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OCPC's 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting

OCPC is celebrating their 50th Anniversary (1967-2017). We invite you to celebrate with us on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Hotel 1620 at the Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA (directions. Our guest speakers will be Matthew Barry, Division President of LStar Ventures and Joe C. McKinney, Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations.

In Memory of Anthony Anacki and Daniel Miles

OCPC recently lost two men who served us for many years: Anthony P. Anacki, charter member and Bridgewater council delegate; and Daniel W. Miles, CEDS Committee member from Brockton. Our thoughts are with their family and friends.

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

2013

Stormwater Mapping Assistance Project Report Released

The report 2013 Stormwater Mapping Assistance Project, which was developed from the Climate Change Roadway Drainage and Runoff Program, is now available on the project page. Towns that are interested in assistance on meeting the stormwater mapping requirements of the EPA's NPDES permit should contact Andrew Vidal for more information.

South Coast Rail Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report Released

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for South Coast Rail. You may view the Public Notice, FEIS Fact Sheet and other information, and download the document at the Army Corps of Engineers website.

Regional 911 Feasability Study Now Available

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) in conjunction with the communities of Bridgewater, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Kingston, Plymouth, Plympton, and Whitman recently completed a Regional 911 Emergency Communications Center Dispatch Feasibility Study. The Study looked at the possibility of establishing a Regional 911 Emergency Communication Center (RECC) in the region. OCPC and its member agencies have been exploring the concept of a shared 911 dispatch center for a number of years. In 2011 OCPC successfully applied for a development grant from the Massachusetts State 911 Department to perform a consolidation study, and contracted with AECOM to perform the study. Any questions, comments or concerns, can be emailed to Charles Kilmer or by phone at (508) 583-1833 Ext. 206.

Regional Policy Plan Update Underway

OCPC is currently in the process of updating its Regional Policy Plan (RPP). Last updated in 2000, the RPP serves as a guide for the physical, economic, and social development of the region. The 2000 RPP is available to download at our Reports page.

2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity and Livability Study Released

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Study for 2012 is now available at our Reports page. This report is the result of an in-depth analysis of the existing infrastructure conditions collected during the first phase of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Study, which is also available here. The report identifies the best routes for a bike network, recommendations to improve weak links in the bicycle and pedestrian network, and prioritizes sites that need improvements. For more information about this study, contact Kyle Mowatt.

The State of Stormwater Mapping Report Released

The 2012 Roadway Drainage and Runoff study is now available on our Reports page. This report examines the progress our communities have made towards fulfilling the requirements of the EPA's Phase II NPDES permit, which is set to be issued soon. The State of Stormwater Mapping the OCPC Region details what is required by the communities, how they are currently complying with the regulations, and what OCPC can do to help. For more information about the project, please contact Andrew Vidal.

2012

Hazard Mitigation Grants Available

December 21, 2012 - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are announcing an opening of the application period for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This post-disaster mitigation grant funding is available as a result of the federal disaster declaration for the October 29-30, 2011 Snow Storm event. This HMGP funding is available to all communities in the Commonwealth that meet the sub-applicant and project eligibility requirements. For more information, visit our Grants page.

2012 Major Bottleneck In-Depth Analysis and Action Plan Released

November 29 - The 2012 Major Bottleneck In-Depth Analysis and Action Plan, a study of two areas of high congestion, has been released and can be downloaded at our reports page. The study analyzes Route 104 in Bridgewater from South Street to the Raynham town line, and Route 138 in Stoughton from Brock Street to the Canton Town Line. For past Major Bottleneck studies and more information on the project, visit our Bottleneck Project Page.

2012 CEDS Report Issued

November 21 - The 2012 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report is now available for download here or at our reports page. For more information about the CEDS Committee or OCPC's Economic Development planning initiatives, email Bruce Hughes or call 508-583-1833.

USDOT Releases Faces of Distracted Driving Video

Faces of Distracted Driving is a video series that raises awareness about the potentially tragic consequences of texting and using cell phones while driving by sharing the stories of families who have been affected by this deadly epidemic. In 2010, over 3,000 people died in crashes related to distracted driving. The series is part of Secretary LaHood's ongoing efforts to raise greater awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Visit Distraction.gov for more information and to take action.

For Your Information and Consideration: Air Quality Conformity Determination of the Proposed FFY 2013-2016 TIPs and STIP

September 28, 2012 -- The Boston Region MPO has added design funding for the Red Line/Blue Line Connector project to its FFY 2013-2016 TIP, and has amended its Long-Range Transportation Plan. These actions have not changed the projected emissions for the Eastern Massachusetts Ozone Non-Attainment Area and allows the existing air quality analyses (prepared for the 2013-2016 TIPs in Eastern Massachusetts as amended by the Boston 2013-2016 TIP amendment, and the 2012 Regional Transportation Plans in Eastern Massachusetts as amended by the Boston Long-Range Transportation Plan amendment) to be used for determining transportation conformity. The air quality analysis satisfies conformity's motor vehicle emission budget test. Specifically, the following conditions are met:

After evaluation and response to comments, the MPOs and Regional Planning Agencies in Eastern Massachusetts will make a conformity finding and submit their determination to U.S. DOT (Federal Transit Administration Region 1, and Federal Highway Massachusetts Division) via MassDOT. For more information please visit the Boston Region MPO's website.

MassDOT Kicks Off Statewide Transportation Conversation

September 21, 2012 -- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will kick off a series of statewide public meetings next week, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. Legislation passed in August requires the Department to host at least six public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state's transportation system next year. To ensure that all regions of the Commonwealth are represented, MassDOT will hold 15 meetings.

"Every person in the Commonwealth has a stake in our transportation system", said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "Whether someone drives, walks, takes public transit or rides their bike, there is rarely a day that goes by that they don't interact with the system. These statewide discussions are intended to allow the users of our system to share their ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come."

Representatives from each division of MassDOT: RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit - will be available to answer questions and provide information.

BAT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal

June 28, 2012 -- The Brockton Transit Authority has announced the establishment of a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Participation Goal in accordance with US Department of Transportation Regulations.

OCPC at the Brownfields Forum

Old Colony Planning Council co-sponsored the Brownfields Forum, Assessment to Redevelopment and Everything in Between. It was held at the Shaw's Center in Brockton on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 8:30 AM to noon. Over 170 people attended. Highlights of the forum included two case study presentations from the cities of Attleboro and Taunton along with a resource panel featuring representatives from Mass DEP, MassDevelopment, MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, MA Department of Revenue and US EPA. Welcoming speakers were OCPC Council President Robert Moran Jr, City of Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti and MA Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. We'd like to thank everyone who attended for their participation in this important forum.

State Transportation Improvement Program for Federal Fiscal Years 2012-2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce the availability of the project listings for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Federal Fiscal Years 2012 to 2015. These listings are a compilation of roadway, bridge, intermodal and transit projects as developed by the Commonwealth's ten Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the three non-MPOs. The STIP also includes all narratives, certifications, and source documents as required. These projects are available for review at this link. Comments and questions can be directed to Karen Pearson or by phone at (617) 973-7335.

Recreational Trails Grants Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is accepting applications for the Recreational Trails Grants Program. More information available on our Grants page.

State Transportation Improvement Program for Federal Fiscal Years 2012-2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce the availability of the project listings for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Federal Fiscal Years 2012 to 2015. These listings are a compilation of roadway, bridge, intermodal and transit projects as developed by the Commonwealth's ten Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the three non-MPOs. The STIP also includes all narratives, certifications, and source documents as required. These projects are available for review at this link. Comments and questions can be directed to Karen Pearson or by phone at (617) 973-7335.

May 2012 --- OCPC Holds 45th Annual Dinner at the Shaw's Center in Brockton

Old Colony Planning Council held its 45th Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 17 at Brockton's Shaw's Center. Mr. Stephen Crosby, Chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, was the keynote speaker.

2011

OCPC Awarded Grant to Study Regional 911 Dispatch Service in Seven Local Communities
BROCKTON - October 18, 2011

On September 26, 2011 the Massachusetts State Department of 911 awarded the Old Colony Planning Council a Fiscal 2012 State 911 Department Regional Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Regional Secondary Public Safety Answering Point and Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) Development Grant in the amount of $175,000 on the behalf of the communities of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Plympton and Whitman for the purpose of studying the feasibility of regionalizing 911 dispatch services within each of these communities.

The grant was awarded through a competitive application process and will be used to complete one feasibility study that will address at a minimum the following three scenarios: 1) the creation of a Regional Emergency Communication Center or Regional Public Safety Answering Point for the communities of Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, and Plympton; 2) the creation of a Regional Emergency Communication Center or Regional Public Safety Answering Point for the communities of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and Whitman; and 3) the creation of a Regional Emergency Communication Center or Regional Public Safety Answering Point for all seven communities.

The competitive procurement process of selecting a consultant to conduct the feasibility study will begin in the near term, with the results of the study expected to be completed by the Spring of 2012.

OCPC Awarded Grant to Study Regional 911 Dispatch Service in Seven Local Communities

On September 26, 2011 the Massachusetts State Department of 911 awarded the Old Colony Planning Council a Fiscal 2012 State 911 Department Regional Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Regional Secondary Public Safety Answering Point and Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) Development Grant in the amount of $175,000 on the behalf of the communities of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Plympton and Whitman for the purpose of studying the feasibility of regionalizing 911 dispatch services within each of these communities.

Brockton Area Transit Buses Get "Heroic" Names

April 17, 2011 --- BAT's three new hybrid buses were named after local heroes on Wednesday, April 13. Brockton Public Schools, the Brockton Area Transit Authority, and HarborOne Credit Union sponsored an essay contest among the city's elementary schools honoring those who have helped or inspired them. The three finalists will have one hybrid bus named after their hero. BAT's Administrator, Reinald Ledoux, said, "What we found when the essay contest was complete was a tremendous statement about the gratitude children have for those who give their time and energy to them, and the pride they feel in helping others."

Press Release: Brockton Area Transit Launches New Automated Fare Collection

March 28, 2011 --- Reinald G. Ledoux, Jr., Administrator of the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT), is proud to announce that BAT launched a new automated fare collection system on March 28, 2011. The new system was designed to fully integrate with the MBTA Charlie Card system and provides expanded discount pass options for BAT riders. "Although our fares will increase slightly for the first time in nine years, our new automated fare collection system allows us to offer more ways for our riders to save money," Ledoux said. "In addition, the overall experience will be more convenient, as our riders will experience increased speed of service and provide a better experience overall."

Brockton Area Transit Authority Launches New Automated Fare Collection System
BROCKTON - March 7, 2011

Reinald G. Ledoux, Jr., Administrator of the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT), is proud to announce that BAT launched a new automated fare collection system on March 28, 2011. The new system was designed to fully integrate with the MBTA Charlie Card system and provides expanded discount pass options for BAT riders.

According to Mr. Ledoux, BAT Riders' Club members will have three new ways to save with the option to purchase a one-day pass, a seven-day pass or a 31-day pass. In addition, starting March 28th, BAT will accept the MBTA Charlie Card on all its buses. Charlie Card users will automatically receive a ten-cent discount off the full adult fare and senior citizens (age 60 and older), Medicare card holders and disabled patrons will receive an additional five-cent discount off the already reduced fare of half price. Cash will still be accepted, but riders who obtain and utilize the T.A.P. Charlie Card will enjoy these increased savings. MBTA Charlie Cards are available through the MBTA and at the new BAT ticket vending machines that will be available at the BAT Centre in late April of 2011.

"Although our fares will increase slightly for the first time in nine years, our new automated fare collection system allows us to offer more ways for our riders to save money," Ledoux said. "In addition, the overall experience will be more convenient, as our riders will experience increased speed of service and provide a better experience overall."

BAT has been working with Bridgewater State University's Office of Regional Outreach, as well as faculty and students, to help launch this new system. BSU's program contributions have focused on the areas of technology, research, marketing, and promotion.

For more information regarding BAT's new electronic fare system, discount options, new fares and how to get a MBTA Charlie Card, please visit www.ridebat.com, call 508-588-1000, or stop by the BAT Centre located at 10 Commercial Street, Brockton, Massachusetts to pick up a detailed program brochure.

2010

Brockton Area Transit Goes Green with High-Tech, Hybrid Buses
BROCKTON - December 17, 2010

Continuing its quest to go "green", Brockton Area Transit Authority is placing three new high-tech, low floor, hybrid buses in service. Numerous city, state and federal transit officials gathered today at the BAT Intermodal Transportation Centre in Brockton to kick the tires, start the engines and take inaugural rides on the sleek new buses.

"Our mission is service," said Ray Ledoux, BAT Administrator, during the inaugural ceremony. "Our riders, the businesses and employers we serve, and our funding agencies expect us to be on time, on budget and technologically up to date. These passenger and environmentally friendly buses represent our commitment to communities we serve."

New Hybrid Buses for BAT

According to Mr. Ledoux, the electric/diesel hybrid buses get over fifty percent (50%) better fuel economy than their existing buses, which will reduce annual fuel costs by ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per bus.

Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, Chairperson of the BAT Advisory Board, said that these buses are a welcome addition to the region's transportation infrastructure and that she is especially pleased that BAT was able to utilize funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to cover the entire cost of the project.

The wheelchair lift equipped buses will be rotated for use on all of BAT's routes and will be easily identified by the large green leaf and legend, "bat clean machine," on the side of the bus and the sky blue paint scheme along the top.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for BAT's New Hybrid Buses

Mr. Ledoux thanked Mr. Barry Koretz and David Seibert of BKA Architects of Brockton, MA who volunteered their time and expertise to design the eye-catching paint scheme that clearly differentiates the three "green" hybrid buses from the rest of the BAT fleet.

Mr. Richard Davey, Administrator, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division stated, "This investment in both the Brockton transit service and our environment helps keep customers moving, reduces operating costs and reduces fleet emissions. MassDOT is proud to support Brockton Area Transit in this and all of its important projects the keep Massachusetts on the move."

Mr. Ledoux also announced that BAT will team up with Ms. Virginia Lynch, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning and the Brockton Public School Department for a "name the bus campaign" that will allow students to participate in an essay contest to help BAT select names for the new hybrid buses.

The buses were manufactured by The Gillig Corporation of California at a cost of nearly $550,000 each and are powered by a clean, diesel hybrid electrical propulsion system.

Other recent BAT "green" initiatives have included installation of solar panels on the BAT Intermodal Centre and adjacent commuter parking structure.

The Brockton Area Transit Authority was established in 1974 and today provides 11,000 passenger trips a day. BAT's Intermodal Transportation Centre, adjacent to Brockton's MBTA Old Colony Rail Station, is Greater Brockton and the South Shore's transit hub, with a waiting area, dispatch and information center, retail vendors and commuter parking. BAT's seven-day week, fixed route service connects neighboring communities and Boston, as well as major industrial parks, colleges, medical facilities, shopping centers and commuter rail. BAT's dial-a-bat on-demand service is among the first coordinated paratransit systems in the nation and provides transportation to disabled and elderly individuals and to Boston medical facilities. Through its transportation provider network, BAT also serves human service agencies and businesses under contract. Information about BAT services is available at www.ridebat.com.

Sysco Boston plans to relocate to Plympton

December 16, 2010 --- From the Patriot Ledger: Sysco Boston LLC has signed a sales agreement to purchase 121.5 acres of land in the Plympton industrial park.

Stoughton's Ikea plans to add solar panels

December 15, 2010 --- The Brockton Enterprise reports that Ikea, the home furnishing retail store, has announced plans to add 79,000 square feet of solar panels to the roof of their Stoughton store.

Eight Towns Get OK on Tax Credits

December 5, 2010 --- From the Boston Globe: Eight south-of-Boston communities have received a new arrow in their quiver of incentives for attracting businesses and jobs, after the state approved their application to join together as an Economic Target Area.

Creation of Old Colony Regional Economic Target Area

BROCKTON - November 23, 2010

OCPC Economic Target Area

Old Colony Planning Council Executive Director Pasquale Ciaramella today announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) has approved the creation of the Old Colony Regional Economic Target Area (OCPC ETA) at their November 22, 2010 meeting at the State Transportation Building in Boston, MA.

The Old Colony Regional Economic Target Area consists of the following communities: Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Pembroke, Plympton, and Whitman. It will seek to attract technology-based businesses to the region. It will allow these communities to offer Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) to existing businesses and new businesses. It will allow communities easier access to federal and state funding programs such as Brownfields Clean Up grants, Community Development Action Grants (CDAG), Local Initiative Program (LIP) for housing, Growth District Initiatives (GDI) grants, Mass Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP) and Public Works Economic Development Program (PWED) grants. The OCPC ETA application was prepared on behalf of the communities by Old Colony Planning Council staff under the direction of OCPC Executive Director Pat Ciaramella.

The Old Colony Planning Council would like to thank the following community, legislative and business leaders for their support:

Eight OCPC Towns Apply for Economic Target Area Designation

October 2010 --- The Halifax-Plympton Reporter reports on Plympton's efforts, along with seven other towns in the OCPC region, to be designated an Economic Target Area and attract businesses to the community. The other communities applying for ETA status with Plympton are Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Pembroke, and Whitman.

OCPC Awarded Grant to Study Regional 911 Dispatch Service in Seven Local Communities

On September 26, 2011 the Massachusetts State Department of 911 awarded the Old Colony Planning Council a Fiscal 2012 State 911 Department Regional Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Regional Secondary Public Safety Answering Point and Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) Development Grant in the amount of $175,000 on the behalf of the communities of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Plympton and Whitman for the purpose of studying the feasibility of regionalizing 911 dispatch services within each of these communities.