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Calling All MAPC Fans – Help Us Name Our Next Regional Plan!

In October 2018, MAPC will launch a two-year planning process to update Greater Boston’s regional plan. To create the new plan, we will engage thousands of people who live, work, learn, and play in the Metro Boston area and develop action steps and goals to achieve a more equitable and sustainable region. There’s just one […]

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Multi-Family Housing | Broken Zoning, Unaffordable Homes: What Can Be Done?

What’s the Problem? Massachusetts is in the midst of a housing crisis that threatens our communities, our economic success, and our quality of life. For years now, advocates have been calling for an update to the Commonwealth’s outdated zoning and housing rules. Businesses are debating whether to locate in Massachusetts because the high cost of […]

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Energy and Environmental Bills Moving in the Legislature

In 15 days, on July 31, the formal session for the Massachusetts Legislature will end – meaning that the House and Senate have two short weeks to approve the FY2019 State Budget and pass important legislation. The Legislature continues to work on completing the FY2019 State Budget and is contemplating several pieces of legislation that […]

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Housing Choice Plus | Broken Zoning, Unaffordable Homes: What Can Be Done?

What’s the Problem? Massachusetts is in the midst of a housing crisis that threatens our communities, our economic success, and our quality of life. For years now, advocates have been calling for an update to the Commonwealth’s outdated zoning and housing rules. Businesses are debating whether to locate in Massachusetts because the high cost of […]

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Accessory Dwelling Units | Broken Zoning, Unaffordable Homes: What Can Be Done?

What’s the Problem? Massachusetts is in the midst of a housing crisis that threatens our communities, our economic success, and our quality of life. For years now, advocates have been calling for an update to the Commonwealth’s outdated zoning and housing rules. Businesses are debating whether to locate in Massachusetts because the high cost of […]

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Changing Trends in Peak Demand

Written by Sabrina Pedersen and Patrick Roche. Each year, there’s a single hour – usually in the summer – in which the electric grid experiences its highest – or peak – demand. In order to ensure that there is enough electric “capacity” available on the grid to meet demand in future years, the grid operator […]

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14 Cities and Towns, MassDOT, and DCR Sign Regional Autonomous Vehicles Agreement

Companies looking to test autonomous vehicles on Massachusetts roads will now have a much easier time experimenting on a variety of road conditions, thanks to a new regional agreement streamlining and standardizing the application process. On Thursday, June 21, representatives from 14 cities and towns, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Department of Conservation […]

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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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