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Notice of Public Review and Comment Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released the Draft 2019 Old Colony Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan to a 21-day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review this Plan and provide comments. Copies are available for review at the OCPC Offices (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), at this link, and/or upon request.

A public meeting of the OCPC and Old Colony MPO Advisory Committee, the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC), is scheduled for November 9, 2019 at 12 PM. Furthermore, a public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for November 19, 2019 at 10 AM to hear additional public comments and consider endorsement. For more information, please contact Paul Chenard at 508-583-1833 Extension 209 or by email.

MBTA's Rail Vision Update: Open House and Presentation on Wednesday, October 23

The MBTA and MassDOT invite you to participate in a Rail Vision Open House and Presentation. It will take place on Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Transportation Board Room at 10 Park Plaza (2nd floor). The goal of the event is to provide updates on the results of the analysis for the Rail Vision alternatives, while gathering input from riders and non-riders alike on these futures. For more information, please visit the MBTA's website.

MassDOT Announces Launch of the Safe Routes to School Signs and Lines Program

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Signs and Lines Program. The SRTS Signs and Lines Program provides design services and up to $6,000 in construction funding for low-cost infrastructure projects around public elementary and middle schools. Examples of eligible low-cost projects include signage and pavement markings to improve safety and accessibility along key walking and biking routes to a school.

The application period opens on October 1, 2019 and all applications are due by 5:00 PM EDT on October 31, 2019. The Signs and Lines Program Guidance Document and Application are available on the SRTS website under the Engineering section. Up to five projects will be selected this school year.

OCPC is seeking a Comprehensive Senior Planner

The Old Colony Planning Council, a proactive regional planning agency serving 17 municipalities in greater Plymouth County, seeks a highly qualified and motivated Comprehensive Senior Planner to focus on land use, zoning, water quality, open space, environment, and climate resilience. The Comprehensive Senior Planner will work closely with state agencies, local officials, community groups, businesses, and institutions. Click here for more information on the position.

MassDOT: “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign

MassDOT has launched a new statewide safety campaign to raise awareness for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who are sharing the streets. This initiative seeks to help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrian and cyclists.

Two videos that highlight the safety risks present for all travelers on urban roadways are also available to help support this safety initiative. The videos emphasize the notion that everyone who is traveling on a roadway is responsible for doing his/her part to ensure safety.

Community Septic Management Program is Back in Hanson!

On May 1, 2017, the Town of Hanson voted at their annual Town Meeting to borrow a total of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to continue their participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic projects within the next year; they will first need to vote on the new interest rate and payback period. This will be done at the next Town Meeting, which will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Hanson Middle School.

If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for the Town of Hanson, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.

Community Septic Management Program Continues for Stoughton!

On October 24, 2016, the Town of Stoughton Board of Selectmen voted to borrow a total of $400,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. On March 7, 2017, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the new interest rates for the Town of Stoughton’s continued participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The rates are as follows:

The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic and sewer projects by the end of March/beginning of April. If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.

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