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Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) were designed with the belief that well-functioning transportation systems continuously harness and rely on the power of local ideas in network design and service provision. A transportation network should be shaped by understanding what kinds of places people prefer living and working in and allocating resources accordingly. Starting in 2013, the Center has facilitated stakeholder discussions through RCCs with the objective of communities formulating solutions to their own local transportation challenges.

Regional Coordinating Councils are voluntary advisory bodies, providing a forum for open discussion, information exchange, and articulation of local and regional transportation priorities. RCCs provide an opportunity for a wide-range of local stakeholders to periodically come together to:

  • Identify unmet needs, formulate regional priorities, and build coalitions around new transportation projects
  • Coordinate existing services at the local level in order to serve more people and increase sustainability of services
  • Communicate local unmet needs and mobility priorities to planning agencies, MassDOT, and other state agencies
  • Raise awareness of the important role that community transportation services play for everyone.

Partners: Today there are 16 locally formed and led RCCs with diverse membership. RCC member organizations can differ from region to region but may include transit authorities and other service providers; planning agencies; transportation management associations (TMA); the statewide demand management program (MassRIDES); workforce investment boards; one-stop career centers; institutions of higher education; hospitals; private businesses; state/community agencies that serve seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans, and individuals concerned about mobility.

Support: Mobility Specialists at the Center provide technical assistance, research support and expert advice to RCCs in matters of coalition building and mobility management. Areas of technical assistance include, but not limited to, building a new TMA, providing first mile/last mile connections to the fixed route system, helpings COAs join efficient vehicle fleet management systems or creating their own, and facilitating volunteer driving and travel training networks. The Statewide Mobility Manager provides strategic leadership to the Center and serves as a conduit of information between the RCCs and MassDOT’s Senior Management for policy making.

Contact your RCC: If you are interested in shaping the conversation about how transportation services should look like in your particular town or region, please join the conversation. RCCs meet in 16 cities and towns frequently. Geographic boundaries of RCCs are flexible and will change over time based on stakeholder involvement and local demand. Joining the conversation is easy and free. Please find meeting locations and contact information for the lead of the RCC in your area.

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