Transit Advisory Committee

MBTA bus

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 Representation
John Attanucci MIT, Transit Research Group  
Phineas Baxandall Resident, Riverside
Joseph Beggan Harvard University
Kelley Brown MIT / Kendall Square Association
Devin Chausse Cambridge Housing Authority
John DiGiovanni Harvard Square Business Association
Jackie Douglas LivableStreets Alliance  
Karen Dumaine Alewife Transportation Management Association
Charles Fineman Resident, East Cambridge
Robert Fitzgerald Resident, Mid-Cambridge
Jim Gascoigne Charles River Transportation Management Association / Kendall Square Association
Denise Jillson
Harvard Square Business Association (alternate)
Joseph Maguire Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Doug Manz HYM Investment Group
Jeremy Mendelson LivableStreets Alliance (alternate) and TransitMatters
George Metzger Central Square Business Association
Susan Pacheco  Cambridge Council on Aging
Katherine Rafferty Mt. Auburn Hospital
Robert Ricchi Resident, Agassiz
Simon Shapiro Cambridge Local First
Arthur Strang Resident, West Cambridge
Saul Tannenbaum Resident, Cambridgeport
Alexander Taylor Resident, West Cambridge
Ritesh Warade Resident, Cambridge Highlands

Meeting Dates and Materials

The Committee generally meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 P. M. to 7:30 P. M. View the Community Development Department Calendar for information about future meetings.

Date Agenda Meeting Notes Handouts / Links
January 6, 2016 Agenda
Notes • DPW Winter Operations Presentation
February 3, 2016
Notes • PTDM Ordinance Presentation
March 2, 2016
• Bus Routing Charrette Overview
• Cambridge Basemap
• Cambridge Bus Routes
• Route CT4 Report - MIT
April 6, 2016 Agenda
May 4, 2016 Agenda     
June 1, 2016 - Note: Room Change       

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

Agendas and minutes from meetings prior to the current year can be found here.

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.