Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO
Congratulations to the Boston Bruins for bringing back the greatest trophy in American sport. I hope you all enjoyed the Stanley Cup run. I sure did. The best part for me was seeing a new generation of fans experience a new generation of Bruins – just like we did back in the day. It brought back a lot of fun memories of the early 1970s for me – memories of the pride we felt to share in the accomplishment, as if we were on the ice with those big, bad Bruins. My kids will be talking about this week 40 years from now, just like I am still talking about those days. Their stories will be better than mine. I hope.
I have spent the last couple of weeks talking with a lot of people about generations and generational responsibility. You may have heard me talk about Tom Friedman’s comparison of the greatest generation – the folks who fought in World War II and built today’s America, with the grasshopper generation – those of us, including me, who having been feeding off the greatest generation ever since. Governor Patrick has said often that it is time for us grasshoppers to step up and make a better place for those who follow us.
I see a lot of this here at MassDOT. A construction program that is unprecedented in its technological scope and geographic reach, a top to bottom focus on customer service at the RMV and at the T, an aeronautics division working hard with our public and private airports on economic development and opportunity, and an agency-wide GreenDOT policy working to imbed sustainability into all that we do. All of this work is aimed at the very simple goal of making our transportation system better for today and for tomorrow. I know that we are making a difference because my colleagues around the nation are asking me about what we are doing and how we are doing it. These questions should make you all proud because it is the work that you do that is generating the discussion.
For the Bruins, the pride is back. Just like people in all of New England are proud of their Bruins and want to share in their success, you should all be proud of the progress MassDOT is making. After all, we all have the same job of moving, or helping to move, people and goods from one point to another. We therefore can rightfully share in our joint success and need to support each other when something doesn’t go so well.
I am proud to be the Secretary of Transportation. When the pride comes your way, catch it, hang on, and think about its importance in your daily tasks. My children and your children will thank you for it.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement