MPO Meeting Minutes

Draft Memorandum for the Record

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting

February 2, 2023, Meeting

10:00 AM–12:24 PM, Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

David Mohler, Chair, representing Gina Fiandaca, Secretary of Transportation and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)


The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) agreed to the following:

Meeting Agenda

1.    Introductions

See attendance on page 10.

2.    Chair’s Report—David Mohler, MassDOT

There was none.

3.    Executive Director’s Report—Tegin Teich, Executive Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff

T. Teich, Executive Director, shared that the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant awards were announced by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). The Boston Region MPO has been awarded $2.238 million in federal funding for the development of a Safety Action Plan for the Boston Region with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), as the fiduciary agent to the staff of the MPO, was the applicant on behalf of the MPO and worked closely on the application. MassDOT committed to provide the matching funding, bringing the total of the grant to $2.7 million. The Boston Region MPO has been told that it could take up to a year to receive the funding.

Two project locations have been selected for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2023 Multimodal Mobility Infrastructure Program corridor and intersection studies: Route 37 (Franklin and Washington Street) in Braintree and the Washington/Hanover intersection in Lynn.

Under the Community Transportation Technical Assistance Program, the Boston Region MPO will be working with the Town of Concord to develop short-term recommendations for safe crossings for the Route 2 crossings from Main Street and Old Road to Nine Acre Corner.

4.    Public Comments  

There were none.

5.    Committee Chairs’ Reports

Derek Krevat, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning (OTP), announced that the next Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2023, at 1:00 PM.

Brian Kane, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Advisory Board, shared that the Administration and Finance Committee met on January 19, 2023, to discuss finances through the end of 2022. The committee met on February 2, 2023, to continue developing the Operations Plan.

6.    Regional Transportation Advisory Council Report—Lenard Diggins, Chair, Regional Transportation Advisory Council

Lenard Diggins stated that the upcoming Wednesday, February 8, 2023, Regional Transportation Advisory Council meeting will feature discussions about the Title VI Report and a brainstorming session about potential UPWP study ideas.

7.     Action Item: Approval of January 5, 2023, MPO Meeting Minutes

Documents posted to the MPO meeting calendar

1.    January 5, 2023, MPO Meeting Minutes (PDF)

2.    January 5, 2023, MPO Meeting Minutes (html)


A motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of January 5, 2023, was made by the MBTA Advisory Board (Brian Kane) and seconded by the MAPC (Eric Bourassa). The motion carried through a roll call vote. The following member abstained: Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination, Town of Acton (Austin Cyganiewicz)

8.     Action Item: Roadway Safety Performance Targets—Sam Taylor, MPO Staff

Documents posted to the MPO meeting calendar

3.    Roadway Safety Performance Targets Memo (PDF)

4.    Roadway Safety Performance Targets Memo (html)

5.    Roadway Safety Performance Targets Appendix (PDF)

6.    Roadway Safety Performance Targets Appendix (html)

S. Taylor presented CY 2023 roadway safety performance targets. The USDOT requires states and MPOs to establish annual targets pertaining to fatalities and serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes. Since 2018, the Boston Region MPO has voted to adopt the Commonwealth’s roadway safety performance targets. S. Taylor proposed for the Boston Region MPO to adopt the Commonwealth’s CY 2023 roadway safety performance targets, found in Table 1. S. Taylor discussed the trends related to each performance target.

Table 1
Proposed Roadway Safety Targets (CY 2023)

Performance Measure


Long-Term Target

Number of Fatalities



Rate of Fatalities per 100 Million VMT



Number of Serious Injuries



Rate of Serious Injuries per 100 Million VMT



Number of Nonmotorized Fatalities and Nonmotorized Serious Injuries



*This target value is expressed as a five-year rolling annual average.

CY = Calendar Year. VMT = Vehicle-Miles Traveled.

Sources: Federal Highway Administration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Boston Region MPO Staff.



B. Kane stated that the overarching goal of the MPO should be a reduction in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), achieved by investing in and improving public transportation and nonmotorized forms of transportation. B. Kane suggested MPO staff calculate performance targets specific to the Boston region.

L. Diggins asked how MassDOT sets its performance targets. D. Krevat, MassDOT OTP, responded that the Traffic Safety department sets performance targets in coordination with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

David Koses, City of Newton, stated that driver behavior is an unpredictable factor and the proposed performance targets are reasonable because they indicate an ongoing trend of reducing serious injuries and fatalities on roadways. B. Kane responded that roadway design can be used to regulate and influence driver behavior.

E. Bourassa asked what the consequence is if an MPO fails to meet its roadway safety performance targets. D. Krevat stated that MassDOT is required to spend the full apportionment of its highway safety improvement funds and submit a report describing steps to be taken to meet the targets. D. Mohler stated that it is unclear what occurs if an MPO is unable to meet targets that they would have set themselves (as opposed to the state targets), as an MPO in the Commonwealth has never set targets separate from MassDOT before.


A motion to adopt calendar year 2023 Roadway Safety Performance Targets was made by the Regional Transportation Advisory Council (L. Diggins) and seconded by the MAPC (E. Bourassa). The motion carried through a roll call vote. The following member voted no: MBTA Advisory Council (B. Kane).

9.     Revisions to Draft Destination 2050 Planning Framework—Michelle Scott, MPO Staff

Documents posted to the MPO meeting calendar

7.    Revisions to the Draft Destination 2050 Planning Framework (PDF)

8.    Revisions to the Draft Destination 2050 Planning Framework (html)

Michelle Scott presented and clarified changes to the draft Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Destination 2050 Planning Framework. The Destination 2050 Planning Framework, which is made up of a vision, goals, and objectives, was originally presented to the MPO Board at the December 15, 2022, meeting. The six goal areas of equity, safety, mobility and reliability, access and connectivity, resiliency, and clean air and healthy communities remain the same. The revisions primarily appear at the goal and objective level. Revisions occurred to clarify language and concepts, expand on ideas, and respond to public feedback.

Revisions are as follows:

·       Vision

o   “The Boston Region envisions an equitable, pollution-free, and modern transportation system that gets people to their destinations safely, easily, and reliably, and that supports an inclusive, resilient, healthy, and economically vibrant Boston region.”

·       Equity

o   Emphasize facilitating, rather than maintaining, inclusive and transparent planning processes

o   Expand on objectives to allow transparent access to the planning process and provide meaningful opportunities to express needs and priorities

o   Strengthen definition of disadvantaged communities

·       Safety

o   Add “improve safety for all users” to the goal statement

o   “Eliminate” rather than “reduce” fatalities, injuries, and safety incidents

o   Define and emphasize the priority of vulnerable roadway users and eliminate disparities for disadvantaged communities

o   Incorporate accessibility into objectives

·       Mobility and Reliability

o   Clarify definition of mobility in goal statement

o   Simplify objectives related to improving reliability and reducing delay

o   Add objective about reducing delay on the transit system

o   Emphasize electric vehicles as technology that supports the MPO’s goals

·       Access and Connectivity

o   Emphasize economic vitality themes

o   Prioritize investments that support housing, land use, and economic growth goals

o   Indicate that options should provide travelers with choices and opportunities

o   Address network gaps through interorganizational coordination

o   Incorporate accessibility into objectives

·       Resiliency

o   Move references to addressing negative environmental impacts to this goal area

o   Provide examples of negative environmental impacts and nature-based solutions

·       Clean Air and Healthy Communities

o   Move references to addressing negative environmental impacts to resiliency

o   Combine mode shift, VMT reduction, and air pollutant reduction themes into one objective focused on reducing VMT growth

o   Add new objective related to supporting electrification, emphasizing transit electrification


Bill Conroy, Boston Transportation Department, stated that additional work will need to be done to examine the relationship between roadways and natural barriers, specifically in coastal communities. M. Scott stated that the purpose of the resiliency goal is to encourage the use of natural solutions such as storm water drainage in corridor studies.

10. Financial Outlook for Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and LRTP—Ethan Lapointe and Michelle Scott, MPO Staff

M. Scott and Ethan Lapointe, MPO Staff, presented the expected funding available to program in future TIP and LRTP cycles. MPO staff receive financial assumptions annually for the TIP and every four years for the LRTP from the MassDOT OTP. Assumptions reflect expected future federal highway funding for Massachusetts with planned debt repayments, known as Grant Award Notifications (GAN), subtracted. The state then matches the remaining federal highway funds. The Boston Region MPO receives approximately 43 percent of the discretionary funds for regional planning agencies.

Funding assumptions for the Destination 2050 LRTP can be found in Table 2.

Table 2
Destination 2050 Funding

Destination 2050
Time Band



Destination 2050 Increase from Destination 2040


FFYs 202428




FFYs 202933




FFYs 203438




FFYs 203943




FFYs 204450







FFY = Federal Fiscal Years

Funding assumptions for the FFYs 202428 TIP regional target funding can be found in Table 3.


Table 3
FFYs 2024
28 Regional Target Funding


202427 Current









Balance of


FFY 2024





FFY 2025





FFY 2026





FFY 2027





FFY 2028










FFY = Federal Fiscal Years.


L. Diggins asked for additional details related to the GANs due to be repaid in FFYs 2025 and 2026. D. Mohler responded that the GANs were issued for a program during the Patrick Administration to spend nonfederal aid on bridge projects, committing to repayment using future federal aid.

B. Kane asked what project the GANs reflected in FFYs 2029 and 2030 are connected to. D. Mohler responded that the GANs are for the Next Generation Bridge Program.

11. Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 202428 TIP Project Scoring Process—Ethan Lapointe, MPO Staff

E. Lapointe presented an overview of the FFYs 202428 TIP project scoring process. TIP project scoring evaluates proposed projects against a set of criteria, creating internal scores. Once MPO and MAPC staff complete the internal scoring process, score verification begins, involving reviews by external stakeholders, such as MassDOT and municipalities, and providing additional time for applicants to gather letters of support and other nuances that may arise. Final scores will be presented to the full MPO board on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

The FFYs 202428 TIP received and scored 19 projects, containing 16 new projects, one returning project, and two other new projects pending further information.

Scoring criteria is as follows:

·       Safety (18 points)

o   Improved safety for all users, Vision Zero

·       System Preservation (20 points)

o   Maintain, modernize, and make resilient

·       Capacity (18 points)

o   Increase options and efficiently use existing capacity

·       Clean Air (12 points))

o   Create an environmentally friendly system

·       Equity (20 points)

o   All receive comparable benefits, no disproportionate burden

·       Economic Vitality (12 points)

o   Provide a strong foundation for economic vitality

Community Connections Scoring Criteria is as follows:

·       Connectivity (18 points)

o   Improve first- and last-mile connections to key destinations

·       Coordination (18 points)

o   Cooperation across sectors and organizations

·       Plan Implementation (15 points)

o   Support local, regional, and statewide planning efforts

·       Transportation Equity (15 points)

o   All receive comparable benefits, none face disproportionate burdens

·       Mode Shift (24 points)

o   Meaningful shift from single-occupancy vehicles to other means

·       Fiscal Sustainability (10 points)

o   Financial vitality after conclusion of MPO funding support

12. TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee Proposal—Tegin Teich, MPO Staff

Documents posted to the MPO meeting calendar

9.    TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee Proposal (PDF)

10. TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee Proposal (html)

T. Teich presented the concept of a TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee. The proposed committee has developed through conversations during the Administration and Finance Committee about the MPO’s Operations Plan. The committee’s purpose is to increase participation in the TIP process, act as a forum for more detailed discussions, and act as a forum to identify additional opportunities for board members to engage stakeholders in their subregion. The committee will not duplicate work done at the policy board level, nor will it be making decisions and recommending outcomes. The draft committee charge states that it will review the TIP development process to seek improvement and increase collaboration and engagement among staff, board members, MassDOT, MBTA, regional transit associations, and project proponents. T. Teich provided sample activities that the committee would engage in.


B. Kane compared the proposed TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee to a technical committee, examining in detail why a project would be ready or not ready to proceed in the TIP process.

L. Diggins suggested adding TIP Process, Engagement, and Readiness Committee meeting prior to the publication of the finalized TIP to process public comments.

D. Koses suggested conducting a trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed committee.

13.Members’ Items

There were none.

14. Adjourn

A motion to adjourn was made by the MBTA Advisory Board (B. Kane) and seconded by the MAPC (E. Bourassa). The motion carried.





and Alternates

At-Large City (City of Everett)

Eric Molinari

At-Large City (City of Newton)

David Koses

At-Large Town (Town of Arlington)

Claire Ricker

At-Large Town (Town of Brookline)

Robert King

City of Boston (Boston Planning & Development Agency)

Jim Fitzgerald

City of Boston (Boston Transportation Department)

Bill Conroy

Federal Highway Administration

Kenneth Miller

Joi Singh

Federal Transit Administration


Inner Core Committee (City of Somerville)

Tom Bent

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

David Mohler

Lyris Bauduy-Liautaud

MassDOT Highway Division

John Romano

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

Ali Kleyman

Massachusetts Port Authority

Sarah Lee

MBTA Advisory Board

Brian Kane

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Eric Bourassa

MetroWest Regional Collaborative (City of Framingham)

Dennis Giombetti

Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (Town of Acton)

Austin Cyganiewicz

North Shore Task Force (City of Beverly)

Darlene Wynne

North Suburban Planning Council (Town of Burlington)

Regional Transportation Advisory Council

Lenard Diggins

South Shore Coalition (Town of Hull)

Jennifer Constable

South West Advisory Planning Committee (Town of Medway)


Three Rivers Interlocal Council (Town of Norwood/Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Tom O’Rourke

Steve Olanoff



Other Attendees


Sarah Bradbury

MassDOT District 3

Miranda Briseño


Paul Cobuzzi


JR Frey

Town of Hingham

Valerie Gingrich


Joy Glynn


Sandy Johnson


Chris Klem


Joshua Klingenstein


Raissah Kouame


Derek Krevat

MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning (OTP)

Owen MacDonald

Town of Weymouth

Holly MacMullen

Conservation Law Foundation

Shona Norman


Sheila Page

Town of Lexington

Jon Rockwell

TEC, Inc.

Cheryll-Ann Senior

MassDOT District 5

Jon Seward


Derek Shooster


Patrick Snyder


Tyler Terrasi


Andrew Wang



MPO Staff/Central Transportation Planning Staff

Tegin Teich, Executive Director

Jonathan Church

Seth Asante

Logan Casey

Betsy Harvey

Stella Jordan

Ethan Lapointe

Erin Maguire

Marty Milkovits

Rebecca Morgan

Srilekha Murthy

Gina Perille

Sean Rourke

Michelle Scott

Judy Taylor

Sam Taylor



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