On Thursday, October 8, MassCommute and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) co-hosted a breakfast forum at Atlantic Wharf in Boston for municipalities and employers to discuss ways they can work together to reduce congestion and increase our ability to attract and retain a competitive workforce through better transportation options.
The featured speaker was Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem. Mayor Driscoll discussed the importance of implementing local policies for managing traffic, and outlined examples of the ways that Salem has enhanced its infrastructure and improved mobility for residents and tourists alike.
Julia Prange Wallerce, Executive Director, MassCommute and Alison Felix, Senior Transportation Planner, MAPC, presented the findings from two recent research papers on transportation management associations and transportation demand management.
Moderated by Patrick Sullivan, Managing Director, Mass Commute, a panel discussion then convened. The panelists, listed below, were business and municipal stakeholders who have successfully created partnerships to implement such programs:
- Stephanie Groll, Parking and TDM Planning Officer, City of Cambridge
- Susan McGowan, Associate Director, Benefits, Biogen
- Melisa Tintocalis, Economic Development Director, Town of Lexington
- Tom Ragno, Principal, King Street Properties
The forum also featured Katherine Fichter, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination at MassDOT who spoke about the state’s role in supporting local transportation options. The forum then concluded with closing remarks from our own Marc Draisen.
To see all of the slides used in the forum, click here.
Links to MAPC’s and MassCommute’s research papers are below:
Check out the video clips on YouTube:
Keynote- Mayor Driscoll pt1 (5:02): view
Keynote- Mayor Driscoll pt2 (1:00 ): view
Keynote- Mayor Driscoll pt3 (1:35): view
Keynote- Mayor Driscoll pt4 (2:00): view
Keynote- Mayor Driscoll pt5 (1:18): view
Panel p1- Melisa Tintocolis and Tom Ragno (7:37): view
Panel pt2: Tom Ragno (0:30): view
Panel pt3- Stephanie Groll (4:05): view
Panel pt4 - Susan McGowan (5:44)): view
Marc Draisen, Closer (4:36): view
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