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Monthly Archives: March 2009

In the News: Turnpike Toll Hike Delayed Posted on Mar 24

The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board has approved a plan by Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders to delay a toll increase and use Authority reserves to address the current fiscal year budget.  See Transportation Secretary Aloisi's views in the story here. 

RMV- Courts “E-Conciliation” a Success Posted on Mar 23

RMV- Courts "E-Conciliation" a Success

Posted by: Registrar Rachel Kaprielian, Registry of Motor Vehicles RMV is pleased to announce the successful launch of a joint program with Massachusetts district courts to electronically transfer criminal dispositions from courts to the RMV on a daily basis.  The automated reporting program is designed to streamline a   …Continue Reading RMV- Courts “E-Conciliation” a Success

Reform: MBTA Pensions Posted on Mar 23

Governor Deval Patrick this week outlined his priorities for closing loopholes, ending abuses and restoring the public’s trust in state and municipal retirement systems.  Pension reform is a critical component of the Governor’s Massachusetts Recovery Plan. One key pension reform included in the transportation reform   …Continue Reading Reform: MBTA Pensions

Turnpike: Our Next Step Posted on Mar 20

Turnpike: Our Next Step

Posted by: Secretary James Aloisi, Executive Office of Transportation In response to the statement issued Thursday by the Governor, Senate President and the Speaker, I have asked Executive Director LeBovidge to place on the Turnpike Authority Board’s March 23rd agenda a revision of our February   …Continue Reading Turnpike: Our Next Step

In the News: MBTA’s Voice, Public Transit Challenges Nationwide Posted on Mar 20

If you ride the MBTA subway or bus system, you have heard Frank Oglesby, Jr.  He is the "voice" of the T.  Read the Metro story. Rising ridership.  Fare hikes.  Service reductions.  This blog shows these as nationwide trends. 

Calculate Your Gas Tax Posted on Mar 20

A calculator available on Boston.com allows you to estimate the additional yearly cost of a 19-cent gas tax increase or proposed toll increases.  Try it here.

Reform: Statement on Toll Increase Delay Posted on Mar 19

Here is a joint statement from the Offices of House Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Murray, and Governor Patrick. “The Governor, with the support of President Murray and Speaker DeLeo, will today call on the Turnpike Authority board to use a portion of their reserve funds for the   …Continue Reading Reform: Statement on Toll Increase Delay

In the News: Experts Back Reform Plan Posted on Mar 18

A panel of state transportation and planning experts strongly endorsed the governor's plan for a 19-cent gas tax increase, calling it essential to maintaining the state's infrastructure. Read the MetroWest Daily News story. 

Reform Forum Thursday for South Shore Posted on Mar 18

A forum on transportation reform for the South Shore will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Braintree town hall.   Undersecretary of Transportation Jeffrey Mullan will be the featured speaker.  The South Shore chapter of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council is sponsoring the event.    …Continue Reading Reform Forum Thursday for South Shore

Mass Recovery Plan Highlights Chelsea Street Bridge Posted on Mar 16

Mass Recovery Plan Highlights Chelsea Street Bridge

In keeping with his Administration’s nearly $10 billion commitment to fixing the state's crumbling transportation network, Governor Patrick announced his team has started construction on the $125 million project to replace the vertical drawbridge over the Chelsea Creek which connects Boston and Chelsea.  Federal, state   …Continue Reading Mass Recovery Plan Highlights Chelsea Street Bridge