Post Content

Karl Quackenbush

Posted by Karl Quackenbush, Acting Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff

Unlike the late-night-TV Ginsu knife salesman, transportation planners in the state can’t promise you a high-value transportation network at cut-rate prices. It’s expensive to maintain, operate, and expand a system and still keep it safe, secure, and accessible.

But planners and decision makers can commit to trying to achieve the biggest bang for the buck, particularly considering the scarcity of funds for transportation capital projects and the tremendous need for maintenance and modernization.  We also need to send the limited federal funds to the right projects and programs – those that make our system more sustainable (by reducing our carbon footprint and ongoing costs) and keep the system working for us, our regional economy, and job growth.  The “we” here is multifaceted.

The side responsible for making decisions about how federal transportation dollars are spent is the state’s metropolitan planning organizations. MPOs were created to have a vision for the future, plan how to get there, and fund projects that move us in that direction.

You are included in this equation.

There are 10 MPOs in the Commonwealth. (For 3 areas in the state, regional planning agencies do this work.)  MPOs work best when members of the public participate. Please get involved in this process. Follow this link to find an interactive MPO map to get to your MPO's website.

Learn about the metropolitan planning process. Then tell them what you think.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MBTA: Blue Hill Avenue Station Project Public Meeting Set posted on Sep 22

MBTA: Blue Hill Avenue Station Project Public Meeting Set

The MBTA on Wednesday, October 5, will present design details, project benefits, bid date/process, construction phasing and construction schedule of its Blue Hill Avenue Station project. A public meeting has been scheduled as follows: Wednesday, October 5, 6:00 PM, Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill   …Continue Reading MBTA: Blue Hill Avenue Station Project Public Meeting Set

Arsenal Street Corridor Study Public Meeting Set posted on Sep 22

Arsenal Street Corridor Study Public Meeting Set

Please join the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for a Public Information Meeting on the Arsenal Street Corridor Study as follows: Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Watertown Middle School, Auditorium & Cafeteria, 68 Waverly Avenue, Watertown MassDOT is studying the Arsenal Street Corridor in   …Continue Reading Arsenal Street Corridor Study Public Meeting Set

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Complete Streets Program Grants posted on Sep 21

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Complete Streets Program Grants

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, and members of the Legislature today announced grant funding from the Complete Streets Program to 11 participating municipalities.  A ceremony was held at the Massachusetts State House to distribute funding for   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces Complete Streets Program Grants