Transit Advisory Committee

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About the Transit Advisory Committee

In May 2013, the City of Cambridge established a Transit Advisory Committee to advance an agenda for a robust public transportation system for those who live and/or work in Cambridge. The committee guides Cambridge city positions and policies regarding long term sustainable funding for transit by the Commonwealth, transit expansion, service planning for modification or expansion of bus routes, and service reliability and improvements including ways to better design our street network to prioritize bus transit.

Committee Membership

About a third of the committee is composed of residents, selected in part based on geographic diversity in order to provide representation from all parts of the city; a third are representatives of institutions and a cross section of stakeholder groups (e.g., commuters, persons with disabilities, low income, elderly, youth, and advocacy groups); and a third are large and small businesses interests. Following are the current committee members:

Name Representing
John Attanucci MIT, Transit Research Group  
Joseph Beggan Harvard University
Kelley Brown MIT / Kendall Square Association
Brian Dacey  Cambridge Innovation Center 
John DiGiovanni Harvard Square Business Association
Jackie Douglas LivableStreets Alliance  
Charles Fineman Resident, East Cambridge
Robert Fitzgerald Resident, Mid-Cambridge
Jim Gascoigne Charles River Transportation Management Association / Kendall Square Association
Eric Hoke Resident, Neighborhood 9
Jeffrey Lockwood Novartis / Kendall Square Association
Doug Manz HYM Investment Group
George Metzger Central Square Business Association
Susan Pacheco  Cambridge Council on Aging
Katherine Rafferty Mt. Auburn Hospital
Simon Shapiro Cambridge Local First
Rev. Leslie K. Sterling St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
Saul Tannenbaum Resident, Cambridgeport
Ritesh Warade Resident, Cambridge Highlands


2015 Meeting Dates and Materials

This committee generally meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 P. M. to 7:30 P. M. at the Citywide Senior Center at 806 Massachusetts Avenue across from City Hall.

Date Agenda Meeting Notes Handouts / Links
February 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
April 1, 2015
May 6, 2015  
June 3, 2015
August 5, 2015
September 2, 2015
October 7, 2015
November 4, 2015
December 2, 2015       

2014 Meeting Dates and Materials

Date Agenda Meeting Notes Handouts / Links
January 8, 2014* Agenda Minutes • Key Bus Improvements Program Presentation
• Everything you ever wanted to know about Bus Rapid Transit
• How Manhattan sped up its buses without rapid transit
March 5, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 2, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 7, 2014 Agenda Minutes • Globe Articles on Transportation Funding
• Fiscal Cliff Report
• Maxed Out: Massachusetts Transportation at a Financing Crossroad
June 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
August 13, 2014* Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2014* Agenda Minutes
October 1, 2014 Agenda Minutes
November 5, 2014 Agenda • Healthy Aging and Public Transit report 
• User Expert Analysis - Transit and Healthy Aging part 1 
• User Expert Analysis - Transit and Healthy Aging Part 2
December 3, 2014    Agenda    

2013 Meeting Dates and Materials

Date Agenda Meeting Notes Handouts / Links
May 8, 2013*  Agenda and Meeting Packet Meeting Notes • Link: additional information on transportation funding 
June 5, 2013 Agenda Meeting Notes  Data Exercise Results
August 7, 2013 Agenda Meeting Notes
September 11, 2013* Agenda Meeting Notes • Presentation: MAPC MetroFuture
• Link: MetroFuture
• Presentation: Calculating transportation demand
• Handout: "Car-Free Commuting Push Pays Off in Kendall Square," Boston Globe, July 25, 2012
November 6, 2013 Agenda Draft Notes Handout: "Cambridge Public Transportation Strategic Planning Update."
December 4, 2013 Agenda         Draft Notes • Presentation: Usability and Accessibility
• Handout: Accessibility at the MBTA

* indicates a deviation from the first Wednesday of the month.

For More Information

For more information about the Transit Advisory Committee, please contact Tegin Teich Bennett at 617/349-4615 or

For more information on our transit planning program, please click here.