Seizing transportation opportunities in New Bedford and beyond

It’s not easy wrapping your head around public transportation policy in our region.

South Coast Rail tantalizes just over the horizon like Gatsby’s green light across Long Island Sound. In the meantime, the criminally underfunded Regional Transportation Authorities – like our own SRTA – represent the only opportunity to grab a brass ring.

However, more and more, people are waking up to the fact that a new era of transportation options and equality needs to happen sooner rather than later for a host of economic, social and environmental reasons.

Seizing the opportunities more robust public transportation promises in the future is the idea behind the Southern Massachusetts Transformative Transit-Oriented Development (TTOD) Regional Forum – which will happen right here in New Bedford on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Hosted by MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, they write of the forum: We will explore how New Bedford, Brockton and other cities are using transit-oriented development to transform their cities and surrounding communities.

“Come share your vision, learn about proposed and active rail service improvements, and exchange ideas for leveraging state, local, and federal tools for TTOD!”

You don’t need a Charlie Card for this ride – but you do need to RSVP at this link for the free forum that will begin with a walking tour in downtown New Bedford from the Whaling Museum. (Agenda below.)

Agenda

2:00-2:45 pm Walking Tours of Downtown New Bedford (optional)

Enjoy a half-hour walk around New Bedford’s downtown which highlights recent additions and improvements. The tour starts in the lobby in the Whaling Museum and is limited to the first 40 registrants.

3:00-4:30 pm Forum

  • Opening remarks – Mayor Jon Mitchell, City of New Bedford
  • Transformative TOD research presentation – Dr. Tracy Corley, MassINC
  • South Coast Rail and Rail Vision presentation – Jean Fox, MassDOT
  • Panel Moderator: Tony Sapienza, New Bedford Economic Development Council
  • Panelists: Rob May (City of Brockton), Kirsten Bryan (City of New Bedford), Ted Carmen (Concord Planning and Development), Angela Constantino (Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District)

4:30-6:00 pm Networking at Moby Dick Brewery

Join the Innovation Institute for an informal gathering after the forum to discuss further opportunities at one of the South Coast’s best local breweries.

Posted in The Big Picture.