Transit Advisory Committee Meeting
May 8, 2013 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center
806 Massachusetts Avenue (across from Cambridge City Hall)
5:30 PM Welcome by Susanne Rasmussen, Director of Environmental and Transportation Planning, Community Development Department
Ms. Rasmussen will welcome committee participants, establish the overall purpose and role of the advisory committee, and summarize key mobility issues for the City of Cambridge.
Handout: 11/29/2012 Letter by the City Manager commenting on MassDOT’s “Your Vision, Our Future: Transportation Conversation” pp. 2-5
5:40 PM Introductions of advisory committee members
About one 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 stakeholder groups; and a third represent large and small businesses interests.
Handout: Current advisory committee membership p. 6
6:00 PM Guest Speaker: Lizzi Weyant, Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), “The future of transportation funding in Massachusetts.”
Ms. Weyant will provide a brief explanation of the current status of the transportation bill currently being drafted by the Massachusetts legislature and the potential implications for our existing transit system and for the expansion of transit service. T4MA is a coalition of 30 organizations with expertise in transportation, affordable housing, social justice, public health, the environment, planning and smart growth. T4MA has been influential on bringing the importance of our transportation system to the foreground of public policy discussions, and are recognized for the quality of transportation finance analysis they provide. Handout: “Comparison of House and Senate Transportation Bills” pp. 7-8
6:45 PM Workshop: Analysis of transit in Cambridge (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats), led by Jeff Rosenblum, Transportation Planner and Engineer.
This engaging workshop will lead the committee through a process of assessing our current transit system through the lens of each committee member and their constituency. The outcome of this exercise will help guide the development of a work-plan for the committee for the upcoming year.