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MassDOT Formal_LogoMassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced the release of the draft Capital Investment Plans for MassDOT and the MBTA for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1, 2015.

Both plans continue funding for ongoing capital projects, including major undertakings such as the procurement for new Red and Orange Line vehicles and the Green Line Extension project. The plans also include a significant investment in the T’s Winter Resiliency Plan, which seeks to enhance the T’s winter preparedness with new equipment and planning.

“The combined draft Capital Investment Plans form the basis for a statewide investment strategy, focus on maintenance and system preservation, and are designed to be achievable,” said Secretary Pollack. “Past practices have resulted in capital spending falling short of initial projections, and were based on lists of projects that were not necessarily formed around a clear objective. While we reevaluate our priorities and advance new project selection criteria, our plan for fiscal 2016 will create a bridge that will allow us to develop a new five-year plan that is realistic, meets each regions’ needs, and spends money wisely. In addition to the investments proposed here, fixing the T and delivering the world-class transportation system the people deserve will require the systemic changes the Governor is seeking in our legislation to reform the T.”

Highlights of the $3 billion program:

• Covers MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities
• Addresses the region’s needs and changing demographics, and future demands for transit services and expanded capacity
• Devotes 64 percent of the MBTA plan to state of good repair – including replacing aging Red and Orange line cars, buses, as well as various track and signal upgrades
• Funds the $83.7 million MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan – much needed investment in system upgrades to handle another winter storm season

Following the release of the MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plans, a series of public meetings will be held to solicit public feedback. Public meetings are scheduled as follows:

• Monday, June 15, 6:00-8:00pm, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
• Monday, June 15, 6:00-8:00pm, North Quincy High School, Auditorium, 316 Hancock Street, Quincy
• Tuesday, June, 16, 6:30-8:30pm, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield (Public Hearing)
• Tuesday, June 16, 4:00-6:00pm, State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston (Public Hearing)
• Wednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:30pm, Framingham Town Hall, Nevins Hall, 150 Concord Street, Framingham
• Thursday, June 18, 6:00-8:00pm, Taunton City Hall, Council Chambers, 141 Oak Street, Taunton
• Monday, June 22, 6:30-8:30pm, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, 2 Washington Square, Union Station, 2nd Floor, Worcester
• Monday, June 22, 6:00-8:00pm, Gloucester City Hall, Council Chambers, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester
• Tuesday, June 23, 6:00-8:00pm, Roxbury Community College, Student Center, Room 200, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury
• Tuesday, June 23, 6:00-8:00pm, Arlington Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

This one year FY2016 update to the previously published MassDOT FY2014-FY2018 Capital Investment Plan is the first to be issued by the Baker-Polito Administration. It embodies a commitment to ensuring that the Commonwealth’s transportation investments will be statewide, strategic and sustainable. The joint development and issuance of both MassDOT and MBTA CIPs reflect our continuing commitment to operating as ‘One MassDOT’ that provides the best transportation services and investments for the Commonwealth.

These meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance (such as translated documents or an interpreter) to fully participate, please contact Stephanie Boundy at stephanie.boundy@state.ma.us, or (857) 368-8904.

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