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/

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:

MBTA ROC Endorses Overnight Bus Plan

The MBTA ROC voted to endorse a new concept for robust, equitable, and efficient overnight bus service. Ari Ofsevit, Jeremy Mendelson, and James Aloisi devised the plan, while Ari explained the details in an Amateur Planner blog-post. Our offical endorsement letter appears below: