Transportation Secretary James Aloisi on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration joined New England state transportation leaders at a New England rail summit in Vermont August 3 to present on the New England Governors' shared Rail Vision. Read the Globe story.
New England states are working together on a multi-state plan, including application for federal stimulus funds under the $8 billion High Speed and Intercity Rail initiative in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Recognizing the interdependency of our transportation systems, the New England states have come together responding to this challenge with a bold vision for rail in our region and commitment to work together to support our collective efforts.
Strengthening passenger and freight rail service in Massachusetts will connect urban areas, promote economic growth, move goods and people more efficiently, and support sustainable growth and livable communities.
The Massachusetts rail vision has identified more than $2.5 billion in projects along four major corridors, along with additional projects to support freight and commuter rail. The four include:
• Knowledge Corridor (Springfield to East Northfield)
• Inland Route (Springfield to Boston)
• South Coast Rail (Boston to Fall River & New Bedford)
• Downeaster Corridor (Boston to Portland, ME)
Learn more about the New England and Massachusetts High Speed and Intercity Rail projects and applications here.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement