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Perfect Fit Parking: How Much is Residential Parking Actually Being Used?

In communities across Metro Boston, parking is a point of contention for initiatives ranging from zoning to housing projects: everyone needs more of it. However, there’s little hard data about how many off-street spaces are available in the region and what the actual demand for residential parking is. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s new initiative, […]

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Is Metro Boston Building Too Much Parking?

Boston – Parking is a hotly-debated across Metro Boston, with little hard data about how many off-street spaces already exist in the region, and how many we need to build in order to meet future demand – until now.

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Life Moves Pretty Fast, But Lowering Speed Limits Can Save Lives

“Life moves pretty fast,” goes the quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” “If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it.” What Ferris doesn’t say, though, is that if you slow down, you can also save lives. On Jan. 9, 2017, the City of Boston’s new default speed limit will be 25 […]

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Boston Greenbelt Walk

Over 40 participants joined MAPC and the Free Walkers, a long-distance walking group, for a walk along part of the Boston Greenbelt Trail. The Trail is a proposed 90-mile walking trail circling Boston that would connect Salem, Quincy, and numerous parks and open spaces along the way. The Greenbelt Walk spanned more than 30 miles […]

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Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics

Quick links: Executive Summary, Full Report Boston’s Olympic bid has the potential to shape the region for years to come. Our new report, issued jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, urges Olympic planners to put legacy first. While the Olympic Games will only last a few weeks, the bid offers […]

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Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter. Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), addressed the Council, outlining the MPO’s process of updating the Long Range Transportation Plan […]

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MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and Salem, in drafting their complete street policies. The town of Stoughton, the fifth winner from the region, drafted it’s own […]

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MetroFuture Walks & Talks — May 2014

Rail Trail Workshop in Danvers On May 22, 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Town of Danvers, offered a two-hour interactive Rail Trail Workshop to neighboring municipalities and regional advocacy groups. The conversation focused on how to accelerate the development of trail projects in a cost-efficient […]

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$50 Million for Active Streets Certification Program in House’s Transportation Bond Bill

This week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its version of the Transportation Bond Bill and included $50 million for the Active Streets Certification Program! MAPC has been working continuously with our partners at MPHA, T4MA, MassBike, WalkBoston, Livable Streets, and the Act FRESH Campaign, our allies in the State House, and municipal leaders to […]

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DeLeo – Let’s decide transportation $, then budget

Originally posted on the T4MA blog By Marie Szaniszlo House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo this morning said he wants the Legislature to decide how much to earmark for transportation, including funding for the MBTA and regional transit authorities, before it tackles the state budget. “It is my desire that we debate the transportation issue before […]

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