Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, Jr. today announced that the Patrick Administration will fully fund completion of the next step in the planning process to extend the MBTA Blue Line to Lynn.
Standing next to Congressman John Tierney, local elected officials and Chamber of Commerce officials, Secretary Aloisi said the Executive Office of Transportation has committed the $300,000 necessary to complete the Draft Environmental Impact Statement required for the proposal to move forward.
“Extending the Blue Line will transform Lynn, opening access to jobs for Lynn residents and access to affordable housing and commercial development for everyone," said Governor Deval Patrick. "That's why investing in public transit projects like this one is one of our foremost priorities."
“Careful analysis has shown the tremendous value to commuters and local businesses of extending Blue Line service beyond Wonderland Station to Lynn," said Secretary Aloisi, "and we are committed to moving forward on this critical project.”
Completion of the Environmental Impact Statement will include answering comments from federal and state environmental agencies and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Following FTA approval, the Executive Office of Transportation and MBTA will schedule a public hearing on the Environmental Impact Statement in Lynn.
Comprehensive analysis of public transportation improvement options by the MBTA earlier in this decade found communities south of Salem — including Lynn — would be best served by high-density transit service such as the Blue Line. The 2004 Transportation Bond Bill approved by the legislature included language to provide funding for a 50% match of federal funding for the Blue Line extension.
Permanent Bike Pump Station Installed at State Transportation Building posted on Oct 12
The bike parking facility of the State Transportation Building received a new, secure bike pump and stand this fall. Free and open to the public, MassDOT staff, local residents and visitors are welcome to use the pump located at 10 Park Plaza in Downtown Boston! …Continue Reading Permanent Bike Pump Station Installed at State Transportation Building
2015 Moving Together Conference: Join Us! posted on Oct 10
MassDOT as part of the GreenDOT sustainability policy is pleased to invite you to the 2015 Moving Together Conference! The conference is scheduled as follows: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston This …Continue Reading 2015 Moving Together Conference: Join Us!
Haverhill: Bradford Rail Trail Groundbreaking posted on Oct 9
MassDOT Rail & Transit Division Administrator Astrid Glynn joined elected officials and supporters today in Haverhill to celebrate the Bradford Rail Trail groundbreaking. When completed, the 3,300 foot long Rail Trail will be located between the Basilere Bridge, the Comeau Bridge near South Elm Street …Continue Reading Haverhill: Bradford Rail Trail Groundbreaking