Regional Planning Issues

Metropolitan Planning Organization Long Range Plan

The Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) guides investment in the Boston metropolitan region’s transportation system for the next 25 years. It defines an overarching vision of the region’s future transportation, establishes goals and objectives that will lead to achieving that vision, and allocates projected revenue to transportation programs and projects consistent with the Boston Region MPO’s goals.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA’s) 2040 Long-Term Capital Investment Plan Rider Census

The census helps the MBTA collect information that plays an important role in planning service and ensuring service is provided fairly. The MBTA will use the data collected in the Rider Census to evaluate current service, to plan future service, and to analyze the potential rider impacts of service or fare change proposals. In addition, the census satisfies a requirement to survey riders every 5 years about their demographics and trip-making characteristics.

Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

This plan (PDF) highlights the current state of the regional economy, discusses strengths and challenges that we face in greater detail, and outlines strategies that stakeholders working in various sectors and fields can adopt in order to address challenges and ensure continued economic prosperity for all in the Greater Boston Region.