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Monthly Archives: April 2010

MBTA: Customer Service Campaign Posted on Apr 7

MBTA: Customer Service Campaign

Newly appointed MBTA General Manager Richard Davey announced he will kick off a "Join the GM" campaign, a back-to-basics approach that will include regular visits to MBTA station to listen and interact with daily commuters in person.  On Thursdays, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, and   …Continue Reading MBTA: Customer Service Campaign

RMV: No-Wait Appointments Posted on Apr 7

RMV:  No-Wait Appointments

Four months after launching the first interactive web licensing service, MassDOT RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian in Springfield today announced RMV is expanding its function so customers can schedule appointments and not have to wait in line to apply for a driver or motorcycle learner’s permit   …Continue Reading RMV: No-Wait Appointments

MassDOT Bridge Investments Pay Off Posted on Apr 6

MassDOT Bridge Investments Pay Off

MassDOT has made historic investments in the Commonwealth’s bridges. These investments are already paying off.  Thanks to Governor Patrick's historic Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP), the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, MassDOT has reduced the backlog of structurally deficient   …Continue Reading MassDOT Bridge Investments Pay Off

Governor Proposes Active Military Specialty License Plates Posted on Apr 6

Governor Proposes Active Military Specialty License Plates

Moved by the story of a New Bedford soldier who lost his leg while serving in Iraq, Governor Patrick has filed legislation that eliminates the restriction against active military from qualifying for a free military medal license plate. Currently, only those who have been discharged   …Continue Reading Governor Proposes Active Military Specialty License Plates

President Thanks Flood Responders Posted on Apr 6

President Thanks Flood Responders

MassDOT's Robert Ward calls the moment a memory he will share forever- a handshake for a job well done by the President.  President Obama visited the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency facility in Framingham Thursday, April 2, joined by Governor Patrick, to offer his thanks to   …Continue Reading President Thanks Flood Responders

MassDOT Capital Spending Plan Public Meetings Posted on Apr 5

MassDOT is required as part of the 2009 transportation reform legislation to develop a 5-year capital spending plan.  MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning is holding three public meetings across the state to solicit comments as part of the plan development process.  The meetings will provide   …Continue Reading MassDOT Capital Spending Plan Public Meetings

MassDOT Reform: Debt Refinance Saves Millions Posted on Apr 5

The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced that MassDOT executed the first in a series of bond refinancings that will save the Commonwealth more than $30 million annually.  In addition, MassDOT has received significant ratings upgrades on the former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority bonds, allowing access to capital   …Continue Reading MassDOT Reform: Debt Refinance Saves Millions

Local Road Projects Funding Boost Posted on Apr 2

Local Road Projects Funding Boost

Governor Deval Patrick has notified cities and towns they will receive $155 million in state Chapter 90 funds to rebuild and repair local roads and bridges this year. This significant capital investment will create construction jobs, improve transportation and public safety and encourage long-term economic   …Continue Reading Local Road Projects Funding Boost

Drive Safely: Free Coffee Sunday Overnight Posted on Apr 2

Drive Safely: Free Coffee Sunday Overnight

MassDOT encourages safe travel this weekend and as a customer service will offer free coffee overnight Sunday into Monday morning at all 18 Service Plazas. Take a break and enjoy free coffee from 10:00pm Sunday, April 4 through 5:00am Monday, April 5 at the following   …Continue Reading Drive Safely: Free Coffee Sunday Overnight

MassDOT Friday AM Flood Update Posted on Apr 2

The following state roadway information is provided by MassDOT as of early Friday morning: Concord, Sudbury/Wayland- Please be advised that we have observed heavy traffic and delays during the morning/evening commutes on Route 2 due to road closures due to flooding on Route 117 in   …Continue Reading MassDOT Friday AM Flood Update