MassDOT’s Visualizing Transportation Hackathon in Cambridge December 13-14 in partnership with the Mass Big Data Initiative, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and hack/reduce, will release data sets on travel in Massachusetts and open a challenge to the public to collaborate around analyzing this data and visualizing resulting insights to help inform the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. The Hackathon is taking place at hack/reduce, 275 3rd Street, Cambridge.
Partnerships will be invited to explore a collection of transportation data with a specific focus on travel behavior, road-rail comparisons, and the energy, environmental, and social impacts of transportation mode-choice.
Massachusetts travelers make daily decisions on how to reach their destinations. Those decisions have significant impact on traffic congestion, travel costs, and carbon emissions. MassDOT installed a pilot network of roadway sensors to provide real-time traffic management (RTTM) information on three major roadways- 93, I-90, and Rt. 3. Each of these roadway “corridors” is paralleled by at least one light rail line. The Mass Transportation Future Hackathon will engage the public to show compelling insights from the available data, with a special priority on differences between driving vs. riding the train through specific corridors. The event will encourage participants to choose their own most compelling “lens“ through which to analyze the data, which may include: travel cost, emissions, and time delays.
A total of $6,000 in prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Use of Data, Most Visually Compelling, and Crowd Favorite. Best Use of Data will be awarded based upon data that is useful, insightful, and actionable.
Submissions will be judged based upon whether the data use is interactive and imaginative, with the public readily able to learn and use the content.
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel