In May 2014, MassDOT released weMove Massachusetts (WMM): Planning for Performance, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The report summarizes MassDOTs new approach to capital planning through the use of multi-modal scenario planning. The Planning for Performance tool currently calculates and compares state of good repair performance measures resulting from different funding levels for the Highway and the Rail and Transit Divisions. The tool was developed to be dynamic, allowing for it to be updated and expanded as better data and more refined performance measures become available.
WMM was built on extensive customer outreach that MassDOT started in the youMove Massachusetts (YMM) project. MassDOT conducted wider outreach to Environmental Justice and Title VI communities through the WMM process, and this outreach complemented the conversations MassDOT conducted at the same time as part of the Patrick Administration’s transportation revenue proposals. The outreach confirmed the essential connection between transportation and growth. The Stakeholder Summary Report is available on the documents page.
In January and February of 2014, MassDOT convened a series of six public meetings to present both the weMove Massachusetts report and the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan. All comments that were received during the public comment period were addressed in the final version of the weMove Massachusetts report.
A second phase of WMM, completed in December of 2014, sought to ensure that MassDOT’s policy initiatives would be an integral part of the capital planning decision making process. By analyzing our capital plan in terms of propensity for mode shift, greenhouse gas reduction, and healthcare savings, decision makers can better understand the potential impact of our various transportation investments. In the future, MassDOT will use Phase I of the tool in combination with Phase II to update and refine investment priorities across modes based on anticipated performance outcomes.
Seven major components contributed to building weMove Massachusetts, and they are listed below.
- emphasis on our customers, innovation, accountability, performance management, efficiency, stewardship and stronger collaboration across transportation divisions
Data and Analysis
- critical to sound decision making
Transportation System Needs Identification
– to know that we are choosing the right transportation investments
youMove Massachusetts Themes
- ten value statements that capture the diverse values our customers
Customer and Stakeholder Engagement
– incorporate the priorities of our customers and stakeholders
Statewide Transportation Plans
– implement our modal plans
Statewide Priorities and Policies
– ensure accountability