Facing water shortages from town water restrictions and inefficient methods to fill equipment with needed water, an innovative MassDOT foreman at the Upton Facility in Highway Division District 3 built a cistern system to reduce facility water usage from local water supplies by repurposing materials to capture and store rain water.
By using old deicing fluid tanks to store rainwater, the foreman prevented these old materials from becoming waste and found a sustainable and successful solution to a problem impacting the facilities operations.
The rainwater storage system includes a mechanism to circulate the water to prevent stagnation and pumps to increase the speed operators can fill their equipment. There are plans to replicate the system at three other facilities.
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel
Freight Rail Grants Announced posted on Apr 14
The Patrick Administration today announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The IRAP funding for the seven projects is being matched by more than $1.9 million in private sector …Continue Reading Freight Rail Grants Announced