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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line Railroad in Stockbridge Posted on May 27

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line Railroad in Stockbridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be conducting railroad track improvements on the Berkshire Line in Stockbridge. The work will begin on Thursday, May 27, and is being conducted as part of the second phase of the Berkshire Line Track Improvement Project. The work along the railroad right of way will consist of installing new stone ballast, replacing six miles of jointed rail in Stockbridge with new continuously welded rail, replacing turnout switches, and maintaining bridges. The work will take place primarily during daytime hours, with some overnight work occurring during reconstruction operations for the Furnace Road railroad crossing.

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line in Great Barrington Posted on May 27

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line in Great Barrington

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be conducting railroad track improvement operations on the Berkshire Line in Great Barrington. The work is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 27, and is being conducted as part of the second phase of the Berkshire Line Track Improvement Project. The work along the railroad right of way will consist of installing new stone ballast, replacing seven miles of jointed rail with new continuously welded rail, replacing turnout switches, reconstructing private crossings, conducting bridge repairs, and replacing a bridge in Housatonic. The work will take place primarily during daytime hours, with some overnight work occurring during bridge repair operations.

Administration’s MassTrails Team Announces Study Results Posted on May 26

Administration’s MassTrails Team Announces Study Results

The Baker-Polito Administration’s MassTrails Team is pleased to announce the release of the Impacts of Shared Use Paths Study which was undertaken to conduct a detailed review of the economic, health, transportation, environmental, safety, accessibility and equity impacts that current shared-use paths have on communities across the Commonwealth. The MassTrails Team is an inter-agency initiative which was created to expand and connect a network of shared use statewide pathways and includes the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

MassDOT Opens Next Round of Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications Posted on May 20

MassDOT Opens Next Round of Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will begin to accept applications on Thursday, May 20, for the FY2022 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The program supports projects that increase access to freight rail service and preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail service which will reduce truck traffic on our roadways, thereby reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

MassDOT Urges Public to Plan Ahead for Busy Memorial Day Weekend Travel Posted on May 20

MassDOT Urges Public to Plan Ahead for Busy Memorial Day Weekend Travel

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is urging the public to plan ahead if traveling Memorial Day Weekend, and to expect an increased volume of travelers this year. In addition, travelers should note that Massachusetts COVID-19 prevention health protocols remain in place during the weekend holiday, with most restrictions lifting as of Monday, May 29.

MassDOT Virtual Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan Posted on May 19

MassDOT Virtual Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing several public virtual meetings for the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and each meeting will focus on a particular area in the state. MassDOT is developing the annual CIP which guides how the Commonwealth prioritizes and funds local and statewide transportation projects. The CIP determines funding for infrastructure including transit, accessibility upgrades, roadway improvements, municipal projects, and for the needs of Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs).

MassDOT Accelerating Phase I Repairs to Allston I-90 Viaduct in Boston Posted on May 19

MassDOT Accelerating Phase I Repairs to Allston I-90 Viaduct in Boston

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced plans to accelerate initial repair work for the Allston Multi-Modal Project. This initial work is necessary for both the near-term safety of the viaduct and will support longer-term goals as the Commonwealth continues to work with stakeholders on design, mitigation, financing and permitting measures in advance of aiming to file a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the preferred alternative later this year.

MassDOT Aeronautics Division Selected by NASA for an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Partnership Opportunity Posted on May 17

MassDOT Aeronautics Division Selected by NASA for an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Partnership Opportunity

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to convey that a team led by the MassDOT Aeronautics Division has been selected by NASA for NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Community Planning and Integration Partnership Opportunity. In today’s announcement by federal officials, NASA described how NASA is going to partner, collaborate, and exchange information with Massachusetts and four other locations chosen across the nation for this opportunity: Ohio, Minnesota, Orlando, and North Central Texas.

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Keep an Eye Out for One Headlight Posted on May 11

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Keep an Eye Out for One Headlight

Currently, 54% of Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated, and you may have noticed an increase in traffic during the past month as many head outdoors to enjoy the upcoming summer months. With this increase in traffic and warm weather comes an increase in motorcyclists on the roads. Because of this, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Cautions Customers to be Aware of Text Phishing Scam Posted on May 10

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Cautions Customers to be Aware of Text Phishing Scam

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is cautioning customers to be aware of a text phishing scam that has been reported here in the Commonwealth and in other states. The scam reportedly involves customers receiving text messages, claiming to be from the “DMV,” that direct them to click on a provided link to update their personal identifying contact information.