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Mar
14
Thu
2019
Lower Mystic Regional Working Group Report Release @ Knights of Columbus
Mar 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us for the release of the Lower Mystic Regional Working Group: Planning for Improved Transportation and Mobility in the Sullivan Square Area report.
Join MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone to learn about the transportation recommendations for this area and the next steps to improve mobility.
The Lower Mystic Regional Working Group (LMRWG) has been studying options to improve transportation in an area encompassing parts of Boston, Everett, and Somerville and centered on the transportation hub of Sullivan Square, which has seen considerable development activity in recent years.
Although the Encore Casino in Everett is the most well-known site, other planned large-scale development proposals in the area have the potential for broad impacts on congestion in the region. The LMRWG was formed by MassDOT to study the effects these future developments may have on the entire area, identify opportunities to improve mobility, and to develop short- and long-term transportation infrastructure and policy recommendations for improving transportation in and around Sullivan Square.
The Working Group consists of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; the cities of Boston, Everett, and Somerville; and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). These five stakeholders were designated as the decision-making body for the Working Group. Additionally, other parties – including the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the Office of the Attorney General, Massport, the Office of Congressman Michael Capuano, and Encore Boston Harbor – have been active participants providing their input and knowledge.
Apr
4
Thu
2019
Where Do We Go From Here? Insights on the Future of Transportation in MA @ Nye ABC, 5th floor, Taubman Building
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

In December 2018, Governor Baker’s Commission on the Future of Transportation released their recommendations to address future challenges in transportation, exploring everything from the impacts of climate change to the rise of autonomous vehicle technology. This conference will give attendees an opportunity to hear directly from Commissioners as they present and discuss their findings. Secretary of Transportation, Stephanie Pollack, will offer a keynote address.

This event is free and open to the public, however, preregistration is required. Preregister here. Refreshments will be available.

Agenda:

Welcoming Remarks:

Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government

Keynote:

Stephanie Pollack, MA Secretary of Transportation

Presentation on the Future of Transportation:

Steve Kadish*, Chair, Commission on the Future of Transportation in Massachusetts and Senior Research Fellow, Taubman Center for State and Local Government

Panel Discussion:

      • Rebecca Davis*, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
      • Tony Gomez-Ibanez*, Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at Harvard University
      • Karen Sawyer Conard*, Executive Director, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
      • Moderator- Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Executive Director, 128 Business Council, and member of the MBTA Fiscal Management Advisory Board

Presentation on Autonomous Vehicles Policy:

Mark Fagan, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Panel Discussion:

      • Colleen Quinn*, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, ChargePoint
      • Carol Lee Rawn*, Director of Transportation, CERES
      • Gretchen Effgen* Vice President of Global Partnerships and Business Team, Nutonomy
      • Moderator – Kris Carter, Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Closing Remarks:

Joe Aiello, Senior Fellow, Meridiam Infrastructure and Chairman, MBTA Fiscal Management Advisory Board

*Members of the MA Commission on the Future of Transportation

Sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Apr
11
Thu
2019
NSPC April Meeting @ Merritt Community Room
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the North Suburban Planning Council on Thursday, April 11th to talk about MassDOT’s RailVision plan.

After regular community updates the group will hear from Alexandra Markiewicz from MassDOT Planning and have a discussion building upon the group’s Suburban Mobility Study from 2017.

Nov
6
Wed
2019
Are We There Yet? 21st Century Mobility: MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series @ Colonnade Hotel | Boston Ballroom
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Don’t miss the second event in MAPC’s MetroCommon speaker series! Join us for a riveting keynote by the transportation thinker David Zipper on the interplay between urban and transportation policy and new mobility technologies, followed by an interactive panel discussion with local transportation planners, advocates, and administrators.

David Zipper is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, where he focuses on the interplay between urban policy and new mobility technologies. David advises numerous startups and urban officials about the future of cities and mobility. His writing about urban innovation has been published in The Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, and Fast Company. Learn more on his website, www.davidzipper.com.

Registration and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the speaking portion of the event will begin at 6 p.m. Light appetizers will be served.

Stay tuned — we’ll announce our panelists soon!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-we-there-yet-21st-century-mobility-registration-76091067431

Dec
16
Mon
2019
One Year Later: The Future of Transportation Commission @ Suffolk University Sargent Hall
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

One Year Later:

Reflecting on the Future of Transportation Commission report and what lies ahead for the Commonwealth

One year ago, Governor Baker’s Commission on the Future of Transportation released its recommendations for how to prepare the Massachusetts transportation network for the challenges of 2040. The report explored everything from the impacts of climate change to the rise of autonomous and electric vehicle technology to adopting transit-oriented land use policies.
Join us to hear members of the Commission, Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, and other transportation leaders reflect on the past year and consider what opportunities lie ahead to create a robust and resilient transportation system for the Commonwealth.
Coffee and networking will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the speaking portion will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
More details and agenda to come!
For more information, please contact Kasia Hart at khart@mapc.org
Jan
28
Tue
2020
Housing Lynn Public Forum #1 @ Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development Community Room
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Housing Lynn Public Forum #1 @ Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development Community Room | Lynn | Massachusetts | United States

Help set housing goals for Lynn!

Are you interested in helping the City of Lynn develop a community-driven plan to promote housing opportunity for all? The City, with the support of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), is launching “Housing Lynn: A plan for inclusive growth.” Housing Lynn will assess unmet housing need in Lynn, establish housing goals, and recommend strategies to meet them.

To learn more about Housing Lynn, including the plan’s context, timeline, and more, visit mapc.org/housing-lynn.

This first Housing Lynn forum is focused on understanding housing needs and setting priorities. Our discussion will help ensure Housing Lynn serves a broad range of Lynners, including renters and homeowners, families and those living alone, and folks of different ages, backgrounds, and income levels. Your voice is needed to ensure the plan represents all corners of this diverse community.

Free parking and Spanish interpretation available.

Mar
10
Tue
2020
POSTPONED: MAPC Winter Council Meeting @ atac
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
POSTPONED: MAPC Winter Council Meeting @ atac | Framingham | Massachusetts | United States

NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT

Dear Friends of MAPC:

Out of an abundance of caution, MAPC has decided to postpone the Winter Council Meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10) in Framingham.  Over the next few days, we will assess the situation and decide how to reschedule the Council Meeting and Legislative Panel on Housing, Transportation, and Climate.  We will consider rescheduling as a virtual event, which will provide Council members and allies the opportunity to learn the latest about what is going on at the State House, without having to participate in a crowded event that might make some people uncomfortable.

I realize we sent out a note earlier this morning reminding people about the Council Meeting, and I apologize if this update causes any confusion.  Still, we feel the wisest course is to postpone the meeting, and to reschedule in a different format.

Please stay tuned, and stay safe!

Best regards,

Marc Draisen

Executive Director

Apr
22
Wed
2020
Webinar: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap @ Online
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

COVID-19-related unemployment could cause a massive housing crisis in Massachusetts. 468,000 Massachusetts residents filed unemployment claims in the first three weeks of the COVID crisis.

Who has been laid off? How many are now at risk of eviction or foreclosure? Will CARES Act assistance help? What about those who don’t qualify for federal aid? Join MAPC staff for a virtual discussion of our research brief, “The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap.”

On April 21, MAPC is releasing an update to “The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap” with the latest unemployment data.

At this webinar on April 22, MAPC Data Services Director Tim Reardon and Socioeconomic Analyst II Sarah Philbrick will discuss the updated data–and what it means for workers, municipalities, and the Commonwealth.

Click here to register for the webinar via zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqdOmqpz0qEtXLrrrw289Pw-VbcfxbAM_z

May
12
Tue
2020
Essential Trips: A COVID-19 Response Discussion for Local Transit Providers
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Local transportation providers, such as Councils on Aging, operators of municipal shuttle programs, and transportation management associations, are lifelines for many in the Boston region. The impact of COVID-19 on these essential services has been widespread. You are invited to a discussion dedicated to the needs of these transportation providers in the Boston region. This forum will be a space for providers to discuss, learn, and collaborate on COVID-19 responses.

Co-hosted by CTPS and MAPC.

RSVP Here

Learn about more COVID-related webinars here.

Jun
10
Wed
2020
West Station Forum
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Are you interested in sustainable transportation and equitable development about the future West Station in Allston?
On Wednesday, June 10, MAPC will provide an update on work completed so far, and you’ll have a chance to collaborate (virtually!) with other meeting attendees and MAPC staff in small group discussions.
Your input will be used to create a range of land use and transportation scenarios for the future of West Station once the interchange is reconstructed. Those scenarios will be evaluated to estimate how they will affect transit use, walking and biking, vehicle emissions, health outcomes, and access to opportunity.