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.
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