A strong commitment to pedestrian and bicycle transportation is a key part of the transportation vision of the new MassDOT. Walking and bicycling move people out of single-occupant vehicles, reduce traffic congestion, and promote healthy lifestyles and a cleaner environment.
In the months ahead, MassDOT will strengthen this commitment through better coordination of bicycle and pedestrian projects, investments in pedestrian and bicycle safety, implementing the healthy transportation compact, and making a priority of expanding the pedestrian and bicycle facilities network statewide.
In addition, the Healthy Transportation Compact is a key requirement of the transportation reform law.
The goals include expanding mobility, improving public health, supporting a cleaner environment, and creating stronger communities.
As part of the Compact, MassDOT will establish a Healthy Transportation Advisory Group comprised of advocates and leaders in the field of land use, transportation and public health policy.
Partnerships are being formed with advocates and public health professionals as an exciting opportunity to continue strengthening the commitment to public health and increased access for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Learn more about that commitment and the Healthy Compact at the MassDOT Information Center on the web here.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced