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How Can We Fix This? How MAPC’s Data Helped Boston Make A Bus Line Faster

Ninety-four percent satisfaction is hard to reach with any project. But a four-week pilot for a transit lane along a stretch of Washington Street between Roslindale Square and the Forest Hills MBTA Station, notorious for its heavy, congested traffic, achieved just that. Now, the City of Boston has announced that the bus lane will become […]

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Updates on the Regional Plan at the Annual Council Meeting

    Members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council gathered with staff and stakeholders the morning of Wednesday, May 30, for MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting. They munched on muffins, heard about the Council’s finances, held elections, and learned about the year’s major accomplishments before launching into an in-depth discussion about MAPC’s upcoming regional plan update. […]

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Share of Choices: New Ride-hailing Research Brief

For every five people who get on an MBTA bus or train in the Inner Core, one person hops into an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-hailing vehicle. In Boston itself, among all transportation modes – driving, biking, walking, and transit – one of every 25 trips ending within the city is taken using a ride-hailing […]

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Metro Boston is Charging Up: Plug-in to Municipal Best Practices Workshop

Across the Commonwealth, residents are starting to make the switch from gasoline powered vehicles to electric vehicles. However, some remain hesitant to make the switch due to the lack of public charging stations available. One of the biggest fears that electric car owners have is not being able to find a charging station when they […]

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Senate Budget Call to Action: Support Regional Priorities

Help us support smart growth and regional collaboration in the budget by contacting your State Senator today! Massachusetts Senators filed their amendments to the FY19 State budget yesterday and are now considering which additional amendments to support. If you have not already done so, please call or email your State Senator to ask her or […]

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Support a House Zoning and Housing Initiative

Zoning/Housing Alert: Ask You Rep to sign the Kulik/peake letter On May 9, State Representatives Steve Kulik and Sarah Peake outlined a package of important zoning and housing production reforms that House members can coalesce around.  Please call and email your State Rep today and ask him/her to join the Kulik-Peake zoning reform/housing letter! Click […]

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MA Senate Ways and Means Releases FY19 Budget Proposal

On May 10, the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its FY2019 budget proposal of $41.42 billion. The SWM budget proposal includes about $61 million more spending than Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget plan (H.2) and $97 million less in spending than the budget adopted by the House last month. For an analysis […]

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Arts and Culture at the 2018 APA National Planning Conference

Arts and Culture at the 2018 American Planning Association National Planning Conference Article Written by Michael Rosenberg   This April, planners from all over the world gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for the 2018 National Planning Conference (NPC18) hosted by the American Planning Association (APA). An opportunity for planners to network and engage in sessions […]

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Software Developers: Have You Considered Working for the Government?

This post was originally published by MAPC Full-Stack Developer Ian Hill on Medium. Read the original article here. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, government agencies don’t receive enough attention from software developers and soon-to-be graduates looking for rewarding work. Public servants are like the cast and crew of a feature film. A handful of skilled actors capture the […]

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Five MAPC Priorities in Final House Budget

Massachusetts House of Representatives Finalizes FY2019 State Budget Proposal Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives concluded it FY2019 budget debate by passing its $41 billion budget proposal. After four days of debate, the House added $81.4 million to its budget through amendments. During the debate, the legislature took up five of MAPC’s key priorities: […]

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