Massachusetts joins 10 other Northeast states from Maine to Maryland announcing submission of a multi-state proposal to boost intercity and high-speed passenger rail from Boston to Washington, D.C.
The request with the support of Amtrak and regional Governors requests that the Federal Railroad Administration lead a planning effort on the role intercity and high-speed passenger rail plays in improving the region’s transportation network by expanding capacity and relieving highway and aviation congestion.
The proposed study will build off the successful three-year collaboration among twelve states – including the Northeast states and Virginia – Amtrak, and commuter and freight railroads to produce the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan, the foundational document for the proposed multi-state planning effort.
The NEC Master Plan is designed to accommodate growth needs through 2030, expand service, particularly to outlying areas of the region, and improve the high-speed Acela Express travel times by 20 to 30 minutes from Boston to New York and New York to Washington. The Plan identifies an initial baseline of infrastructure improvements needed to maintain the current NEC system in a state of good repair; integrate intercity, commuter and freight service plans; and move the NEC forward to meet expanded service, reliability, frequency, and trip time improvement goals.
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting