Based upon the Montachusett Metropolitan Planning Organization Public Participation Program (PPP) established by the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) that attempts to establish a proactive public involvement process as required under the Metropolitan Planning Regulations, this memo serves as notice of a 21 day public review and comment period for Draft Amendment #2 to the MPO Endorsed FFY 2021-2025 Montachusett Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the availability of the draft document developed by the Montachusett MPO. The public involvement process with the time established for review of the TIP and its Amendments will satisfy the Program of Projects (POP) requirements for transit projects. The public review and comment period will commence on Friday March 26, 2021 and close at the end of business on Thursday April 15, 2021.
The Amendment reflects the removal of project #609411 Fitchburg-Leominster – Twin Cities Rail Trail Construction (Phase II) from FFY 2021 to a FFY to be determined. At an online meeting held on March 17, 2021, the Montachusett MPO reviewed the proposed Amendment and voted that it be released for public review and comment.
A summary of the proposed amendment is available for review. Copies can be obtained online at the MRPC website, www.mrpc.org or copies can be mailed upon request by contacting the MRPC at (978) 345-7376. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, copies are not available at the MRPC offices.
We ask that any interested party review draft Amendment #2 and make any comments that they deem appropriate. Written or verbal comments will be accepted up till the close of business on Thursday April 15, 2021 and should be addressed: TIP Amendment Comments, MRPC, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453. Comments can also be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify TIP Amendment Comments in the subject line. In addition, comments may be made during the online Montachusett Joint Transportation Committee (MJTC) meeting on Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 2:30 PM.
Comments received will be reviewed and incorporated into a final TIP Amendment #2. If no significant objections are made during the public review period, the final document will be forwarded for endorsement to the MPO at an online meeting to be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday April 21, 2021.
Please refer to the MRPC website Calendar for information on how to join the virtual MJTC and MPO meetings through GoToMeeting.com.
If there are questions on the Draft Amendment #2, the review and comment period or how to participate in the online meetings, please contact the MRPC.