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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.

Municipal Aggregation Request for Proposals

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is seeking proposals from qualified parties to develop and administer electricity aggregation plans through separate agreements with OCPC municipalities. A selection committee formed by OCPC will choose one qualified party to serve as a consultant and who will be available to the municipalities to enter into agreements. The RFP documents are available here (PDF). Proposals are due at OCPC, 70 School St, Brockton, MA 02301 on February 23, 2016 at 12 PM.

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.

Public Meetings for MBTA Fare Proposals and Commuter Rail Schedule Changes

The MBTA will hold a series of public meetings on proposed fare changes and Late-Night service so that comments and suggestions can be shared with T officials. The January and February gatherings will be an opportunity to offer recorded comments, which will be considered by the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board and MassDOT. A series of 10 public meetings on fare changes will be followed by a vote of the Board, which is anticipated to occur in March. The Board will consider public input on two possible scenarios.

The T has created an online Fare Options Comparison tool to give customers the opportunity to calculate fares under the proposed changes as follows:
English version
Spanish version
Comments may also be submitted using the tool.

MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program - State Fiscal Year 2017
Training Announcement and Application Period

The MassDOT Transit Unit has announced the following training sessions for the MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program for State Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The Community Transit Grant Program is the consolidated competitive grant program for the following Federal funds (Title 49 USC Sections 5310, 5311 (f), and 5339) and State funds (Mobility Assistance Program). The application period is scheduled to open on January 25, 2016 and close at 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2016. More information is available 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!

FRA Releases NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement

NEC FUTURE is the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) comprehensive plan for improvements to the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Massachusetts. NEC FUTURE will define a long-term vision and incremental approach for improving passenger rail service. As part of this effort, the FRA is pleased to announce the release of the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS), now available for download at www.necfuture.com.

The selection of a long-term vision and investment program for the NEC will have far-reaching effects on transportation in the entire Northeastern U.S. No decision has been made on which alternative best meets the region's needs, and the FRA will consider all comments received during the comment period in making its decision.

Comments can be provided online at www.necfuture.com, by email to comment@necfuture.com, by mail, or during one of eleven public hearings to be held in cities along the NEC. For information on the public hearing dates and locations, please visit the website at www.necfuture.com. The comment period will close on January 30, 2016.

We look forward to your feedback and continued involvement.
NEC FUTURE Team

MEPA Review of Proposed Brockton Casino

In compliance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, an Environmental Notification Form has been released for the proposed Brockton casino. It can be viewed here. OCPC has reviewed and commented on the ENF. Also included is a Traffic Impact and Access Study performed by MDM Transportation Consultants, available here.

The MEPA staff contact for the project is Page Czepiga (617) 626-1021 and the project contact is Stephen Martorano at Bohler Engineering, (617) 849-8040.

If you should have questions for the Old Colony Planning Council, please contact Community Planner Eric Arbeene at (508) 583-1833 x213 or at earbeene@ocpcrpa.org

CEDS 2015 Annual Report Released

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2015 Annual Report has been released and is available on our Reports page.

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.

Additional Funding Available for Hazard Mitigation Grants

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) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM) Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program funding. The HMGP is a post-disaster mitigation grant funding and has been made available statewide as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the January 2015 Severe Winter Storm. For more information, visit our Grants page.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Presentation to Region C Communities

2015 District Local Technical Assistance Announced

OCPC is pleased to announce that funding for District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) for 2015 is now available! For more information or to submit an application, click here.

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