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Transportation Finance Recommendations

OCTOBER 2019 Transportation Finance Recommendations Transportation, the backbone of a thriving economy, is crucial to every aspect of life in Massachusetts, connecting workers to jobs, businesses to markets, students to schools, and residents and visitors to cultural and recreational resources. A reliable, affordable, and well-connected transportation network is particularly essential to advancing the region’s equity […]

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Potential Impacts of Ride-Hailing on the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT)

Potential Impacts of Ride-Hailing on the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT) August 2019 The Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT) commissioned this study to evaluate whether BAT’s declining ridership in recent years is due to the growth in ride-hailing services or to other factors. Brockton’s recent decline in transit ridership reflects statewide and national trends that […]

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Expanding the Use of Value Capture for Transportation and TOD in Massachusetts

January 2017 Public investments in transit, highways, roads and other infrastructure generate value for nearby property owners. The term “value capture” refers to any strategy whereby a public agency “captures” a portion of the increased property values to help pay forthe infrastructure itself. Around the country, commonly used value capture tools include special assessments and […]

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Hot, Cool, Clean: Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities

Hot, Cool, Clean Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities August 2019 Across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, municipalities are starting to embrace clean heating and cooling systems as important tools for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. With recent technological advancements and evolving markets and financing mechanisms, air-source heat pumps, ground-source/geothermal heat pumps, and solar thermal […]

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Climate Perspectives

Climate Perspectives Summary of Findings from Focus Groups with Workers in Construction, Farming, Home Health Care, and Fishing Climate change is already visible across the Metro Boston region, forcing individuals and communities to cope with increasingly severe weather, unpredictable harvests and workplace conditions, and greater risks from vector-borne and heat-related illnesses. The Climate Perspectives project […]

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Medford Parks and Open Space for Climate Resilience

MAPC Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning MAY 2019 Medford Parks and Open Space for Climate Resilience The project was conducted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) with funding from the City of Medford and Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant as part of its 2019 Open […]

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Health Lens Analysis of Urban Agriculture Policy in Cambridge

MAPC Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning FEBRUARY 2019 Health Lens Analysis of Urban Agriculture Policy Cambridge, MA Urban agriculture has increasingly been recognized for its potential to improve public health in variety of ways –in addition to increasing cultivation of healthy foods, it can strengthen the social fabric of a community,encourage physical activity and […]

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting People to Services

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting People to Services Best Practices, Examples, and Tips for Cities and Towns of All Sizes Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting People to Services CHANGE FONT SIZE MAPC >> Resources >> PDF April 2019 Cities and towns in Greater Boston are on the front line in addressing the impacts of the […]

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Wrentham Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

MAPC Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning MAY 2018 Wrentham Community Resilience Building: Summary of Findings Wrentham received a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to participate in the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. The program provides support for municipalities to plan and implement key climate resilience actions using […]

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Chelsea Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

MAPC Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning MAY 2018 City of Chelsea Community Resilience Building: Summary of Findings The City of Chelsea received a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to participate in the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. The program provides support for municipalities to plan and implement […]

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