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MAPC’s 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

The deadline to file bills for the 2019-2020 Massachusetts legislative session was Friday, Jan. 19. Over 5,000 bills were filed before that date – including several smart growth priorities from MAPC. Our proposals were crafted to address the transportation, climate, and housing challenges in the 101 cities and towns of our region. If enacted, these […]

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Sen. Crighton, Rep. Livingstone, Rep. Madaro Call for Increased Fees on Uber, Lyft

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 17, 2019 New legislation aims to curb congestion, promote carpooling BOSTON – Representatives from Boston, Cambridge, and Lynn are joining together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to call for higher fees on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft as a way to reduce traffic and congestion in […]

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MassTrails, Landline, and Connecting Our Region

Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito administration officially announced an exciting new program: MassTrails, which will provide funding and resources to expand and connect recreational trails and shared-use paths in Massachusetts. In addition to distributing about $5 million in matching grants in Fiscal Year 2020, MassTrails will offer technical assistance and resouces to help design, construct, […]

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Fleets for the Future at MAPC: What We Achieved & What’s Up Next

Adding electric, hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles to municipal fleets reduces carbon emissions while cutting spending on gasoline and diesel fuels – but the benefits and potential of these technologies aren’t widely known. Municipal fleet managers and departments of public works are wary about buying battery electric or hybrid electric vehicles for their fleets […]

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How Have Public Agencies and Nonprofits Partnered with TNCs?

Download a Comprehensive Summary of the Ride-Hailing Partnerships Discussed Jermaine F. Williams, Troy McHenry, Sandra Robinson, Joanne Laferrara, and Sandy Johnston shared their experiences partnering with TNCs. From replacing seldom-used campus shuttles to providing off-hours transit options to seniors or riders with disabilities, several public and private agencies have found ways to use ride-hailing to […]

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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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Baker-Polito Administration and Local Officials Sign Regional Agreement for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

The new agreement streamlines and standardizes the process for companies seeking to test Autonomous Vehicles on Massachusetts roadways.

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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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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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Help kick off the ‘LandLine’ regional trail network for Greater Boston!

Join MAPC and the City of Malden to launch the new LandLine Trail and Greenway plan, a network of connected and protected walking & biking routes across Metro Boston, 5/16 @ 10 a.m.   MALDEN – Are you a bike commuter, cycling enthusiast, someone who enjoys walking, or just interested in getting out of your […]

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