ACEC/MA's Transportation Agencies Liaison Committee (TALC) works closely with public transportation agencies to streamline and improve project delivery.
TALC usually meets monthly on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month at lunchtime in Boston. When in-person meetings are hold, the cost of lunch is hosted by one member firm each month, as assigned by TECET staff, so that each member firm with employees on the TALC list pays for the cost of the sandwich lunch about once every 3-4 years, even if the employees from that firm are not in attendance.
Due to the size of the committee, with about 420 individuals from ACEC/MA Member Firms as of July 1, 2022, TALC in-person meeting attendance is limited to one person per ACEC/MA Member Firm, plus ACEC/MA Board members. In 2022 and for at least part of 2023, all TALC meetings are being held by Zoom. All TALC member receive emails on transportation issues and are invited to participate in Zoom calls.
3/15/2023: MBTA Safety Presentation from Katie J. Choe, CCM, Chief of Quality, Compliance & Oversight, MBTA
2/17/23: MassDOT, ACEC/MA & CIM Design Build Workshop
2/15 + 2/16/23: New MBTA Safety Requirements for Contractors Accessing MBTA
Construction Sites: Katie Choe, MBTA Chief of Quality, Compliance, and Oversight Office briefed consultants and contractors on upcoming changes in contractor safety requirements in
response to Federal Transit Administration’s Safety Management Inspection.
2/15/23: MBTA Session on Prompt Payment (updated)
12/15/22: MBTA Session on Prompt Payment
12/14/22: Update on MassDOT’s OPEO Activities
Speakers: Andrea D’Amato, MassDOT Assistant Secretary, Kate Riley, MassDOT Office of Public Engagement and Outreach (OPEO), Carrie Lavallee, MassDOT Highway Deputy Administrator and Chief Engineer
9/21/22: EEO Documents for ODCR:
1 - Non-Discrimination Statement of Policy.doc
2 - Workforce Profile (EEO-4 Category).xls
8/17/22: BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURELAW (BIL): Overview of Highway Programs and Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grants with Ken Miller, Acting Division Administrator (MA), FHWA - PDF of PPT
6/15/22: MBTA Capital Programs Discussion with Jay Neider - PDF of PPT
4/27/22: MBTA Professional Services Selection Process – DEI Evaluation Criteria Training
PDF of PPT from MBTA and Armand Resource Group
3/30/22: MassDOT Virtual Public Meetings by MassDOT's Andrea D'Amato, Amy Getchell and others
1/25/22: MassDOT IMPACT is designed to encourage public safety initiatives and awareness specific to crash information. Within IMPACT you can engage with crash related data through easy to understand pre-built reports or conduct your own self-driven analysis.
1/19/22: TALC Meeting Resources: PDF of ACEC National Presentation by Matt Reiffer, ACEC, on the IIJA
Additional resources from Matt Reiffer at ACEC National:
- ACEC IIJA resource page: https://programs.acec.org/iija-resources/
- FHWA summary: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/docs/bil_overview_20211122.pdf
- Rail funding: here is the FRA implementation page: https://railroads.dot.gov/BIL
- On the appropriations question, AASHTO has a good article on it: https://aashtojournal.org/2021/12/17/continuing-resolution-complicates-highway-funding/
11/17/21: TALC Meeting resources: PDF of MassDOT Presentation on MassDOT Municipal Grant Programs
9/22/21: TALC Meeting resources:
- PDF of MassDOT Hybrid Meeting Draft Plan from Andrea D'Amato, MassDOT Assistant Secretary for Operational Excellence
- PDF of MALSCE Point Cloud Standards 2021 from Paul Feldman and Steve Wilkes for MALSCE
8/25/2021: PDF of Presentation from Marie Rose, MassDOT Director of Project Management
Liz Williams, Liz, Bob Frey, Kevin Lopes of MassDOT on MassDOT Data Resources
PDF of Presentation from MassDOT
Project Controls for Designers Presented by: Ken Johnson, Deputy Chief – Project Controls
7/21/2021: MassDOT List of Design-Build Project Identification-Next Generation Bridge (NGB)
5/7/2021: MassDOT-ACEC/MA-CIM-Briefing on Cape Cod Canal Bridges Project
PDF of Presentation from MassDOT
4/26/2021: MBTA Construction Contract Extended Overhead: Capital Programs Construction Contract Extended Overhead Policy
4/21/2021: Presentation by Cassandra Gascon Bligh, Community Grants Program Administrator MassDOT Highway Division
2/24/2021: Presentation by David Mohler, Executive Director of Planning, MassDOT
2/17/2021: Design Review Memorandum from Chief Engineer Patricia Leavenworth, dated February 12, 2021 on detailed guidance regarding the standard MassDOT project review times to be used for various types of design submissions at different stages of project development. This information should be used to help establish and maintain project design schedules in an effort to achieve on-time project delivery.
1/28/2021 Luciana Burdi, Massport, Briefing Co-hosted by ACEC/MA, AIA MA, WTS Boston, CMAA and BSCES: pdf of presentation
12/16/20 ACEC/MA TALC Meeting Materials Shared:
EDC6 Every Day Counts 6 Innovations proposed by FHWA that were discussed at the national virtual summit in December 2020
Capital Programs Support: Updated Design Errors & Omissions Evaluation Process
Contract Administration Guidance- Professional Services Task/Amendment Review – Required Document Checklist
Preparing Invoices - Internal Training Guide: ACECMA TALC 11-18-20
Pre-Audit Findings: ACECMA TALC 11-18-20
2/26/20 David Hatem Donovan Hatem Briefing to ACEC/MA TALC
2/13/20 MBTA OCE Briefing to ACEC/MA TALC
10/30/19 TALC Meeting with Shannon Greenwell of MassDOT
10/18/19: Webinar with MassDOT Highway Deputy Administrator/Chief Engineer Patty Leavenworth and Team
Key notes on Webinar Presentation
MBTA discussion of Project Development Group (PDG Process)
Quarterly STIC (State Transportation Innovation Council) Meeting - slides presented at 2/20/19 STIC Meeting
Massachusetts Business Coalition on Transportation - slides presented at recent meeting
8-22-18: T4MA Presentation on Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) from Chris Dempsey
7-31-18: MassDOT Highway Issues Proprietary Products SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
MassDOT Highway shared their internal SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) on the Use of Proprietary Products: highlighted section is applicable to engineers. Also see:
6-20-18: MBTA System-Wide Accessibility and The Design Guide to Access Presentation
5-23-2018: ebuilder Presentation from MBTA
2/28/18- Exciting Things are Brewing at Boston Public Works with Katie Choe, Chief Engineer/Director of Construction Management
4-25-2018-TALC Meeting Presentation: Jackie DeWolfe, Michelle Danila, Andy Paul
Heather Ivester, PE
Associate Vice President
Dori Ross, PE
Sr. Vice President of Client Services
Sanborn Head & Associates
Kristine Wickham, PE
Principal/Director of Planning, Transit & Rail
99 High St, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
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