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Yearly Archives: 2021

Guest Blog: MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Keep an eye out for School Buses and School Zones Posted on Sep 29

For many students, this fall 2021 is the first all in-person semester since spring 2020. This will bring more traffic, school buses, and pedestrians as parents and children adjust to the new school year. There are many safety regulations and laws in place to help protect both children, and you, during these busy times.

MassDOT Announces almost $3 Million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Grants Posted on Sep 17

MassDOT Announces almost $3 Million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced seven grants totaling almost $3 million in awards from the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) to enhance rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth.

MassDOT Announces Eighth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest Posted on Sep 14

MassDOT Announces Eighth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest

For immediate release: September 10, 2021 MassDOT Announces Eighth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest Applications need to be submitted by 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce entries are   …Continue Reading MassDOT Announces Eighth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest

Statewide Exit Renumbering Work Complete Posted on Sep 8

Statewide Exit Renumbering Work Complete

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it has completed converting all exit numbers on freeways to a milepost-based numbering system, per Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements. Freeways in Massachusetts previously utilized a sequential exit numbering method.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Announces New Statewide Customer Service Options Posted on Sep 8

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing on Monday, September 20, it will begin offering a new wider variety of statewide services to provide convenient service options and flexibility and to continue ongoing efforts that have been put in place to keep customers and staff safe. Beginning September 20, the RMV will be reopening the Attleboro Service Center for in-person services by appointment. In addition, 21 statewide Service Center locations will offer appointments for in-person vehicle and driver services, walk-in visits, and Business-to-Business (B2B) needs. The B2B locations process bulk transactions for auto dealers and insurance agents including new registration and titles, registration transfers and renewals, address changes, and cancellations.

Guest Blog: MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: plan ahead for travel due to increased traffic volume for the Labor Day Holiday and Back-to-School Posted on Sep 1

Guest Blog: MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: plan ahead for travel due to increased traffic volume for the Labor Day Holiday and Back-to-School

As more families opted for local vacations this summer, traffic volume in general increased in many regions, with some states even surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Bay Staters also took to the roads and now, with holidays and back-to-school approaching, Massachusetts residents and out-of-state visitors should plan ahead to avoid congestion.

Labor Day Travel Advisory: Expect high volume of traffic Thursday & Friday afternoons Posted on Aug 31

Labor Day Travel Advisory: Expect high volume of traffic Thursday & Friday afternoons

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public to plan ahead for Labor Day Weekend travel, drive in off peak hours if possible, utilize available technology tools for trips including www.mass511.com, consider public transportation if possible to reach destinations and bring a face-covering as some municipalities have a mask mandate for indoor venues.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Announces Online Scheduling for Virtual Suspension Reinstatement Hearings Posted on Aug 27

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that it has implemented a new process that can be used by customers to schedule virtual suspension reinstatement hearings and to conveniently upload required supporting hearing documentation. The new scheduling tool was developed to provide customers with service options that are flexible and convenient, to increase the number of available hearings that can be held virtually each week, and to continue the RMV’s ongoing focus on safe distancing to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and staff.

MassDOT Launches Education Effort to Raise Public Awareness on Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Use Posted on Aug 26

MassDOT Launches Education Effort to Raise Public Awareness on Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Use

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in collaboration with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division, is announcing the launch today of a new educational effort that seeks to highlight the importance of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) and encourage their use in communities statewide.

Storm Advisory: Truck Travel Posted on Aug 20

Storm Advisory: Truck Travel

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is underscoring information provided this afternoon at a news conference hosted by Governor Charlie Baker urging the people of the Commonwealth to prepare for Hurricane Henri, which is expected to affect much of the Commonwealth beginning Saturday night into Monday, including the potential for strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and power outages.