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Massachusetts Department of Transportation Notice of Public Hearing

In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 6C, § 3(18), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is convening public hearings on toll structure changes within the Massachusetts Turnpike, and the Metropolitan Highway System. The proposed changes include changes in the toll structure and rates through the implementation of all electronic tolling along the Massachusetts Turnpike and the Metropolitan Highway System. Public hearings will be held on the dates and at the locations stated in this notice.

Scheduled Hearing Dates and Locations

Interested parties will be given an opportunity to present comments orally or in writing at the hearings. In addition, written comments will be accepted for 2 weeks following the hearings, until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Emailed comments may be made to: AETinfo@dot.state.ma.us. Written comments may be mailed to: MassDOT Legal Department, Att: Eileen Fenton, Senior Counsel, Suite 3510, 10 Park Plaza, 3rd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.

This event is accessible to people with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance (such as translated documents or an interpreter) to fully participate, please contact MassDOT, Office of Civil Rights, 857-368-8585 or MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us at least 14 days prior to the event. Such services are provided free of charge.

South Coast Rail Public Meetings Set

MassDOT and the MBTA will host a series of public meetings beginning next month on the proposed restoration of passenger rail service between the South Coast and Boston. Designers are considering a new connection making use of the existing MBTA Stoughton Commuter Rail Line. The design for this route is currently 15 percent complete. In addition, MassDOT and the MBTA are also considering an alternative rail route between Boston and the South Coast that could potentially be designed and constructed more quickly than the Stoughton route. The meetings will be held to inform the public on the status of the project, discuss next steps, and seek public comment.

Public meetings all begin at 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

For more information about the project, visit the South Coast Rail website. Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email to SouthCoastRail@dot.state.ma.us.

Old Colony MPO Endorses FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the FFY 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Old Colony MPO has endorsed the FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the FFY 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The TIP is a five-year program of capital improvements and operating assistance for the transportation system in the region, while the UPWP provides an overview and budgetary information for the transportation planning tasks and activities, which are to be conducted in the region during the upcoming federal fiscal year. For more information, please contact Charles Kilmer.

Winning Municipal Office Supply Bid Announced

The winning office supply vendor of the SRPEDD, OCPC, and The Town of Kingston bid was W. B. Mason.

General terms of the award are:

Although this bid and award does not restrict your department from buying elsewhere if you can find a better price, we believe that buying from WB Mason will save your municipality significant money. We strongly encourage your use of the bid. Just call W. B. Mason and mention the "SRPEDD, OCPC, and The Town of Kingston Bid".

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Arbeene or (508) 583-1833 ext. 213.

CEDS Annual Report Released

The 2016 Annual Report of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy committee has been released, and can be downloaded here.

Focus40: The 2040 Investment Plan for the MBTA

MassDOT and the MBTA are embarking on a long-term investment plan for the MBTA. Focus40 is the 25-year strategic vision for MBTA investments. This process is engaging customers - as well as elected officials, major employers and business leaders, academic institutions, the advocacy community, and other stakeholders - in the development of a financially responsible, long-term investment strategy that positions the MBTA to better serve the region of today, as well as the Greater Boston of 2040.

Focus40 wants to hear from you. How do you want the MBTA to serve the Boston Region of 2040? What are your priorities for our system? You can send comments to Focus40@dot.state.ma.us. Sign up for project information so you can participate in person at meetings and events.

Colonial Power Group Selected as Aggregation Consultant by OCPC

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) has announced the selection of Colonial Power Group of Marlborough, Massachusetts as its chosen consultant and broker to assist its 17 member communities in moving forward to implement locally controlled municipal programs for the aggregation of electricity. Click here to read more about this aggrement or here to read more about municipal aggregation.

Route 3A Corridor Study begins in Duxbury

Take the Survey Here

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently preparing a transportation corridor study of Route 3A in Duxbury. The purpose of this study is to evaluate existing and future traffic conditions as well as bicycle, pedestrian, public transit, land use, and public health. The study focuses on the Route 3A Corridor in Duxbury from the Marshfield Town Line at its northern extent to the Kingston Town Line at the southern extent. This survey provides the opportunity for community input regarding mobility needs, quality-of-life, safety, and environmental issues. You can access the survey at this link. For more information on this Study, please contact Project Manager Bill McNulty at 508-583-1833 ext. 207 or at wmcnulty@ocpcrpa.org. Thank you for your participation!

Announcing the Availability of Mitigation Grants - FY16 PDFM and FMA

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are pleased to announce the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM) Program and 2016 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funding. The 2016 PDM and 2016 FMA are nationally-competitive annual grant programs and are now available. These federally-funded Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs (PDM and FMA) provide significant opportunities to reduce, minimize, or eliminate potential damages to property and infrastructure from natural hazard events. To learn more, grant briefings will be held throughout the state and potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Those dates and other details are contained in this memo. To RSVP for a briefing please email mitigation@massmail.state.ma.us.

Complete Streets Funding Guidance Available

A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes: walking, biking, transit, and motorized vehicles; for people of all ages and abilities. This Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document describes the full requirements of the program, including guidance on best practices in Complete Streets Policy development and implementation. The Complete Streets Portal provides the online application and program participation process, and can be found here. MassDOT has allocated $12.5 million for the first two years of this effort. Future funding will be based on the availability of funds and the interest and success of the program.

MassDOT Announces New Complete Streets Funding Program

The new Complete Streets Funding Program, authorized by the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill, offers Massachusetts municipalities incentives to adopt policies and practices that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes: walking, biking, transit and vehicles for people of all ages and abilities.

MassDOT has launched an interactive web portal to assist municipalities through the policy development, prioritization planning, and project approval steps of the application process. In addition, a Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document, explaining the program requirements, model policy guidance and scoring system, and eligible infrastructure, is available online. For more information and to register to become a Complete Streets Eligible municipality go to mass.gov/massdot/completestreets.

NHS Intermodal Connectors Study Released

The Old Colony National Highway System (NHS) Intermodal Connectors Study has been completed. The Study examines existing infrastructure and traffic conditions at six designated NHS Intermodal Connectors in the Old Colony region. Intermodal Connectors are highways that were originally identified in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 that provide access between major intermodal facilities and the other four subsystems making up the National Highway System. NHS Intermodal Connectors are key conduits for the timely and reliable delivery of people and goods. Along with analysis of existing conditions, the Study also suggests recommendations for improving access to and safety around these NHS Intermodal Connectors. For more information on this Study, please contact Bill McNulty at 508-583-1833 ext. 207 or at wmcnulty@ocpcrpa.org. The study can be downloaded here.

DLTA Funding Available

The Old Colony Planning Council is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program. More information and the assistance request form can be obtained here, or at the DLTA page.

MovingU 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Available

MovingU 2040, Old Colony Planning Council's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), has been released. The RTP is the policy and visioning document of the Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meant to serve as a guide to the future development of the transportation infrastructure in our region. It can be download at this link, or for a more in-depth description of the MPO and its role, visit our MPO page.

Study Released on Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

A study by the Center for Economic Development (CED) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst examining the impacts of a plant closure and decommissioning. The report can be downloaded here.

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