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OCPC is seeking your input on the 2019 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The LRTP survey will be open until March 18, 2019. Thank you for your help in improving the region.

Public Comment Period for 2019 OCPC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report

OCPC is seeking public comments on the 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report. The sections available for review are available here:

Comments may be directed to Economic Development/Community Planner Bruce Hughes at bhughes@ocpcrpa.org or by phone at 508-583-1833 x203.

Notice of Grant Opportunity - Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program

The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, is seeking proposals from Massachusetts municipalities interested in replacing an undersized, perched, and/or degraded culvert located in an area of high ecological value. The purpose of this funding is to encourage municipalities to replace culverts with better designed crossings that meet improved structural and environmental design standards and climate resiliency criteria. Total funding available in FY20 is anticipated to be $750,000.

Only projects that intend to meet the goals of the Massachusetts Stream Crossing Standards will be considered for funding. Incorporating these Standards into culvert design will improve river function and access for fish and wildlife, and will reduce hazards to public safety, such as flooding, culvert failure, and road washout.

Massachusetts municipalities are eligible to apply for funding to support advancement of one culvert replacement project toward completion. Interested communities should view the full announcement, including eligibility and evaluation criteria, found on Commbuys and DER’s website.

The application deadline is 5PM, March 20, 2019.

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HST)

The Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HST) identifies the Old Colony MPO region's unmet human-service transportation needs, describes the region's current transportation network and transportation providing agencies and provides ideas for improving transportation services. The HST Plan is prepared by the MPO to allow organizations in the region to be eligible to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5310 transit funding program. This program provides capital and operations funding for services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The Old Colony MPO seeks the input from the region in understanding their unmet transportation needs. Below are links where you can have you voice heard in helping the MPO identify gaps in the transportation network, which keeps you, or people you know in getting transportation to destination through the Old Colony region.

As part of the HST planning process, OCPC is conducting a survey seeking public input. You can take the survey here:

The Greater Brockton Show discusses the 2020 LRTP

OCPC needs your input on the 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan

Every four years the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) embarks upon an update to the region's Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP helps determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in our communities over the next 20 years. Your participation in this endeavor is critical in helping shape the way funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure. We ask that you please fill out the LRTP survey and stop by one of our table events that will be held throughout the region along with other public workshops.

As part of the LRTP process, OCPC is conducting a survey seeking public input on your transportation priorities. You can take the survey here:

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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