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Groups Seek Input on Transit Plan

February 6, 2019

LEOMINSTER -- As part of the annual development of the Montachusett Transportation Improvement Program, the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and the Montachusett Metropolitan Planning Organization seek input from interested organizations, agencies and citizens.

The TIP is a prioritized listing of transportation and transit projects proposed for implementation during the next five federal fiscal years and is the product of a comprehensive, continuing and cooperative effort to improve the regional transportation system by local officials, the Montachusett Joint Transportation Committee, the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority, the MRPC, the MMPO and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

It is required to be updated annually by Federal Regulations issued jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

The MRPC, as staff to the MMPO, annually develops the TIP project listing from sources including MassDOT Highway Division Districts 2 and 3, the Long and Short Range Elements of the Regional Transportation Plan, the MMPO, and local officials.

Priorities for each federal fiscal year listed in the TIP are established through the use of a Transportation Evaluation Criteria process, input from the MMPO and MJTC, public input through meetings and a federally mandated public review and comment period for the draft TIP document.

Discussions related to the development of the FFY 2020-2024 Montachusett TIP will continue to be held over the next few weeks at meetings of the MRPC, the MJTC and the MMPO.

As such, there is an open invitation to organizations, agencies, local boards and citizens with an interest or responsibility for planning that may be affected by transportation in the Montachusett region to provide their input to the draft development process. Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows:

* MRPC: Thursday, Feb. 7, Thursday, March 7, Thursday, April 4, Thursday, May 2, Thursday, June 6, Thursday, July TBD.

All the meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the MRPC Offices at 464 Abbott Ave.

* MJTC: Wednesday, Feb. 13, Wednesday, March 13, Wednesday, April 10, Wednesday, May 8, Wednesday, June 12, and Wednesday July 10.

All the meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the MRPC Offices at 464 Abbott Ave.

* MMPO: Wednesday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, March 20, Wednesday, April 17, Wednesday, May 15, Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 17.

All the meetings will be held at 1 p.m. at the MRPC Offices at 464 Abbott Ave.

Please consult the calendar on the MRPC website ( www.mrpc.org ) for possible changes regarding meeting locations and/or times.

Information regarding the TIP and input from interested organizations, agencies, local boards and citizens can be presented for consideration at these meetings as well as through emails, letters and faxes directly to the MRPC.

Please feel free to send comments, etc., by mail to the following addresses: TIP Input; MRPC, 464 Abbott Ave., by email: Subject, TIP Input, mrpc@mrpc.org , or call 978-345-7376 or fax to 978-348-2490.

If there are questions on the TIP development process or this request for input, please call Brad Harris of my staff at (978) 345-7376 ext. 311. Information will also be available at the MRPC web site located at www.mrpc.org regarding the TIP and any applicable documents will be made available for download.

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