate transit services, and state transportation agencies. Advocacy groups and members of the public are welcome to attend working group meetings.

Transit Working Group meetings, usually held quarterly throughout the year, may include (1) group discussion of transit-related topics, concerns, and solutions; (2) information sharing among transit providers; (3) and/or presentations by MPO staff about the MPO’s transit-related activities and decisions. Transit Working Group meeting formats and content may evolve in response to emerging needs, participant feedback, and lessons learned.

The Transit Working Group also holds periodic informal coffee chats on specific topics or themes of interest to regional transit stakeholders. Notices of coffee chats are posted here and on the MPO meeting calendar, and they are emailed to the working group email list. Coffee chats are capped at 20-30 participants.

Upcoming Meetings

Until further notice, all Transit Working Group meetings and coffee chats will be held virtually on Zoom.

The next Transit Working Group meeting is expected to be in January or February 2022.

The Transit Working Group is hosting several upcoming virtual coffee chats:

  • On the topic of Human Services Transportation, on October 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM. Participants may register on Zoom.
  • On improving bus transit access to stations on the MBTA Regional Rail system, on November 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM. Participants may register on Zoom.
  • On the topic of closing gaps in the regional transit system, on November 8, 2021, at 4:00 PM. Participants may register on Zoom.
  • On confronting shortfalls in transit driver recruitment, on November 17, 2021, at 11:00 AM. Participants may register on Zoom.
  • On preparing and planning for transit’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Participants may register on Zoom.

Past Meetings

Transit Working Group Meeting 6, October 12, 2021

Transit Working Group Meeting 5, July 9, 2021

Transit Working Group Meeting 4, March 19, 2021

Transit Working Group Meeting 3, November 12, 2020

Transit Working Group Meeting 2, July 20, 2020

Transit Working Group Meeting 1, January 30, 2020

About the Development of the Transit Working Group

The MPO conducted a pilot of the Transit Working Group during calendar years 2020 and 2021.

For more information, see MPO Transit Committee Outreach Results and Staff Recommendations (PDF) (HTML).

Transit Resources from Past Meetings

Other MPO transit resources are available on the Recent Publications and Regional Transit Service Planning Technical Support pages.

Contact

Sandy Johnston, MPO staff
857.702.3710
sjohnston@ctps.org