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Monthly Archives: December 2013

New South Station Boosts Job Growth Posted on Dec 13

New South Station Boosts Job Growth

MassDOT and the MBTA need to expand Boston South Station to make room for more trains and more passengers.  But why are additional trains coming into town, and where are their riders going? There are a number of answers to these questions, but one stands   …Continue Reading New South Station Boosts Job Growth

Winter Driving Tips Posted on Dec 12

Winter Driving Tips

MassDOT snow and ice crews are mobilized for the winter travel season now upon us.  More than 4,000 pieces of equipment are available to treat and clear state roads and are called as needed.  Crews pre-treat roads with salt and liquid deicers where conditions allow.   …Continue Reading Winter Driving Tips

Callahan Tunnel Closure: Detour Maps Posted Posted on Dec 10

Callahan Tunnel Closure: Detour Maps Posted

MassDOT’s Callahan Tunnel Project begins with a full tunnel closure for rehabilitation at 11:00 pm, Friday, December 27, 2013 through March 12, 2014. The Callahan Tunnel Project web page now includes detour maps.  The detour routes were carefully developed by the project team with input   …Continue Reading Callahan Tunnel Closure: Detour Maps Posted

MassDOT Hackathon: Big Data Boosts Transportation Posted on Dec 10

MassDOT Hackathon: Big Data Boosts Transportation

MassDOT’s Visualizing Transportation Hackathon in Cambridge December 13-14 in partnership with the Mass Big Data Initiative, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and hack/reduce, will release data sets on travel in Massachusetts and open a challenge to the public to collaborate around analyzing this data and visualizing resulting   …Continue Reading MassDOT Hackathon: Big Data Boosts Transportation

E-ZPass Sign Up: Boston’s North End Posted on Dec 6

E-ZPass Sign Up: Boston’s North End

MassDOT has scheduled an upcoming E-ZPass sign-up in anticipation of the early 2014 transition to All Electronic Tolling on the Tobin Bridge. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program at the following location: Wednesday, December 18, 10am-1pm- Boston’s North   …Continue Reading E-ZPass Sign Up: Boston’s North End

CMAA: Secretary Davey “Person of the Year” Posted on Dec 5

CMAA: Secretary Davey “Person of the Year”

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey has received the national “Person of the Year” award for 2013 by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).  The CMAA honored Secretary Davey for his leadership in delivering “dramatic innovation and change to a large organization responsible   …Continue Reading CMAA: Secretary Davey “Person of the Year”

MassDOT, MBTA: Fill-a-Bus with Toys! Posted on Dec 4

MassDOT, MBTA: Fill-a-Bus with Toys!

MassDOT and the MBTA are holding the 13th annual “Fill-A-Bus” new toy donation program next week, December 9 – 13. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy when the Fill-A-Bus visits your community! The Fill-A-Bus program benefits MSPCC – Mass Society for the Prevention of Cruelty   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MBTA: Fill-a-Bus with Toys!

Governor Patrick Announces Late Night MBTA Service Posted on Dec 3

Governor Patrick Announces Late Night MBTA Service

Governor Deval Patrick announced today that the MBTA will launch late-night bus, subway and light rail service beginning next spring. “A vibrant economy demands a public transit system that caters to the residents, students and tourists it serves,” said Governor Patrick. “Extending service on weekend   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Late Night MBTA Service

MBTA October Ridership Jumps Posted on Dec 2

MBTA October Ridership Jumps

MBTA ridership for October 2013 increased by nearly 3% over October 2012, and totaled 36.228 million passenger trips. According to MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott,  “Our October numbers represent the highest monthly ridership recorded since the beginning of the MBTA.” Average daily ridership for October   …Continue Reading MBTA October Ridership Jumps

Engineering a New South Station Rail System Posted on Dec 2

Engineering a New South Station Rail System

At the turn of the last century, South Station included 28 tracks, as seen in this view of the tracks and original train shed in 1904 (photo courtesy Detroit Publishing Company).  18 of the original tracks were demolished during the construction of the Post Office   …Continue Reading Engineering a New South Station Rail System