495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc.

Leaders for Regional Prosperity

The 495/MetroWest Partnership, through a unique public-private collaboration with businesses, municipalities, and other stakeholders, is the regional leader for creating an environment that prepares for and cultivates sustainable growth. We accomplish this by coordinating, educating, and advocating for solutions to regional constraints and limited natural resources. 

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Strength in Numbers 2017 Edition

The 495 MetroWest Partnership is pleased to announce the latest edition of our demographic report for the region's 35 communities. Over the course of a year, the region has experienced significant growth in a number of notable areas, demonstrating the region's continued transformation into one of Massachusetts' most promising areas for employers, jobs, and quality of life. Highlights include:

-Over $23 Billion in annual payroll;

- Nearly 7% population growth over five years; and

-A 2.1% growth in regional employers.

These highlights are only a small sampling of the region's achievements during the past year. To view the full report, click here.

If communities or employers in the 495/MetroWest region are interested in specific town data, please visit the Resources Page or contact the Partnership staff.

 

495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission

The 495/ MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission was established by the Legislature in Section 233 of Chapter165 of the Session Laws of 2015. The commission will study development challenges experienced by edge communities, including transportation, water, cellular, and energy infrastructure, transit services, residential development, reuse of former industrial facilities and historic mills, brownfields reclamation, downtown redevelopment and other such constraints. The commission will then develop policy responses and recommendations to ensure that edge communities can participate in state development initiatives and benefit from state resources. The commission will focus its investigation and study on the 35 municipalities served by the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc. and develop a pilot program to address the issues to be studied and investigated by the commission.

 

MetroWest Daily News Coverage - 7/18/16

 

 

Foxborough Pilot Commuter Rail Service

The Partnership has followed and engaged in the discussion on potential commuter rail service to Foxborough since the 2010 MBTA study on the service’s feasibility, while also providing regional perspective and outreach on the subsequent study conducted by VHB.  We provided background on these issues to Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen during the consideration of potential service in the fall of 2014, provided our support for the pilot during their recent deliberations, and are working with municipal staff and supporters on the pilot.

This proposed public/private pilot service is limited in its time and scope, allowing for a unique opportunity to evaluate its impact and success at increasing overall ridership on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line.  Extending weekday service on an existing Line to Foxborough Station, on MassDOT owned infrastructure, holds the potential for a real return on investment for the Commonwealth. The Foxborough Pilot would support the Fairmount Line, while more effectively utilizing existing infrastructure such as the Framingham Secondary Line and relieving capacity and parking constraints at the stations surrounding Foxborough.  Additionally, this proposed service would be a public private partnership benefiting the MBTA and the riders, as well as residents, employers, commuters, and taxpayers of Foxborough and the 495/MetroWest region.

Such weekday commuter service would provide a tremendous benefit to Foxborough residents commuting to other parts of the Commonwealth, as well as opening up new employment opportunities for riders on the Fairmount Line, given the strong Foxborough employment base. The service’s probable impact on the local and regional economy is demonstrated by the strong support from the Foxborough Economic Development Committee (EDC) and in the Foxborough Master Plan.  Weekday commuter rail service would connect Foxborough and its largest employers to the Boston-area labor pool, as well as boost development efforts along nearby US Route 1.

 

495/MetroWest Partnership Advocacy for this project:

Letter to Foxborough Board of Selectmen

Letter to MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board

 

Other Links:

 

Map of Commuter Rail Lines in the 495/MetroWest Region
(Dashed Line for connection to Foxborough)

 
 

I-90/I-495 Interchange Improvements Project

The Partnership has been pleased to host two meetings on this project, given its importance to our region and its status as #6 on our 495/MetroWest Region's 2014 Top Ten Transportation Nightmares.  For your convenience, we have provided links to the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the project (filed March 2, 2015 with comments due March 31, 2015) as well as the MassDOT presentation from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Scoping Session on March 19, 2015.  Visit our Transportation Committee page, listed under Institute for Local Issues, for more details on our work on behalf of the 495/MetroWest region.

 
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