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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2017 Annual 495/MetroWest Employer Survey & Forecast

As a public-private non-profit charged with the 495/MetroWest regional economy, the 495/MetroWest Partnership is proud of the success of our regional employer survey with Framingham State University and we welcome our new media partner, The MetroWest Daily News.  As we head into our fifth year, the survey has increasingly provided regional leaders and policymakers with hard data on the business conditions facing our employers as well as top concerns for the year ahead.

To continue the success of this annual survey, we ask for a few moments of your time to participate in this important effort.  Your confidential feedback is crucial to the success of this survey, which will provide real insight into our region's strengths and constraints. 

Please participate in our SURVEY to ensure that your voice is heard.

This survey is only open for a limited time, so the results can be reviewed and analyzed for publication by The MetroWest Daily News and its affiliate papers. Your confidential input is crucial to ensuring the 495/MetroWest Region's voice is heard.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the fifth year of this important survey, and we look forward to sharing the results!

 

I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Project

The 495/MetroWest Partnership is pleased to inform you of a new MassDOT webpage dedicated to the I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Project. In addition to past advocacy and outreach outlined below, the Partnership has advocated for this Project for many years, most recently in our formal commentary on the FY18-22 Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for MassDOT.  The current MassDOT CIP includes over $220 Million for the Project as it continues to move forward.  

In the lead up to the current design contract, the Partnership hosted a series of meetings on the 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) as well as the MassDOT presentation from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Scoping Session on March 19, 2015.  Visit our Transportation Committee page for more details on our work on behalf of the 495/MetroWest region.

 

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 more effectively utilize existing infrastructure such as the Framingham Secondary Line while 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.

UPDATE!

At their bi-monthly meeting on August 14, 2017, the Fiscal Management Control Board of the MBTA voted four to one in favor of approving the Foxborough Pilot Program. Starting at a date to be determined in Spring 2019, commuter rail trains will begin running to the Foxborough station full time. Eight trains which are currently servicing the Fairmont Line will have Foxborough added to their routes as well as one train currently servicing the Franklin Line. Projections indicate that these extensions will not have a negative impact on existing service on either line. The Pilot Program will run for approximately eleven and a half months, at which point the FMCB will evaluate the service and make a determination on whether to make the service permanent.

The addition of full-time commuter rail service to Foxborough is expected to spur economic development in the town and surrounding communities. The service will allow greater opportunities both for workers commuting into Boston as well as employers looking to attract Boston-area residents. The large number of parking spaces available at Gillete Stadium will also provide an alternative to those existing commuter rail users struggling with over-crowding at nearby stations. Finally, the Foxborough Pilot Program will serve as an invaluable test for the MBTA as they evaluate Commuter Rail Service in Massachusetts.

 

495/MetroWest Partnership's Recent Advocacy for this project:

Letter to Foxborough Board of Selectmen

Letter to MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board

 

Pilot Service Press Coverage:

Boston Globe

The Sun Chronicle

The Patch

 

Other Links:

MassDOT Presentation

FMCB Foxborough Q&A

Foxborough Commuter Rail Pilot Program Fact Sheet

Petition to Support Commuter Rail Service to Foxborough

2010 MBTA Feasibility Study

 

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

 
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