MassDOT next week continues its series of public meetings in Amherst, Pittsfield, and North Dartmouth to present two transportation planning documents: 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 remaining public meetings are scheduled as follows:
- 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, Main Auditorium, McLean Campus Center, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth
- Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Lynn City Hall, City Council Chambers
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 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 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
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