As part of weMove Massachusetts (WMM), the next step in the transforming initiative, MassDOT continued to focus on involving its customers in helping set transportation investment priorities. The goal of this outreach effort was to learn more about the transportation experiences and needs of a focused set of stakeholders. In particular, WMM targeted populations who did not fully participate in the original process at the level MassDOT wanted to see. The WMM team focused on outreach to Environmental Justice and Title VI populations. This effort included conversations with leaders of environmental, community, transportation, and public health groups, who work with low English proficiency, low income, elderly, and transit-dependent people. At the same time, MassDOT continued to welcome comments and participation by the public.
The team developed two approaches: conducting interviews with the leaders of specific populations and groups; and developing a questionnaire in multiple languages that was made available on a website and in print. MassDOT used media, social networking, community groups and postings, and outreach to health, transportation, and senior communities.
The team conducted 19 interviews with leaders of stakeholder groups. The WMM interviews identified a consistent set of needs across primarily urban areas around the Commonwealth focused on public transportation and other alternatives to private automobile use, such as walking and bicycling.
1,893 respondents participated in the questionnaire. The results provide valuable themes and topics to be investigated and/or considered as MassDOT begins to implement a system, including public input, for responding to transportation challenges in the Commonwealth.
Data from the interviews and questionnaire responses were organized in a summary report, which is posted on this website (under WHAT'S NEW and Documents). The data affirm the themes developed in the YMM process while providing more specific recommendations for serving targeted stakeholders in Environmental Justice and statewide urban communities.
The weMove Massachusetts effort grew out of a civic engagement initiative called youMove Massachusetts. Our customers participated in the youMove Massachusetts process to offer their vision for the transportation system of the Commonwealth. The following ten themes summarize the outcome of the youMove Massachusetts process: