Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration
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.
Get it Rolling provides an overview of how to improve bus transit, implement pilot programs, and communicate with community members. It identifies crucial stakeholders and project milestones, offers examples of successful strategies, and distills lessons learned.
Correcting transportation inequities and injustices of the past can start with better buses. Simple, low-cost, and quick bus improvements create better service for communities, neighborhoods, and riders who have been disproportionately impacted by inadequate transit service in the past. These projects can ease delays during peak commute hours, facilitate mobility throughout the region, contribute to local and regional climate goals, and increase safety on our streets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
Bicycle & pedestrian
- Aqueduct Trails
- Boston Greenbelt Trail
- Alewife Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Study (2009)
- Greater Boston Cycling and Walking map
- Belmont/Waltham Community Path Alignment Study
- Somerville Community Path
- Snow Removal Policy Toolkit
- Regional Bike Parking Program
- What Works: Low Cost Ways to Encourage Walking, Biking, and Transit
- Melrose Commuter Rail Corridor Visioning
- Needham/Newton Rail Right-of-Way Transit Concept
- Re-envisioning Wollaston: Neighborhood planning around the Wollaston MBTA station
- Green Line Extension
- MAGIC Mobility Transit Study
- Central Mass Join Trail/Busway Right-of-Way Study
- South Acton Commuter Rail report
- Dedham TOD Study
- Framingham TOD Study
- Natick Center Plan
- Reimagining Railroad - Gloucester TOD Study
- Braintree Ivory Street Corridor: A Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Opportunity
- Downtown Foxborough Parking Analysis
- Malden Center Parking Management Plan: Final Report
- Cohasset Village Parking Analysis
- Scituate Harbor Parking Analysis
- Quincy Wollaston Center Parking Analysis
- Downtown Marlborough Parking Analysis
- Downtown Holliston Parking Study
- Littleton Commuter Rail Parking Study
- Grove Hall Parking Study