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The Healthy Transportation Compact is a key requirement of the landmark transportation reform legislation signed into law in June 2009. Co-chaired by the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Health and Human Services and including the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MassDOT Highway Administrator, MassDOT Transit Administrator, Commissioner of Public Health, and now including the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, this inter-agency initiative is designed to facilitate transportation decisions that balance the needs of all transportation users, expand mobility, improve public health, support a cleaner environment and create stronger communities.

 

To address one of the charges of the Healthy Transportation Compact, an Advisory Council was established in March 2014 to help guide and promote the activities of the Compact. Members include representatives from the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the fields of public health, transportation, the environment, and economic development. A list of members can be found here.

 

All HTC and HTC Advisory Council Meetings are open to the public.

 

The 2009 transportation reform law charges the Compact with:

  • Promoting inter-agency cooperation to implement state and federal policies and programs that support healthy transportation. 
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving access to services for persons with mobility limitations and increasing opportunities for physical activities.
  • Increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel and facilitating implementation of the Bay State Greenway Network.
  • Working with the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (MABPAB) to effectively implement a policy of complete streets for all users, consistent with the current edition of the Project Development and Design Guide.
  • Working with the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (MABPAB) to effectively implement a policy of complete streets for all users, consistent with the current edition of the Project Development and Design Guide.
  • Implement health impact assessments to for use by planners, transportation administrators, public health administrators and developers.
  • Expanding service offerings for the Safe Routes to Schools program.
  • Initiating public-private partnerships that support healthy transportation with private and nonprofit institutions.
  • Establishing an advisory council with private and nonprofit advocacy.
  • Developing goals for the Compact and measuring progress toward these goals.
 
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Healthy Transportation Compact Advisory Council Meetings


 July 30, 2014
July 18, 2014
June 2, 2014
May 5, 2014
December 5, 2013
July 28, 2011
January 20, 2010
Contact:
For additional information, please contact:
Steve Woelfel, Director of Strategic Planning
(857) 368-9800
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