TRB Webinar: Lessons Learned in Transportation Scenario Planning

State and city transportation managers are invited to a TRB webinar on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET. The webinar will provide an overview of the Massachusetts’ Commission on the Future of Transportation Commonwealth findings and what these insights mean for other states and cities and how they plan around future forces in transportation. The Commission considered forces similar to those described in NCHRP Report 750, the Foresight Series, and worked to update the facts and trends in that series, as well as the role played by scenario development and planning during the process. This webinar includes a discussion about the Commission with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) by Commission members and the consultant team that supported the effort. Presenters will go over the lessons learned through the Commission and offer a resource and model that will assist city and state departments of transportations in examining future disruptions – and current responses to them – in their transportation systems.

For more information and to register, click here.

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MassDOT has released the Congestion in the Commonwealth Report to the Governor, 2019

To view the report, click here.

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East-West Passenger Rail Study is underway

To view documents and updates on the project, click here.

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MassDOT releases its 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program for Public Review and Comment 

MassDOT is preparing the Commonwealth’s next five-year capital spending plan for transportation investments to be programmed in 2020-2024. The Capital Investment Plan (CIP) determines how MassDOT prioritizes and funds its investments, covering all transportation projects – everything from highway and municipal projects to regional airports, rail and transit – including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as bicycle and pedestrian projects across the Commonwealth.

MassDOT will be holding twelve public meetings on the CIP in locations across the Commonwealth.  These meetings will be scheduled between  Monday, May 21, 2019 and Thursday, June 6, 2019.  Please visit MassDOT’s CIP site at www.mass.gov/cip to view the CIP public meeting schedule and to obtain additional information.
posted on April 22, 2019
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Learn About Preparing Facilities and Communities for Severe Weather 

Heat waves, flooding, intense storms, power outages and other climate change weather events pose a significant threat to communities where large toxic chemical users reside when critical infrastructure and services fail or are damaged.

To help educate the public about these issues, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Training will offer a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Speakers:

  • Tiffany Skogstrom of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) will demonstrate an online mapping tool to identify toxics users in relation to climate change-related vulnerability factors such as flood, hurricane, and environmental justice zones.
  • Rick Ferreira of the Taunton Emergency Management agency will discuss the importance and value of building strong community partnerships between businesses and local government as part of emergency preparedness planning.

Visit the MA Office of Technical Assistance and Technology webpage to learn more about this topic and/or click here to register for the webinar.  

posted on April 8, 2019

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MassDOT Regional Transit Authority Task Force Releases Final Report 

The Task Force on Regional Transit Authority Funding and Performance issued its Final Report, which contains recommendations that will assist the Commonwealth’s Executive and Legislative officials in planning, funding and administering public transportation programs.  The Final Report includes public comments offered at meetings in Amherst, Hyannis and Worcester in March 2019.

Visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/a-vision-for-the-future-of-massachusetts-regional-transit-authorities or https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/04/08/dot-rta_task_force_report_040519.pdf to access the final report.

For more information, contact Elizabeth McCarthy at MassDOT’s Rail and Transit Division, Elizabeth.McCarthy@dot.state.ma.us

posted on April 8, 2019

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Pioneer Valley Planning Commission announces candidate search for new Executive Director

Tim Brennan, the longtime Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), announced in April 2018 that he would be retiring in 2019 after over forty-five years of service at PVPC.  His contributions to PVPC, and to all of the RPAs in his leadership role with MARPA, are a testament to his professional commitments and the positive impact that he has had in the planning profession in Massachusetts and beyond.

Accordingly, PVPC has posted Tim’s position and is now conducting a candidate search.

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For more information about this PVPC position and the application process, please go to www.pvpc.org/EDSearch to gain access to:

  • Application Process and Instructions
  • Executive Director Job Description
  • Executive Director Position Profile
  • PVPC Agency Organizational Chart

posted on February 6, 2018

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MassDOT Releases Updated Strategic Highway Safety Plan

MassDOT developed the initial 2006 Massachusetts SHSP in a cooperative process with Federal, State, local, private, and public sector safety stakeholders. The SHSP, and its new 2018 Update, is a data-driven, strategic plan that integrates the four E’s: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS).

You can download the Plan here or on the UMass Transportation Center website at http://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/images/umtc/UMassSafe/MA_SHSP_2018_v5%20-%20low%20res.pdf

For questions or more information about the Commonwealth’s Strategic Highway Safety Program, contact Bonnie Polin, MassDOT Highway Safety Program Manager, at (857) 368-9636 or by email at http://bonnie.polin@state.ma.us.

posted 1/26/19

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New Future of Transportation Report Released

The Commonwealth’s Commission on the Future of Transportation, established by Governor Baker per Executive Order No. 579 (January 2018), issued its final report on December 14, 2018.  The Commission’s report details the Commonwealth’s projected transportation needs and challenges between 2020 and 2040.

The report considers complex factors affecting the future of transportation such as increasing electrification of the Commonwealth’s transportation system, preparing transportation infrastructure for climate change and the intersection of land use, housing and transportation policies.

The final report consists of two volumes, which are available at https://www.mass.gov/lists/choices-for-stewardship-recommendations-to-meet-the-transportation-future

posted 1/26/19