MassDOT's groundbreaking Healthy Transportation Compact has received national recognition. The Federal Highway Administration gave a 2010 Exemplary Human Environment Initiative Award to the Compact for encouraging non-motorized transportation and a commitment to “creating and improving conditions for human activities while protecting the natural environment.”
The Healthy Transportation Compact created as part of the 2009 transportation reform legislation signed by Governor Deval Patrick is a multi-state agency collaboration to balance all transportation modes, expand mobility, improve health, support a cleaner environment, and create stronger communities.
The Compact collaboration includes MassDOT, Health and Human Services, Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Public Health.
The Compact among other things is charged with reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel, working with the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board to implement complete streets, expanding safe routes to school programs, and initiating public-private partnerships that support efficient transportation.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, "MassDOT is committed to facilitating coordination among the public and private sector, advocacy groups, land use, and public health stakeholders to address public health problems and promote healthy transportation."
The FHWA Exemplary Human Environment Initiative in its 3rd year recognizes transportation initiatives that make our transportation system work better for the people who use it.
Learn more about the FHWA Exemplary Human Environment Initiative on FHWA's website.
Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill posted on Apr 18
Governor Deval Patrick today signed legislation creating a Massachusetts “Boston Strong” license plate. The legislation directs the Registry of Motor Vehicles to establish a license plate memorializing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings adorned with the phrase “Boston Strong.” All proceeds from sales of …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill
Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice posted on Apr 18
The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project continues through the 2014 boating season. Much of the work this season to construct the new northbound span of the Whittier Bridge is taking place from the Merrimack River to the immediate east of the existing bridge. Several large barges, …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set