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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Patrick Administration Celebrates Framingham Rail Trail Posted on May 15

Patrick Administration Celebrates Framingham Rail Trail

Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola, federal, state and local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Cochituate Rail Trail in Framingham. The 1.4 mile Cochituate Rail Trail along abandoned railroad right-of-way will extend from School Street to Route 30   …Continue Reading Patrick Administration Celebrates Framingham Rail Trail

MBTA: Board Approves New Green Line Cars and Buses Posted on May 15

MBTA: Board Approves New Green Line Cars and Buses

The MassDOT Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 40 new buses and to award a contract to build 24 new Green Line cars. The procurement of 40 new diesel-electric hybrid buses will allow the MBTA to retire buses purchased in 1994   …Continue Reading MBTA: Board Approves New Green Line Cars and Buses

Governor Patrick Announces Start of Lynn Ferry Service Posted on May 14

Governor Patrick Announces Start of Lynn Ferry Service

Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, state and city officials to announce the start of pilot ferry service from Lynn to Boston scheduled to begin on Monday, May 19, 2014. This new ferry service will open up a greater   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Start of Lynn Ferry Service

RMV Highlights School Bus Inspections Posted on May 14

RMV Highlights School Bus Inspections

MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue in May observed a round of school bus inspections at the Southwick-Granville-Tolland Regional School District as part of the RMV program that inspects 27,000 school buses each year across the Commonwealth. Before a school bus may get   …Continue Reading RMV Highlights School Bus Inspections

RMV Fee Increase Public Meetings Set Posted on May 13

RMV Fee Increase Public Meetings Set

MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division today announced a series of public meetings on the proposed changes to three RMV fees. The changes will allow MassDOT to close a projected $55 million budget gap in Fiscal Year 2015, make customer improvements, and invest in the   …Continue Reading RMV Fee Increase Public Meetings Set

Bay State Bike Week: Old is New Again Posted on May 13

Bay State Bike Week: Old is New Again

Thousands of people taking to the streets on bicycles. Companies setting up shop and making innovative two-wheelers. New transit facilities designed with cyclists in mind. Sound like Massachusetts today? It is . . . except that these events took place in the 1890s! While the   …Continue Reading Bay State Bike Week: Old is New Again

South Coast Rail Task Force Volunteer Honored Posted on May 13

South Coast Rail Task Force Volunteer Honored

The South Coast Rail Task Force depends on citizens to assist the Commonwealth in planning for smart growth and effective land use as part of the South Coast Rail project. Jim Oliver of Foxborough, an active member since 2008, is being honored for his service   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail Task Force Volunteer Honored

Newburyport: Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge Posted on May 12

Newburyport: Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge

MassDOT continues demolition of the Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge over I-95 in Newburyport as part of the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project. The contractor is demolishing the south span of the existing bridge first. The contractor is currently demolishing the east and west abutments. To mitigate   …Continue Reading Newburyport: Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge

MassDOT: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah”! Posted on May 9

MassDOT: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah”!

Beginning this morning, MassDOT has posted a message reminding drivers to use turn signals when changing lanes on the highway.  MassDOT began running the message this morning, which says, “Changing lanes? / Use yah blinkah.”  The messages will run throughout the weekend and are intended   …Continue Reading MassDOT: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah”!

Plan Ahead: Mother’s Day Weekend Traffic Posted on May 8

Plan Ahead: Mother’s Day Weekend Traffic

MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.  The heaviest traffic is expected Friday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings, particularly on toll roads and the Cape Cod approaches, leading into Mother’s Day weekend. Drivers are encouraged to   …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Mother’s Day Weekend Traffic