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.
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