MBTA ROC Submits Commentary Regarding MassDOT’s Focus40 Draft Plan

The MBTA Rider Oversight Committee submitted comments to MassDOT regarding their Focus40 draft plan. The commentary is provided in the letter below:

MBTA ROC Subcommittee Submits Commentary on the Boston MPO’s FY 2019 Draft UPWP

The MBTA ROC Capital Investment & Finance Subcommittee submitted comments to the Boston Region MPO regarding their FY 2019 Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The commentary is provided in the letter below:

MBTA ROC Subcommittee Submits Commentary Regarding the FY 2019-23 Draft TIP

The MBTA ROC Capital Investment & Finance Subcommittee submitted comments to the Boston Region MPO regarding their FY 2019-23 Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The commentary is provided in the letter below:

MBTA ROC Urges Massachusetts Legislature to Restore District Local Technical Assistance

The MBTA ROC has submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Legislature urging all senators and representatives to support Representative Donato’s amendment #282 to restore Direct Local Technical Assistance (DLTA). The thirteen Massachusetts Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) that provide DLTA bring an expertise that assists leaders in their communities with attaining a comprehensive outlook which can encompass better public transit options as well as provide them with the means to do studies and present proposals for consideration in the statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The letter to the legislature is provided below:

Help Ensure Funding for All Thirteen Massachusetts Regional Planning Agencies

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is asking for our help and your help in ensuring funding for all thirteen Massachusetts Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs). Please ask your MA State Representative to support Rep Donato’s Amendment #282, which would restore District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) funding for all of the state’s Regional Planning Agencies.

Link to details on how to help: https://www.mapc.org/announcement/urgent-call-to-action-needed/

Upcoming Educational Forum on Autonomous Vehicles

The MBTA Rider Oversight Committee encourages the public to attend an upcoming forum on autonomous vehicles hosted by the city of Arlington, Massachusetts. Details about the forum are provided below:

Educational Forum on Autonomous Vehicles
Arlington Town Hall Auditorium
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00-8:30PM

Link to Agenda: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=40078
Link to Calendar Invite: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/17101

MBTA ROC Proposes Action Items for MassDOT Autonomous Vehicle Working Group

The MBTA Rider Oversight Committee has submitted a letter to the MassDOT Autonomous Vehicle Working Group (AVWG) to issue its support for the working group, but to also propose two action items for the AVWG to explore. Our letter is provided below:

MBTA ROC Issues Support for Massachusetts State Autonomous Vehicle Bills

The MBTA Rider Oversight Committee has submitted a letter expressing our strong support for the bills proposed by Senator Jason Lewis (S.1945) and Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (H.1829). Our letter can be viewed below:

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier to Discuss Safe Implementation of AGVs at the July General ROC Meeting

At the July General ROC meeting (which takes place this coming Tuesday, July 25th at 5pm in the usual 10 Park Plaza conference rooms), we will welcome Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier from the Massachusetts State Legislature. She will discuss H.1829, a bill to promote the safe integration of autonomous vehicles into the transportation system of the Commonwealth. This bill was created by her and Representative Jason M. Lewis at the beginning of 2017. Please join us for this conversation on AGVs, which follows-up our April forum on the same subject.

MBTA ROC CIF Subcommittee Submits Commentary on the Boston MPO’s Draft 2017 Triennial Title VI Report

The MBTA ROC Capital Investment & Finance Subcommittee submitted comments to the Boston Region MPO regarding their Draft 2017 Triennial Title VI Report. The commentary is provided in the letter below:

MBTA ROC Extends Membership Application Deadline

The MBTA Rider Oversight committee (ROC) is extending its membership application deadline through July 31, 2017. All applications that have been received so far are still under consideration.

The MBTA ROC is a diverse group of riders and MBTA employees who provide recommendations to the MBTA and communicate the needs and concerns of all riders. We are seeking individuals with a strong interest in transit issues and a willingness to make a firm commitment to the Committee’s mission. We require that you be able to commit to meeting twice a month for a total of 3.5 to 4.0 hours per month.

If you wish to be considered for a position, please visit our application webpage:
http://mbtaroc.org/membership-application/

MBTA ROC Subcommittee Submits Commentary on the Boston MPO’s Draft UPWP

The MBTA ROC Capital Investment & Finance Subcommittee submitted comments to the Boston Region MPO regarding their FY 2018 Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The commentary is provided in the letter below:

MBTA Rider Oversight Committee Seeking New Members

The MBTA Rider Oversight committee (ROC) is a diverse group of riders and MBTA employees who provide recommendations to the MBTA and communicate the needs and concerns of all riders. We are seeking individuals with a strong interest in transit issues and a willingness to make a firm commitment to the Committee’s mission. We require that you be able to commit to meeting twice a month for a total of 3.5 to 4.0 hours per month.

If you wish to be considered for a position, please visit our application webpage:
http://mbtaroc.org/membership-application/

We will be accepting applications through Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

FORUM: Automated Vehicles and the Future of Equity in Public Transit

Please join us for a discussion about how driverless vehicles will potentially impact our public transit systems, and how we can work to develop policies that will ensure that we have a public transit system that is accessible to all.

Date:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Forum Location:
10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA (Conference Rooms 1 – 3)

Panelists:
  • Chris Dempsey, Director, Transportation for Massachusetts
  • Alison Felix, Senior Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Ken Kruckemeyer, Partner, Strategies for Cities / Board Member, LivableStreets Alliance
  • Rep. Sean Garballey, 23 rd District, Middlesex (tentative)
At this forum, we will encourage participation by the audience. Therefore, after brief remarks by the panelists, we will have at least 30-40 minutes of Q&A between the audience and the panelists.

To submit questions ahead of time, visit:
http://mbtaroc.org/contact

If you cannot attend in person, you can view a live stream of the forum and submit questions in real-time here:
http://mbtaroc.org/live

Help Push Overnight MBTA Service Forward and Take the Night Bus Survey

The MBTA, City of Boston, City of Cambridge, and the advocacy group TransitMatters have partnered to better understand the needs of those traveling overnight in and around Boston. Help push the ‘Night Bus’ initiative forward by filling out their survey about your overnight travel patterns.

Survery Link: http://www.mbta.com/nightbus