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Monthly Archives: March 2009

MBTA “Next Train” Technology Assists Commuters Posted on Mar 11

While waiting at train platforms, MBTA Commuter Rail customers will soon be provided with real-time information about the status of their trains.  At North Station, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi and MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas introduced “Next Train” technology that will provide customers with on   …Continue Reading MBTA “Next Train” Technology Assists Commuters

Green Line Extension Agreements Reached Posted on Mar 10

Transportation Secretary James A. Aloisi, Jr. and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that they have reached agreement on two important aspects of the extension of the Green Line through Somerville to Medford.  In order to provide maximum pedestrian and bicycle access to the Green   …Continue Reading Green Line Extension Agreements Reached

In the News: Bake Sale Highlights MBTA Deficit Posted on Mar 10

MBTA riders and supporters hold a statehouse bake sale to highlight the need for new revenues to avoid drastic service reductions and fare increases.  Read the story.  Watch the video.

Reform In the News Posted on Mar 9

Read the Globe editorial on funding transportation reform.  Public transit supporters rally today with a "bake sale" in support of funding for the MBTA and against fare increases that would result without reform.  Read the Metro stories here and here.  Read the Globe story here.  

Federal Stimulus Funds Target “Shovel Ready” Projects Posted on Mar 9

Governor Patrick announced Massachusetts has received authority from the federal government to spend $437.9 million on transportation projects through federal highway funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Approximately $153.2 million will be committed to "shovel-ready" projects advertised for bid within the next 120   …Continue Reading Federal Stimulus Funds Target “Shovel Ready” Projects

Reform Targets Costly Trend Posted on Mar 6

Reform Targets Costly Trend

Governor Patrick's reform plan would take steps toward ending a costly practice that has exploded since 1990- paying for transportation employees with capital funds.  The chart below shows the dramatic trend.  In 1991, just 14% of MassHighway employees were funded from the capital budget rather   …Continue Reading Reform Targets Costly Trend

Governor on Reform in Salem, Quincy Posted on Mar 6

Governor Patrick visited Salem to talk about the need for transportation reform.  Read the story. Watch video from Salem.  The Governor held an open meeting in Quincy on reform.  Read the story here.

Your Questions Answered: MAC, Outdoor Ad Board Posted on Mar 5

The Governor's transportation reform plan would eliminate the Turnpike Authority along with the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC) and the Outdoor Advertising Board.  Some have asked:  What is MAC?  It is a state transportation agency that promotes aviation while establishing and maintaining a safe, efficient airport system.    …Continue Reading Your Questions Answered: MAC, Outdoor Ad Board

Transportation Hearing: Governor, Secretary Push Reform Posted on Mar 5

Governor Patrick and Secretary Aloisi spoke to the legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation in Springfield.  Read the Springfield story here.  Watch the news video here and here.  Governor Patrick heard from citizens in Natick and Worcester about transportation.  The Worcester story is here.  Read about the   …Continue Reading Transportation Hearing: Governor, Secretary Push Reform

Reform Provides Regional Equity Posted on Mar 4

How does the transportation plan help the North Shore, Worcester, Metrowest, and the Merrimack Valley?  The plan supports each region of the Commonwealth, by designating six cents of the gas tax for regional rail, road and bridge projects and additional funding for regional transit authorities.    …Continue Reading Reform Provides Regional Equity