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New TNC Fees Could Raise Over $100 Million Annually

Fees on ride-hailing trips proposed in the new transportation bond bill could raise over $100 million annually for the MBTA, other regional transit authorities, municipalities, and the Commonwealth Transportation Fund. The Legislature recently passed H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment, a $16.5 billion, five-year transportation bond bill. In addition to many important project […]

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End-of-Session Legislation: How MAPC’s Priorities Fared

End-of-Session Legislation: How MAPC’s Priorities Fared On Tuesday night, the 191st General Court concluded its legislative session. While the legislature took a long break from advancing significant legislation, the past several days saw a flurry of activity, moving climate legislation, a transportation bond bill, and an economic development bond bill in the final days of […]

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Voice Your Support for Lowering Emissions & Greening Transportation

Photo Credit John Wilcox Call to Action: Transportation & Climate Initiative In New England, transportation is responsible for over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. That could soon improve, thanks to a historic partnership between Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. to reduce carbon emissions and build a greener, more equitable transportation system. Please act […]

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Evictions and COVID-19: The Responsibility of the Large Landlord

The possibility of a pandemic-related “eviction tsunami” has been widely discussed of late, as is the role that federal and state policy must play stemming it. Less prominent has been the discussion of the role that must be played by landlords in general – and, as our recent research has found – large landlords in […]

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MAPC Applauds Baker Admin for Joining TCI Program to Advance Climate Goals

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) issued the following statement today after four jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, agreed to establish a cap-and-invest system in the transportation sector. “Establishing a multi-state initiative to curb transportation emissions was a key recommendation of Governor Baker’s Future of Transportation Commission,” said MAPC Deputy Director Rebecca Davis, a member of the […]

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53 Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and more than 50 Massachusetts municipal leaders today are calling on State House leadership to provide immediate relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coalition of 53 officials representing cities and towns throughout Massachusetts signed a letter urging the Legislature to help small businesses bridge the gap […]

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Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19

“Pool testing”—batching samples together and retesting individually if a result is positive—is a way for municipalities and schools to work together to provide regular, frequent, and cost-effective COVID-19 testing. In this December 14 webinar, attendees heard about a pool testing program led by Tufts University with Somerville and Medford Public Schools, as well as programs […]

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Transportation Planning with a Health Lens

Transportation Planning with a Health Lens The Blue Hills Regional Coordinating Council Assessment and Action Plan  In 2019, a group of local health and community leaders, transportation professionals, planners, and municipal employees gathered with a unique vision: to approach transportation planning in the Blue Hills region through a health lens.   The result was the […]

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MAPC Statement: City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2

“MAPC applauds Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston for moving the city back to Phase 2.2 of the reopening plan. The rise in COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations demands swift action to reduce community spread, and Mayor Walsh is taking such action today. The decision to close business establishments, even temporarily, is […]

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Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7

Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7 The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on hospitals, local health departments, emergency management organizations, and other health providers across the country and the Commonwealth. But in Northeastern Massachusetts, these local hospitals and agencies haven’t had to face the crisis alone: MAPC has provided essential support to these […]

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