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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Rail Accessibility A Win in Winchester Posted on Feb 12

Rail Accessibility A Win in Winchester

Posted by Gary Talbot, MBTA Assistant General Manager, System-Wide Accessibility I am pleased to report the Patrick Administration has committed $2 million in federal stimulus funds to make the Wedgemere Commuter Rail Station in Winchester accessible.  While improved access benefits all customers—from families with strollers   …Continue Reading Rail Accessibility A Win in Winchester

FAST LANE Transponder Numbers Rising Posted on Feb 12

FAST LANE Transponder Numbers Rising

One year after FAST LANE transponders became free of charge, the number of customers has risen dramatically.  A total of more than 318,000 transponders have been distributed in the past year.  The overall transponder total now exceeds 1.38 million.  Today, a FAST LANE free transponder   …Continue Reading FAST LANE Transponder Numbers Rising

All Fed Stimulus Highway Funds Obligated Posted on Feb 10

All Fed Stimulus Highway Funds Obligated

Governor Deval Patrick today announced that as of last Saturday the Commonwealth will have obligated its entire $437.9 million allotment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) highway funding nearly a month ahead of the federally required deadline of March 2, 2010.  The 84 ARRA   …Continue Reading All Fed Stimulus Highway Funds Obligated

Winter Storms: Plan Ahead, Use Public Transportation Posted on Feb 9

Winter Storms: Plan Ahead, Use Public Transportation

MassDOT encourages drivers to plan ahead and drive safely and commuters to use public transportation if possible, with the latest winter storm on the way.  EVENING COMMUTE:  MassDOT encourages driving commuters to leave plenty of time for travel in order to help keep the roads   …Continue Reading Winter Storms: Plan Ahead, Use Public Transportation

Green Line Extension Field Work Planned Posted on Feb 8

Green Line Extension Field Work Planned

Over the next six months, contractors for MassDOT will perform field work in support of the MBTA Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford.  Teams will  perform field surveys, noise and vibration testing, and soil borings to collect information for the Extension design.  People who   …Continue Reading Green Line Extension Field Work Planned

MBCR Suicide Prevention Honors Posted on Feb 8

MBCR Suicide Prevention Honors

The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention today honored Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR) General Manager Richard A. Davey for his lead role in creating the Massachusetts Transportation Suicide Prevention Initiative, a partnership between MBCR, the MBTA and Samaritans, a Boston-based suicide prevention and education   …Continue Reading MBCR Suicide Prevention Honors

MassDOT Crews Warm to the Task Posted on Feb 8

MassDOT Crews Warm to the Task

MassDOT maintenance crews from Weston and Charlton worked together today to replace boilers at the I-90 Plaza 12 in Framingham.  Two of three existing boilers had failed with replacement parts no longer available.  Crews removed the old boilers from the basement by crane and lowered   …Continue Reading MassDOT Crews Warm to the Task

MBTA Elevators: Going Up Posted on Feb 5

MBTA Elevators: Going Up

Customer service and accessibility for customers of all abilities are top priorities at the MBTA.  To date in 2010, the T reports its systemwide elevators and escalators are working properly at extremely high levels.  The T's 136 elevators are working at the 99.78% level in   …Continue Reading MBTA Elevators: Going Up

MassDOT State Traffic Engineer Honored Posted on Feb 5

MassDOT State Traffic Engineer Honored

MassDOT is fortunate to have so many employees who are passionate about their work and about transportation.  State Traffic Engineer Neil Boudreau is among them, and his passion and professionalism have not gone unnoticed.  Neil has been chosen as the 2009 Transportation Engineer of the   …Continue Reading MassDOT State Traffic Engineer Honored

Safety First: Teen Video Contest Posted on Feb 5

Safety First: Teen Video Contest

MassDOT RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian joined Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), to kick off the 2010 "Dance. Don't Chance" statewide teen safe driving video contest. The " Dance. Don't Chance" video contest by EOPSS in partnership   …Continue Reading Safety First: Teen Video Contest