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North Shore Coalition Mayors and Managers Unveil Regional Transportation Vision

November 1, 2019

Elise HarmonDigital Communications SpecialistMetropolitan Area Planning SALEM – Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 – Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and the 18 communities of the North Shore Coalition today unveiled the Coalition’s transportation vision for the North Shore region and outlined short- and long-term actions to provide a 21st century transportation […]

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New study looks at impact of ride-hailing on Brockton Area Transit

September 11, 2019

Is the growth of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft affecting transit ridership in Greater Brockton? A recent study by two regional planning agencies and the Brockton area transit authority is trying to answer that question.

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Highway Traffic at Sunset

MAPC: MassDOT Congestion Study Takes Several Steps in the Right Direction

August 8, 2019

For immediate release: Thursday, August 8, 2019 BOSTON — The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement thanking MassDOT and Governor Charlie Baker for completing a long-awaited study examining the root causes and potential solutions for worsening traffic congestion in Massachusetts. “The study is a positive step in […]

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New study finds off-street residential parking overbuilt across Metro Boston

July 24, 2019

Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) 617-933-0705 30% of off-street parking spaces at apartment buildings sit empty during peak demand, new research finds Boston – New research by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) shows most of the communities in Metro Boston have built more residential […]

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New study identifies climate impacts of Uber, Lyft

July 22, 2019

A new study by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) shows that ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are increasing not just traffic but greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Greater Boston, in a first-ever analysis of the climate impacts of transportation network companies, or TNCs.

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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • MAPC COVID-19 Response March 11, 2020
    In the interest of keeping our partners throughout the state and region informed, MAPC will document its response to COVID-19 here. A Message from MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen: Addressing the COVID-19 Emergency in Metro Boston As the COVID-19 pandemic changes many aspects of our lives, one thing won’t be changing: MAPC is committed to […]
  • New Resources for Equitable Net Zero Planning March 10, 2020
    New Resources for Equitable Net Zero Planning Prioritize Net Zero Actions and Implement Equity with our Frameworks In response to the climate crisis, cities and towns across the globe have made commitments to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing reductions in energy use and supplying buildings, transportation, and infrastructure with renewable sources of […]
  • Equity-Forward Economic Development in Uphams Corner March 3, 2020
    Equity-Forward Development in Uphams Corner Across the Boston region and the United States, neighborhoods are experiencing significant economic changes. In some cases, residents can ride the wave of the economic surge and see their lives improve. Unfortunately, not all are lifted by this wave: many have been limited by a history of racial, legal, and […]
  • March Data Viz: A Region Under Construction March 2, 2020
    Every month, MAPC's Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. March’s visualization looks at development across the region from 2015 through 2025. Using data from MAPC's own MassBuilds, this visualization explores where development has happened, is […]
  • Tell Legislators: We Need Transportation Funding! March 2, 2020
    Stand with us now and tell the Massachusetts House to support comprehensive, statewide transportation funding. Across the entire state, our underfunded transportation system is leading to congestion, frustration, increased emissions, and stunted economic opportunities in our cities, towns, and regions. Our transportation system isn’t prepared for the challenges of climate change and doesn't provide enough […]