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South Station Expansion Project Environmental Assessment Comment Period Announced Posted on Apr 26

South Station Expansion Project Environmental Assessment Comment Period Announced

MassDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) invite the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 4(f) Determination for the South Station Expansion (SSX) project. FRA and MassDOT released the draft document for public review on April 26, 2017. A copy   …Continue Reading South Station Expansion Project Environmental Assessment Comment Period Announced

MBTA: Strategic Plan Adopted Posted on Apr 24

MBTA: Strategic Plan Adopted

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today approved an MBTA Strategic Plan, a document that fulfills the FMCB requirement in its enabling legislation that required development of such a plan. This plan serves as a blueprint for institutionalizing the objectives and strategies needed   …Continue Reading MBTA: Strategic Plan Adopted

MassDOT Announces Purchase of New Remote-Operated Rail Ballast Cars Posted on Apr 20

MassDOT Announces Purchase of New Remote-Operated Rail Ballast Cars

MassDOT today announced the purchase of 20 steel ballast cars – hopper cars with gates used to dispense ballast onto train tracks – that will be used by MassDOT for projects which maintain and repair crucial rail infrastructure. “MassDOT is pleased to now have its   …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Purchase of New Remote-Operated Rail Ballast Cars

MBTA: CapeFLYER Returns Memorial Day Weekend Posted on Apr 19

MBTA: CapeFLYER Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Entering its fifth year of service, the CapeFLYER is excited to announce that trains will once again run from Boston to Cape Cod starting on Memorial Day weekend. Service will begin on Friday, May 26th and operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout until Labor   …Continue Reading MBTA: CapeFLYER Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Massachusetts Freight Plan Third Open House Set Posted on Apr 5

Massachusetts Freight Plan Third Open House Set

MassDOT is hosting the third Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan as follows: Monday, April 24, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Large Conference Room (2nd Floor), 60 Congress Street, Springfield MassDOT’s Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Freight Plan Third Open House Set

South Coast Rail Project Change Public Meeting Set Posted on Apr 3

South Coast Rail Project Change Public Meeting Set

MassDOT and the MBTA invite you to a Public Meeting on the South Coast Rail Notice of Project Change as follows: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 PM, University of Massachusetts School of Law, Francis J. Larkin Moot Courtroom, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth MassDOT filed an   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail Project Change Public Meeting Set

MassDOT Announces Quaboag Connector Van Service Pilot Posted on Mar 28

MassDOT Announces Quaboag Connector Van Service Pilot

MassDOT announced today that a new “Quaboag Connector” van transportation service is available for residents in the Quaboag Valley region which includes the towns of Belchertown, Brookfield, Hardwick, Monson, Palmer, Ware, Warren and West Brookfield. The curb-to-curb service has begun as a 12-month pilot that   …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Quaboag Connector Van Service Pilot

South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change Posted on Mar 22

South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Project with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on March 15, 2017. The Notice advances South Coast Rail as a phased project that   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change

MBTA: Positive Train Control Technology Update Posted on Mar 8

MBTA: Positive Train Control Technology Update

The MBTA’s Positive Train Control Program staff this week presented updates about the Program to the Fiscal and Management Control Board. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 defines a Positive Train Control System as a safety system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments,   …Continue Reading MBTA: Positive Train Control Technology Update

MBTA: Ruggles Station Platform Project Public Meeting Set Posted on Mar 2

MBTA: Ruggles Station Platform Project Public Meeting Set

The MBTA has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Ruggles Station Commuter Rail Platform Project as follows: Monday, March 6, 5:00 PM – Open House, 6:00 PM – Presentation, BCYF Tobin Community Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1481 Tremont Street, Boston The MBTA, MassDOT,   …Continue Reading MBTA: Ruggles Station Platform Project Public Meeting Set