Post Content

GreenDOT PlanMassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced a forward-thinking shift in MassDOT’s approach to project development. MassDOT’s Healthy Transportation Policy Directive will require all state transportation projects to increase bicycling, transit and walking options. This new Directive is intended to promote multimodal access for our transportation customers.

“This policy directive is the next step in putting into daily practice our commitment to build a healthy, sustainable transportation system that meets all our customers’ needs,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey.

“This exciting transportation policy will play an important role in offering opportunities for healthy living through walking, biking and increased use of public transit,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, R.N. “We applaud MassDOT and Secretary Davey for taking a leadership role in creating healthier communities.”

The Directive builds on the goals established in the GreenDOT Implementation plan and MassDOT’s mode shift goalThe mode shift goal announced by Secretary Davey in October 2012 calls for tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking by 2030.  Together, these initiatives seek to improve service to our customers while improving the health of our public and natural environment.

As part of policy directive implementation, all MassDOT Divisions will review all projects currently in design to ensure they are consistent with Directive goals.  Other elements of the Directive include:

  • All MassDOT facilities will consider adjacent land uses and be designed to include wider sidewalks, landscaping, crossing opportunities and other features to enhance healthy transportation options.
  • Reviews will be conducted of cluster sites where incidents have occurred with healthy transportation users.
  • MassDOT will develop a guide to assist communities proposing Shared Use Paths on or along rail beds in order to accelerate the path design process.

The Healthy Transportation Policy Directive and MassDOT’s GreenDOT comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative may be viewed on the GreenDOT web page: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/GreenDOT.aspx

MassDOT’s annual Healthy Transportation Conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  To register go to www.mass.gov/baystateroads.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving posted on May 24

MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving

In time for Memorial Day, the kick-off to the summer driving season, MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin joined MAPFRE Insurance in reminding motorists to adhere to speed limits, obey traffic laws and avoid distracted driving when traveling during the summer months. According to data   …Continue Reading MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving

Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22

Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure

MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project.  Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops.  The bridge closure is   …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure

MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22

MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service

The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86   …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service