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Bay State Bike Week

Every May, Massachusetts residents and bike commuters come together to celebrate human-powered, two-wheeled transportation during Bay State Bike Week. This year, the week-long celebration will take place from May 14th-May 22nd. Bay State Bike Week is brought to you in partnership by MassDOT, MassBike, the statewide bicycle education and advocacy group, as well as MassRIDES, the Commonwealth's Travel Options Program. Throughout the Commonwealth, participants organize bike-centric events to encourage new riders and to raise awareness about the many benefits of bicycle transportation, so make sure to register or join an event! Bay State Bike Week has something for all kinds of riders, whether you're a newbie to biking or a seasoned cyclist!

Visit BayStateBikeWeek.org to find an event in your community or to host an event.

2016 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference

The State of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Department of Public Health have the distinct honor of hosting the 2016 Northeast Transportation Safety conference in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The conference theme "The sum is greater than its parts" emphasizes the fact that we cannot just enforce or engineer our way to zero fatalities. We must incorporate education, awareness, and health, with enforcement and engineering, to move toward our goal of zero deaths.

The conference is scheduled for June 7 & 8, 2016 at the DCU Center, Worcester, MA. For more information, please visit NETSC.org

MassDOT Releases Draft 2017-2021 Capital Investment Plan (CIP)

MassDOT will hold a series of meetings throughout the state to solicit public input on its draft five-year, multi-billion dollar Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for long-term highway, aeronautics, rail and transit. The CIP program makes long-term, multi-modal investments that cover all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, municipal and regional airports, rail and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities, as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

You are invited to review the CIP presentation. Public comments may be submitted via email to masscip@state.ma.us.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey Underway

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity and Safety Study. To assist with the study development, OCPC has created two surveys to help us acquire bicycle and walking information and patterns in the Old Colony Region and help guide the development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity and Safety Study. The surveys are available here.

For more information, contact Community/Transportation Planner Jimmy Pereira at jpereira@ocpcrpa.org or 508-583-1833 Extension 217.

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

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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.

Upcoming Route 28 Corridor Study Public Presentation

OCPC has held a number of public presentations to garner public input for the Route 28 Corridor Study in Brockton. The purpose of the study is to develop traffic and safety improvements (short-term and long-term projects to reduce delays and improve safety) for all road users (passenger cars, trucks and commercial vehicles, bicyclists and walkers), and plan improvements for future economic growth. The most recent public presentation was held on February 25th at the Ward 4 meeting at the Davis School on Plain Street, hosted by City Councilor Paul Studenski. To view the presentation, click here. The next public presentation will be at the East Branch of Brockton Public Library, 54 Kingman Street, on Thursday March 10th at 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Ward 5 meeting hosted by City Councilor Ann Beauregard. If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact Ray Guarino at rguarino@ocpcrpa.org, or at (508) 583-1833 extension 212.

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.

TIP Amendment Endorsed

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) endorsed Amendment 1 to the FFY 2016 Old Colony Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on January 19, 2016. The text of the amendment can be found 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.

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Route 28 Corridor Study Survey Available

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently conducting the Route 28 Corridor Study in Avon and Brockton. The purpose of this study is to evaluate existing and future traffic conditions as well as bicycle, pedestrian, public transit, parking, and land use conditions. The study focuses on the Route 28 Corridor from the Avon-Randolph line through Brockton to the Brockton-West Bridgewater line. 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. Thank you for your participation!

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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