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First New MBTA Orange Line Cars Enter Passenger Service Posted on Aug 14

First New MBTA Orange Line Cars Enter Passenger Service

Governor Charlie Baker, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak today introduced the first new Orange Line train comprised of six brand new cars into regular service from Wellington Station. These six new cars entering passenger service today are the   …Continue Reading First New MBTA Orange Line Cars Enter Passenger Service

MBTA Announces Accelerated Schedule for System Upgrades, Cuts Project Timelines Posted on Aug 12

MBTA Announces Accelerated Schedule for System Upgrades, Cuts Project Timelines

The MBTA today announced several planned system upgrade construction projects will be accelerated, shortening some timelines by as much as eleven months for certain projects. System upgrade work to improve reliability for riders on the Green, Red, and Orange Lines that was previously scheduled to   …Continue Reading MBTA Announces Accelerated Schedule for System Upgrades, Cuts Project Timelines

MassDOT Releases Study Detailing Congestion Impacts and Trends, Recommends Series of Next Steps Posted on Aug 8

MassDOT Releases Study Detailing Congestion Impacts and Trends, Recommends Series of Next Steps

A data-driven report on congestion was released today by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with recommendations for state and municipal government, the private sector and other stakeholders to make commutes by road and transit more reliable, accessible and predictable while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   …Continue Reading MassDOT Releases Study Detailing Congestion Impacts and Trends, Recommends Series of Next Steps

First Zero-emission, Battery-electric Buses Join the MBTA Silver Line Fleet Posted on Aug 1

First Zero-emission, Battery-electric Buses Join the MBTA Silver Line Fleet

Governor Charlie Baker, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak gathered at the Southampton Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility to celebrate the introduction of the MBTA’s first brand new, zero-emission, battery-electric bus (BEB) prototypes into the MBTA’s Silver Line fleet.   …Continue Reading First Zero-emission, Battery-electric Buses Join the MBTA Silver Line Fleet

MassDOT Accepting Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications Posted on Jul 31

MassDOT Accepting Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

MassDOT has announced that it is now accepting applications for grants under the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) which helps increase rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth. IRAP provides grants to railroads, rail shippers and municipalities for projects that will create public   …Continue Reading MassDOT Accepting Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

Baker-Polito Administration Files $18 Billion Transportation Bond Bill Posted on Jul 25

Baker-Polito Administration Files $18 Billion Transportation Bond Bill

The Baker-Polito Administration today filed a transportation bond bill seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in building and modernizing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and cities and towns statewide. The authorization would be used to fund existing   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Files $18 Billion Transportation Bond Bill

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates South Coast Rail Groundbreaking Posted on Jul 2

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates South Coast Rail Groundbreaking

Today Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak joined municipal leaders, elected officials and local stakeholder groups to celebrate the beginning of Phase 1 South Coast Rail work and tour action taking place   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates South Coast Rail Groundbreaking

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in MassTrails Grants for 71 Projects Posted on Jun 26

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in MassTrails Grants for 71 Projects

Continuing efforts to support the state’s vast network of trails, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $5 million in MassTrails Grants to 71 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The grants will provide assistance for the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails throughout the   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in MassTrails Grants for 71 Projects

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Begins Pilot Shuttle Service on Route 20 to Riverside Posted on Jun 25

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Begins Pilot Shuttle Service on Route 20 to Riverside

MassDOT is pleased to join the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) in announcing a yearlong pilot shuttle service along a portion of Route 20 that began on Monday, June 10. On weekdays, the shuttle makes three round trips in the morning and three in the   …Continue Reading MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Begins Pilot Shuttle Service on Route 20 to Riverside

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Acceleration Plan for MBTA Infrastructure Improvements Posted on Jun 25

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Acceleration Plan for MBTA Infrastructure Improvements

Governor Charlie Baker today announced a plan to accelerate the pace of MBTA capital construction projects with the goal of expediting the transformation of the MBTA into a modern, safe, reliable transit system. Through a five-part strategy, the acceleration plan builds on the T’s existing   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces Acceleration Plan for MBTA Infrastructure Improvements