Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO
This week, I had an opportunity to discuss the past, present and future of transportation with a group of about 150 young professionals involved in transportation in Massachusetts. They came from both the private and public sector and from varying areas of interest: finance, planning, engineering, operations, and construction. Many of them work for us. Whatever their background, they were united in their passion to see a better transportation system for the Commonwealth.
I spent well over an hour talking with them about all things transportation. It was not my most difficult session, but they were not pushovers, and at one point I was questioned on whether we were pushing the hard stuff off to another day – something we try not to do as it is very much the opposite of the difficult choices imbedded in transportation reform.
I was really glad to have the conversation because it went to something on which I am focused – workplace culture. It reminded me that there are many people from all walks of life who care about, and have a stake in, the work that we're doing. It demonstrated a sense of initiative amongst those to whom we are working to hand down a better system. Most of all, it reminded me of how important our work today is in building a better Commonwealth for tomorrow.
As we try to empower every employee in the DOT to do their job as well as possible, it’s great to know that most of you want to do your best and to improve every day. That was never more on display than this week. These are key building blocks to what we are trying to do together. Keep it up.
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
Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!