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Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Plan for Reform Posted on Feb 27

The Governor's comprehensive plan will restructure and reform transportation in historic, fundamental ways. The plan consolidates and radically simplifies the transportation bureaucracy.  • The Turnpike Authority is abolished.  • The Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission and Outdoor Advertising Board are abolished.  • The MBTA Board is restructured and reduced in   …Continue Reading The Plan for Reform

Reforms To Date Saving Millions Posted on Feb 27

The Governor's comprehensive transportation plan puts reform first.  In fact, the Patrick Administration in two years has already implemented dozens of reforms that have saved tens of millions of dollars.  Reform savings at the Turnpike, MBTA, and MassHighway total more than $83 million.  • Turnpike: $31   …Continue Reading Reforms To Date Saving Millions

Current Gas Tax: Where Does it Go? Posted on Feb 27

The Governor's transportation reform plan devotes an unprecedented portion of new gas tax revenues for transportation needs in regions outside metro Boston, including 3 cents for regional rail projects, 1.5 cents for regional road and bridge projects, and 1.5 cents to increase funding for regional   …Continue Reading Current Gas Tax: Where Does it Go?

VMT: Privacy On Our Roads Posted on Feb 26

VMT: Privacy On Our Roads

Posted by: Registrar Rachel Kaprielian, Registry of Motor Vehicles   The Governor’s transportation bill charges the RMV with exploring cutting–edge technology that offers the most equitable and sustainable way to distribute the costs of maintaining Commonwealth roads and bridges among our 4.5 million drivers. One system   …Continue Reading VMT: Privacy On Our Roads

Reform Gains Support Posted on Feb 26

The Governor's comprehensive transportation reform approach gains support.  Read: Eric Bourassa, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Barry Bluestone and Stephanie Pollack, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University MetroWest Daily News

Fair to All Regions Posted on Feb 25

Fair to All Regions

Posted by: Secretary James Aloisi, Executive Office of Transportation We truly appreciate the feedback we have already received about Governor Patrick’s comprehensive reform plans.  We hope this blog will be one important avenue for an ongoing discussion and want to thank those who have already submitted   …Continue Reading Fair to All Regions

South Coast Rail Civic Engagement Posted on Feb 25

The Executive Office of Transportation will host a civic engagement meeting at the Easton Middle School on March 3 on the South Coast Rail project.   EOT will update Easton residents on the status of the project’s planning and environmental review and invite discussion.  Local residents and   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail Civic Engagement

RMV Fees Public Hearing Posted on Feb 25

RMV Fees Public Hearing

Posted by: Registrar Rachel Kaprielian, Registry of Motor Vehicles  As part of the Governor's budget initiatives to address revenue shortfalls for fiscal year 2009 and provide one source of funding for transportation infrastructure in 2010, the RMV is proposing modest increases in licensing, registration and other   …Continue Reading RMV Fees Public Hearing

Green Line Extension Public Hearings Posted on Feb 25

The Executive Office of Transportation will hold two public meetings in March to provide an update on the Green Line Extension project and seek public feedback.  The meetings will include an Open House from 5:30-6:30pm, where project team members will be available to answer questions.    …Continue Reading Green Line Extension Public Hearings

Transportation Reform Legislation Filed Posted on Feb 24

Governor Patrick's Transportation and Economic Security Plan legislation has been filed.  Read it here.