In May 2014, MassDOT released Planning for Performance (WMM),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 is 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. Stakeholder Summary Report is available on the documents page.
In January and Feburary, 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.
The second phase of WMM, currently underway, seeks to incorporate MassDOT’s important policy initiatives, such as mode shift and sustainability, into the Planning for Performance tool and the capital planning process. In the future, MassDOT will use the tool to update and refine investment priorities across modes based on anticipated performance outcomes. The performance tool also allows our customers and stakeholders to understand the impacts of investment or disinvestment in our transportation system.
MassDOT extends thanks to everyone who participated in the weMove Massachusetts transportation questionnaire over the last few months. Many of you passed the survey along to colleagues, family and friends. With your help, we received nearly 2,000 responses, capturing an immense amount of useful and constructive feedback about your transportation needs and experiences.
We are pleased to provide the completed report, WMM Stakeholder Summary Report, which catalogues the information and challenges that we learned about with your help.
The report also summarizes in-depth interviews with major stakeholders about transportation needs in their respective communities. The stakeholders represented various groups across the Commonwealth. They included councils on aging, neighborhood and family alliances, economic development agencies, community action councils, planning commissions, community health centers, homeless programs and low-income and minority groups.
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