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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Accelerated Bridge Program Makes Impact Posted on Mar 16

Accelerated Bridge Program Makes Impact

In August 2008, Governor Patrick signed legislation creating the Accelerated Bridge Program.  A joint venture of MassHighway and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the program will invest nearly $3 billion to repair and replace Massachusetts bridges and reduce by at least 250 the number   …Continue Reading Accelerated Bridge Program Makes Impact

Federal Stimulus: First 8 Projects Announced Posted on Mar 13

Federal Stimulus:  First 8 Projects Announced

The Patrick Administration has announced the first eight “shovel-ready” transportation projects using federal highway stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be advertised for bid tomorrow.  The eight initial projects span from the Berkshires to Cape Cod and represent an estimated total   …Continue Reading Federal Stimulus: First 8 Projects Announced

Reform Priority: MBTA Budget Gap Posted on Mar 13

The MBTA Board has approved an FY10 budget that is balanced only if additional revenues are found.  Without revenues, other actions such as service reductions and fare increases would be necessary.  The Governor's reform plan dedicates 6 cents of the gas tax to maintain existing   …Continue Reading Reform Priority: MBTA Budget Gap

MBTA: More Service, More Riders, Less Overtime Posted on Mar 13

MBTA: More Service, More Riders, Less Overtime

The MBTA today runs more weekday bus trips while spending much less on employee overtime compared to 2005.  Today, because the T has hired more bus drivers and mechanics, the actual number of bus trips being run each weekday is 41 MORE than that of   …Continue Reading MBTA: More Service, More Riders, Less Overtime

In the News: MBTA Targets Groping Posted on Mar 13

MBTA is taking successful steps to discourage groping and catch suspects.  Watch the story from WBZ. 

In the News: MassHighway Reform Success Posted on Mar 13

In the News: MassHighway Reform Success

At the annual Transportation Breakfast in Plymouth, MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky says project streamlining and other internal reforms are already showing progress.  Read the story.

When Will My Train Arrive? “Real Time” Answers Posted on Mar 13

When Will My Train Arrive?  “Real Time” Answers

MBTA Commuter Rail customers waiting for their train will soon get real-time information about the status of their trains.  Transportation Secretary James Aloisi and MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas visited North Station to introduce “Next Train” technology that will provide customers with on board announcements   …Continue Reading When Will My Train Arrive? “Real Time” Answers

In the News: Poll Shows Majority Support Gas Tax Posted on Mar 12

A poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics shows a majority of Massachusetts voters favor a gas tax increase that funds transportation needs.  Read the story here. Secretary Aloisi visited Taunton to boost reform and affirm the Governor's commitment to South Coast Rail.  Read here.

Reform: “We Must Act Now” Posted on Mar 11

Reform:  “We Must Act Now”

By Jeff Mullan, Transportation Undersecretary & Chief Operating Officer People don’t generally debate about transportation issues – they argue about them.  Few consider transportation as an issue for the common weal.  For most of us, we think of transportation in terms of our commute, our   …Continue Reading Reform: “We Must Act Now”

In the News: Globe Support for Gas Tax Posted on Mar 11

"It's the least citizens can do for each other in difficult times," says a Globe editorial.  Read it here.