128 Business Council will hold a forum headlined by Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey and local business and elected officials on February 26, 2013 at the Forefront Center for Meetings, located at 404 Wyman Street in Waltham from 8:30AM to 10AM. The purpose of the forum is to hear Secretary Davey discuss Governor Patrick’s transportation plan,"The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan" and the impact of the plan and other MassDOT initiatives on improving mobility and congestion on Route 128.
“We are very excited to meet with the Secretary to hear about the Commonwealth’s plans to improve transportation options for the Route 128 Corridor, which represents a key economic and employment engine for Massachusetts,” said Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt, Executive Director of128 Business Council. “We know that the targeted infrastructure improvements are essential for this region to meet its full potential as a source of employment and educational opportunities while improving air quality and quality of life for all of the impacted parties. We appreciate the Administration’s leadership in trying to identify solutions for the future and look forward to facilitating a dialogue between the Secretary and key business leaders.”
128 Business Council has been operating privately funded shuttles along the Route 128 Corridor since 1987, which also leverage federal and state grants. Currently, the service, which runs from Needham to Woburn, includes a series of shuttles that connect major employers, educational institutions and neighborhood communities to existing public transit. The shuttles provide more than 360,000 rides annually that reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles and improves the flow of traffic and overall air quality.
128 Business Council also advocates community awareness of sustainable alternatives, green building certification (LEED) and pro-environment practices to further enhance the health and vitality of our region and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.128 Business Council is also one of the Commonwealth’s eleven Transportation Management Associations with a goal of increasing ridesharing and the use of commuting alternatives.