The FRCOG is currently updating the Regional Transportation Plan. This plan is updated every 4 years and examines the current state of the transportation system in the region, including all modes of transportation – such as driving, walking, biking, and riding the bus or train. The plan also identifies the long-term transportation needs of the region and prioritizes projects and activities. This plan will give Franklin County the opportunity to identify needed projects; address environmental and safety concerns; and meet the growing economic development needs of the region.
As part of the planning process, the FRCOG wants input from Franklin County residents and employees. There will be 4 public meetings around the County to get feedback on transportation needs and priorities (see dates below). If you are unable to attend a meeting, please take our survey to let us know your thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019RTPsurvey.
- Tuesday, December 11th ( 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) Town of Colrain Highway Garage, 55 Main Road, Colrain, MA (snow date December 12th)
- Tuesday, January 8th (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) Erving Senior Center, 1 Care Drive, Erving, MA (snow date January 9th)
- Wednesday, January 9th (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.) John W. Olver Transit Center, First Floor Meeting Room, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA (snow date January 10th)
- Wednesday, January 16th (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) Sunderland Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA (snow date of January 17th)
For more information, please contact Megan Rhodes, Senior Transportation & Land Use Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413)774-3167 x 132.
Massachusetts is in the midst of a heartbreaking crisis of addiction and overdose, and one of the most important things we can all do to prevent further deaths is reduce the stigma experienced by people with substance use disorder. Only 1 in 12 people people with this disorder seek treatment — can you imagine if numbers were similarly low for diabetes?
FRCOG’s staff have signed the Boston Medical Center Stigma Pledge and will work to make sure we use non-stigmatizing language. Join us!
To learn more about the Pledge, click here.
To review an “Addictionary” of stigmatizing and non-stigmatizing language, click here.
Interested in new initiatives and our progress on current FRCOG projects? Check out the link below for quarterly updates presented to the FRCOG Council in April.
The FRCOG is pleased to present the 2017 Annual and Town Reports, highlighting the work and accomplishments of our programs and Franklin County communities. Please click on the image above or this link to access the reports.
According to the latest U.S. County Business Pattern data, 73% of our region’s private sector employers (i.e. not government establishments and not self-employed) had less than 10 employees. Interested in more of this data? Contact Jessica Atwood, Economic Development Program Manager at the FRCOG.
The latest population estimate by county shows that Franklin County’s population declined from 2000 to 2017 by about 670 people (or <1%), while the state and nation grew by 4.8% and 5.5% respectively. Of the fourteen counties of Massachusetts, Franklin County along with Berkshire County and Barnstable County (which is Cape Cod) declined in population.
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FRCOG’s Fuel Bids for FY19 now dictate Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel instead of #2 Heating Oil. This phased-in law goes into full effect as of July 1, 2018. In our state alone, distillate oil contributed nearly 30,000 tons of SO2 emissions in 2008; the new regulation will reduce this amount to less than 1,000 tons in 2018 – reducing the allowable amount of sulfur from 500 parts per million in 2014 to only 15 ppm as of July 1 of this year. Costs are estimated to be slightly higher – perhaps 2-3 cents per gallon. The cleaner burning fuel will reduce service/cleaning costs in equipment which should mitigate the overall cost increase. The reduction of these fine sulfur particles will impact our respiratory and cardiovascular health, especially for the elderly and children, and significantly improve visibility (haze). FRCOG Fuel Bids will open on May 14 and there are 23 participants for FY19. More info on FRCOG Collective bids is at https://frcog.org/bids
On April 24, 2018, the FCTPO released a Draft Franklin 2019 UPWP. There will be a 21-day public comment period on the draft UPWP from Friday, April 27 through Friday, May 18, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing by email to email@example.com or by mail to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.
On April 24, 2018, the FCTPO released a Draft Amendment #3 to the 2018-2022 TIP Highway Project list as well as a Draft 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program. There will be a 21-day public comment period on the draft TIP documents from Friday, April 27 through Friday, May 18, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301. Links to the draft TIP documents are below:
Draft 2018-2022 TIP Highway Amendment #3: Draft 2018-2022 TIP Highway Amendment 3
Draft 2019-2023 TIP Highway Project List: Draft 2019-2023 TIP Highway Project List
Draft 2019-2023 TIP Transit Project List: Draft 2019-2023 TIP Transit Project List
Draft 2019-2023 TIP Full Text: Draft 2019-2023 TIP Full Text