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Monthly Archives: November 2011

MBTA Ridership Continues Record Pace Posted on Nov 30

MBTA Ridership Continues Record Pace

Acting MBTA General Manager Jonathan Davis has announced that record numbers of riders continue to use the nation’s fifth busiest public transportation system.  Weekday MBTA ridership for October increased by 3.2% over October 2010 and averaged 1.348 million passenger trips per weekday.  October's ridership was   …Continue Reading MBTA Ridership Continues Record Pace

South Coast Rail: New Bedford Bridges Completed Posted on Nov 29

South Coast Rail: New Bedford Bridges Completed

MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey today joined local and regional officials to celebrate the successful completion of a $20 million project to reconstruct three structurally-deficient rail bridges critical to moving the South Coast Rail project forward. "It is encouraging to see this important rail bridge   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: New Bedford Bridges Completed

Green Line Extension Design Working Group Posted on Nov 23

Green Line Extension Design Working Group

Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager Thank you to everyone who participated in the Green Line Extension Environmental Assessment process. We appreciate your efforts and the time you took to publicize the process in your communities, write comment letters, and attend the   …Continue Reading Green Line Extension Design Working Group

Some Thanksgiving Eve Tolls Free: Allston/Brighton Plaza Posted on Nov 22

Some Thanksgiving Eve Tolls Free: Allston/Brighton Plaza

MassDOT announced today that tolls for both eastbound and westbound drivers at the Allston/Brighton toll plazas (interchanges 18, 19 and 20) on the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-90, will be free for drivers the evening before Thanksgiving, thanks to a partnership with Zappos.com, a leading online destination   …Continue Reading Some Thanksgiving Eve Tolls Free: Allston/Brighton Plaza

RMV Checks School Vehicles in Hingham Posted on Nov 18

RMV Checks School Vehicles in Hingham

A surprise compliance check of school transport vehicles in Hingham this morning yielded 18 violations and two criminal complaints.  MassDOT RMV inspectors teamed up with the Hingham police to perform the checks outside the South Shore Educational Collaborative. Registry inspectors and police officers stopped 62 vehicles.  Among   …Continue Reading RMV Checks School Vehicles in Hingham

Holiday Travel: Plan Ahead Posted on Nov 18

Holiday Travel: Plan Ahead

MassDOT encourages residents and visitors to plan ahead for travel during the upcoming holiday weekend. Thanksgiving holiday traffic is expected to be at its peak on Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, November 27. I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York experiences heavy   …Continue Reading Holiday Travel: Plan Ahead

Conservation Award for MassDOT Bridge Project Posted on Nov 17

Conservation Award for MassDOT Bridge Project

The National Park Service this week recognized MassDOT Highway District 1 in the Berkshires and District Bridge Coordinator Ed Lausier, left, as a "Conservation Hero" for the cooperative and adaptive approach used to design and replace the culvert at Shaker Mill Brook, McNerney Road, in   …Continue Reading Conservation Award for MassDOT Bridge Project

Green Line Extension Update Posted on Nov 15

Green Line Extension Update

Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager This is a friendly reminder that written comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 4(f) Evaluation for the Green Line Extension project are due on Friday, November 18, 2011. Please send your comments to:Massachusetts Department   …Continue Reading Green Line Extension Update

Airport Economic Impact Study: Jobs Posted on Nov 15

Airport Economic Impact Study: Jobs

Governor Deval Patrick today visited Bridgewater State University's Aviation Training Facility located at the New Bedford Regional Airport to announce the results of a comprehensive statewide airport economic impact study that finds Massachusetts public airports generate $11.9 billion in economic activity and support approximately 124,000   …Continue Reading Airport Economic Impact Study: Jobs

RMV Pioneer Valley Partnership Posted on Nov 14

RMV Pioneer Valley Partnership

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian today joined AAA Pioneer Valley President and CEO Chris Mensing at the AAA branch in West Springfield to launch the newest MassDOT/AAA partnership location to offer Registry services. This newest RMV branch will serve AAA Members residing in   …Continue Reading RMV Pioneer Valley Partnership