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Notice of Public Review and Comment Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released) the FFY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment 2, the FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the FFY 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for a 30-day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review these documents and provide comments.

A public meeting of the OCPC and Old Colony MPO advisory committee, the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC), is scheduled for July 14, 2016 at 12 PM, at the OCPC Offices (70 School Street, Brockton, MA). Furthermore, a public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for July 26, 2016 at 10 AM, at the OCPC Offices (70 School Street, Brockton, MA), to hear public comments and consider endorsement of these documents.

OCPC's 49th Annual Meeting Scheduled

Old Colony Planning Council will be holding the 49th Annual Meeting on June 23, 2016 at 6 PM at the Mockingbird in East Bridgewater. Information on how to attend is available here. The speaker will be Tony Dutzik of Frontier Group, speaking on the topic of Driverless Automobiles.

Invitation for Bids for Municipal Office Suppliers

Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD), The Town of Kingston, and Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) are issuing a joint IFB for the procurement of office supplies used by the municipal offices in up to 44 cities and towns in the combined SRPEDD and OCPC regions for the period of July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, with option of annual extensions through June 30, 2019. The estimated annual value of this IFB is from $350,000 to $1,500,000 per year.

Qualified businesses are requested to submit sealed bids to the Chief Procurement Officer Ross Perry at SRPEDD, 88 Broadway Taunton, MA 02780 not later than 2:00 PM, Thursday June 16, 2015.

The detailed IFB and digital pricing form can be obtained from the Commonwealth's COMMBUYS website by searching for solicitation by SRPEDD or going to the SRPEDD website.

SRPEDD and OCPC will identify the responsible and responsive low bidders and recommend awards to the municipal departments. Contracts will be executed between the municipal departments and the low bidders. SRPEDD and OCPC reserve the right to accept or reject any and all bids or portions thereof, to waive any informalities in bidding, and to recommend awards that appear in the best interest of the SRPEDD and OCPC municipalities.

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.

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.

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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