The 2016 Moving Together Conference

Date: 9/29/2016

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Capacity:

69/600


Overview

 

New Date!

Thursday, September 29, 2016
7:45 am – 4:30 pm

See photos from past conferences by clicking here!

This year's conference will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA.

• Attend workshops and panels that highlight current pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation topics.

• Network with colleagues representing diverse interests from the public, academic and private sectors.

• All new site visits and mobile workshops led by engineers and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.

Last year's conference sold out! This is the one conference you don't want to miss.

Register Today!

2016 Moving Together Sponsors

   


Testimonials

"I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. In particular, I think it's great that MassDOT provides an opportunity where people from government, private and non-profit sectors can mingle. There should be more events like this."

"Informal discussion and interaction with pedestrian, bike, transit, health and safety experts at all levels - from tiny community groups to high level officials - in a physical setting that is comfortable and beautiful."

"It was great to see that innovative projects are happening around the state, and to learn what the challenges and opportunities are for promoting mode shift across the state."

Moving Together 2016 promises to be even bigger and better!

MT16 is a MassDOT GreenDOT event. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability policy that promotes the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.

The History of the Moving Together Conference

In 1998, both the statewide bicycling action plan and the statewide pedestrian action plan, called for the establishment of an annual statewide conference for educational and networking purposes. The first two of these conferences were held in Worcester, MA in 2000. In May, at Clark University, 50 people gathered to discuss only walking issues. Later in the year, at the Worcester Holiday Inn, 50 people focused only on bicycling issues.

In 2005, the conference moved to Boston. The first several years, the conference was held at the Marriott Courtyard on Tremont Street. Interest continued to grow until attendance hit approximately 250 persons and the conference moved to a larger venue at the Back Bay Sheraton.

The conference continued to grow and in 2013 the conference was held for the first time at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Transit joined the conference as a featured mode. In 2014, more workshops than ever were offered along with the addition of site visits. Over 650 people attended the event. It continued to bring together transportation leaders and individuals involved in the areas of planning, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement and education.

 

 

Sessions
Thursday, September 29, 2016
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1A: Transportation and Economic Development
This panel addresses transportation’s role in economic development from three unique perspectives: corridor, neighborhood and region. Multimodal improvements to the Arsenal Street corridor in Watertown, challenges with demand outstripping supply in the Seaport District, and Westfield’s Barnes Airport highlight aviation as a significant economic catalyst.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1B: Open Streets- Across the nation and the Commonwealth, Open Streets events are gaining in popularity.
These events are temporary street closures that allow people to use the streets for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. Learn how cities as diverse as Lawrence and Somerville are successfully holding Open Streets events while informing the future public outreach of the MassDOT’s Statewide Bicycle Plan update.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1C: Innovative Technology: Improving Bicycling, Walking and Transit
Innovative multimodal approaches are necessary to serve our growing population. These three featured cutting edge improvements offer more attractive conditions for transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians alike: Bicycles in roundabouts, cloud services to recover stolen bikes, MassDOT’s ADA Transition Plan GIS curb ramp inventory.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1D: Climate Change and Transportation
The panel will cover MassDOT initiatives on climate mitigation and adaptation. Included are MassDOT’s efforts to work with MPOS to include GHG emissions as a consideration in the transportation planning process as well as plan for future climate-induced weather events. Using federal highway’s EERPAT tool the panel would also provide an update on progress of MassDOT’s statewide climate adaptation and vulnerability study analyzing the risks to the transportation system from changes in extreme precipitation.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1E: MEGA SESSION #1 Update on Massachusetts Safety Programs
Several statewide programs focused around bicycle pedestrian and transit safety continues to advance public awareness, making the Commonwealth a national role model. Topics being presented range from Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement and Equipment Grants to teaching seniors and people with disabilities the skills and information they need to ride public transit independently and safely.
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Session 2

Session 2A: Made in Massachusetts
Transportation-related manufacturing is an important force spurring economic development, large and small. Bicycling, walking and transit are all catalytic components of this growth. From custom-made footwear and bicycles to an entire plant being constructed in Springfield to assemble new MBTA Red and Orange Line trains, learn more about these locally-sourced products.
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Session 2

Session 2B: Leadership In Commuter Options
The Massachusetts ECO Awards are a celebration of the exemplary contributions Massachusetts employers and colleges/universities have made toward encouraging and supporting employees who use green, sustainable and healthy transportation options in the Commonwealth. Employers make a difference by encouraging employees to travel to work by public transit, bicycling, walking and through the promotion of carpools and vanpools.
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Session 2

Session 2C: Hot Topics In Transit
This session explores the most recent developments in technologies for transit that facilitate operations and improve customer service. System-wide dashboard metrics, mobility in light of significant demographic changes - needing to connect anywhere and everywhere, and crowdsourcing to ride a bus to your favorite destinations are highlighted.
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Session 2

Session 2D: Multimodal Bridge Redesign
MassDOT’s Complete Streets approach to bridge reconstruction takes into consideration all modes, providing improved pedestrian, cycling, vehicle and boat navigation facilities. Three prominent bridges are highlighted in this presentation: the recently completed award-winning Burns Bridge in Worcester, the in-construction I-95 Whittier Bridge in Newburyport and the currently planned replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge in Boston.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 2

Planning 101: Mass. Ave. in East Arlington - A Case Study
Panelists from three different perspectives relay a remarkable story of turning initial public sentiment completely around. Through the cooperative effort of MassDOT, MBTA, neighborhood advocacy and the town of Arlington, this project has realized a number of significant Complete Streets accomplishments.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3A: Site Visit: Vision Zero Walking Tour
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3B: Site Visit: Connect Historic Boston Causeway Street
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3C: Site Visit: Infra Space Project I-93 underpass near Albany Street
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3D: Site Visit: Tour of New MBTA Government Center Station
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3F: Public Meeting on the Program for Mass Transportation – Focus 40 - the MBTA's 25-year Capital Plan.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3G: Regional Planning Agencies Long-range Bike/Ped Plans
Extensive planning for active transportation is also taking part at the regional level statewide. Learn more about regional bike share and bicycle tourism in western Massachusetts, a multi-year trail mapping initiative in central MA, and a comprehensive biking and pedestrian network along outer Cape Cod.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3H: MEGA SESSION #2 MassDOT's Complete Streets Funding Program: Municipal Progress and Perspectives
Complete Streets emphasize improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Municipalities are required to pass a Complete Streets Policy and to develop a Prioritization Plan to be eligible for construction funding. This session will give an overview of the progress of the Program to date. It will also feature four municipal perspectives on developing policies and prioritization plans, as well as highlight some of the first funded local projects.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session 4

Session 4A: Innovative Advocacy: Improving Bicycling, Walking and Transit
Targeting new audiences requires new strategies. Panelists will share their insight on promoting mode shift. Organizing the Midnight Marathon bicycle ride, expanding bike share into environmental justice communities and pushing for fast, frequent, reliable and effective public transportation are highlighted.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session 4

Session 4B: Regional Transit Agencies Long-range Transit Plans
Several statewide planning initiatives are happening at the regional level. Presenters from across the state will discuss their agency’s involvement in such varied topics as RideMatch, an online tool to find transportation resources statewide; on the graying of America and how it may disrupt traditional transit provision as well as coordinated demand response service across five communities.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session 4

Session 4C: Interactive Session for MassDOT’s Statewide Pedestrian Plan Update
MassDOT Planning is actively leading a consultant-supported effort that will focus on both improving MassDOT’s pedestrian infrastructure and provide direction and guidance to municipalities on best practice in planning and maintaining pedestrian networks. The Plan will emphasize four main areas: Improving Accessibility, Improving Safety, Improving Maintenance and Prudent Investment. This interactive session will describe work completed so far and solicit input on the Plan.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session 4

Session 4D: Active Transportation-based Tourism
Learn how three locally-based business enterprises are promoting the Commonwealth through cycling, walking and coach travel. Each put their unique spin on attracting market share: Statewide group rides and customized family bicycle adventures, a ground travel meta-search website that searches Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus and other operators for the lowest fare, and annual walking concert tour promoting advocacy, local arts/culture.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session 4

Session 4E: MEGA SESSION #3 Roundtable: How to Avoid and/or De-Escalate Road Rage
It doesn’t matter if you are driving, biking, walking or taking the T, traffic congestion in and around our cities can be a major challenge. Panelists from all modes will engage in a frank discussion to curtail road rage – particularly when directed upon bicyclists and pedestrians - and the need to stop the “Me First” approach, working together to make our streets safer and better for everyone.
Registration
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$100.00
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$45.00
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Sponsor Fees
Amount

$3,000.00
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Gold Level

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$1,500.00
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Silver Level

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$750.00
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Bronze Level

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$500.00
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2016 EXHIBITORS

         

     
   

What Moving Together Can Do For Your Company or Organization

When you exhibit at Moving Together, your company or organization will be visited by over 500 professionals involved in healthy transportation, planning, design, construction, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected offices, law enforcement and education. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the key decision makers involved in pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation. In addition, there are several opportunities to promote your company or organization through special sponsorship opportunities being offered throughout the day.

Benefits for exhibitors include:

• Logo recognition on conference exhibitor website page.

• Name and logo listed in conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• Your company name and booth number listed in the schedule at a glance that is distributed the morning of the event.

To register to be a sponsor or exibitor at Moving Together, please click on the "Exhibitor Package" link below.

EXHIBITOR PACKAGE

SPECIAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

In addition to the above mentioned benefits that an Exhibitor receives, a GOLD Level Sponsor will also benefit from:

• Logo on event exhibitor website page under Gold Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).

• Logo on event email and direct mail marketing materials.

• Your company logo in the event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.

• Logo and name in the conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• Company banner displayed in main ballroom.

• Listing on workshop session agenda signs outside each room.

Cost: $3,000.00

 

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

In addition to the above mentioned benefits that an Exhibitor receives, a SILVER Level Sponsor will also benefit from:

• Logo on event exhibitor website page under Silver Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).

• Logo on event email and direct mail marketing materials.

• Your company logo in the event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.

• Logo and name in the conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

Cost: $1,500.00

 

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORSHIP

In addition to the above mentioned benefits that an Exhibitor receives, a BRONZE Level Sponsor will also benefit from:

• Logo on event exhibitor website page under Bronze Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).

• Your company logo in the event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.

• Logo and name in the conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

Cost: $750.00

To register to be a sponsor or exibitor at Moving Together, please click on the "Exhibitor Package" link below.

EXHIBITOR PACKAGE

Registration forms can be faxed (413-545-9569) or emailed to avillani@umass.edu. We welcome walking, bicycle-friendly and transit-friendly vendors, businesses, professional planning/design/engineering services, educational and non-profit advocacy groups.

Questions can be directed to Aldo Villani at the Baystate Roads - (413) 577-2743.

Map for illustration purposes only. Booth location is approximate. Exhibitor booths will be located in Plaza Ballroom and on Mezzanine. Location choice is offered to Gold then Silver sponsors in order of registration payments received.


 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

The 2016 Moving Together Conference Schedule

New Date! Thursday, September 29, 2016

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street

Boston, MA 2016

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Updated 7/13/16. Subject to change

Time

Activity

All Events on the Second Floor

7:45a – 8:45a

Registration/Exhibits

Registration is on the Mezzanine. Exhibitors are throughout the Mezzanine area and in the Plaza Ballroom.

See Meeting Rooms Map


8:45 – 9:15

Welcome Session

 

9:15 – 9:30

Break/Exhibits

 

9:30 – 10:45

Concurrent Session #1

(See Sessions tab for details)

10:45 – 11:00

Break/Exhibits

 

11:00 – 12:15p

Concurrent Session #2

(See Sessions tab for details)

12:15 – 1:15

Luncheon / Keynote Address

 

1:15 – 2:30

Concurrent Session #3

(See Sessions tab for details)

2:30 – 2:45

Break/Exhibits

 

2:45 – 4:00

Concurrent Session #4

(See Sessions tab for details)

4:00 – 4:30

Closing Remarks

 

Directions

Shift Your Mode to the Conference!

The Park Plaza Hotel is located only 200 yards from the Boston Common & the Public Garden.

In keeping with the spirit of the Moving Together 2014 Conference, we are encouraging attendees to use healthy travel alternatives. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bicycle, take public transportation, or carpool to the conference. Below are several transportation options and resources to help make your trip to the conference healthy, environmentally friendly and cost efficient:

Bicycle to the Conference

Carpool or Vanpool to the Conference

Walk to the Conference

Take Public Transportation to the Conference

Bicycle to the Conference

Park&Pedal

Park & Pedal is a free network of parking lot hubs conveniently located cycling distance from your city’s employment centers, allowing you to park your car in a designated spot, and pedal your bike to work, avoiding “last-mile” congestion.

Not only does it improve your health, but less driving and free Park & Pedal lots save you money!

Park & Pedal is the first network of its kind in the USA, and combines the efforts of local governments, employers, and individuals to solve the growing problems associated with commuting.

According to the US Department of Transportation, the average round-trip commute in the United States is 24 miles and increasing. While this is an unmanageable distance for most to ride every day, Park & Pedal provides a manageable and convenient step towards bike commuting.

Flexibility is perhaps the biggest strength of a Park & Pedal program, as individuals are able to choose how far they ride on any given day.

For more information and locations visit Park&Pedal.org.

 

Bike Valet 

Once again we will provide complementary bike valet parking at this year’s conference! Bicyclists should enter the Park Plaza Hotel at the Columbus Avenue entrance. Once inside, follow to the signs to find the valet.
Bike Valet Map

BikeShare

Explore Metro-Boston’s Hubway BikeShare. Pick up a bike from any Hubway station in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, or Somerville, and return it at one of the Hubway station located near the conference.
Map of Hubway Locations
Hubway Logo
For a list of Hubway stations or to sign-up for a Hubway click here.

Personalize Your Bike Route
Plan your bike trip to the conference with optimal routes generated by Ride the City. Ride the City routes are based on the Boston Bike Map and user feedback. To map your optimal bike route click here.

Boston Bike Routes
For a map of bike routes in Boston and surrounding areas click here.

Combine Bicycling and Public Transportation
Interested in combining bicycling and public transportation to commute to the conference? Click here to discover the rules and regulations on using and storing your bike on MBTA buses, subways, and commuter trains.

Carpool or Vanpool to the Conference

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Carpool

Save on gas, parking, and improve air quality by carpooling the conference! If you need assistance in finding a carpool partner to the conference, click here to contact MassRIDES to facilitate a Moving Together Conference carpool match. For more information on MassRIDES click here.

Vanpool

If you have a group of 12 or more individuals leaving from one location and commuting to the conference, consider forming a vanpool. To investigate forming a vanpool click here. *August 15, 2015 is the deadline to make an inquiry.

Walk to the Conference

Group Walking Tour

Walking to the conference is a great way to travel while exploring Boston. If you are interested in meeting as a group before the conference and taking a self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail on your way to the conference click here. For more information on the Freedom Trail click here.

Walking Tips

For safety tips and advice on walking to the conference click here.

Take Public Transportation to the Conference

MBTA Map 

MBTA logo

MBTA Subway Access

Public transportation is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to attend the conference. The Park Plaza Hotel is a short walk from the MBTA’s Arlington Station (Green Line), Back Bay Station (Orange Line, Commuter Rail, and Amtrak), and Tufts Medical Station (Orange Line and Silver Line). For more information to using the MBTA click here.

Customized MBTA Route Map

To create a customized MBTA route map to the conference click here.

Eco-Driving

If you drive to the conference, consider Eco-Driving. Eco-Driving is the modern and smart way to save fuel and conserve energy. Eco-Driving saves fuel costs and reduces air pollutants. For a list of Eco-Driving tips click here.

Parking

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel offers onsite valet parking for $48.00. Self parking at the Motor Mart Garage is also available across the street from the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Motor Mart garage is $20.00.

200 Stuart Street garage is $22.00.

Boston Common Parking is $28.00.

Surface Parking Lots

109 Arlington Street (84 spaces) is $20.00.

130 Arlington Street (71 spaces) is $20.00.

290 Tremont Street (100 spaces) is $15.00.

For additional information on the 2016 Moving Together conference hotel, including room rates, please visit the Park Plaza Hotel site.

 

Sustainability

Green Initiatives at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to conserve natural resources. Through our green practices, we wish to reduce our overall carbon footprint on the planet, while maintaining the hotel’s immaculate luxury and elite service.

Efficient Purchasing of Natural Resources

The hotel utilizes a bi-fuel converter, allowing the most efficient natural resource to be purchased for hotel energy.

Employee Training

Employees are extensively trained on ways in which they can help with conservation.

Food & Beverage

The hotel composts biodegradable organic food waste, recycles all kitchen oils, and uses bulk dispensers & reusable containers for beverages, food and condiments. The hotel also uses reusable serving utensils, napkins and tablecloths when food and beverage is served.

Green Roof

A "green roof" was installed on the building to decrease heating and cooling costs and to help maximize energy efficiency.

Guest Room and Meeting Room Energy Management System

The Boston Park Plaza employs a state-of-the-art energy management system that detects when a guest room or public meeting room is vacant. The system turns off the heating and/or air conditioning and resets back to room temperature.

Lighting

Compact Florescent Bulbs have been installed in all guest rooms; these use less power and last longer than regular light bulbs.

Linen/Towel Reuse Program

Guests have the option to reuse their linen and towels in order to conserve natural resources.

Organic Herb Green House

An organic herb roof garden has been built so that the hotel’s culinary team has the freshest ingredients available.

Paper Conservation

In an effort to save paper, the hotel employs a paperless check-in/check-out policy.

Public Transportation

The hotel is located 1 block from both subway and bus transportation and is within walking distance of many restaurants, shops & attractions. This eliminates the need to drive.

Recycling and Using Recyclable Products

The hotel recycles cardboard, paper, aluminum, tin & plastic and purchases recycled and recyclable products.

Water Conservation

The laundry department employs a water reuse system which allows water to be cleaned and used 3 times before being disposed.

Attendees
First Name Affiliation
Daryl MassDOT District 2
Josh MassDOT
Curtis MassDOT
Ethan MassDOT
Thomas MassDOT
Susan MassDOT
Courtney MassDOT District 6
Christian MassDOT District 1
Laura MassDOT District 2
Mark MassDOT
Aniko MassDOT
Amitai MassDOT District 6
Jean MassDOT
Robert MassDOT
Chester MassDOT HOC
Gabriel MassDOT
Paula MassDOT District 2
Bryan MassDOT
Linda
Beth MassDOT
Zach MassDOT
Trey MassDOT
Andrew MassDOT
Lloyd AAA Northeast
Eleanor
Michele TransAction Associates
Donald
Mike Nantucket Planning Office
Michelle The Ciccolo Group
Karen Alewife and Neponset Valley TMA
Amir Tavana LLC
Rachel
Joshua
Wayne Design Consultants, Inc.
John Ways2Go Travel Training
Scott Natick Police Department
Lauren 128 Business Council
KELLY T.Y. LIN INTERNATIONAL
Josh Transportation for Massachusetts
Christopher
John AAA Northeast
Peter VHB
Glenn Big R Bridge
Archie New England Traffic Solutions
Linda Ways2Go Travel Training
Susan VHB
Cynthia Halvorson Design Partnership, INc.
Charlie T4MA
Samuel TransitMatters
John Hayner/Swanson, Inc.
Claudio New England Traffic Solutions
Renata Charles River Conservancy
Laura
Adam Dewberry Engineers Inc.
Chris UMTC
Kathryn UMTC
Kurt Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Jennifer UMTC
James Portsmouth Fire Department
David Town of Wellesley
Ryan Town of Natick
Todd Town of Brookline
Brian Town of Natick
Meg Mass. Commission for the Blind
Cynthia UMTC
Gloria City of Newton
Steven Town of Spencer
Aldo UMTC
Stephen City of Gloucester