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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Student Challenge: Real World Design Posted on Apr 12

Student Challenge: Real World Design

The annual Real World Design Challenge asks high school students to work on real world engineering challenges in a collaborative environment.  Each year, student teams address a challenge that confronts one of our nation’s leading industries.  This year’s Challenge: design of an aircraft wing that   …Continue Reading Student Challenge: Real World Design

Record Funding for Local Road, Bridge Projects Posted on Apr 11

Record Funding for Local Road, Bridge Projects

Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill to provide cities and towns a record $200 million in state Chapter 90 funds this year to rebuild and repair local roads and bridges. This allocation, approved by the Legislature, represents a 29% increase in Chapter 90 funding   …Continue Reading Record Funding for Local Road, Bridge Projects

Focus on “Telework” Posted on Apr 11

Focus on “Telework”

"Telework”, or telecommuting, involves working remotely from locations other than a central workplace.  Employers worldwide have used telework to reduce business costs and improve productivity, while employees who telework reduce expenses and increase the ‘work-life’ balance. Transportation industry professionals say telework has the potential to   …Continue Reading Focus on “Telework”

Safe Driving: Distracted Driving Campaign Posted on Apr 9

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this week released a new public service announcement about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series, which has been viewed over 100,000 times since its launch in November 2010. The 30-second announcement, “Get the Message,” features clips   …Continue Reading Safe Driving: Distracted Driving Campaign

MassDOT Employee Forums Posted on Apr 8

MassDOT Employee Forums

Posted by Jeffrey Mullan, MassDOT Secretary and CEO The Transportation Round Table is one year old and I have a new hat. Yesterday, we observed the one-year anniversary of our Round Table meetings with employees aimed at improving communications and workplace culture.  The concept behind   …Continue Reading MassDOT Employee Forums

Where’s the Train? Check “Rail Radio” Posted on Apr 8

Where’s the Train?  Check “Rail Radio”

MBTA and the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company today announced the launch of an updated “Rail Radio” service. “Rail Radio” provides real-time information about the status of approaching trains on car radios.  It is now integrated with commuter rail’s Passenger Train Information System, a computerized   …Continue Reading Where’s the Train? Check “Rail Radio”

Route 9 Resurfacing Project Continues Posted on Apr 7

Route 9 Resurfacing Project Continues

The $12.5 million Route 9 Resurfacing Project has resumed, funded by the federal stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts recovery plan. The project includes resurfacing of approximately 7.8 miles of Route 9 from Walnut Street in Natick   …Continue Reading Route 9 Resurfacing Project Continues

Governor Patrick Executive Order: Paratransit Commission Posted on Apr 6

Governor Patrick Executive Order: Paratransit Commission

Governor Deval Patrick today signed an executive order establishing a Commission to examine paratransit services provided by the MBTA’s RIDE program, the Regional Transit Authorities and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Massachusetts is a national leader in providing services to veterans, seniors   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Executive Order: Paratransit Commission

Medford I-93 Bridges Public Hearing Posted on Apr 6

Medford I-93 Bridges Public Hearing

MassDOT will hold a Design Public Hearing to discuss the I-93 Bridge Replacement Project known as 93FAST14: Thursday, April 14, 7:00pm, Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to learn about   …Continue Reading Medford I-93 Bridges Public Hearing

High Speed Rail Application: Haverhill Rail Bridge Posted on Apr 5

High Speed Rail Application: Haverhill Rail Bridge

The Patrick-Murray Administration has submitted a formal application for $98.4 million in federal High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail funds for the replacement of a critical rail bridge in Haverhill serving Amtrak “Downeaster” service between Boston and Portland, Maine and the MBTA commuter rail Haverhill Line.   …Continue Reading High Speed Rail Application: Haverhill Rail Bridge