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.
- Lower Mystic
- Woburn ETOD (Equitable Transit Oriented Development)
- North Shore Mobility: MAPC is collaborating with the towns and cities in the North Shore Coalition (NSC) to conduct a suburban mobility study. The study will research “first mile/last mile” opportunities to connect people to transit in the NSC region, focusing on transportation options other than single-occupancy vehicles.
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 email@example.com.
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:
MAPC supports transportation that provides sustainable, accessible, and affordable service to the 101 cities and towns in the MAPC region. We recognize 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.
The deployment of autonomous vehicles holds the potential to positively transform the transportation network. The positive transformational impacts include strengthening public transportation, reducing crashes and fatalities for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Autonomous vehicles also have the capability to lessen the need for parking facilities and increase mobility for those who cannot drive.
Legislative and Policy Considerations
In May 2017, the MAPC Executive Committee adopted a set of legislative and policy considerations to support regulations and planning encourage the Commonwealth and our member municipalities to safely and equitably accommodate autonomous vehicles on the roadway network.
Considerations outlined include data collection and sharing, revenue changes, public infrastructure, safety, autonomous delivery of goods, land-use, parking, long-range planning, and more.
Driverless Cars Forum: What Will They Change - and When?
On June 13, 2016, MAPC and Transportation for Massachusetts (T4Mass) hosted a forum exploring the transformative technology of autonomous vehicles and their likely impacts. The event gathered an audience of 250 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The forum featured an expert panel from both the public and private sectors and covered topics including driverless car technology, timeframe for implementation, how driverless cars could change the role of transit in communities, and the role of government in the process. The full event can be seen in the video below.
Link to YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlhN6WTqDNQ
View individual speakers’ footage and presentations below:
Jonathan Koopmann, Senior Engineer, Technology, Innovation and Policy Division, U.S. DOT/ Volpe Center
- Webinar video
- Presentation (PDF)
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, City of Somerville
Kent Larson, Director of the City Science Initiative & the Changing Places Group at the MIT Media Laboratory