Bursting at the Seams: Making sure the MBTA can support future regional growth
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston
Economic growth in greater Boston depends heavily on the region’s transit system but the age of the MBTA’s system, combined with its growing ridership, is straining the capacity of the system to meet both current and future demand creating bottlenecks that could hinder regional economic growth. The Infrastructure Council of ULI Boston and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will release two complementary reports:
- Urban Land Institute (ULI) Boston’s “Hub and Spoke:The Future of Transit and Development in Greater Boston” focuses on the need to invest in public transit infrastructure so that the MBTA can serve its growing transit ridership including future trips generated by the pipeline of planned developments in greater Boston. This report is underwritten by the ULI Urban Innovation Fund, with additional support from A Better City, The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, MAPC, MASCO, and Our Transportation Future.
- Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s “Sizing up the Development Potential of MBTA Station Areas: A Regional Assessment.” The MAPC study documents the significant potential for growth near MBTA subway and commuter rail stations throughout Greater Boston and identifies the types of stations that present the best opportunities for substantial new residential and commercial development. This report was supported by the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Consortium and the Boston MPO with additional support from the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University.
The reports will be preceded by remarks from Transportation Secretary Davey, and followed by a response panel of real estate leaders.
- Opening Remarks by Richard A. Davey, Secretary of Transportation
- ULI Boston Hub & Spoke Report Release – Stephanie Pollack, Northeastern University, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy, Co-Chair of the ULI Boston Infrastructure Council
- Sizing up the Development Potential of MBTA Station Areas: A Regional Assessment – Tim Reardon, MAPC
- Response Panel with Jim Keefe, Trinity Financial and Anthony Pangaro, Millennium Partners. Moderated by Barbara Boylan, Skanska
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