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MAPC Applauds Baker Admin for Joining TCI Program to Advance Climate Goals

December 21, 2020

MAPC Applauds Baker Admin for Joining TCI Program to Advance Climate Goals The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) issued the following statement today after four jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, agreed to establish a cap-and-invest system in the transportation sector. “Establishing a multi-state initiative to curb transportation emissions was a key recommendation […]

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Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief

December 18, 2020

Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and more than 50 Massachusetts municipal leaders today are calling on State House leadership to provide immediate relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coalition of 53 officials representing cities […]

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Dedham & Boston Launch Action Plan for VFW Parkway/Providence Highway

December 18, 2020

Dedham and Boston Launch Action Plan for VFW Parkway/Providence Highway Dedham – The town of Dedham and city of Boston have launched a community process to assess transportation and safety needs along the VFW Parkway/Providence Highway corridor. The project will evaluate how to meet the travel and safety needs of […]

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MAPC Releases Statement on City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2

December 14, 2020

MAPC Releases Statement on City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2 For Release: December 14, 2020 at 3 p.m. “MAPC applauds Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston for moving the city back to Phase 2.2 of the reopening plan. The rise in COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations […]

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Police reform bill is first step of many to address police violence

December 3, 2020

Police Reform Bill is First Step of Many to Address Police Violence Statement from Executive Director Marc DraisenThursday, December 3, 2020 Earlier this week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a significant bill to address issues of police violence against persons of color. The bill includes meaningful reforms in a […]

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  • How Land Use & Pricing Impact MA Vehicle Miles & Transport Emissions January 22, 2021
    Absent any major changes in land use or roadway pricing, VMT for personal vehicles is projected to increase by more than 21% between 2010 and 2030. Under such circumstances, fleetwide average fuel efficiency would need to improve to 29 miles per gallon by 2030 just to keep transportation GHG emissions from growing. Even a return […]
  • Marked Territory: Rethinking Massachusetts’ Historical Markers January 15, 2021
    Credit: Jaye Glenn Marked Territory: Rethinking Massachusetts' Roadside Histories Reflection by MAPC Arts and Culture Fellow Emma Boast In 1930, the Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission erected 200 markers to commemorate the colony’s 300th anniversary. For some, the markers highlight the “rich heritage of Massachusetts and local communities,” as MassDOT noted in its 2019 announcement of its […]
  • New TNC Fees Could Raise Over $100 Million Annually January 13, 2021
    Fees on ride-hailing trips proposed in the new transportation bond bill could raise over $100 million annually for the MBTA, other regional transit authorities, municipalities, and the Commonwealth Transportation Fund. The Legislature recently passed H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment, a $16.5 billion, five-year transportation bond bill. In addition to many important project […]
  • End-of-Session Legislation: How MAPC’s Priorities Fared January 7, 2021
    End-of-Session Legislation: How MAPC’s Priorities Fared On Tuesday night, the 191st General Court concluded its legislative session. While the legislature took a long break from advancing significant legislation, the past several days saw a flurry of activity, moving climate legislation, a transportation bond bill, and an economic development bond bill in the final days of […]
  • DLTA Spotlight: COVID-19 Small Business Support January 7, 2021
    DLTA Spotlight: COVID-19 Small Business Support Advancing Small Businesses in Arlington, Medford, Salem, Newton and Needham District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and technical staff to work on projects related to regional collaboration, economic development, […]