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.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Transportation Committee Meeting October 14th:
The Transportation Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership will meet virtually on Thursday, October 14th at 8:30 AM. Click here to register for the meeting. The agenda will include:
  • A presentation from the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization regarding their Long Range Transportation Plan (LTRP) development process. A new LRTP will be adopted in the Spring of 2023; input is being sought this Fall.
  • An overview from the Regional Transit Authority Advocacy Coalition (RTAAC) on their proposed RTA Advancement bill, legislation currently pending that aims to ensure adequate funding for RTAs, dedicate a portion of TNC fees to RTAs, and enhance support for RTA capital projects, among other provisions (click here for a brief summary of the bill).
  • A brief presentation from GATRA on two new demand-response services, GATRA GO United and GATRA GO Connect, which between them will serve Foxborough, Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham.

This meeting will take place virtually via Zoom; click here to register.

Recent Meetings & Events

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