MassDOT will hold its first of six public meetings Wednesday evening in Boston and Worcester on two recently released transportation planning documents for public review: a Long-Range Transportation Plan, “weMove Massachusetts (WMM): Planning for Performance,” and the first draft of its five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for FY2014-FY2018.
The $12.4 billion CIP program makes long-term investments that will create growth and opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth and represents the first unified, multi-modal capital investment plan covering all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The plan makes investments across the entire state, is flexible and spends wisely while creating thousands of jobs over the next several years.
“The five-year plan will invest in projects identified in The Way Forward and confirmed by the outreach MassDOT conducted on the weMove Massachusetts project,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “WMM continues MassDOT’s commitment to improve performance for every mode of travel. It is based on national performance data, MassDOT policies, and robust civic engagement.”
The centerpiece of the weMove Massachusetts Report (WMM) is the Planning for Performance tool, which can be used to calculate the performance outcomes that would result from different funding levels available to MassDOT. The tool also begins to incorporate important policy initiatives, such as mode shift and sustainability, in the planning process.WMM analyzes key components of the transportation system: bridges, roadways, buses and trains, railroad tracks and signal, and bike paths. Going forward, the Planning for Performance tool will allow MassDOT to connect its policies, investments, and funding to its customers’ needs for a safer and more effective transportation system.MassDOT will host six public meetings across the Commonwealth to receive feedback on the Planning for Performance tool and the draft CIP plan.
The public meetings are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, January 29, 6:00-8:00pm, State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
- Wednesday, January 29, 6:00-8:00pm, Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester
- Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
- Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield
- Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 -8:00 pm, McLean Auditorium, Main Campus Center, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth
- Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Lynn City Hall, City Council Chambers
The WMM report is posted online for public review at www.massdot.state.ma.us/wemove/. The CIP may be reviewed at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/0/docs/infoCenter/docs_materials/cip_FY14_FY18.pdf
MassDOT welcomes comments on both documents. Comments can be sent to Scott Hamwey, Office of Transportation Planning, MassDOT, Ten Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116; or firstname.lastname@example.org; 857-368-8857. MassDOT summarized the results of its WMM outreach in a Stakeholder Summary Report, which is also posted on the website.