Draft Memorandum for the Record
Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting
May 18, 2022, Meeting Minutes
2:30 PM–2:45 PM, Zoom Virtual Conferencing Platform
Lenard Diggins, Chair, representing the Advisory Council
Lenard Diggins called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM. Members and guests attending the meeting introduced themselves. For the attendance list, see page 3.
Andy Reker, City of Cambridge, introduced the 3C Documents Committee’s TIP Comment Letter and requested the Advisory Council vote to send the letter to the MPO board.
David Montgomery, Town of Needham, suggested replacing “anticipate” with “anticipates” in the overall assessment section of the letter on the third line.
D. Montgomery asked why “complete” in “complete streets” was in quotations in the first paragraph, second to last line. A. Reker answered that “complete streets” is jargon and has an amorphous definition, so the letter should have quotations around the language to reflect its ambiguity. John McQueen, WalkBoston, suggested that using quotations for both words in “complete streets” would be appropriate because that is how the program is described in funding programs.
Lastly, D. Montgomery suggested the Advisory Council consider whether to use RTAC or Advisory Council to identify itself in the letter. L. Diggins agreed to switching RTAC to Advisory Council in the letter because it improves the clarity of the letter.
L. Diggins suggested changing the last sentence in the overall assessment section to reflect that this is the first time a cost-benefit analysis is being done through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Further, he wanted to reflect that the Advisory Council is happy that the MPO started and will continue to do a cost-benefit analysis. L. Diggins further suggested the sign-off include members of the 3C Committee and not just the chair’s signature.
A. Reker suggested emphasizing the need for additional technical assistance looking forward into future years and stating that current funding does not reflect the need that the Advisory Council thinks is out there. A. Reker recommended changing the last paragraph to include that the MPO “provide additional technical assistance, resources, and staff” to support technical assistance efforts.
J. McQueen suggested the MPO should be staffing up for technical assistance now because it will give underserved municipalities a chance to better compete for available resources in the future.
A motion to send the 3C Documents Committee’s TIP Comment Letter to the MPO board for final approval was made by the Town of Needham (David Montgomery) and seconded by WalkBoston (John McQueen).
A motion to adjourn was made by WalkBoston (John McQueen) and seconded by the City of Cambridge (Andy Reker). The motion carried.
American Council of Engineering Companies
Association for Public Transportation
Barry M. Steinberg
National Rural Transit Assistance Program
Division of Capital Asset Management
Husseini Design Group
Transportation Planning Staff
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compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws including Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), the Civil Rights Restoration Act of
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populations in its Title VI Programs, consistent with federal interpretation
and administration. In addition, the Boston Region MPO provides meaningful
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policy and guidance on federal Executive Order 13166.
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which prohibits making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in
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or ancestry. Likewise, the Boston Region MPO complies with the Governor's
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