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MAPC Selects LimeBike, Spin for 15-Community Regional Bike Share System

Regional effort will bring bike share to over 600,000 people in Metro Boston’s inner suburbs by summer 2018 Boston – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has announced that LimeBike and Spin are the two vendors selected to provide dock-less bike share services for 15 participating communities in Metro Boston this year, including Arlington, Bedford, […]

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Help Envision Future Development Near Woburn Mall & Commuter Rail

Do you live in Woburn? Are you interested in helping to shape a future vision for the area from the Woburn Mall to Anderson Station?

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Report Release: “Fare Choices” on Ride-Hailing in Metro Boston

On February 6, MAPC released “Fare Choices,” a survey of ride-hailing passengers in Metro Boston. The ride-hailing industry, led by Uber and Lyft, has seen explosive growth in recent years. As more and more travelers choose these on-demand mobility services, they have the potential to transform regional travel patterns. These transformations may become even more […]

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Help Envision Future Development Near Rockport Commuter Rail

Plan will help achieve goals for future mixed-use development Do you live in Rockport? Are you interested in helping to shape a future vision for the Rockport commuter rail station area? Join the Town of Rockport and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a public forum on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 starting a 7 […]

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The Switch to an Electric Vehicle

     Following the Fall Council Meeting, attendees had an exciting opportunity to ride and test drive electric vehicles. The Drive Electric Vehicle Event co-hosted by MAPC and the Department of Energy Resources were both informative and helpful. The event educated participants and even debunked myths surrounding Electric Vehicles. “Well, the Ride and Drive event sucked […]

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2017 Fall Council Meeting and Drive Electric Vehicle Event Recap

    On Wednesday, October 25th, MAPC held its annual Fall Council Meeting at the Quincy Marriott. The meeting brought together over 100 Council Members, staff, and officers; with special guests from the Mann family and City of Quincy’s Mayor Thomas P. Koch. We were delighted to have presented Michelle Ciccolo with the Mayor Theodore Mann Regional […]

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Bike Sharing Programs Expand – and Not Just in Boston

On May 25, 2017 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the largest expansion of the Hubway system since 2011. In honor of the regional bike-sharing system’s plans to add over 70 new stations in Boston alone, we’re looking back at the development of bike-share in Boston – including the role MAPC has played – and […]

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Piloting Bus Rapid Transit in Boston

For the past two weeks, MAPC employees have been assisting with an exciting bus rapid transit (BRT) pilot on the Silver Line. From May 22 to June 6, two staff members stood by the Temple Place bus stop outside our downtown offices every day, informing commuters and casual riders of the two-week pilot, which was […]

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Introducing Trailmap, Your Comprehensive Guide to Local Trails

On the first day of Bay State Bike Week, MAPC celebrated by announcing the launch of Trailmap, a comprehensive online map of trails for cyclists, walkers, and others engaging in active transportation and looking to explore the trails and other amenities throughout the MAPC region and beyond. Senior Transportation Planner David Loutzenheiser unveiled the tool […]

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How Can We Tell if Complete Streets Policies are Working?

How do we measure what really matters? As a planner, I know the plan is important but it is not what really counts at the end of the day. It’s the changes that follow the plan – changes in policies, funding, and social capital among others – that really count. And, to get to the things […]

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