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Boston MPO Selected for Training to Measure Transportation Spending Results

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (Boston MPO) has been selected by the national nonprofit Transportation for America to participate in a first-of-its-kind yearlong training academy for ambitious metro regions beginning to use performance measurement to better assess the results of transportation spending.

Check out the entire Training to Measure Transportation Spending blog post.

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January 29, 2016

MassDOT Highway Crews, Equipment Assist Washington, DC Snow Removal

MassDOT this week in cooperation with other state agencies dispatched crews, volunteers and equipment to assist with snow removal in Washington, D.C.

Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin joined Highway Division employees as they gathered at depots in Chicopee and Auburn before departing for the nation's capital.

MassDOT is sending an 80 Ton Snow Melter along with five Front End Loaders and other equipment.

Crews are anticipated to work through the weekend. MassDOT and the Commonwealth received federal and state assistance during last winter’s record-breaking snow and are pleased to respond in kind today. Thank you to all those helping another community dig out following a severe winter storm!

MBTA Fare Proposals Public Meetings Continue Next Week

The MBTA will continue a series of public meetings on proposed fare changes and commuter rail service changes.

The 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.

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; by email at or by phone at (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.

Longfellow Bridge: Weekend Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion Cancelled

MassDOT has cancelled the MBTA Red Line diversion and Longfellow Bridge closure scheduled for Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31.

The remaining work will be completed during a series of night shifts instead of during a weekend diversion.

The Longfellow Bridge will remain open to one lane of Boston-bound vehicles at all times this weekend, and Red Line trains will provide service during typical hours. Bicycles and pedestrians will continue to use the current travel configuration to cross the bridge.

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using a signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Charles River Dam Road, and Edwin H. Land Boulevard.

For more information, please visit the project website. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email

MBTA: New Maintenance Machine Speeds Repairs

A modern, $1.2 million Simmons wheel-boring machine went into service this week at the MBTA Everett Maintenance Facility. Designed for use on wheels for all types of trains, the equipment replaces an old machine that was originally built in 1927. The new equipment cuts metal and can operate three-to-five times faster than its Prohibition-Era predecessor. This will allow maintenance teams to shave hours off work times.

The wheel-boring machine can be adjusted to cut metal to within the size of a human hair. It can be used on trains operating throughout the T's entire transit system, from Green Line trolleys to Orange and Blue Line cars to the Red Line's Big Red high-capacity trains.

A second machine will be arriving within the next one to two months. These machines are critical tools in building safe axle sets to support proper service. "We learned last winter that in addition to structural reforms, the MBTA needs meaningful improvements to its snow resiliency efforts, including upgrades to infrastructure, operations and equipment," said MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. "These machines will allow for more efficient maintenance work and quicker turn-around times for getting trains back into service."

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