The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released an amendment to its Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Charting Progress to 2040, for a 30-day public-review period, and will be accepting comments from members of the public through August 10, 2016.
The LRTP documents regionally significant transportation projects and investment programs planned to be implemented over a 25-year timeline in a 101-municipality area of Greater Boston. For planning purposes, regionally significant projects are considered to be those that either will add capacity to the transportation system or that cost more than $20 million.
The primary reason for Amendment One is to make the LRTP consistent with the MPO’s recently amended Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)—a rolling five-year plan that finances construction of highway, transit, and multimodal projects and programs—and the Massachusetts Capital Investment Program (CIP)—which documents projects that are prioritized and funded by the state. Amendment One would accomplish the following:
- Transfer funds to Phase 1 of the Green Line Extension (Lechmere Station in Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford) from Phase 2 (College Avenue to Route 16 in Medford), in keeping with Amendment Four of the federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2016–20 TIP and the proposed FFYs 2017–21 TIP (currently under public review)
- Update the cost for the ramp construction on Interstate 95 northbound and improvements to Canton Street and Dedham Street in Canton, Norwood, and Westwood
- Program reconstruction of Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston, to align with the proposed FFYs 2017–21 TIP
- Document funding for two regionally significant projects in the CIP: reconstruction of the Interstate 90 and Interstate 495 interchange in Hopkinton and Westborough, and a new bridge connection from Burgin Parkway over the MBTA railroad in Quincy
Amendment One to the LRTP is available on the MPO’s website, www.bostonmpo.org/lrtp. The MPO is expected to vote on this document at its meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM, in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 of the State Transportation Building, Ten Park Plaza, in Boston.
Members of the public may submit comments through the MPO’s online comment form,www.bostonmpo.org/contact, or via mail, email, fax, or phone:
Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150
Boston, MA 02116-3968