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MassDevelopment, Metropolitan Area Planning Council Award More Than $1 Million for COVID-19-Related Transportation Needs

November 15, 2020

MassDevelopment, Metropolitan Area Planning Council Award More Than $1 Million for COVID-19-Related Transportation Needs November 12, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelsey Schiller, MassDevelopment, 617-694-9695 (cell) kschiller@massdevelopment.com MassDevelopment, in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), has awarded $1,003,978 in funding to 25 cities and towns, municipal agencies, regional […]

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MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable & safe

October 20, 2020

MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable and safe For immediate release: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the MBTA’s plan to address their FY22 operating budget deficit. “The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is deeply concerned about the prospect […]

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MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension

October 12, 2020

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 12 Today, Governor Baker announced a serious response to the looming eviction crisis, including much-needed funds for rental assistance to at-risk tenants, assistance for landlords, funding toward legal assistance in court, and expansion of mediation services to keep housing cases out of the courtroom in […]

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MAPC receives grant to advance battery electric school bus purchasing

September 21, 2020

MAPC today announced it has received state funding to develop a regional procurement model that would support expansion of electric battery school bus service across Massachusetts. MAPC shares the grant with primary grant recipient Highland Electric Transportation, which currently provides the Beverly Public School District with one electric bus.

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MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations

July 29, 2020

MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today released the the following statement: “President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by […]

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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, […]