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Press Release: 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. A new project at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, “Perfect Fit Parking,” is taking a […]

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First and Last Mile Transit Forum

An audience of approximately 45 gathered Thursday, March 23 at the Reading Public Library for a forum on first and last mile transit connections in suburban communities. Secretary of Transportation, Stephanie Pollack, was the featured guest at the forum. Led by Keith Bergman, Littleton Town Administrator and President of MAPC, and moderated by MAPC’s Executive […]

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MAPC Launches “Trailmap”

Boston – Looking for your next adventure by bike or on foot? Look no further than the brand new “Trailmap” website, launching Monday, May 15, 2017 just in time for Bay State Bike Week at trailmap.mapc.org. Created by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, ‘Trailmap’ offers a comprehensive online glimpse at all the trails in Metro Boston […]

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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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Sim City 5: A classic grows up

Like many Gen Y-ers, my youth before the arrival of the 56K modem was spent on watching endless hours of Road Rules, catering to every physiological need of a tamagotchi that lived within the confines of a 1×1″ pixelated screen, and of course, fulfilling my mayoral duties in SimCity 2000. Little did I know that […]

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Fun Friday: Smart growth inspiration

Need some inspiration? A couple of colleagues and I just returned from the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, Missouri! I always come back jazzed from all the people that I meet and all the cool community engagement ideas I hear about. This year was no different. I found inspiration in all […]

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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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Discover the world of planning at the MAPC Open House

Have you registered for the MAPC Open House yet? Whether you’re completely new to MAPC, or you’ve gotten to know us through a specific project in your region or area of interest, there is always more to learn about the work that we’ve been doing, through this event! In the past year, we created a […]

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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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