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Upcoming Workshops: Boston Region MPO Expands Program for Transportation Projects with Air Quality I

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Contact: Maureen Kelly
Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
Telephone: (617) 973¬7097
E¬mail: mkelly@bostonmpo.org
 
Boston Region MPO Expands Program for Transportation Projects with Air Quality Improvement Benefits
 
Beginning this year, the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is broadening its program for funding transportation projects that will result in improvements to air quality, and it is increasing the amount of funding it allocates each year to those projects. The new Clean Air and Mobility Program will provide up to $2 million in federal funding per year, through the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), to projects chosen on a competitive basis. Funding for the program is provided through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program.
 
Types of projects that will be eligible in this expanded program include those that relieve congestion, improve access to transit facilities, facilitate or promote non¬motor¬vehicle commuting or alternatives to the automobile, improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, establish new transit service, upgrade vehicle fleets to cleaner fuels, or implement travel¬demand strategies. All proposed projects must be federal¬aid eligible and meet the criteria of the Statewide CMAQ Committee. (For a complete overview of the types of eligible projects, visit the MPO’s website, www.bostonmpo.org, and click on the Clean Air and Mobility link.)
 
The MPO will accept proposals from municipalities, regional transit authorities, transportation management associations, chambers of commerce, and nonprofit transportation advocacy groups in the Boston region, an area which encompasses 101 municipalities in eastern Massachusetts. Applicants may wish to attend an upcoming MPO Open House or TIP and Clean Air and Mobility Program How¬To Seminar to learn more from MPO staff members about the details of the program and the application and review process. These events will be held at the following times and locations:
 
MPO Open House
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
12:00 noon AND 5:00 PM
State Transportation Building
MPO Conference Room, Suite 2150
Boston
 
Clean Air and Mobility Program How-To Seminar
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
9:00 AM
Town Hall
Selectmen’s Meeting Room (first floor)
Wellesley
 
Transportation Improvement Program and Clean Air and Mobility Program How-To Seminars
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 
9:00 AM
City Hall  
Room 302 
Lynn
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
9:00 AM
City Hall
Memorial Hall (third floor)
Marlborough
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
9:00 AM
Town Hall
Council Chambers
Weymouth
 
Proposals are due on April 1, 2010, for projects vying for funding in federal fiscal year 2010.
 
The Clean Air and Mobility Program represents a restructuring and expansion of three existing MPO programs, the Suburban Mobility Improvement, Regional Transportation Demand Management, and Regional Bike Parking programs.
 
For more information about the Clean Air and Mobility Program, please contact Eric Bourassa, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, at ebourassa@mapc.org or (617) 451¬2770 extension 2043, or Hayes Morrison, MPO staff, at hayesm@bostonmpo.org or (617) 973¬7129. For questions related to transit proposals, please contact Jonathan Belcher, MPO staff, at jbelcher@ctps.org or (617) 973¬7253.
 
The Boston Region MPO is responsible for conducting regional transportation planning and for programming federal capital funding for transit and highway projects in 101 municipalities in eastern Massachusetts. The MPO members include transportation and planning agencies and organizations, and municipalities.
 

 

 
 
 
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