Transportation Committee

The 495/MetroWest Partnership’s Transportation Committee focuses on regional mobility and enhancing transportation options in the region, addressing areas such as municipal roads and bridges, highway infrastructure, traffic congestion, commuter rail, regional transportation authorities, transit modernization and long-term visioning, interagency coordination, workforce transportation, complete streets projects, and transportation policy.

Recent Meetings & Events

I-90 Allston Multimodal Project Presentation: 
The Transportation Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Acting Chief Engineer Carrie Lavallee, and Project Manager Michael O’Dowd for a presentation on the I-90 Allston Multimodal Project on Tuesday, November 23rd. The project will remove the existing Allston Viaduct carrying the Massachusetts Turnpike along the Charles River in Boston and likely construct an all-at-grade replacement of the Turnpike, Soldiers Field Road, and commuter rail tracks. Click here to access the slide presentation from the event. The proposed project will further create a new stop on the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Line to be known as West Station. The completed project, as well as its 8-10 year construction phase, will have a substantial impact on commuters and businesses to the west of Boston. Attendees were provided a general overview of the project, and had the opportunity to ask questions of MassDOT. Click here to access a video recording of the presentation.

October 14th Transportation Committee Meeting:
The Transportation Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership met virtually on Thursday, October 14th. Click here to access a recording of the meeting. The agenda included a presentation from the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization regarding their Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) development process, an overview from the Regional Transit Authority Advocacy Coalition (RTAAC) on their proposed RTA Advancement bill, and a brief presentation from GATRA on two new demand-response services which between them will serve the 495/MetroWest Partnership communities Foxborough, Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham. To access slide presentations and other materials referenced during the session, click the respective links below:
Discussion with Congressman Jake Auchincloss: The Transportation Committee hosted a discussion with Congressman Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District on March 31st. Serving his first term, Congressman Auchincloss has been assigned to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he serves on the Highways & Transit; Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittees. Congressman Auchincloss represents all or portions of 34 Massachusetts cities and towns, including the 495/MetroWest Partnership communities of Bellingham, Foxborough, Franklin, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham. Click here to view a recording of the meeting. As Congress forges ahead on a significant infrastructure package and invites Members to request transportation and infrastructure “earmarks” for the first time in a decade, Congressman Auchincloss specifically requests your input on priority projects for your communities; if you would like to request that Rep. Auchincloss submit a Community Project Funding (“earmark”) request or a regular Appropriations request on your or your organization’s behalf, please visit this website which has instructions on how to complete this form.

MassDOT Highway Division Presentation:
On Thursday, March 4th, the Transportation Committee hosted Barry Lorion, District Highway Director for District 3, and Thomas Emerick, Highway Division District 3 Operations Engineer, who discussed regional roadway projects both upcoming and underway. Click here to download the presentation slides presented during this session