At the direction of Senate President Karen Spilka, Sen. Joseph Boncore has convened a working group to address the Commonwealth’s transportation needs through policy recommendations.

The MMA was invited to participate in the group, alongside municipal officials, business associations, transportation advocates and other stakeholders.

At the group’s first meeting on June 25, Sen. Boncore said the group’s mandate is to develop policy proposals over the next six months, which can then be filed as legislation, or as part of an omnibus bill, as soon as January 2020.

Sen. Boncore also identified four key topic areas for analysis by subcommittees: finance and governance, regionalization and infrastructure, congestion, and sustainability.

The June meeting kicked off with a presentation by Steve Kadish, who led Gov. Charlie Baker’s Commission on the Future of Transportation. The commission’s 250-page report identified transportation challenges and opportunities regarding demographics and land use; transit and mobility; autonomous and connected vehicles; climate change; and transportation electrification.

The report’s recommendations are being used to guide the policy deliberations of the Senate working group on transportation.

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