Metropolitan Area Planning Council

MBTA Green Line

New Transit Oriented Zoning Criteria Proposed for Massachusetts

More details on the state of Massachusetts' game changing "Housing Choice" program are now available.

January 13, 2022 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Middlesex County Massachusetts

Details of a New Master Plan for Massachusetts Suburb

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council guided the town of North Reading, located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, through a new master planning process.

December 22, 2019 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council


Local Leaders Press Massachusetts for New Sources of Transportation Funding

Three separate coalitions of local mayors, each from different corners of Eastern Massachusetts, want to the commonwealth to prioritize transportation funding. Some even called for a 15-cent increase to the gas tax.

November 16, 2019 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Dockless Bike Share

Boston-Area Bikeshare Findings Help Identify Planning Priorities

An analysis of Lime bikeshare data from Boston suburbs is providing useful information about travel behavior and trends.

November 12, 2019 - CommonWealth

Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Rethinking Transportation Finance in Massachusetts

Improving the systems and politics of transportation funding could ensure more local money, more efficient land use planning and mobility choices, and more.

October 31, 2019 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Back Bay

How, and Where, Land Use Regulations Block Multi-Family Housing in the Boston Region

New analysis explores every city and suburb in the Boston region to reveal the tools of multi-family housing obstruction—sometimes it takes more than zoning to block apartments from getting built.

June 4, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Artist of the Planning Department

The Boston area's Metropolitan Area Planning Council has an Artist-in-Residence Program that brings arts to the table as an integral component of the planning process.

February 22, 2019 - Barr Foundation

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's Metropolitan Area Planning Council Announces Resilience Grant Program

The Accelerating Climate Resiliency Mini Grant Program will award grants to six to 15 projects, policies, and actions to protect people from the impacts of climate change.

December 1, 2018 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Back Bay

Boston-Area Mayors Announce Ambitious Housing Target

Mayors from 15 cities in the Boston region want to add 185,000 new units by 2030 in response to the housing shortage driving up prices in the region.

October 18, 2018 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Fall Sprawl

Prescriptions for the 'Broken' Massachusetts Multi-Family Market

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is taking a strong stance in support of zoning regulations that enable new multi-family housing developments.

July 19, 2018 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Hubway Bikeshare

Boston's Bikeshare System Gets a New Partner, Rebranding

Blue Cross will pay $18 million for a six-year sponsorship of the Boston-area bikeshare system formerly known as Hubway.

March 21, 2018 - Boston Business Journal


Multiple Studies Find Ride-Hailing Contributes to Congestion and Transit Losses

Surveys on ride-hailing conducted by regional planning agencies, academic institutions, and public transit agencies throughout the U.S. reviewed by the Associated Press largely led to the same conclusion: more traffic and reduced use of transit.

March 9, 2018 - Associated Press

Hubway Bikeshare

16 Boston-Area Cities Team Up for New Regional Bikeshare

A new regional bikeshare program with all the latest advancements in bikeshare technology is on a fast-track in 16 Boston-area communities.

October 23, 2017 - WickedLocal Concord

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.