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
Zachary Spitz Cambridge Youth Involvement Subcommittee
Rev. Leslie K. Sterling St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
Saul Tannenbaum Resident, Cambridgeport
Ritesh Warade Resident, Cambridge Highlands

2014 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
January 8, 2014 Agenda Draft 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 Draft Minutes
April 2, 2014 Agenda Draft Minutes
May 7, 2014 Agenda Draft Minutes • Globe Articles on Transportation Funding
• Fiscal Cliff Report
• Maxed Out: Massachusetts Transportation at a Financing Crossroad
June 4, 2014 Agenda Draft Minutes
August 13, 2014 Agenda
September 10, 2014 Agenda
October 1, 2014 Agenda

2013 Meeting Dates and Materials

This committee will generally meet 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
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 tbennett@cambridgema.gov.

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