The Chelmsford Select Board Chair is seeking a Chelmsford resident to act as designee for the Town of Chelmsford on the MBTA Advisory Board. The designee must be a rider who uses the MBTA service. If you are interested in serving in this role, please submit a letter of interest to the Select Board Chair via the Town Manager’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday, October 27th.
The MBTA Advisory Board plays a key role in the allocation of federal funds for MBTA capital related projects. The Board is composed of the chief elected official of each of the 176 cities and towns or their designee. The Board typically meets four to five times per year, and is currently holding all meetings remotely. (Prior to COVID-19, meetings were held in person in Boston.)
Pursuant to MGL Chapter 161A, Section 20, the MBTA Advisory Board has the authority to review and comment on the MBTA’s annual budget, that budget, which is approximately $2.248 billion (FY2019), touches every aspect of the MBTA’s operations, capital plan, and long-term plan. As such, any activity of the MTBA that has budgetary implications is within the purview of The MBTA Advisory Board.
The MBTA Advisory Board makes up 14 of 22 votes on the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the allocation of Regional Target Funds. The MPO is required by federal statute to prioritize federal transportation dollars for State and local government capital projects within the Boston region. This includes federal funds that may be designated for the MBTA capital program. Therefore, The MBTA Advisory Board has a deciding role in this aspect of the MBTA’s financing plan for capital projects.
For more information on the MBTA Advisory Board, please visit https://mbtaadvisoryboard.org/ .