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Old Colony Planning Council's Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

Old Colony Planning Council places the highest value on the safety and well-being of the citizens of our communities. During this State of Emergency, the Council has taken measures to ensure that our work can continue as much as possible while abiding by the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We are currently operating a limited staff and have closed our offices to the public. Some of our staff are working remotely and will be available to communicate by email. Upcoming meetings, such as next week's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Meeting, are being held virtually, while others have restricted access to the public. Please contact us by email if you require further information on how to participate remotely in any upcoming meeting.
We will be updating this webpage, as well as our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter with further information as it becomes available.

If you have concerns regarding the needs of senior citizens, the Area Agency on Aging recommends that you contact your local Council on Aging. A directory of our twenty-three community Councils on Aging is located at this link: AAA Local Resources.

We strongly recommend that everyone in our communities abide by the social distancing limitations in order to curb the spread of this disease. This is an unprecedented time for our region, so we urge everyone to be cautious, patient and cooperative. For community-specific information, consult our COVID-19 Community Response page.

Notice of Public Review and Comment Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment 1 to a 21-day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review this Amendment 1 and provide comments. Copies are available for review at the OCPC Offices (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), for download here, and/or upon request.
A public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for December 15, 2020 at 10 AM to hear additional public comments and consider endorsement.
For more information, please contact Charles Kilmer at 508-583-1833 Extension 206 or ckilmer@ocpcrpa.org

MBTA Forging Ahead - The MBTA wants to hear from you.

Challenged by unprecedentedly low ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MBTA is facing a historic moment. While the MBTA has continued to run service at 2019 levels, in order to protect essential service for those who depend upon it, the MBTA is proposing to reduce service where there are fewer riders.

To learn more, join the MBTA one of 11 virtual public meetings to hear about the T’s plan to Forge Ahead and preserve transit access and quality of service for transit-critical riders. The MBTA wants to hear from riders – what service are people using now and how often.

Your thoughts and opinions matter. Visit mbta.com/forging-ahead for more information, including meeting and public hearing dates, access to the online comment form, or to contact a community liaison. In addition, comments may be emailed to publicengagement@mbta.com. Please submit feedback by 5 PM on December 4, 2020.

Want a representative to come talk to your community? Please send a request to publicengagement@mbta.com

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Report Released

The 2020 Annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report has been released and is available here and at our reports page.

October 20th CEDS Meeting

October's Joint Transportation Committee Meeting

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

This video is a recording of the Old Colony Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting that took place on September 21st 2020 at 10am via Zoom.The Old Colony Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (Old Colony BPAC) is an advisory body to the Old Colony MPO on bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. The Old Colony BPAC provides a public forum where members of the public, state and local government and other stakeholders can come together and discuss how bicycle and pedestrian transportation infrastructure can be improved to provide greater safety and utility.

Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study Released

The final report of the Hanover Route 139 Corridor Study has been released. This transportation corridor study assesses traffic and infrastructure conditions along a 3.7-mile section of Route 139 in Hanover, from the Rockland Town Line to Route 53. The study proposes strategies and options for improving both safety and mobility of all roadway users along the corridor. A presentation on the study's proposed recommendations was held on September 17, 2020 and can be viewed here. The final report is available here.

AAA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive, coordinated system of community-based supportive services and nutrition services for the elders in our region.

During April 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The grants will fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; including information about and referral to these supports. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States.

For more information, please contact David Klein at dklein@ocpcrpa.org.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

Applications are now being accepted for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance and Old Colony Planning Council is ready to assist.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides the EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Examples of eligible projects include:

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A listing of Frequently Asked Questions is available here.

The PowerPoint presentation from OCPC’s webinar about this opportunity (viewable above) is available here.

For more information, including a copy of the draft 2020-2025 CEDS that is currently under EDA review, please contact Bruce Hughes at bhughes@ocpcrpa.org; Laurie Muncy at lmuncy@ocpcrpa.org; or Joanne Zygmunt at jzygmunt@ocpcrpa.org

Annual Projects Obligation List

The MPO is required, under the authorized transportation bill, to publish an annual listing of projects which funds have been obligated in the preceding year as a record of project delivery and progress report for public information and disclosure. This list is available here.

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