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.
Community Transit Grant Applications Show Significant Increase posted on Mar 5
The MassDOT Rail & Transit Division’s Community Transit Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2016 has received more than 90 applications, a 50% increase compared to last year. Applications were due on March 2. The Community Transit Grant Program provides financial assistance through the Federal Transit …Continue Reading Community Transit Grant Applications Show Significant Increase
Methuen Rotary I-93 Project Update posted on Mar 4
MassDOT’s $66.4 million Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project on I-93 at Routes 110 and 113 is moving forward during winter 2015. During the month of March, the following activities will continue on I-93 at Routes 110 and 113: Removal of contaminated soil at mitigation area …Continue Reading Methuen Rotary I-93 Project Update
MassDOT Aeronautics: 2015 Aviation Art Contest Winners posted on Mar 3
The MassDOT Aeronautics Division held the Massachusetts State level judging of the 2015 International Aviation Art Contest, with this year’s theme, “World Air Games”. The World Air Games will be held in Dubai in 2015. During 12 days, spectators will see world class competitions and …Continue Reading MassDOT Aeronautics: 2015 Aviation Art Contest Winners