The importance of public transportation is the focus of the 2009 Urban Mobility Report on traffic congestion released by the Texas Transportation Institute.
The Report says public transportation saved 646 million hours in travel time and 398 million gallons of fuel in 2007 alone. Without public transportation, congestion costs would have risen 16 percent to an additional $13.7 billion since 2005. The report finds the savings are greatest in the largest urban areas, where transit is most available.
Public transportation investment is a priority of the Patrick Administration. Massachusetts is receiving $319 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds over two years for urban and regional transit, including $64 million to improve commuter rail service with projects that will double-track the Haverhill and Fitchburg commuter rail lines.
Governor Patrick also announced the "flex" use of federal stimulus highway funds to support transit, including the innovative $12.8 million Franklin Regional Transit Center project in Greenfield. The transit center will encourage future passenger rail services and has a "net zero" building design to drastically reduce energy use. Learn more about the Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.
MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving posted on May 24
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
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
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