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Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning

Accessible, frequent, and fast public transit gets people to their destinations without contributing to traffic and is an important factor to lowering carbon emissions. Connected, well-maintained, and extensive trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks encourage active transportation, health, and recreation. Making roadways safe, comfortable, and accessible for users of all ages, abilities, income, and travel modes leads to healthier and stronger communities.

MAPC’s Transportation Department promotes sustainable transportation and strong infrastructure throughout the region in many ways, including transportation corridor planning, parking and land use studies, participating in projects to build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, coordinating transportation funding programs, and advocating for transportation finance reform. MAPC is one of 22 members of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which carries out comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning in the region.

To find a comprehensive library of our past transportation work, visit MAPC’s Publications Library.

Explore the categories below to learn more about the multi-faceted ways MAPC works to improve connectivity in the region.

Transportation PRIORITIES

Technical Assistance

MAPC’s Transportation team works on a wide range of projects with cities, towns, and other partners. How can we work with your community?

Visit MAPC’s publications library to see past parking studies, complete streets work, transit-oriented development solutions, and more.

If you’re interested in working with MAPC, contact Transportation Director Eric Bourassa at ebourassa@mapc.org.

Parking

Parking is the link between land use and transportation planning, and the way we set parking policies has an enormous impact on the built environment and how we choose to get around. MAPC is available to help municipalities diagnose their parking problems and recommend solutions with downtown parking occupancy and turnover studies, zoning recommendations, and more.

MAPC featured in The Boston Globe, "Communities Make Changes to Improve Parking," July 2014.

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Parking Meter Collective Procurement

MAPC led a collective procurement in Fall 2014 for that Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA) that will allow any municipality in Massachusetts to directly purchase smart parking meters or pay-by-phone services from selected vendors. The selected vendors are thoroughly vetted and are offering discounts of up to 60%.

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Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (E-TOD)

Equitable transit-oriented development concentrates on constructing affordable residential and commercial developments in places accessible by public transit. MAPC can help with financing tools, zoning, and TOD plans to help municipalities achieve equity goals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost transit ridership, and mitigate congestion.

  • Growing Station Areas: The variety and potential of TOD MAPC conducted an analysis to define the need for different financing tools or prioritization of investments in the Metro Boston region.
  • TOD Finance Summit
    This summit on December 6, 2012, explored the reasons why transit-oriented development is important now, where it can be located, ways it can be funded, and the challenges to getting TOD built.
  • TOD Funding Gap Analysis
    This report investigates the sources of funding gaps for TOD in Metro Boston and the types of capital (both public and private) that may be available to help fill those gaps, and reviewed best practices in similar metropolitan jurisdictions.

Complete Streets

MAPC aims to make roadways more accessible for all travel modes and users of all ages, abilities, and income. Improving our roadways can increase safety, improve a community’s health and well-being, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advance economic development. MAPC has technical assistance funding to assist our communities adopt Complete Streets policies and develop and implement bicycle and pedestrian network plans.

Bike Sharing and Hubway

MAPC serves as the regional coordinator for the Hubway bike share system, negotiating and overseeing a regional agreement between operator Motivate and the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline.

Bike Parking

MAPC encourage communities to install bike racks in business districts, downtown areas, and at public buildings to encourage active transportation in their downtowns. We offer a joint-purchasing program with discounted pricing and a full selection of bike parking equipment. Learn more on the Collective Purchasing page.

Placemaking

MAPC can help communities integrate elements of placemaking into their communities, creating healthy, safe, active, and useful public space. In transportation planning, this means making streets and roadways useful and enjoyable by including complete street elements such as handicap accessible sidewalks, visible and safe crosswalks, benches, trees and plants, street lighting, bike lanes, and signage.

LandLine: Regional Greenway and Trail Planning

Landline is MAPC’s vision to connect our greenways and trails into a seamless network. Our complete database of trails and bicycle facilities can be found at trailmap.mapc.org.

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Transportation PRIORITIES

Research & Resources

Looking for more information about something transportation or transit-related?

You’ve come to the right place. Check out the pages below for in-depth material on our research, reports, partners, and more.

Autonomous Vehicles

MAPC recognizes the transformative benefits that autonomous vehicles can have for Massachusetts’ economy, environment, and quality of life – as well as the challenges that could result from disruption to existing forms of mobility. Autonomous vehicles will affect not only our transportation system, but also our economy, safety, workforce, environment, land use, and energy use.

Perfect-Fit Parking

Parking is a point of contention in communities across Metro Boston, yet there’s little hard data about how much parking we have and how much we need. MAPC’s Perfect Fit Parking initiative is developing the data and tools that communities need to establish informed, sustainable, and economical parking policies. Visit the Perfect Fit Parking site to learn more about where parking spaces are going unused. 

PARC: An Act Relative to Parking Advancements for the Revitalization of Communities

Parking technology and parking management best practices are rapidly developing, but our state laws haven't kept up. MAPC has developed legislation to give communities the tools that they need to make the most out of the parking they have. This bill also enables communities to establish Parking Benefit Districts, where parking revenue is reinvested directly into the neighborhood where it is raised. This bill has been filed by Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport) and Representative David Linsky (D-Natick).

Learn more about the bill. 
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Transportation Demand Management

Transportation demand management focuses on increasing transportation and transit system efficiency by understanding how people are using existing infrastructure. Read case studies and learn about measures already implemented by municipalities here.

Boston MPO

MAPC is one of 22 members of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which carries out comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning in the region. Learn more about the MPO’s work here.

TrailMap

This online resource is a comprehensive online map of trails for cyclists, walkers, and others engaging in active transportation and looking to explore the trails and other amenities throughout the MAPC region and beyond. Users can access the interactive map from their phones or desktop computers. Start exploring now!

Transportation PRIORITIES

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally-required transportation and planning process for the Boston region. MAPC and the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) provide planning support for the MPO and for the region’s communities.

THE MPO develops a vision for the Greater Boston region and uses the plan to allocate federal and state funds toward transportation projects such as roadways, transit, pedestrian, and bicycle projects. This work includes developing regional bicycle and pedestrian plans and providing alternative land-use analyses for upcoming projects.

MAPC is one of 22 members of the MPO charged with carrying out comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning. The MPO is responsible for the development, review, and approval of three key planning projects:

Regional Transportation Plan

Every four years, the Boston Region MPO develops a new Transportation Plan. The Plan is the MPO’s long-range, comprehensive transportation-planning document. It defines an overarching vision of the future of transportation in the region, establishes principles and policies that will lead to the achievement of that vision, and allocates projected revenue to transportation programs and projects that reflect those principles and policies.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP lists all transportation projects that are slated to receive federal funds over a five-year horizon, as well as all projects programmed with federal and state highway funds that are expected to be available.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The annual UPWP describes all regionally significant surface-transportation planning projects expected to be undertaken in the region in a federal fiscal year. It also lists funding sources, from federal to state and local, for each planning project.