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Notice of Public Review and Comment Period - Focus40: The Plan

Focus40 is the 25-year investment plan to position the MBTA to meet the needs of the Greater Boston region in 2040. The draft MBTA Focus40 Plan is available for comment. View the draft Plan and learn how to comment on the Focus40 Plan page. The comment period will end on Friday, September 21, 2018.

Stay informed of project progress and meetings by and following #Focus40 on Twitter. Please send questions or comments to Focus40@dot.state.ma.us.

Notice of Public Review and Comment Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released the 2016 Old Colony Regional Transportation Plan Amendment 1 to a 21-day public review and comment period.

The public is invited to review Amendment 1 and provide comments. Copies of Amendment 1 are also available for review at the OCPC Offices (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), 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 August 2, 2018 at 12 PM. Furthermore, a public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for August 21, 2018 at 10 AM to hear additional public comments and consider endorsement.

Please contact Charles Kilmer at 508-583-1833 Extension 206 for further information.

Notice of 2018 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Funding

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program for 2018. This program enables OCPC to provide technical assistance to member communities on eligible projects. OCPC municipalities are invited to apply for technical assistance consistent with state guidelines. For more information on eligibility and a request form, consult the solicitation letter.

2017 CEDS Report now available

The 2017 Report of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee has been completed and is available for download here.

Take Our Route 106 Corridor Study Survey

Route 106

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently conducting the Route 106 Corridor Study. The study area includes Route 106 in the Towns of Kingston, Plympton, Halifax, East Bridgewater, as well as Route 106 in West Bridgewater (from West Bridgewater Center and Route 28 to the East Bridgewater Town Line). 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.

OCPC has developed an online survey to provide the opportunity for community input regarding mobility needs, quality-of-life, safety, and environmental issues.

By filling out our survey, you are making a statement about your community's needs and helping us identify deficiencies and potential improvements. The survey should take you only about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your input.

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.

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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