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North_Point_AerialMassDOT is pleased to announce that the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (Boston MPO) has been selected by the national nonprofit Transportation for America to participate in a first-of-its-kind yearlong training academy for ambitious metro regions beginning to use performance measurement to better assess the results of transportation spending.

“The Baker Administration and Massachusetts Department of Transportation are committed to using data and performance measures to better serve our customers, and with the Boston MPO participating in this yearlong training academy, we are working toward that goal,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The training will assist all of us in setting goals in keeping with what the public wants, choosing transportation projects to meet those goals, and then measuring how successful investments have been in reaching key benchmarks.”

The Boston MPO is the federally recognized entity in Greater Boston made up of MassDOT, MBTA, Massport, City of Boston, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), MBTA Advisory Board, and numerous cities and towns from across the region that jointly decide how metro Boston plans for and spends federal transportation funding.

“It’s never easy to raise money to invest in transportation, and more than ever before, citizens want to know how the decisions are being made to spend their money,” said Transportation for America Director James Corless. “A more accountable system that sets tangible goals with input from the community chooses transportation projects that will help the community meet those goals, and then measures the outcomes in a feedback loop will be essential for ensuring that we get the best bang for the buck going forward. We’re proud to be selecting the Boston MPO for this yearlong academy. We’re eager to meet the participants and get started on what should be a productive year of training.”

Performance measurement is an emerging practice that forward-looking metropolitan areas of all sizes are beginning to use. This system of more carefully measuring the impacts of transportation spending decisions is set to ensure that every dollar is aligned with the public’s goals and bring the greatest return possible for citizens.

“Understanding how to measure the performance of transportation investments is a critical part of the planning process,” said Eric Bourassa, Director of Transportation for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “This training academy will help transportation planners across numerous state and local agencies, as well as members of the business community, better understand the metrics needed to assess what we’re investing in.”

“We are pleased that Massachusetts was selected and that A Better City will participate in this effort to measure performance and learn new management strategies. This training is fundamental to having a transportation agency that will improve services and operate a 21st Century transportation system,“ said Richard A. Dimino, President & CEO, A Better City.

This program, created by Transportation for America, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, will educate teams of local business organizations, civic leaders, and transportation professionals at the early stages of performance measure development, prepare participants to act on opportunities within their regions, and plug them into a dynamic national network of like-minded leaders throughout the country.

“I am thrilled that the Boston MPO has been selected to the T4America Training Academy Program, and I look forward to working with my colleagues from both the Boston area and from around the country to learn more about developing effective performance measures, said Patrick Sullivan, Director of Policy & Outreach for the 128 Business Council.”

The yearlong academy will consist of in-person workshops with participants from seven regions including Boston, Cleveland, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Lee County in Florida, Seattle, and South Bend, with ongoing technical assistance throughout the year, regular online training sessions, and expert analysis of their plans and progress on deploying performance measures.

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