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Monthly Archives: July 2009

RMV: New Law on “Green Vehicles” Posted on Jul 31

RMV: New Law on “Green Vehicles”

  A new law effective today authorizes the RMV to create registration requirements for several alternative-type classes of vehicles.  The state statute allows low speed and limited use vehicles as they are now defined, to be registered, titled, insured and inspected. The RMV has created distinctive   …Continue Reading RMV: New Law on “Green Vehicles”

MBTA CharlieCard On-Line Posted on Jul 29

MBTA CharlieCard On-Line

  MBTA customers now have access to on-line purchase of fare value for their CharlieCard along with the ability to register their CharlieCard on-line, providing added convenience and security, thanks to new state of the art computer technology. The T now offers customers the option   …Continue Reading MBTA CharlieCard On-Line

Transportation Reform: Tobin Bridge Transfer Posted on Jul 29

Transportation Reform: Tobin Bridge Transfer

  The transportation reform bill signed by Governor Deval Patrick transfers ownership and governance of the the Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge to the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation on January 1, 2010.  The landmark bridge opened to traffic in 1950, connecting the Charlestown section of Boston   …Continue Reading Transportation Reform: Tobin Bridge Transfer

Milton Bridge Repair Accelerated Posted on Jul 29

Milton Bridge Repair Accelerated

In keeping with its “Laboratory of Innovation” approach to the Accelerated Bridge Program, the Massachusetts Highway Department has announced a new plan to compress the schedule for rehabilitating the Ponkapoag Trail bridge project in Milton ten months earlier than originally scheduled.  MassHighway, the contractor and   …Continue Reading Milton Bridge Repair Accelerated

Transportation Partnership Boosts Broadband Posted on Jul 28

Transportation Partnership Boosts Broadband

Governor Deval Patrick in Northampton today announced a new partnership between the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and the Executive Office of Transportation to bring broadband to unserved and underserved communities in Western Massachusetts. Joined by elected leaders, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki,   …Continue Reading Transportation Partnership Boosts Broadband

Fall River Brightman Street Bascule Bridge- First Leaf Posted on Jul 28

The first of four "leafs" for the new Brightman Street bridge arrived in Fall River by barge on Monday as schedule.  Watch the video from the Fall River Herald News. The double bascule, or movable, bridge design will lift and provide clearance for vessels taller than   …Continue Reading Fall River Brightman Street Bascule Bridge- First Leaf

FAST LANE a Hit at Fenway Park Posted on Jul 28

FAST LANE a Hit at Fenway Park

  The sellout crowd of 37,955 at Fenway Park Monday night witnessed a Sox win, 8-3 over the A's, and had a chance to get the message about joining FAST LANE to avoid the cash toll lines on the way home. The Turnpike Authority thanks the Red Sox   …Continue Reading FAST LANE a Hit at Fenway Park

Reform Pays Off: Turnpike Upgrades Save Nearly $190 Million Posted on Jul 27

Reform Pays Off: Turnpike Upgrades Save Nearly $190 Million

Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders announced that the Commonwealth has saved $190 million in transportation-related costs as a direct result of sweeping transportation reform signed into law one month ago.  Due to five risky financial transactions – so-called “swaptions” – entered into by the Turnpike Authority   …Continue Reading Reform Pays Off: Turnpike Upgrades Save Nearly $190 Million

Blue Line Extension: Next Step Announced Posted on Jul 27

Blue Line Extension: Next Step Announced

  Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, Jr. today announced that the Patrick Administration will fully fund completion of the next step in the planning process to extend the MBTA Blue Line to Lynn.  Standing next to Congressman John Tierney, local elected officials and Chamber of Commerce   …Continue Reading Blue Line Extension: Next Step Announced

Bascule Bridge “Leaf” Headed for Fall River Posted on Jul 24

Bascule Bridge “Leaf” Headed for Fall River

  The first of four "leafs" for the new Brightman Street bridge is scheduled to arrive in Fall River by barge on Monday, July 27.  As shown above, the leafs are part of the double bascule, or movable, bridge design.  The other three leafs will   …Continue Reading Bascule Bridge “Leaf” Headed for Fall River