Transportation & Infrastructure Planning

Department Mission

The Transportation & Infrastructure Planning department is a core focus of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)’s Planning practice. The department's mission is to plan sustainable and reliable transportation and infrastructure systems while working collaboratively with communities, private sector groups, and other government agencies.

Role at the Agency

Recognizing that transportation affects the character and quality of Boston’s built environment, we strive to plan for a system that is comprehensive in nature and takes into account best practices of urban planning and design. Our transportation planning seeks to help neighborhoods maintain their unique characteristics and quality of life. We focus on transportation planning for all modes—walking, biking, transit, and automobiles—to ensure that Boston’s future is equitable and environmentally sustainable. We also work to plan infrastructure systems, such as electrical and water utilities, that are smart, environmentally conscious, and resilient.

The lion’s share of our work focuses on:

  • Reviewing development proposals, including Article 80 projects, to ensure they support neighborhood needs and goals;
  • Collaborating in citywide and neighborhood planning to support the preservation, enhancement, and growth of neighborhoods;
  • Advancing Boston’s Complete Street Guidelines and sustainable infrastructure planning and design; and
  • Advocating for City goals and aspirations with partners at state and federal agencies.


Our four professional transportation and infrastructure planners collaborate closely with our partners in other City Departments, such as the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and the Department of Public Works (DPW). Additionally, we partner with state agencies agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort) to plan and implement projects. Additionally, we partner with community and neighborhood groups and stakeholders to build consensus around transportation and infrastructure policy, plans and design.

For more information, please contact John Tad Read, Senior Deputy Director of Strategic Planning, by email or by telephone at 617.918.4264.

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