Over two years of research, collaboration, and public dialogue have gone into creating the GreenDOT Implementation Plan that provides the framework for embedding sustainability principles into core business practices at MassDOT. This Plan fundamentally changes our priorities and choices across all elements of our transportation system, from facility operations to future project selection and design.
The Plan builds off the GreenDOT Policy, established in 2010 with three primary objectives: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote the healthy transportation options of bicycling, public transit and walking; and support smart growth development. The Plan references the many innovations already underway at MassDOT including:
- utilizing low emission transit vehicles,
- investing in hybrid light duty vehicles,
- retrofitting tunnel and traffic signal lights with energy efficient LED bulbs,
- issuing electric vehicle license plates,
- reducing mowing along state highways,
- and repaving roadways with warm mix asphalt.
At the same time, the plan looks to initiate new ideas and aggressive measures to take our sustainability work to the next level.
The Final GreenDOT Implementation Plan now includes our visionary statewide mode shift goal of tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking by 2030. With this mode shift goal, MassDOT will foster improved quality of life by enhancing our environment and preserving capacity on our highway network. Increased transit, bicycling, and walking options would absorb travel demand that contributes to highway congestion and limits economic growth. We will also achieve positive public health outcomes by providing more healthy transportation options for all our communities.
To learn more, please view the GreenDOT Implementation Plan.
Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest Reminder! posted on Aug 31
Calling All Massachusetts High School Students! MassDOT announces the second annual Safe Streets Smart Trips Statewide High School Video Contest. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. …Continue Reading Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest Reminder!
Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend posted on Aug 28
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA is replacing the old railroad bridge over Route 62/Main Street in Concord with a new bridge to be rolled into place Saturday, August 29. The current bridge has low clearance and …Continue Reading Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend
Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated posted on Aug 27
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse along with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new $4.3 million Holyoke Train Station on the Knowledge Corridor and restoration of Amtrak Vermonter Line …Continue Reading Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated