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February 13
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10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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Baker-Polito Administration Announces 2nd Round, Complete Streets Funding Awards
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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, and members of the Massachusetts Legislature announced the second round of awards from the Complete Streets Program.

A ceremony was held at the Massachusetts State House to distribute a total of $5.5 million to 15 communities in funding for the Complete Streets Funding Program.

View the entire Complete Streets Funding blog post.

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February 3, 2017

MBTA Youth Pass Program Launches

The MBTA’s Youth Pass program launched, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, providing affordable transit access for low-income young people.

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Distributed through municipal and community partners, the Youth Pass is a card that can be used at MBTA Fare Vending Machines or at retail sales terminals to purchase a reduced-price LinkPass for $30 a month. The card allows users to add stored value and ride the MBTA’s bus and subway systems at the reduced-fare rate. However, the Youth Pass does not provide a reduced fare on the Commuter Rail.

In order to qualify for the Youth Pass, a young person must:

  • Not be enrolled in middle or high school (these students may receive a Student CharlieCard through their school).
  • Be born after November 1, 1991
  • If born after November 1, 1991, but before November 1, 1998, a young person must also show that he or she is enrolled in one of the MBTA’s accepted GED or job training programs or state/federal income based benefit program
  • Live in a participating city or town (currently Boston, Chelsea, Malden, or Somerville)

To join the Youth Pass program, young people must fill out an application once a year and bring it with required documentation to their city for verification (young people must contact their participating community for exact locations and operating hours). Youth Pass cards expire on November 1 and require re-enrollment.

For more information about the Youth Pass, please visit our Youth Pass Program page.

MassDOT: Progress at Three Solar Energy Locations

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MassDOT is continuing to install solar energy infrastructure and incorporate innovative solar technologies into its transportation projects and systems.

The latest phase of MassDOT’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Program is now nearing completion as two ground-mount PV facilities have been mechanically completed in West Stockbridge and Salisbury and the foundation for a solar canopy has been installed in Hopkinton.

"We are proud to continue adopting renewable and clean energy technologies that contribute to Greenhouse gas reductions, lead to health dividends and lower energy costs," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to expanding renewable energy sources and MassDOT will continue to take steps to incorporate clean energy infrastructure where we have suitable locations for it."

"MassDOT continues to expand the use of solar arrays because they are a win-win for the environment and the quality of life for all of us," said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. "We appreciate the collaboration with the public and other stakeholders in implementing our Solar Photovoltaic Energy Program which is consistent with our overall desire to be more environmentally friendly, and we look forward to experiencing the many benefits of this program including reduced greenhouses gases and lower energy costs."

The ground-mount solar arrays, located at I-90 Exit 1 in West Stockbridge and at the MassDOT Highway District 4 depot in Salisbury, are expected to be operational this spring when they are able to be connected to the power grid. Additionally, at MassDOT’s new Research and Materials Lab in Hopkinton, crews are continuing to install “solar canopies” – carports with solar modules used to collect solar energy – in the parking lot. These canopies, like the ground-mounted facilities, will be net-metered, meaning the energy they generate will be fed into the power grid, and MassDOT will receive credit used to offset its other utility accounts. With the completion of this stage, MassDOT will have eight solar array facilities capable of producing roughly 5.5 million megawatt hours of electricity per year, which is a reduction of nearly 2,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year or approximately 5.5% of MassDOT’s overall energy demand.

In addition to greenhouse gas reduction and increased energy independence, the new solar facilities will generate revenue for MassDOT in the form of annual lease payments.

Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Project Public Meeting Set

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MassDOT has scheduled a public meeting about the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Replacement Project in Boston as follows:

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Harvard Club Saltonstall Room, 374 Commonwealth Avenue

At this meeting, the project team will discuss plans, including traffic management and coordination with other projects in the area.

MassDOT will begin construction soon to replace the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge over Commonwealth Avenue (also known as the Tommy Leonard Bridge).

The project will replace the bridge superstructure with prefabricated components and make improvements to the substructure. Sidewalks and barriers on Massachusetts Avenue will also be replaced. MassDOT is using accelerated bridge construction techniques to complete the project sooner and minimize impacts to the community.

The contractor anticipates beginning work the week of February 20 by closing the Commonwealth Avenue westbound bypass under Massachusetts Avenue

Vehicle and bicycle traffic will be detoured to the surface roadway. The Commonwealth Avenue eastbound bypass will be closed in Spring 2017 and an advisory will be distributed notifying the public prior to the traffic shift. A full closure of Massachusetts Avenue over Commonwealth Avenue to install the new bridge structure will occur over a weekend in mid to late July 2017 and will require detours. Advance notice will be provided before this work begins.

MBTA: Framingham/Worcester Line Commuter Rail Schedule Public Meetings

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The MBTA will hold the final of three public meetings for people to share comments and suggestions about proposed Framingham/Worcester Line Commuter Rail scheduling changes as follows:

Monday, February 6
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Natick Town Hall, Second Floor
13 East Central Street, Natick

Comments and other material presented at the meetings will be recorded and considered by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board and MBTA management.

Comments about MBTA Commuter Rail schedules will be accepted through February 17.

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