The Governor's comprehensive transportation plan puts reform first. In fact, the Patrick Administration in two years has already implemented dozens of reforms that have saved tens of millions of dollars. Reform savings at the Turnpike, MBTA, and MassHighway total more than $83 million.
• Turnpike: $31 million saved by reducing administrative staff and toll collector positions, overtime, and outside consultant contracts along with other cuts.
• MBTA: $46.9 million saved through a hiring freeze for non-direct service jobs, overtime reduced by one-third over three years, and more efficient work rules among many reforms.
• MassHighway: $5.7-7.2 million estimated annual savings from the Governor’s police detail-flagger plan approved by the legislature.
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