Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO
One thing I have learned in my time at MassDOT is the importance the media plays in our organization and in state government in general. Reporting influences how people perceive the job we are all doing, and I know that many of you care deeply about it. Rich Davey and I are spending a lot of time talking with many of you, members of the media, and our customers about the state of transportation at the moment. Many of you have told us that you would like to read and hear more positive news about all the good things that are happening in transportation.
Last night, Rich and I were on WBZ radio. We took a lot of calls – every one of them was thoughtful, and most were very positive. We heard from people who were concerned about commuter rail, The Ride, and lights that are out on our state highways. We were glad to take the calls because it shows that people care. We also had several callers who wanted to talk about the Big Dig. One said he was a “critic of the critics” of the Big Dig, making the point that the highway system in Boston is much improved, the downtown area is much more accessible and pleasant, and the trip to Logan is a breeze – all due to the construction of the Project. Others were concerned about the condition of the tunnels. I think people appreciate the conversation and are grateful to know that the tunnels are safe and to learn what we are doing about it every day to keep them that way.
We all move people and goods and help others do the same every day. The fact that the media is focused on what we all do every day reinforces to me the importance of our work. We need to be thankful for that coverage and respect the work that they need to do. After all, we all know that there are things in our organization that we need to do better. At the same time, I know and want all of you to know that there are lots of people all over the Commonwealth who value the work we are doing, who respect it, and who are thankful for it. We should be thankful for that.
MBTA Silver Line to Chelsea Approved posted on Sep 17
The MassDOT Board of Directors today approved a construction contract to extend the MBTA’s increasingly popular Silver Line from East Boston to Chelsea. A project funded entirely by Governor Deval Patrick’s 2013 Transportation Finance Plan, the Silver Line will be extended past the Seaport to …Continue Reading MBTA Silver Line to Chelsea Approved
2014 Moving Together Conference: Register Today! posted on Sep 17
MassDOT’s 2014 Moving Together Conference will bring together leaders working to advance healthy transportation. Are you part of the conversation that will determine the future of transportation in Massachusetts? Please join us and let your voice be heard. The conference is scheduled as follows: Thursday, …Continue Reading 2014 Moving Together Conference: Register Today!
Governor Patrick Announces Ruggles Station Funding posted on Sep 16
Governor Deval Patrick joined US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to announce a $20 million federal Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to fund the Ruggles Station Commuter Rail Platform Project. Ruggles Station currently has only two platforms, limiting the number of trains that …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Ruggles Station Funding