Post Content

Mullan-2011

Posted by Jeffrey Mullan, MassDOT Secretary and CEO

The Transportation Round Table is one year old and I have a new hat.

Yesterday, we observed the one-year anniversary of our Round Table meetings with employees aimed at improving communications and workplace culture.  The concept behind the Round Table is simple – it’s an employee forum to listen to co-workers and discuss with senior leadership workplace issues every month.  I don’t want one month to go by without employees having an opportunity to raise an issue, large or small, with the senior team at the DOT.  Some meetings are very structured.  Yesterday’s was not.  We heard a lot from bus operators on the challenges of working on the front lines every day.  Some people who raised issues got immediate answers.  Others did not.  There was a lot of listening and a lot of respect on display.  Most importantly, people felt free to talk without fear.  It was, to me, a major breakthrough.

I observed at the end of the meeting that, while much of the discussion was coming from MBTA workers, there are issues being raised that are common to all divisions.  I encourage more discussion from other areas on this and other topics. 

At the meeting, Roger Marceau, an employee leader and member of the Round Table from the Bennett Street garage in North Cambridge, gave me a tricorn hat.  I like hats because they keep my bald head warm.  More importantly, I know that the hat is symbolic of the progress we have made together.  These hats were worn for centuries, but are known to most of us as belonging to the minutemen of the American Revolution who fought and won our nation’s independence.  The minutemen were regular people who believed in something, fought for it with a sense of urgency, and stayed with it despite the occasional setback. 

I could not be more pleased with the candor and respect that was on display yesterday and for the gift for all that it symbolizes, and am once again satisfied that we have charted the right course.  To all of the minutemen and minutewomen of the MassDOT Round Table, keep talking.  We are listening.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement Project: I-90 Eastbound Bridge Replacement over Woodland Road posted on Jul 23

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement Project: I-90 Eastbound Bridge Replacement over Woodland Road

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will replace the I-90 eastbound bridge over Woodland Road in Southborough from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26. Eastbound traffic will be shifted through a median crossover to the westbound side of I-90. Travel will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and opposing traffic separated by a barrier.

Update: Medford All lanes of I-93 Southbound and Roosevelt Circle are Open for Travel posted on Jul 23

Update: Medford  All lanes of I-93 Southbound and Roosevelt Circle are Open for Travel

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that all lanes on the Roosevelt Circle eastbound bridge are open to traffic as of 11:10 a.m. Friday, July 23rd. There will be some lane width restrictions in place until permanent repairs can be completed which will take several months. Additionally, all lanes on I-93 southbound reopened for travel as of 4:36 p.m. Thursday night, following the completion of temporary repairs to the Roosevelt Circle Overpass which was damaged by an over height truck on Monday afternoon, July 19. Drivers should expect slowdowns within Roosevelt Circle due to the narrowed lane widths in the area of Route 28, the Fellsway and on and off ramps for I-93.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Announces 2021 Low Plate Lottery posted on Jul 22

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Announces 2021 Low Plate Lottery

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that applications for the 2021 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online at Mass.Gov/RMV using the Online Service Center. Applicants must apply by August 27, 2021, and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the virtual drawing takes place on September 8, 2021.