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Monthly Archives: November 2021

MassDOT Announces Bicycle Safety Pilot on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Posted on Nov 19

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing a bicycle safety pilot on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge over the Charles River (the Harvard Bridge). This pilot is the result of a strong partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), City of Cambridge, City of Boston, and various advocacy groups including Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), LivableStreets Alliance, TransitMatters, MassBike, Cambridge Bike Safety, and WalkBoston.

MassDOT Seeking Bids for Pre-Apprentice Training Program Posted on Nov 18

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR) is seeking proposals from qualified bidders able to provide Pre-Apprentice Training, with a concentration in transportation and/or highway construction to low-income, minority, youth, or young adult populations. The purpose of this Request for Response (RFR) is to secure the services of multiple organizations including public schools that can assist MassDOT by providing pre-apprenticeship training to eligible participants. The approval of the federal infrastructure bill will increase the need for jobs, especially in the construction and maintenance sectors.

MassDOT Advisory: Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Posted on Nov 18

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public to plan ahead for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday week, use available technology tools and resources to make informed decisions, and pack essential items such as face coverings that may be required for certain travel. During this holiday season, individuals should be aware that there may be a higher number of travelers on Commonwealth roadways and on public transportation as post-pandemic travel increases.

Baker-Polito Administration Refiles Legislation to Improve Roadway Safety and Combat Impaired Driving Posted on Nov 10

The Baker-Polito Administration today refiled legislation to improve safety on the Commonwealth’s roadways and combat drug-impaired driving. This proposal would update road safety laws by implementing uniform standards and promoting proven strategies to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and will implement recommendations made by the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving. The bill, refiled by the Administration as the “Trooper Thomas Clardy Law,” honors Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas L. Clardy.

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Travel to the Thanksgiving Table Safely Posted on Nov 8

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Travel to the Thanksgiving Table Safely

MassDOT Veterans Day Travel Advisory Posted on Nov 8

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public to plan ahead if traveling for Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11, and through the weekend. Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a federal and Commonwealth of Massachusetts holiday, meaning government offices will be closed including the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ customer service center locations.

Massachusetts RMV Must Pause Transactions: Saturday, November 13 and Sunday morning, November 14 Posted on Nov 5

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing transactions will not be possible on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday morning, November 14, as the RMV is migrating to a new infrastructure platform. No online transactions can be conducted from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, no vehicle inspections can occur, and business partners will be unable to perform transactions.

MBTA and City of Boston Cut Ribbon on New England’s First Center-Running Bus Lane on Columbus Avenue Posted on Nov 4

MBTA and City of Boston Cut Ribbon on New England’s First Center-Running Bus Lane on Columbus Avenue

MBTA and City of Boston Cut Ribbon on New England’s First Center-Running Bus Lane on Columbus Avenue

Massachusetts RMV Announces Road Test Applicants Will Need Own Vehicles as of January 3, 2022 Posted on Nov 4

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is informing learner’s permit holders applying for a Massachusetts issued driver’s license that all applicants will be required to supply their own vehicle for road testing beginning on Monday, January 3, 2022.