As part of a commitment to address our region’s transportation needs, join the Newton Needham Regional Chamber on Friday, March 9 from 8:30-10am to hear about two significant changes to the ways people are — or will be — moving throughout our region. The presentation will be held at Wells Park Auditorium (85 Wells Park, Newton). Free for Newton Needham Regional Chamber members & nonmembers.
The presentation, ‘Transportation Summit, Part 1: The Economic Impacts of Self-Driving Vehicles and Cycling’, will explore the economic development benefits of investing in cycling and bike infrastructure; the need to improve connectivity between bike paths, transit stations, commercial centers and cultural attractions. The program will also consider the fiscal and economic impacts of the transition to self-driving vehicles in Massachusetts, our municipalities and our households. Other related topics will include current revenue sources, how self-driving cars will impact our municipal budgets and identify policy options to mitigate certain fiscal and economic impacts.
The cycling conversation will be led by Richard Fries, executive director of MassBike, an organization that has been working with Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Department of Public Health (DPH), state legislators, police and planners to improve conditions for bicycle riders in Massachusetts since 1977.
Rafael Mares, an attorney and Vice President at the Conservation Law Foundation (CFL), will lead the presentation about self-driving vehicles. Mares will present the findings of a new CLF report that will provide a fiscal analysis of the impact that these vehicles will have on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.