Massachusetts has vaulted into the TOP TEN among states for being Bicycle Friendly, vaulting ten places, from 19th in 2009 to become the 9th Most “Bicycle Friendly State” for 2010, in an announcement by the League of American Bicyclists.
In addition, the League's staff and local reviewers also recognized Massachusetts with a special Bronze level award. Both are prestigious national honors and recognize all the changes implemented since MassDOT began on November 1, 2009. Important innovations include implementation of the Healthy Transportation Compact with a stated target of making Massachusetts a Top Ten Bicycle Friendly State and implementation of the GreenDOT policy, MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability initiative that includes promoting walking, bicycling, and public transit as one of its central goals.
Key to these honors has been the teamwork across divisions in recognizing and promoting the value of bicycling. The RMV, MBTA, Highway and Aeronautics Divisions have made important contributions to bicycling as MassDOT becomes a truly multi-modal DOT focused on customer service and safety. We are proud of our regional, municipal and advocate partner relationships which have allowed us to work together statewide to act on MassDOT’s Sustainability and Livability Policy Framework.
Thank you to everyone who is working to advance bicycle transportation in Massachusetts. We now have to reset our goal and aspire to be the nation’s top bicycle friendly state!
Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update posted on Aug 21
MassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound. The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM …Continue Reading Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule