Today is the MassDOT one year anniversary. By every measure our organization is much stronger than it was one year ago, and that bodes well for all of us who care about the future.
In one short year, following Governor Patrick's and Lt. Governor Murray's lead and with the strong support of our Board of Directors, we have become one transportation organization focused on customer service and safety.
There are simply too many achievements this year to list here. To highlight just a few, we have:
- Invested over $1.5 billion into our infrastructure in every corner of the state;
- funded dozens of airport projects;
- made important improvements in MBTA and regional bus services;
- launched a nationally-recognized open data initiative that gives people real time information on subway and bus service;
- adopted an award-winning environmental sustainability policy;
- significantly increased transparency and community outreach;
- begun safety committees with our unions;
- started a roundtable forum to open up communication with DOT leadership;
- adopted Massachusetts transportation's first-ever strategic plan;
- used our website and social media to better serve our customers in unprecedented ways;
- reduced wait times and improved customer service at our RMV branches;
- improved our focus on worker and public safety in every aspect of our organization.
We capped the first year with the impressive overnight placement of a new bridge on Route 2 in Phillipston. To me, it is the perfect and fitting testament to all that MassDOT stands for- a commitment to continuous process improvements aimed at saving money and at doing things better and faster.
As we move into year two, look for improvements on year one progress. None of us should be satisfied with the progress of transportation reform until MassDOT is widely recognized as the best transportation department in the United States. It is at that point that will regain people's faith and trust in all of us to plan, operate and maintain the state's transportation system. Our progress in the first year demonstrates that these worthwhile goals are very achievable.
Methuen Rotary Project: Travel Impacts posted on Jul 22
MassDOT has scheduled upcoming lane closures as part of the Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project. Beginning on Monday, July 28, 2014 until further notice, the I-93 breakdown lane will be closed from Exit 46 – Routes 110/113 to Exit 47 – Pelham St. on I-93 Northbound …Continue Reading Methuen Rotary Project: Travel Impacts
Tobin Bridge: All-Electronic Tolling Begins Monday, July 21 posted on Jul 18
Effective Monday, July 21, prior to the morning commute, tolling on the Tobin Bridge will convert to the all-electronic format. The new toll system will eliminate the need for customers to pay the toll in cash. The system is equipped to read E-ZPass transponders for …Continue Reading Tobin Bridge: All-Electronic Tolling Begins Monday, July 21
MassDOT Berkshire Rail Line Purchase posted on Jul 17
The MassDOT Board of Directors has authorized MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey to execute an agreement to purchase the Berkshire Line from the Housatonic Railroad Company, a major step toward delivering passenger rail service between New York City and the Berkshires. The agreement …Continue Reading MassDOT Berkshire Rail Line Purchase