The 2017 Moving Together Conference

Date: 9/28/2017 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

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

Capacity:

31/750


Overview
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2017 Moving Together Conference

MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference

• 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.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA.

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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. In 2016, the conference sold out for the second year straight! Each year the conference continues 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.

Register Today! Click on the "Registration" tab at the top of this page

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Announcing the 2017 High School Video Contest

Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017 AT 5PM

Calling all Massachusetts high school students!

Lead the way in promoting safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors across Massachusetts. Write and produce a one minute public service announcement video that focuses on safe behaviors across all modes with regard to the distraction of technology.

2017 Contest Guidelines

2017 Contest Submission Form

 

2017 Moving Together Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Exhibitors

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Registration
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$100.00
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Public Sector

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$45.00
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Student Fee-Please call 413-545-2604 to receive discount

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Sponsor Fees
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$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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$0 (Regular Attendee Fees Apply)
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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 600 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.

 

Additional benefits for sponsors and exhibitors include:

• Logo recognition on conference sponsor/exhibitor website page.

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

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

Online Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Is Now Available!

Please click on the "Sponsor Fees" tab at the top of the page.

 

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Special Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Level Sponsorship

A GOLD Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:

Your company logo on:

• Event sponsor/exhibitor website page and home page, under Gold Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website)

• Email and direct mail marketing materials

• Event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event

• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom

• A "thank you" banner featuring your company logo displayed in the main ballroom.

• Company listing on session agenda signs outside each room.

• Two complimentary attendee registrations.

Cost: $3,000.00

 

Silver Level Sponsorship

A SILVER Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:

Your company logo on:

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

• Email and direct mail marketing materials.

• The event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.

• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• One complimentary attendee registrations.

Cost: $1,500.00

 

Bronze Level Sponsorship

A BRONZE Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:

Your company logo on:

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

• Event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.

• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.

• One complimentary attendee registrations.

Cost: $750.00

 

Exhibitor

Your Exhibitor Booth Includes:

• A 6-foot skirted table, one chair and one waste paper basket

• Additional chairs are available on request, depending on the number of attendees registered by your organization

• One complimentary attendee registrations

Cost: $500.00

For-Profit Fees include an exhibit booth and a complimentary conference registration, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. Exhibitor assistants must pre-register online at $100.00 each.

 

Non-Profit Exhibitor: EXEMPT From Exhibitor Booth Fee

Includes an exhibit booth. Each agency attendee must pre-register online for the conference at $100.00 each. Non-Profit agencies interested in being a sponsor must pay regular sponsor fees.

Government Agencies: EXEMPT From Exhibitor Booth Fee

Includes an exhibit booth. Each agency attendee must pre-register online for the conference at $100.00 each. Governement agencies interested in being a sponsor must pay regular sponsor fees.

EXHIBITOR PACKAGE

Online Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Now Available!

Please click on the "Sponsor Fees" tab at the top of the page.

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, 413-577-2743 or Kathryn Donnelly, 413-545-5403.

Map for illustration purposes only. Booth location is approximate. Exhibitor booths will be located in Plaza Ballroom and on Mezzanine. Booth choice is based on sponsorship level and order of registration payments received.

 

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News

MassDOT: Fourth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest

MassDOT announced the fourth annual statewide high school video contest – Safe Streets Smart Trips.

The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.  The contest began three years ago to encourage high school students to take the lead in showcasing an understanding of roadway safety across travel modes in an effort to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities – a trend that has not followed the Commonwealth’s downward shift in traffic-related incidents over the past few years.

“The transportation choices we make on a daily basis have consequences associated with them, whether they are environmental, health, or safety related, “ said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest is an excellent way to engage students across the Commonwealth to critically think about how their transportation decisions can impact their own lives, the lives of their peers, and their local community.”

The video contest is open to all Massachusetts high school students and features a freshman/sophomore category and junior/senior category. Students are asked to submit a one minute public service announcement video regarding safe behaviors across three modes of transportation—driving, walking, and bicycling—while focusing on the dangers that distractions from technology can pose.

Contest guidelines are being sent now to high schools and may also be found on the video contest web page. A grand prize and runner-up will be chosen for each category by a MassDOT panel in September 2017. Winning videos will be screened at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together, where their creators receive their prizes. This year prizes include a tablet computer, $300 cash prize, and a sponsor prize pack.

The Safe Streets Smart Trips video contest is designed to make travelers aware of how their roadway behaviors impact others and how to exercise care and caution with respect to other travelers. The contest will also draw upon healthy and active transportation benefits.

Learn more about the Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest or contact Becca Cyr at Rebecca.Cyr@dot.state.ma.us or 857-383-3805.

We invite you to learn more about the 2017 Moving Together healthy transportation conference.

Written By: Klark Jessen


MBTA: Fairmount Commuter Rail Free of Charge May 8-21

MassDOT, MBTA, and Keolis officials held an event at South Station to announce two-weeks of free rides to customers from all Fairmount Commuter Rail Line stations. Customers will be able to board at station stops between Fairmount and South Stations free of charge Monday, May 8, until the end of day on Sunday, May 21.

“The Fairmount Line offers a fast and convenient way to travel between the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and into the city’s Financial District,” said Acting MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. “It’s only a thirty minute trip to South Station from the end of the line in Fairmount and even less time from the stations stops along the way. For two weeks, beginning this Monday, we hope people take advantage of the fare-free service, and learn the benefits of quick and easy train travel.”

“It’s exciting to showcase the transit solutions afforded by the Fairmount Line,” said Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey. “We look forward to demonstrating the value of the Commuter Rail to members of the Fairmount Line’s communities who otherwise may not have explored this convenient option.”

After the MBTA purchased much of the line in the late 1970s, the MBTA began operating what would later be known as the Fairmount Line between South Station and Fairmount in 1987. Later that year, Morton Street and Uphams Corner Stations were temporarily opened with the Fairmount Line extended to Readville Station. Improvements to the Line were agreed upon to assist with environmental air quality concerns in 2005. Fairmount Station was also reopened in 2005 after being completely renovated. Uphams Corner and Morton Street Stations were completely rebuilt and reopened in 2007 after a 2002 Feasibility Study that identified the need for infrastructure upgrades needed to maintain a State of Good Repair. In an effort to increase ridership and alleviate crowding on area buses, the 2002 Feasibility Study also recommended the opening of four new stations, the locations of which were chosen to provide a higher quality level of bus service and to provide an alternative mode of transportation to the community. As such, Talbot Avenue Station was added to the Line in 2012 with Newmarket and Four Corners/Geneva Avenue opening in 2013.

More recently, in January 2017, an executed contract was approved for the construction of the fourth station identified in the 2002 Feasibility Study (and the ninth station on the Fairmount Line) at Blue Hill Avenue. The Blue Hill Avenue station stop is anticipated to open for customers in 2019.

As the only Commuter Rail line that operates entirely within Boston, seven of the Fairmount Line’s stations are priced for a fare of Zone 1A, which is a $2.25 one-way fare. The Fairmount Line operates seven days per week. This sponsored two-week period comes with the hope of continuing to highlight the Fairmount Line as a convenient option for residents and employees of businesses.

For more information on the Fairmount Line, please visit mbta.com.

Written By: Klark Jessen, MassDOT Blog


MassDOT Focus: Accessibility for Bicyclists, Pedestrians

MassDOT is continuing to focus on accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians with state-wide planning efforts underway and with a series of events and initiatives designed to encourage active transportation options.

MassDOT is in the process of updating its two comprehensive active transportation blueprints; a revamped version of the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan (Bicycle Plan), which was last updated in 2008, is scheduled to be released in the fall, while a revised edition of the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan (Pedestrian Plan) will be published this summer.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to fostering opportunities for all modes of transportation including individuals who are walking or riding a bicycle,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We are continuing to pursue fruitful initiatives and develop plans to guide bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments and help ensure people through the Commonwealth are able to enjoy their economic, environmental and health benefits of these modes of transportation.

“We are proud to work closely with our partners throughout Massachusetts in advancing bicycle and pedestrian transportation options,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “By developing a comprehensive bicycle plan and promoting awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians, we can increase safety, accessibility, and reliability for these and all other transportation options throughout the Commonwealth.”

An extensive outline of MassDOT’s vision and strategy for maximizing the benefits of bicycle transportation, the updated Bicycle Plan draws from in-depth bicycle count data and demographic trends to better reflect and accommodate the ways people actually use bicycles. For example, the new plan aims to create a bicycle infrastructure that facilitates short trips of about three miles or less, which research shows to be the maximum distance a typical non-recreational cyclist will travel on a bicycle. In an effort to promote safe, healthy and efficient transportation throughout the Commonwealth, the new plan makes the case for more on and off-road cycling infrastructure compared to the 2008 version, emphasizing connectivity to other transit options and “Complete Streets” featuring bicycle lanes which improve safety by demarcating the section of roadway on which cyclists and motorists should travel.

The modernized Pedestrian Plan, which is equally important to MassDOT’s vision of an efficient, healthy and safe multimodal transportation infrastructure, will detail MassDOT’s approach for improving accessibility and safety for pedestrians as well as best practices for maintaining pedestrian infrastructure and prioritizing investment strategy. To do this, the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, which oversees the development of both the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans, is identifying methods to make important community services along with housing and employment centers more accessible and develop new infrastructure for low-income and other traditionally underrepresented communities. A large part of this means promoting Americans with Disabilities Act-compliance, which empowers persons with disabilities to be more independent. By promoting walking as a viable component of active transportation in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Bicycle Plan alike will reduce the need for single occupancy vehicle trips, creating a greener, more efficient transportation system in the Commonwealth.

In order to accommodate the growing importance of bicycle and pedestrian transportation, MassDOT has continued collaborating with bicycle advocacy groups as well as municipal, state and federal transportation agencies to develop new initiatives and events aimed at promoting bicycle safety and awareness.

Additionally, Bay State Bike Week, the only statewide bicycle week in the country, will take place between May 13 and 21. During the week, which is a collaborative venture sponsored by MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassBike, Massachusetts commuters are encouraged to cycle to work, participate in bicycle-related events with their communities and spread awareness about bicycle transportation in Massachusetts. Already, events have been scheduled on Cape Cod, in the Berkshires, and dozens of places in between.

To kick off Bay State Bike Week, MassDOT is collaborating with the municipalities of Holyoke and South Hadley to promote bicycle transportation awareness with a special festival on Sunday, May 7, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The River Roll and Stroll Street Festival is being held on the Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Connecticut River and the bridge will be closed to motorized traffic for a “vehicle free, care free Sunday celebration.” The event includes music, food and family activities. MassDOT personnel will be present to receive public comment on its proposed Bicycle Plan.

MassDOT will also participate in Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival, which will take place on Friday, May 19 and include several “bike to work convoys” beginning in various municipalities around Boston. The convoys are open to the public and will depart their original locations at 7 a.m., picking up new members at various points along the way to City Hall Plaza, where participants are invited to attend a free breakfast and bicycle exposition. Check information on Bike to Work Day. Convoy stops and times, a convoy map, and convoy leader sign up are available.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan. Check the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan. Learn more about Bay State Bike Week events.

Written By: Klark Jessen , MassDOT Blog

Attendees
First Name Affiliation
Joshua Private Citizen
Anthony MassDOT District 6
Rick MassDOT
Alex MassDOT
Thomas MassDOT
Jaime MassDOT MBTA
John MassDOT District 6
Laura MassDOT District 2
Jillian MassDOT
Adam MassDOT District 3
Joseph MassDOT Highway Call Center
Ann MassDOT
Chester MassDOT HOC
Behnam MassDOT
Thomas MassDOT
Gabriel MassDOT
Paula MassDOT District 2
Donald Private Citizen
Sarah Arborway Coalition
Ben Harvard University
Stacey Harvard University
Joseph Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (MABPAB)
Cynthia Private Citizen
Samuel TransitMatters
Jorge ESX Test
Catherine City of Waltham
Kurt MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Todd Town of Brookline
Carla Town of Bedford Police Department
Glen Town of Andover
Aldo UMTC