Post Content

massdot-formal_logoMassDOT has succeeded in recovering more than $21 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2016 for past disaster events.

These are reimbursements for MassDOT operations and logistics during past federal government disaster declarations and the reimbursements have been deposited into the Commonwealth’s General Fund. MassDOT is also continuing to work to receive an additional $4.2 million.

“We would like to thank all the MassDOT staff and personnel involved in these cost recovery efforts,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “MassDOT is committed to responding to any issues or emergencies which occur on our transportation systems and upholding our fiscal responsibility to obtain the federal reimbursement monies the Commonwealth is entitled to receive after these events.”

“We are pleased we have been able to add these funds to the Commonwealth’s General Fund,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “Our employees are proud to have played important roles in fulfilling their responsibilities during challenging conditions and we will continue to work diligently to receive all the available funding for our emergency response efforts.”

MassDOT takes great efforts to prepare for emergency situations and ensure personnel have the skills, training, knowledge, and resources to respond to any incident, assist any affected parties, and repair our transportation systems if necessary.

During federal disaster declarations where MassDOT assists in response and recovery efforts, the department meticulously documents personnel, materials and equipment deployments in order to receive reimbursement for up to 75% of costs for activities related to these events.  MassDOT then works closely with FEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and local municipalities to submit the necessary documentation and complete the comprehensive process needed to receive reimbursements from the federal government.

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) congratulates MassDOT for their commitment to obtaining federal disaster funds to offset costs incurred in major storms,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Over the past six years, MEMA has successfully worked with FEMA to receive federal disaster declarations for four record-breaking snow storms in Massachusetts. MEMA has worked with MassDOT, other state agencies, impacted communities, and eligible non-profits to document eligible costs, submit applications for reimbursement, and maximize the disaster assistance paid to the Commonwealth and its municipalities.”

MassDOT is eligible to receive reimbursement funds for expenditures related to MassDOT labor, contractor operations and costs, materials, MassDOT vehicles, and other equipment usage during federal disaster declarations.

Written By:


Recent Posts

MassDOT Announces Bicycle Safety Pilot on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge posted on Nov 19

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing a bicycle safety pilot on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge over the Charles River (the Harvard Bridge). This pilot is the result of a strong partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), City of Cambridge, City of Boston, and various advocacy groups including Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), LivableStreets Alliance, TransitMatters, MassBike, Cambridge Bike Safety, and WalkBoston.

MassDOT Seeking Bids for Pre-Apprentice Training Program posted on Nov 18

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR) is seeking proposals from qualified bidders able to provide Pre-Apprentice Training, with a concentration in transportation and/or highway construction to low-income, minority, youth, or young adult populations. The purpose of this Request for Response (RFR) is to secure the services of multiple organizations including public schools that can assist MassDOT by providing pre-apprenticeship training to eligible participants. The approval of the federal infrastructure bill will increase the need for jobs, especially in the construction and maintenance sectors.

MassDOT Advisory: Thanksgiving Holiday Travel posted on Nov 18

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public to plan ahead for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday week, use available technology tools and resources to make informed decisions, and pack essential items such as face coverings that may be required for certain travel. During this holiday season, individuals should be aware that there may be a higher number of travelers on Commonwealth roadways and on public transportation as post-pandemic travel increases.