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MassDOT January
Board Meeting

January 20
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Suite 3830
Boston, MA 02150
Full Meeting Schedule

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Longfellow Bridge:
January Closures
MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversions

MassDOT's Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project contractor will implement a series of bridge closures and Red Line weekend diversions during January 2016. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Fridays to 5:00 AM on Mondays.

Check out the entire Longfellow Bridge Closures - Red Line Diversions blog post.

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January 15, 2016

MBTA Fare Proposals, Late-Night Service Public Meetings Scheduled

The MBTA will hold a series of public meetings on proposed fare changes and Late-Night service so that comments and suggestions can be shared with T officials.

The January and February gatherings will be an opportunity to offer recorded comments, which will be considered by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board and MassDOT.

A series of 10 public meetings on fare changes will be followed by a vote of the Board, which is anticipated to occur in March. The Board will consider public input on two possible scenarios

Fare adjustments are just one part of a broader effort by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to close the T’s projected $242 million deficit for FY17 with a series of cost cutting measures and improvements in operational efficiency.

The T has created an online Fare Options Comparison tool to give customers the opportunity to calculate fares under the proposed changes as follows:

Comments may also be submitted using the tool.

The T's Late-Night Pilot Program was launched in March 2014, extending service 90 minutes longer on all subway and key bus routes on Friday and Saturday nights. The purpose of public meetings is to discuss current usage, the budget and closure dates, and to invite public input on designing future late-night service. Some meetings will also be accepting comments about Commuter Rail schedule changes.

Written comments about Late-Night Service will be accepted through Wednesday, January 20, and can be mailed to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Late-Night Service Committee. Comments may also be submitted online at mbta.com; by email at latenightservice@mbta.com; or by phone at (617) 222-5146.

Written comments about the MBTA fare proposals will be accepted through Friday, February 12, and can be mailed to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Fare Proposal Committee; online at mbta.com; by email at fareproposal@mbta.com; or by phone at (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.


Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Meetings Set

MassDOT has scheduled two Public Information Meetings for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project as follows:

Wednesday, January 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street, Cambridge

Thursday, January 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shriners Hospitals for Children Auditorium
51 Blossom Street, Boston

The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on recent progress and discuss Stage 3 of construction, anticipated to begin on February 1. Stage 3 construction includes shifting inbound and outbound bike travel to the upstream side of the bridge. Inbound vehicles and pedestrians will continue to use the downstream side of the bridge.

Following the presentation, staff from MassDOT and the design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV, will be available to answer questions. The same presentation will be delivered at each meeting, so participants may choose the most convenient date or location. The meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities.

The rehabilitation project is addressing the bridge's current structural deficiencies, upgrading its structural capacity, and bringing it up to modern code with improved multimodal access and bridge-to-city-street connections to meet accessibility guidelines. The repairs and modifications will be consistent with the historic character of the bridge and comply with environmental standards. The end result will be a signature bridge ready for many more years of service.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email advisories, please visit the project website. For construction related questions or issues, contact the project hotline, 617-519-9892, or email address, longfellowbridge@state.ma.us. View the Longfellow Bridge Flickr album for construction progress photos.


Salem-Lynn Route 107 Corridor Study

A Public Information Meeting for the Route 107 Corridor Study in Salem-Lynn has been scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 27, 6:00-8:00 PM
Salem High School Auditorium
77 Willson Street, Salem

MassDOT in partnership with the Cities of Salem and Lynn, is studying Route 107 (Highland/Western Avenue) between Chestnut Street in Lynn and Boston Street in Salem. This study will propose improvements to address existing transportation issues for motorists, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

At the first public information meeting, the project team will introduce the study and provide an overview of the project purpose, coordination with the Working Group, and the work to date, including an assessment of existing and projected transportation conditions. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the study and provide feedback. Those who have not already done so can take an online survey to help MassDOT identify ways to make travel through Route 107 safer and more efficient.

For more information and to take the online survey, visit the study website.


Western Massachusetts Turnpike State of Good Repair Public Meetings

MassDOT scheduled Public Meetings in January for the Western Massachusetts Turnpike State of Good Repair and Tolls Review.

State law provides that the Turnpike shall be operated and maintained free of tolls when all notes and bonds issued by the Department of Transportation have been paid in January 2017 and the Turnpike is deemed to be in good condition and repair to the satisfaction of the department.

The MassDOT Highway Division will host the public meetings to present and discuss its Triennial Review (State of Good Repair) report for the Turnpike and its impact on the status of tolls. Remaining meetings include:

Springfield - January 19, 6pm, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Street
Framingham - January 26, 6pm, Framingham Town Hall, 475 Union Ave. Blumer Room
Lenox - January 28, 6:30pm, Highway District 1 Headquarters, 270 Main St.

As federally mandated by Congress in 1982, MassDOT is required to submit a Triennial Review regarding the state of repair every three years. This report, conducted by an independent team, reviews the condition of highway assets, such as bridges, roadway assets, facilities, and pavement, along the Western Massachusetts section of Interstate 90. MassDOT will solicit input from the public on the Triennial Review, the state of repair of the Western Mass. section of the Turnpike and other capital needs for this section of highway.

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