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Alan Macdonald
Posted by Alan Macdonald, Chair, Transportation Advisory Committee

The Massachusetts Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met this week to discuss the progress of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation toward cost savings and management improvements intended by the MassDOT reforms enacted by the state legislature in 2009.

TAC is an independent body appointed by MassDOT Secretary Jeff Mullan, serving as a public forum to discuss issues relating to the implementation of the Commonwealth’s transportation reform legislation, and to verify and observe MassDOT’s progress on reform.

At this week’s meeting, TAC received a report from Secretary Mullan highlighting MassDOT’s first year of achievements. Much of MassDOT’s success in the first year related to improvements in the efficiency and productivity of the Department’s operations; but perhaps the most visible result of the work in Year One is a deepening culture within the Department for best-of-customer-service in every aspect of MassDOT’s performance.

TAC members received documentation at the meeting of approximately $130 million in MassDOT cost savings, which resulted from a combination of lowered borrowing costs, improved health care expenses, leaner payroll, and a number of best practices under contracts for outside supplies and services.

The MassDOT Year One Scorecard & Cost Savings Summary is available on the web.

In the year ahead, TAC will be reviewing these and other savings, and looking at the next phase of work under the legislative reforms. Also, TAC will be monitoring MassDOT’s work in meeting recommendations of the state’s Transportation Finance Commission and the D’Allesandro study. Many of these recommendations have been reached in the first year of operations, but others have a longer-term timeline.

In 2011, TAC will be meeting bi-monthly, and will be communicating with interested parties on MassDOT’s continued efforts to provide the best in customer service and the best in efficient and productive operations.

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