Staying on Track is a framework and benchmark indicators report on achieving a sustainable transportation system in Greater Boston. Like the Dukakis Center’s other report cards on housing and manufacturing, this report is based on extensive collection and analysis of a broad range of data about greater Boston’s transportation system and is designed to shed light on how the system works (or doesn’t), a necessary first step toward changing the region’s transportation system to make it more equitable and sustainable. The preliminary set of “indicators” and “benchmarks” from the report was released on November 19 at the fall meeting of the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Consortium.
Staying on Track presents a new framework for thinking about the transportation system in greater Boston and Massachusetts, defining a sustainable transportation system as one which:
Based on this definition, the report presents a set of forty proposed Indicators and Benchmarks designed to be comprehensive and comprehensible in helping to explain the complicated set of demographic, economic, transportation and other factors driving travel and transportation patterns in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. The indicators and benchmarks address the following attributes of a sustainable transportation system:
Staying on Track reaches the following preliminary conclusions about the current transportation system in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts:
The Dukakis Center wishes to thank the Barr Foundation for supporting the development of Staying on Track and its ongoing support of the Center’s transportation research.