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Cap Code Canal Transportation Study

Public Involvement

MassDOT is committed to conducting the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study with openness and transparency and with a dialogue that enables a healthy exchange of ideas. The Public Involvement Plan drafted for this study guides this civic engagement. The Public Involvement Plan includes different forms of communication for the broadest possible audience, and utilizes proven methods for dialogue and exchange. The primary types of meetings are Working Group Meetings and Public Informational Meetings. Other forms of communication include study newsletters and the study website.

Working Group Meetings: The purpose of the Working Group is to create a focused, interactive forum for organizations with a known interest in the outcome of the study. Working Group meetings are used to obtain input within a facilitated discussion. The Working Group members are also encouraged to discuss the accumulated information with their constituencies so they may exchange information on the study and gain feedback to add to the study.

The membership of the Working Group provides broad representation for constituencies with known or anticipated interest in canal area transportation. The Working Group includes representatives from the following entities:

  • State legislative delegation representing the Study area
  • Barnstable County Commission
  • Towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Plymouth, Wareham and Nantucket
  • Southeast Region Planning and Economic Development District
  • Cape Cod Commission
  • Old Colony Planning Council
  • Martha's Vineyard Commission
  • Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission
  • Association for Preservation of Cape Cod
  • Buzzards Bay Coalition
  • Cape Verdean Club of Falmouth
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • The commands at Joint Base Cape Cod
  • Environmental Management Commission
  • Local and regional Chambers of Commerce
  • Wampanoag Tribes of Aquinnah, Herring Pond, and Mashpee
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
  • Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority
  • Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Regional commercial bus lines
  • Representatives from canal area neighborhoods
  • SMART Citizens Task Force

Public Informational Meetings: At certain intervals the public will be invited to attend meetings that present information on updates and the study’s progress. These are open forums for soliciting comments and questions. Public Information meeting dates will be publicized on this site.

Newsletters: Newsletters will be prepared to familiarize the public with the study and its progress.

Study Website: This study website will be used to update the public by publicizing public meetings, releasing documents, and providing a means of submitting questions or comments directly to MassDOT and the study team.

For more information on past and upcoming Working Group or Public Information meetings, visit our Documents page.

To receive the newsletters and other announcements, sign up for study updates.

For more details on the public outreach program for this study, read the Public Involvement Plan.

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