Draft TIP Amendment Public Meeting

Thursday, September 6th - 10:00a
@ State Transportation Building, Conference Rooms 2 & 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston [map]

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is circulating for public review and comment a proposed Draft Amendment Three to the FFY 2012 element of the FFYs 2012–2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is an annually updated document that lists the highway and transit projects that will receive funding during a four-year period. This Draft Amendment Three will program five projects awarded grant funding. The projects are two ferry-related projects, a project to promote use of the Fairmount Line, provision of information kiosks on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, and an evaluation of parking pricing strategies in Cambridge.

The MPO has approved a shortened, 15-day public comment period for Draft Amendment Three due to federal review deadlines prior to the close of the federal fiscal year. This comment period will begin on Monday, August 20, 2012, and end at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 4. The MPO is planning to take action on Draft Amendment Three at its meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2012.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM in conference rooms 2 and 3 of the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, in Boston. Members of the public are invited to attend. Comments on Draft Amendment Three will be accepted in writing at the addresses below before the close of the public comment period and at the meeting.

For details, including information on the meeting and copies of Draft Amendment Three, refer to the MPO’s website, beginning August 20. Also on its website are the MPO’s nondiscrimination statement and related information.

Copies of the document may also be obtained by contacting MPO staff: by mail at 10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150, Boston, MA 02116-3968; by voice at (617) 973-7100; by TTY at (617) 973-7089; by fax at (617) 973-8855; or by e-mail. Copies are free of charge and, upon request, will be made available in CD, print, and accessible formats. Upon request, in advance of the meeting, through any of the means listed above, every effort will be made to prepare materials in other formats and in languages other than English, and to provide interpreters in American Sign Language and other languages. Assistive listening devices and large-print materials will be available at the meeting.

The MBTA, which is the FTA Section 5307(c) applicant, has consulted with the MPO and concurs that the public involvement process adopted by the MPO for the development of the TIP satisfies the public hearing requirements that pertain to the development of the Program of Projects for regular Section 5307, Urbanized Area Formula Program, grant applications, including the provision for public notice and the time established for public review and comment.