What is the Project Selection Advisory Council?
The Project Selection Advisory Council (the Council), as established in Section 11 of Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2013, worked to develop recommendations for a more data-driven, transparent, and uniform process for selecting projects for MassDOT’s capital plan. The Council met over an 18 month period from January 2014 to June 2015. On July 1, 2015, the Council submitted its report: Recommendations for MassDOT Project Selection Criteria to the Legislature. The Council is continuing to meet periodically to oversee the implementation of its recommendations.
With due consideration of the requirements of fiscal constraint, federal funding restrictions, regional priorities, geographic equity, environmental justice and state of good repair, and in a manner that balances the need for responsive and transparent adaptability to unanticipated changes in funding, project readiness or in the event of an emergency or public safety need, the Project Selection Advisory Council, as established by the Massachusetts Legislature in Section 11 of Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2013, seeks to review existing statewide project evaluation criteria and prioritization processes for Massachusetts’ multi-modal transportation system. The PSA Council will recommend changes for a more uniform, transparent and data-driven prioritization process that reflects MassDOT’s mission to provide our nation’s safest and most reliable transportation system to strengthen our economy and quality of life across the Commonwealth.