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New Research: Impacts of Online Shopping in Massachusetts

New Research: Impacts of Online Shopping in Massachustts New research from MAPC finds that online shopping is having major impacts on pollution, traffic, and industrial rents in Greater Boston. The Commonwealth is seeing rising numbers of delivery trucks and vans on the roads, as people increasingly order online for goods, meals, and groceries. For these […]

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Study: Online Shopping Causing Major Uptick in Pollution, Traffic, Industrial Rents in Greater Boston

            Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council alinehan@mapc.org For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 25, 2021  Boston – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released a new study on e-commerce in Massachusetts, finding that this rapidly growing industry is already having major impacts on the job market and transportation network of Greater Boston, […]

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How Land Use & Pricing Impact MA Vehicle Miles & Transport Emissions

Absent any major changes in land use or roadway pricing, VMT for personal vehicles is projected to increase by more than 21% between 2010 and 2030. Under such circumstances, fleetwide average fuel efficiency would need to improve to 29 miles per gallon by 2030 just to keep transportation GHG emissions from growing. Even a return […]

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MAPC Statement on the Transportation Bond Bill

MAPC Statement on Transportation Bond Bill For immediate release: Friday, January 15 We were deeply disappointed this evening when Governor Baker vetoed critical policy provisions in H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment. Coming only a day after the Governor vetoed the climate bill and significant portions of the economic development bond bill, we […]

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

MAPC Applauds Baker Admin for Joining TCI Program to Advance Climate Goals For immediate release: Monday, December 21, 2020 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 […]

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Dedham & Boston Launch Action Plan for VFW Parkway/Providence Highway

Dedham and Boston Launch Action Plan for VFW Parkway/Providence Highway Project will identify improvements to meet the travel and safety needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, transit-riders and motorists   For Immediate Release: Friday, December 18, 2020   Dedham – The town of Dedham and city of Boston have launched a community process to assess transportation and […]

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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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Metro Mayors: We Strongly Oppose MBTA Service Cuts

Metro Mayors: We Strongly Oppose MBTA Service Cuts Photo by Paul Morris, Flickr The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, a group of mayors and managers representing Greater Boston’s urban core, urged the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board not to move forward with proposed service cuts. MAPC helped to establish the Metro Mayors Coalition in 2001 and […]

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