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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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Building support for transportation finance reform

On Monday, February 25, more than 100 people came to Salem’s Old Town Hall for an MAPC regional forum, co-sponsored by many local, regional, and statewide partners, focusing on the importance of investing in our transportation system. MassDOT officials spoke about reforms that have been implemented, and the needs for investments so that the system […]

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What does speed have to do with vibrant communities?

On January 18, MAPC hosted a packed house for Slow Down! Speed Reduction Strategies for Vibrant Communities. The room was filled with bicycle and pedestrian advocates, local planners and public works staff, public health professionals, transportation engineers, elected officials, and local law enforcement. You can view all of the powerpoint presentations from the event below Better […]

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“The way forward” to transportation reform in MA

Yesterday, the Patrick Administration unveiled a menu of options for plugging the gap in the state’s transportation budget, based on the findings of a report prepared by MassDOT,  titled “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan.” The MassDOT report calls for $1.02 billion in new revenue per year in order to fund our transportation […]

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